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Youth Arts Grants

Grants to Wake County, North Carolina Nonprofit Arts
Organizations for Arts Education Activities Designed for Youth

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United Arts Council

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to Wake County, North Carolina nonprofit arts and cultural organizations for arts activities with educational value that are designed for youth. Representatives must attend an application workshop if the applicant did not receive funding in the last grant cycle. Activities must be for PreK through 12th-grade students and take place outside of the formal school environment, school day, or school year. Examples include summer arts camps, after-school and track-out arts programs, classes, workshops, master classes, community residencies, and performing arts series for youth.

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications in the Youth Arts grant category will be reviewed and scored by a grant peer review panel according to the following criteria:

Artistic Quality, Merit, Integrity 40%:
- Professional artistic direction and vision
- Relationship between applicant’s stated mission, goals, environment, and history of artistic accomplishment to program's goals and activities
- Qualifications, background, and expertise of the artists, instructors, or staff involved
- Potential of activities to extend participants' knowledge and/or skills in the arts and/or other curriculum areas
- Quality and clarity of program plans and potential for proposed activities to meet program goals

Community Impact 30%:
- Demonstrated awareness of, and response to, the needs and interests of a diverse community and audience
- Engagement/impact on audiences and participants
- Efforts to involve a diversity of participants
- Involvement of avocational and/or professional artists
- Degree to which the organization seeks to work collaboratively and share resources with other community groups

Program Management 10%:
- Administrative capacity, resources, planning and expertise to ensure success
- Effective marketing
- Appropriate evaluation strategies that are matched to program goals

Financial Management of Organization 10%:
- Financial stability
- Fiscal responsibility

Compliance 10%:
- Completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of application
- Completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of reports and other requirements

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168312

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum Grant Request: Eligible applications must:request at least $1,000.

Maximum Grant Request: Applicants may apply for a maximum of $20,000 or up to 20% of their Youth Arts program expenses, whichever is less. Although no specific cash match is required, United Arts will not provide more than 20% of a grantee’s actual program expenses through a Youth Arts grant.

Applicants with total proposed revenue budgets of $2 million or more may apply for a maximum of $10,000 or 20% of their youth arts program expenses, whichever is less.

Term of Contract:

Eligible programs must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for Youth Arts grants must:

- Be a non-profit arts/cultural organization with 501(c)(3) state and federal tax-exempt status;
- Be in Good Standing as defined in General Grant Policies (previous recipients only);
- Maintain a board of directors which meets at least quarterly;
- Have had at least three years of programming;
- Have an internal review if organization's actual gross revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year is equal to or less than $299,999;
- Have an independent audit performed annually by a Certified Public Accountant if organization's actual gross revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year is $300,000 or greater;
- Have fundraising and administrative expenses that did not exceed 25% of total cash revenue according to the most recently audited/reviewed fiscal year;
- Have nondiscrimination, conflict of interest, and accessibility policies;
- Attend an application workshop (if required); and
- Meet with United Arts staff (if required).

Eligible applications must be for arts-related programming to take place in Wake County.

Please Note: Applicants in the Youth Arts category may submit an additional application in one other category, excluding New Generation and School categories.

United Arts funds may not be used for the following expenditures:

- Deficit reduction
- Contributions to cash reserves and/or endowment funds
- Loan repayments, interest and/or penalties, fines or litigation costs
- Capital expenses (e.g., buildings, roads, major immobile equipment, furniture, fixtures or musical instruments, artwork, etc.)
- Fundraising events and activities
- Food or beverage for hospitality or entertainment functions
- Private events closed to the general public and activities restricted to an organization’s membership
- Lobbying expenses
- Tuition for academic study
- Programs in the following areas: acrobatics, aerobic dance, art therapy, beauty pageants, clowning, comedy, cosmetology, face painting, fashion shows, gemology, juggling, karaoke, magic shows, martial arts, mineralogy, modeling, nature presentations, pageants, quiz bowl presentations, talent shows
- Scholarships and awards for use outside the applicant’s programming
- Projects of a religious nature designed to promote or inhibit religious belief and/or practice and which have no basic underlying secular theme or topics
- Competition prizes

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Workshops:

Representatives must attend an application workshop if the applicant did not receive funding in the last grant cycle. Attending an application workshop is optional for current grantees unless staff requires that an organization attend. Staff recommends that any returning applicant with a new grant writer attend an application workshop. At these workshops, United Arts staff will assist applicants with the process by discussing eligibility requirements, grant requirements, and tips on how to submit a competitive application. Please review guidelines before attending a workshop.

Application workshops are held at the United Arts Council office. Please register in advance for workshops to

Non-profit Arts/Cultural Organization Applicants:
Thursday, January 10, 2019, 10:30 am
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 5:00 pm

Application Review Appointments:

United Arts staff are available for individual appointments with applicants to review drafts of application materials and to provide feedback. Appointments will be held during the month of February.

Although any applicant may request an appointment, applicants applying in new categories are required to meet with staff. Staff may also request an appointment, attendance at which is mandatory. Applications will not be accepted from any applicant who does not meet with staff as required.

To give staff time to review draft proposals appropriately, applicants must submit a draft narrative and budget via email at least two working days before the appointment.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted once a year. The deadline for 2019-20 applications is Thursday, March 7, 2019.

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

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Direct questions about programming grants to:
Ragen Carlile
(919) 839-1498 x209

United Arts Council
410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: (919) 839-1498
Fax: (919) 839-6002

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Wake County