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Kentucky Crafted Program

In-Kind Grants to Kentucky Visual and Craft
Artists for Marketing and Business Training

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Kentucky Arts Council

Deadline Date:

08/15/19 4:30 PM ET


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In-kind grants of business training and marketing assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists who create original work. Selected artists will be eligible to be included in an online craft directory, exhibit at a State craft fair, receive introductions to business opportunities and referrals to galleries and buyers, and receive professional development support. The purpose of the program is to support professional visual and craft artists and promote a diverse selection of high-quality art in Kentucky. Applicants should have a well-developed body of work and some marketing experience.

Program goals:
- Identify artists whose work shows artistic excellence and high quality craftsmanship.
- Help Kentucky visual and craft artists market their work regionally, nationally and internationally.
- Encourage the production of superb art and craft products.
- Provide retailers, galleries, businesses, government entities and the public with access to exemplary works of art and craft.
- Promote Kentucky as a leading producer of high quality art and craft in order to enhance tourism and economic development.

Program benefits:
- Use of the Kentucky Crafted logo, nationally recognized as a symbol of artistic excellence and quality craftsmanship.
- Representation in the Kentucky Arts Council’s online Kentucky Crafted Directory.
- Eligibility to exhibit at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, an annual wholesale/retail arts marketplace produced by the Kentucky Arts Council.
- Introductions to national wholesale marketing opportunities.
- Opportunities to participate in various state-sponsored displays, exhibits, events, and promotions.
- Referrals to wholesale buyers, galleries, show organizers, state agencies, corporate buyers, and the media.
- Access to professional development through conferences, workshops, and new initiatives.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172303

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Visual and craft artists who do original work in any medium, are full-time residents of Kentucky and are 18 years of age or older are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence or have permission from the Department of Homeland Security to work permanently in the U.S.

Applicants must have been legal Kentucky residents for a period of at least six months immediately before the application deadline (e.g., legal residency must have begun no later than Feb. 15, 2019, for applications due Aug. 15, 2019).

To maintain eligibility, participants in the program must:
- Remain full-time residents of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
- Actively produce and market adjudicated work.
- Complete an annual Creative Industry Report (eligibility renewal form).
- Attend initial orientation session in Frankfort.
- Inform your legislators of your inclusion in the program.

- All digitally created or manipulated work must be derived from your original imagery. Digital impressions of appropriated images, such as clip art, downloaded paintings, prints, drawings, etc., are not allowed.
- All work samples submitted must have been created in 2017, 2018, or 2019.
- Artwork created under the supervision of an instructor within an undergraduate or graduate degree program is ineligible.
- Applicants who create work in different media must submit separate entries for each medium. Each entry must contain five work samples and marketing copy. Applicants may submit up to three entries by medium in a single application.
- Pieces made from items purchased and decorated or created by combining purchased commercial objects are ineligible. Exceptions are made for pieces in which commercial or found objects play a subordinate role to the overall design.
- Handcrafted components used in original artwork may be submitted as a sample only if a resulting finished product is also submitted for inclusion in the program. For example, samples of handspun wool used in making wool hats must be accompanied by samples of the finished hats.
- Work that appears to be Native American but was not made by a Native American is prohibited, as stipulated in the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 with expanded criminal penalties in the Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act of 2010.

The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 makes it illegal to sell, or display for sale, any product not made by Native American Indians in a way that falsely suggests it was. If submitting authentic Native American work, please also submit a copy of your membership card in a federal or state-recognized Native American Indian tribe, band, nation or organized group or community with your entry.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by August 15, 2019, at 4:30 PM, Eastern Time.

Program Timeline:
- Application deadline: Aug. 15, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.
- Deadline for submission of support materials: Aug. 15, 2019
- Work sample shipping delivery: Sept. 9-13, 2019
- Work sample hand delivery: Sept. 17, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Review of applications by panel: Sept. 18, 2019
- Work sample pick up: Sept. 19, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Applicant notification: Oct. 1, 2019
- Program Agreement Form due: 15 days after receipt of notification
- New Participant and Market Orientation: Oct. 18, 2019
- Kentucky Crafted Market 2020: March 2020

The New Participant and Market Orientation is mandatory for all successful applicants. However, participation at The Kentucky Crafted Market is voluntary.

Five samples of your original work, per entry, must be shipped or hand delivered to the Frankfort address (see below) for adjudication as part of the application process. Shipped work samples must arrive at the arts council office between Sept. 9 and 13, 2019. Hand-delivered samples must arrive between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern time, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

The arts council requires all applicants to apply for a DUNS number. Apply online at


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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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Use the following address for shipping work samples:

Kentucky Arts Council
Attn: Dave Blevins
1025 Capital Center Drive, Third Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601-8205

Use the following address for hand delivered work samples:

Franklin County Extension Office
101 Lakeview Ct., Room G
Frankfort, KY 40601-8205

Emailed supporting materials to:

Dave Blevins, Arts Marketing Director
888-833-2787 (toll free)

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USA: Kentucky