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Decentralization (DEC) Grants Program - GO ART! Arts Education Grant (Spark Grant)

Grants to Genesee and Orleans Counties, New York Nonprofits
and Individual Artists for Educational Arts Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) - Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council

Conf. Date:

08/09/18

Deadline Date:

09/28/18 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Genesee and Orleans Counties, New York nonprofits and artists partnered with public schools for integrated arts education programs. Applicants who did not attend a grant workshop in 2017 are required to attend one before submitting an application. Funding is intended to engage K-12 students and senior learners in the arts.

The Arts Education Program (Spark Grant) is offered in two funding strands: K-12 In-School Projects and After-School and Community-based Learning. Funds can support arts education projects that take place in school during the school day and/or in after-school and community-based settings for youth and/or senior learners. Emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. Intercurricular collaboration for in-school projects is encouraged but not required.

Spark Grants strive to build the capacity of local teaching artists and nonprofit arts organizations while providing K-12 public school students and/or senior learners high-quality artistic learning experiences.

Project requirements:
- Sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of 3 sequential hands-on learning sessions.
- In-depth, age and skills appropriate learning opportunities.
- Hands-on, participatory creation and/or learning opportunities in one or more art forms that may culminate in exhibitions, productions, or demonstrations.
- Stated learning goals, methodologies and outcomes and a means for evaluation.
- Spark Grant funds must not replace, or appear to replace, the role of certified arts teachers in schools.
- Support should be primarily directed toward artist fees but may include scholarship support, administrative support and the cost of materials.
- For all applicants working in partnership with a Public School:
A letter of commitment from the partner school to the arts organization or artist must be included with the application in order to be eligible for funding. The letter of commitment must outline in detail the partner(s) support of the project (monetarily and otherwise) and anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved. The partnership letter should be on the partner(s) letterhead and signed by the principal.
- For artists or unincorporated entities working in partnership with a Community-based Organization:
A letter of commitment from the community-based partner to the artist arts organization or unincorporated entity must be included with the application in order to be eligible for funding. The letter of commitment must outline in detail the partner(s) support of the project (monetarily and otherwise) and anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved. The partnership letter should be on the partner(s) letterhead and signed by the director of the partner organization.
- It is recommended that support materials include lesson plans, evaluation plan, video/photo work.

Eligible expenses:
Remember this is a project support grant program, all expenses should be related to supporting a specific project.
- Artist fees for performing, teaching, or providing services
- Marketing/publicity costs
- Direct administrative expenses related to the proposed project
- Expendable project –related supplies and materials
- Project-related travel expenses
- Project-related rental of space and equipment
- Project-related technical fees

Program priorities:
- First time applicants
- Applicants that have applied and not received funding consecutively in the past two years
- School districts in geographically isolated areas
- School districts in low-income areas
- Collaborative projects
- Projects that include payment to artists for work
- New projects

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174014

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Project period: January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Must have a permanent address in the same county the project is taking place
- Nonprofit organizations: An eligible nonprofit organization with a permanent address in the same county as the public school may apply for funds. A letter of support from the public school is required.
- Individual artists partnering with the school: Individual artists or unincorporated entities may apply directly to this program by partnering with the school. The applicant artist must reside in the same county as the partnering school. If awarded, funds will be disbursed to the individual directly.
- Fiscal sponsor: For individuals or groups that do not reside in the same county as the partnering school, an eligible nonprofit organization with a permanent address in the school’s county may agree to receive funds for the project and pass them on to the individual. A fiscal sponsorship letter from the sponsoring organization is required in the application. If awarded, funds will be disbursed to the fiscal sponsor to be passed on to the Individual Artist.
- Must be over the age of 18

Ineligible applicants:
- Public or private schools districts, universities, or colleges
- Departments or agencies of New York State (this includes BOCES)
- Applicants with outstanding final reports from prior year GO ART! grants
- Applicants living outside of the county in which the grant project is taking place without a fiscal sponsor
- Organizations or individuals that have applied directly to the New York State Council on the Arts for the 2019 grant cycle, regardless of funding status. This includes NYSCA REDC.
- Organizations or individuals that have applied for the exact same project 3 years in a row (starting with 2019’s application)

Ineligible expenses:
Funding will not be provided for the items listed below. By including ineligible expenses in your budget or narrative, you may disqualify your entire application from being considered. If you have questions about expenses, just ask!
- General operating expenses
- Operating expenses of privately owned facilities
- Permanent equipment or capital improvements
- Cash prizes, juried shows, scholarships, fellowships, awards to students
- Activities to not open to the general public such as camps or clubs
- Events that take place in private homes or studios
- Entertainment costs including food/drink or receptions/parties/fundraisers
- Creation of textbooks or classroom materials
- Programs in which children are used as professional artists (paid a fee)
- Regrants by applicants to fund other activities
- Activities that are non-arts related including balloons, clowns, magic
- Projects that are recreational, liturgical (for the purpose of worship), therapeutic, or rehabilitative in nature
- At-risk social service programs when the focus is primarily for rehabilitative or therapeutic purposes
- Acquisition of works of art, art restoration, or art preservation
- Contingency funds
- Lobbying expenses

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants (new and old) that did not attend a workshop in 2017 for the 2018 grant cycle are required to attend an informational seminar.

Free DEC Grant Workshop Dates:

- Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
GO ART! 201 E. Main St, Batavia, NY

- Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Holley Community Free Library, 86 Public Square, Holley, NY

- Saturday, July 28, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
GO ART!, 201 E. Main St, Batavia, NY

- Wednesday, August 1, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Lee Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Ave, Medina, NY

- Thursday, August 2, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Yates Community Library, 15 North Main St, Lyndonville, NY

- Saturday, August 4, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
Woodward Memorial Library, 7 Wolcott St, LeRoy, NY

- Tuesday, August 7, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Salih Studio, 24 E Bank St, Albion, NY

- Wednesday, August 8, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Byron Bergen Public Library, 18 South Lake Ave, Bergen, NY

- Thursday, August 9, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Corfu Free Library, 7 Maple Ave, Corfu, NY

Pre-Application Information:

Spark Grant Deadline - September 28, 2018. The application portal will open on July 23, 2018.

If you would like your application reviewed by the DEC Coordinator it must be emailed to Jodie Fisher by September 14th, 2018.

The Arts Education Grant award will not fund more than 75% of an applicant’s total expenses.

Common Core Standards:
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: http://www.goart.submittable.com/

If you have any questions about the DEC Grants Program please contact Jodi Fisher via email at jfisher@goart.org or by phone at (585)343-9313.

Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council
Seymour Place
201 East Main Street
Batavia, New York 14020

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Genesee and Orleans Counties