West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) - West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA)
Grants of up to $5,000 to West Virginia nonprofit organizations working to address the needs of underserved artists. Funding will support programs and activities that assist artists in improving or expanding their artistic work so they may further their careers or arts-based businesses.
The Organizations Providing Professional Development Opportunities for Artists grant program is designed to help West Virginia artists gain the skills and support they need to develop thriving arts careers or arts-based businesses. It provides funding to support nonprofit organizations that offer professional development and skills-building activities, including structured courses, workshops, trainings and unique internship programs to West Virginia artists. To be eligible, activities must be open to the public.
Examples of Eligible Expenses:
-Fees for visiting instructors, trainers and artists
-Travel expenses for visiting instructors, trainers and artists
-Overnight accommodations for visiting instructors, trainers and artists
Examples of eligible activities include teaching or training artists/artisans how to:
-Improve or expand their skills or take their art in a new direction
-Run a successful small business
-Photograph their work
-Build and maintain a professional web site
-Reach global markets
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires cultural organizations to make their programs, services and activities, including employment, accessible to qualified persons with disabilities. ADA is based on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, which mandates nondiscrimination by federal grantees; however, ADA is more comprehensive in its scope. ADA applies whether or not an arts organization receives federal funds.
GrantWatch ID#: 175002
Requests may not to exceed $5,000 per funding cycle.
Round One projects may occur between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Round Two projects may occur between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019.
West Virginia nonprofit 501(c)3 arts organizations in good standing with the West Virginia Commission on the Arts are eligible.
-501(c)(3) WV not-for-profit arts organizations
-501(c)(3) WV community organizations incorporating the arts into their mission
-Organizations are eligible for ONE Professional Development grant award per year
-Arts Partners are NOT eligible for this grant opportunity
Ineligible Project Activities:
-Projects taking place outside of West Virginia
-Projects that are restricted to private or exclusive participation, which includes restricted access on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, or marital status
Applicants must provide a 50% cash match of total project cost. Matching funds may be from federal, foundation, corporate and local private contributions; funds from any state government source may not be counted toward match.
Complete the application and submit to the selected round; deadlines represent a postmark deadline.
-February 1: Application Deadline
-March: Panel Review Held
-July: Notification of Award
-October 1: Application Deadline
-November: Panel Review Held
-January: Notification of Award
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Contact Elizabeth Yeager, Individual Artist Coordinator
304-558-0240, extension 152
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Attention: Elizabeth Yeager
The Culture Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
USA: West Virginia