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Organizational and Professional Development Grants - $1,000-$5000

Grants to Virginia Arts Nonprofits in the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church,
and in Fairfax County for Organizational Development and Capacity Building

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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ARTSFAIRFAX

Deadline Date:

09/25/19 Midnight

Description:

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Fairfax County, Virginia nonprofit arts organizations in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church to strengthen capacity. Funding is intended help sustain arts organizations and assist them in reaching the next level of operational, programmatic, and financial maturity.

Through the Organizational Professional Development Grant Program, ArtsFairfax seeks:

  • To create greater organizational capacity to anticipate, prepare and adapt so that organizations can deliver and fulfill their missions;
  • To help organizations grow and be more resilient by addressing their training, planning, management and other needs to better serve Fairfax County residents;
  • To be a catalyst for increased private sector support for arts organizations through leveraged public funding;
  • To encourage wide participation in the arts through diverse cultural programming available to all residents of Fairfax County.

Possible Projects can include the following activities:

  • Financial management training;
  • Program evaluation;
  • Communications, marketing and rebranding;
  • Professional development training or conferences;
  • Facilitation of a board retreat;
  • Upgrading technology, including new computers, website upgrades and design, and software.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165363

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 - $5,000

Term of Contract:

For activities occurring within the dates of July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

If the grantee will not be able to complete the project by June 30, 2020 an extension may be requested in writing 60 days before the end of the grant period and approved by the Grants staff. Projects must start in the grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit arts organizations based in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church are eligible to apply.

An organization is eligible to apply to the Organizational Professional Development Grant Program if:
- It has as a core mission the creation, exhibition, presentation,
production, or performance of and/or education in an arts discipline.
- It has regular activity in a minimum of four different months in the year or 120 days of the year.

An organization must:
- Be in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws; and
- Hold current or pending status under IRS code 501(c)(3); or
- Operate as a specifically defined arts division, or have its own arts program identity, within a larger nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

The organization or the division/program that is applying must have an address of record within the geographical boundaries of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, or the City of Falls Church and satisfy TWO of the following four criteria:
- Present at least 51% of public artistic activities within the geographical boundaries of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, or the City of Falls Church;
- Meet, rehearse, exhibit, and operate within the geographical boundary of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, or the City of Falls Church;
- Have 51% of board of directors’ members work or reside in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, or the City of Falls Church;
- Verify that 51% of attendees at performances, exhibits, events, and activities reside in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, or the City of Falls Church evidenced through acceptable statistical data including but not limited to ticket analysis, subscription data, box office surveys, and audience surveys.

Funding will be given to applicant organizations that have qualified artistic or scholarly, administrative, and management leadership (either professional or volunteer) capable of completing any grant-supported activities, programs, or projects.

Grant funds may not be used for:
- Direct support of capital, fundraising or endowment campaigns;
- Construction or renovation projects;
- Political advocacy costs;
- Activities not open to the general public;
- Debt retirement;
- Proselytizing, promoting any one faith over another;
- Events that would be inappropriate for a diverse, multicultural and multigenerational audience;

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information session was held on July 31, 2019. The workshop presentation can be found in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Organizational and Professional Development Grant applications are due by September 25, 2019, midnight.

Applicants will be notified of final decisions in December 2019.

Key Dates:
- July 31, 2019: Organizational and Professional Development Grant Information Session.
- August 30, 2019: Due date for Letter of Intent for the Next Step Grant.
- September 25, 2019: Organizational and Professional Development Grant deadline.
- October 30, 2019: Organizational and Professional Development Grant Panel.
- December 2019: Organizational and Professional Development Grant announcement.

During the grant period, ARTSFAIRFAX may request grantees participate in local, regional, or national arts studies. The studies may be related to, but are not limited to: audience spending, organization management, or facility usage and planning. Grantees are required to assist the ARTSFAIRFAX by completing these studies.

To begin the application process: https://artsfairfax.submittable.com/submit

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit the application:
https://artsfairfax.submittable.com/submit/143638/fy20-organizational-professional-development-grant

Kimber Craine, Grants Manager
kcraine@artsfairfax.org
(703) 642-0862, ext. 6

ARTSFAIRFAX
2667 Prosperity Ave. Suite A
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 642-0862

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