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Expansion Arts Grant Program

Grants to Arkansas Small- to Mid-Sized Nonprofit
Cultural Organizations for Salary Assistance

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Arkansas Arts Council

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Arkansas small- and mid-sized nonprofit arts organizations that provide community cultural programming, for salary assistance for directors and technical support for staff and board. Funding will help strengthen arts organizations and increase programming in underserved geographic areas, for underserved populations, or in underserved artistic disciplines.

Positions to be funded with this program will be equivalent to part-time employment. For example, an all-volunteer applicant organization could use the grant to hire its first half-time executive director, or an applicant organization with a new, part-time executive director could use the grant amount to make that position full-time.

The Expansion Arts program entails a maximum three-year commitment by the Arkansas Arts Council to fund selected emerging organizations. During the three-year period, the grantee is expected to be able to develop sufficient financial support to assume the full cost of maintaining the position by the fourth year.

Expansion Arts participants must commit to attending workshops and conferences, submit to organizational reviews, and meet predetermined standards for board management. By the close of this cycle, organizations can expect to have a strategic plan, grant writing skills, and fundraising and marketing objectives. Failure to attend workshops, conferences, or complete required plans may result in loss of funding.

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GrantWatch ID#: 166960

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000. The grant amount determined in the first year of the three-year cycle will be maintained at the same amount for Years 2 and 3 unless Arkansas Arts Council revenues in a particular grant year require a reduction in grant awards.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards for FY17 will be made between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization is eligible to apply to the Expansion Arts program in Year 3 if it:
- Received an Expansion Arts award in FY16.
- Produces or presents community cultural programming.
- Is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

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Pre-Application Information:

Eligible Expansion Arts applicants for FY17 may submit a maximum of three grant proposals. Along with the Expansion Arts application, organizations may submit proposals in any two of the three Arts in Education (AIE) program categories.

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2 :1 cash match required in 2017 (Year 3).

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Organizations interested in applying for the next three-year cycle (FY18 - FY20) should contact Expansion Arts Program Manager Janet Harney.

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

Janet Harney
(501) 324-9782

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