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Developing Arts Grant (DAG) Program

Grants to Kansas Arts Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions to Improve Organizational Effectiveness

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City of Wichita, Division of Arts and Cultural Services

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03/09/20 5:00 PM (Receipt)


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Kansas nonprofit arts organizations to improve organizational effectiveness. Funding is intended to support developing and small organizations that present, produce, and create arts programs and cultural activities. Eligible organizations must serve the City of Wichita residents.

The Mission of the Cultural Funding Program: The City of Wichita will strive to encourage and provide financial support to the arts and cultural organizations that demonstrate and document excellence in quality artistic and cultural programs, professional artistic and administrative staffing, financial stability and their contribution to the community at large. The objective is to provide fiduciary support to exemplary organizations, which contribute to the quality of life and add to the economic growth and vitality of the community.

Developing Arts grant money funds:

  • Funding for workshops, seminars, conferences and professional consultations including fees, registrations, required support materials and travel 
  • Website, social media and marketing development including professional and consultation fees 
  • Computer/hardware/software purchases 
  • Strategic planning 
  • Board development

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GrantWatch ID#: 167573

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum dollar limit for a Developing Arts grant request is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Funds must be expended in 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Developing Arts Application is open to all arts and cultural organizations that meet eligibility criteria as outlined below.
An eligible applicant is one that meets all of the following criteria:
- Its mission statement must align with the following definition:
"An organization that provides education and artistic leadership to the public through the production, exhibition, advancement, or preservation of visual or performing art, literature, film, science, natural, or cultural history."
- Is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
- Its primary purpose is to produce or present arts or cultural programs.
- Must serve the citizens of the City of Wichita.
- Cannot be a “Cultural Institution” The Cultural Arts Plan defines “Cultural Institutions” as arts and cultural organizations with operations and activities owned and/or operated by the City of Wichita.
- Must have a minimum of two (2) years of operational history serving the citizens of Wichita.
- The organization must have full-time professional management and/or cultural/artistic staff.
- Must present a full season of exhibitions or performances.
- Needs to be ADA compliant.
- Must be an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable requirements of the City of Wichita Revised Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment /Affirmative Action Program Requirements Statement for Contracts or Agreements.

Funding Limitations:
- Eligible organizations must have an operational expense budget of less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) annually based on the prior year’s actual expenses.
- Eligible organizations may apply for Cultural Funding provided they meet the eligibility requirements for application.
- Each grant applicant may submit only one (1) Developing Arts Grant application each annual grant cycle.
- Applicants may not be funded more than five (5) times total and no more than two (2) consecutive years for the same allowable expenditures.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2020.

- Monday, January 13, 2020: Application is available to organizations
- Monday, January 13, 2020 through Monday, March 2, 2020: The Division of Arts & Cultural Services staff is available to answer questions and review drafts of applications for content.
- Monday, March 9, 2020, 5 p.m.: Submission Deadline for the FY2021 Application
- Thursday, April 30, 2020, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Deliberations - Cultural Funding Committee members meet to deliberate funding recommendations.
- Thursday, May 7, 2020, Noon to 5 p.m. (if necessary): Continuation of Deliberations if needed.
- Thursday, June 4, 2020: Finalize recommendations for Wichita City Council

Successful applicants are required to match funds received on a one-to-one basis. In-kind donations will qualify as match for this grant.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with The Division of Arts and Cultural Services staff to review the application requirements and answer any questions regarding the application or process. The staff is available through March 2, 2020 to review the organization’s grant. An organization who has questions regarding its eligibility should request a determination prior to submitting an application.

Completed applications must be received (not postmarked) on or before the application deadline. Mail or hand deliver to Division of Arts and Cultural Services.

Contact Information:

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

For determination of qualification and to set a time to meet with Division staff, contact Bernadette Bradshaw:
- Call (316) 303-8663
- Or email

Division of Arts and Cultural Services, Century I, Administrative Offices, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202

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