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Neighborhood Arts and Festivals Grant Program

Grants to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Nonprofits
for Recurring Arts and Culture Events

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Deadline Date:

12/20/17 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana nonprofits in the Greater Cincinnati area for recurring, local public arts or cultural events, with priority given to events in economically disadvantaged communities. First-time applicants must meet with program staff at least one week before the deadline. Funding is intended to increase exposure and access to arts and cultural heritage events.

All applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

- Extent to which the proposed event supports ArtsWave’s efforts to ensure that the impact of the arts is felt and celebrated throughout the entire region
- Demonstrated understanding of the neighborhood
- Strength of the proposed efforts to ensure the entire neighborhood is reflected in the attendance of the event

Organizations with missions that are not directly concerned with arts or cultural heritage are encouraged to apply for support of arts or cultural heritage programming.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175912

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards are up to $5,000 or 75% of the total expenses for the event.

Term of Contract:

The event start date must be prior to December 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the FY2017 Neighborhood Arts and Festivals Grant Program, an organization must meet all of the following criteria:

- Have a 501(c)3 tax status or be non-profit in nature
- Be based in the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN MSA, which includes the following counties: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren Counties in Ohio; Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton Counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn, Ohio and Union Counties in Indiana
- Be based in the neighborhood in which the event will take place
- Have not received a Sustaining Impact, Catalyzing Impact, or Capital Grant in FY2017
- Does not currently have an active Project Grant or Capital Grant with ArtsWave

The Neighborhood Arts and Festivals Grant Program provides funding for recurring neighborhood-based arts or cultural heritage events.
- Neighborhoods are defined as geographic places that people feel related to and where they have relationships with each other. Recurring events are defined as a specific, connected set of planned activities that are held on a regular or semi-regular basis.
- Recurring events with multiple components must show that there is a cohesive theme that ties the components

Events must be free and open to the public. While the sale of items at the event is permitted, admission or entry fees are prohibited. If donations are requested at the event, the donations must be used to cover expenses for the event.

Neighborhood Arts and Festivals Grants cannot be requested for any of the following:
- General operating support
- Fundraisers
- Re-granting
- Advancing or inhibiting a particular religious ideology
- Advocacy of specific political causes or candidates

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017 by 5:00 PM EST via the online portal. First-time applicants must contact ArtsWave to schedule a brief interview at least one week prior to the application deadline.

Organizations may only submit one application per deadline. Organizations may only receive one Neighborhood Arts and Festivals Grant in a single fiscal year.

Contact Information:

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

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For questions or to schedule a brief interview, please contact Kara Shibiya at or 513-632-0128.

20 East Central Parkway
Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Dearborn, Ohio, and Union counties;   Kentucky: Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton counties;   Ohio: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties