Organizations Providing Professional Development Opportunities for Artists

Grants to West Virginia Nonprofits to
Support the Career Development of Artists

GrantWatch ID#: 175002
Agency Type:


West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) - West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA)

10/01/17 Postmarked

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Grants of up to $5,000 to West Virginia nonprofit arts and community organizations to support underserved artists in improving and expanding their work. Funding may be requested for programs that enable artists to gain the support and skills they need to grow thriving arts-based businesses and careers.

This program 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
-What are some examples of eligible activities?
-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

Grants provide up to 50 percent of eligible costs, not to exceed $5,000 per funding cycle.

Projects may occur between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018.

Eligible organizations:
-501(c)(3) WV not-for-profit arts organizations
-501(c)(3) WV community organizations incorporating the arts into their mission

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

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.

In addition to the program guidelines, all grants must adhere to the West Virginia Commission on the Arts General Guidelines (attached below).

General Eligibility:

-Organizations must be exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be chartered in West Virginia as a nonprofit organization for at least one year prior to application. Organizations currently in the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) status may use a qualifying nonprofit as a fiscal agent for arts related projects.

-State, local and county governmental agencies must include a letter from an appropriate official certifying the organization as a governmental unit.

-All applicants must include a Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN) that is issued in the name of the applicant organization.

-Local, county, and state agencies must demonstrate that the arts programs they are sponsoring serve the community-at-large and are not restricted to special populations.

-Public or private educational institutions (such as elementary and secondary schools) and school boards are eligible. Private educational institutions must be nonprofit and meet the tax-exempt requirements listed above.

-Public and private colleges and universities must demonstrate arts service to the community-at-large with no restriction to campus or special populations. Colleges and universities may apply for a maximum of 33% of eligible costs. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply for 50% of eligible costs in all NEA Initiatives. Colleges and universities are not eligible to apply for Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources grants.

-Cross-state-border projects initiated by a West Virginia arts organization must demonstrate clear service to West Virginia audiences.

-All organizational applicants must have a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) Number and active registration in the Central Contractors Registration (CCR).

What the WVCA Does Not Fund:

-Annual programs previously funded locally
-Public or private primary, secondary, or higher education teaching faculty/staff positions
-Positions that supplant K-12 certified teachers
-Country, pop, or rock bands
-Fundraisers or projects associated with fundraising
-Social dances
-Historical research
-Historical re-enactments
-General operating costs (except in Arts Partners support category)
-Administrative costs (unless specifically outlined in extended guidelines)
-Royalty fees
-Hospitality expenses
-Music or instrument purchases (Except for Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources Grants)
-Space rental
-School-based student awards, competitions or exhibits
-Travel expenses for school groups to perform or compete (i.e.: marching bands, drama clubs, choruses)
-Non-arts related projects
-Overhead costs, such as maintenance and security
-Costs of publishing or self-publishing
-Printing (other than prospectus or catalogs for WV artists)

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. If the postmark deadline for a grant program falls on a weekend, the postmark deadline moves to the first following work day.

Round One
-February 1: Application Deadline
-March: Panel Review held
-July: Notification of Award

Round Two:
-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.

Elizabeth Yeager, Individual Artist Coordinator
304-558-0240, extension 152

Submit your completed package to:

West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Attention: Elizabeth Yeager
The Culture Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300

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