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Folk Arts Cultural Preservation Project Grant

Grants to Utah Nonprofits and Individual Artists for the Preservation,
Presentation, and Documentation of Traditional Art Forms

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Utah Division of Arts and Museums (UA&M)

Deadline Date:

05/10/21 5:00 PM MST


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Utah nonprofit organizations and individual artists for projects involving the preservation, presentation, and documentation of traditional art forms. Project types may include classes, workshops, and other group learning activities. Funding may be used to support workshops, classes, and other small group learning activities or for expenses such as videography, photography, conservation or exhibition materials, or cultural events.

Applicants should describe a project plan that clearly articulates how they will educate or impart traditional folk skills to other members of the shared culture group. Group teaching scenarios may consist of short-term intensive workshops or may be regularly scheduled classes that take place over a six-month period. Cultural events and exhibits may be either recurring or one-time. 

Funds may be used for:

  • In-state travel expenses (mileage) for participating artists.
  • Supplies, tools, and other materials (excluding purchased musical instruments, outfits, or costumes) needed for completion of project.
  • Rental of Audio Visual equipment needed for completion of project.
  • Fees for teaching artists and/or presenters.
  • Conservation materials to preserve important traditional artifacts (must be on public display) of a specific community or region.
  • Documentation to increase public awareness of folk art traditions and assist in their preservation.
  • Costs directly related with production of public folk arts events (festivals, concerts, gatherings) which help to preserve cultural heritage within a community.
    • UA&M expects accommodations/considerations to be made concerning health and safety guidelines around safe social gatherings during COVID-19.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175020

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2,000

Term of Contract:

Ensure all grant funds are spent before December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

UA&M restricts its funding to artists and organizations based in and primarily serving the residents of Utah. For the purposes of the Folk Arts Cultural Preservation Project Grant, an American Indian artist or group outside of Utah is eligible to receive grant funding as long as the applicant is based in Utah.

Who Can Apply: Organizations/Clubs/Societies
- Utah-based programs focused on preserving, presenting, or documenting the culture of a specific ethnic, tribal, occupational, religious, or regional group. Nonprofit status is not required but the group will need a designated fiscal agent in order to receive payment. Note: Due to limited financial resources, UA&M will prioritize organizations and individuals who have not received other funds from other grants, scholarships or fellowships offered by UA&M.

The agency allows fiscal sponsorship for project grants only, not General Operating Support.

Not funded:
- Historical re-enactment projects
- General operating support
- Out-of-state travel
- Academic awards and/or work, including fellowships, scholarships, or tuition fees for student work; as well as in-school curriculum projects and/or projects that are part of a required course or curriculum.
- Purchase of commercially manufactured costumes, outfits, or instruments
- Projects completed prior to June 1, 2021.

Pre-Application Information:

- Grant Opens: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
- Grant Closes: Monday, May 10, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. MST
- Panel Review: May 2021
- Funding Notification: June 2021
- Project Completion: before December 31, 2021
- Payment Disbursed: after contract has been processed
- Final Report Due: January 14, 2022

You will need a portal account to access the grant applications. If you do not have one, please submit a new user request through the portal or contact the grants staff. Creation of an account can take up to two days.

Video Applicants: If you would like to submit a video application start by reviewing the application questions (starting on page 5 of this document) so you know what questions to answer. When you are ready, record yourself using your computer or cellphone answering these questions. DO NOT add in any extra information or provide answers to questions that are not part of the application.
- You will need to contact the Folk Arts Manager once you have recorded your video so she can assist you with creating a link to the video for your application.

DUNS Number: All organizations will need a DUNS Number, which is free to apply for (this is not required for Individual Folk Artists)

Organizations may receive funding for only one grant opportunity through UA&M in a fiscal year. If an individual received artist emergency funding through UA&M they are still eligible for this grant with their organization. No cash match is required but UA&M will need to see examples of community support and any in-kind contributions (services or products you are not paying for) should be described in the application.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

If you have any questions, please contact: Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at lalder@utah.gov801.236.7550 or Racquel Cornali, Grants Coordinator, at or 801.236.7541

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