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Catalyzing Impact Grant Program

Grants to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana
Nonprofits for Arts and Cultural Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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ArtsWave

Conf. Date:

02/09/21

Deadline Date:

03/03/21 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for a wide range of arts and cultural heritage projects. New applicants are required to contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support projects that promote access, equity, and inclusiveness. Applicants should be based in the greater Cincinnati-Middletown area (OH-KY-IN MSA).

The purpose of the Catalyzing Impact Grant Program is to encourage a breadth of programming through arts and cultural heritage projects that support the goals of ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action. ArtsWave believes that strong arts create strong communities and actively seeks to promote access, equity, and inclusiveness in its grantmaking.

Eligible Requests: The Catalyzing Impact Grant Program provides funding for arts or cultural heritage projects that support one of the five goals of ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action. A project is defined as a specific, connected set of activities with a start date, end date, and explicit goals and objectives (see Appendix B for more application definitions). Projects with multiple components and/or event dates must show a cohesive theme that ties the entire project together.

Eligible project requests may include a new project or an existing project that demonstrates an expansion of impact.

Receiving a Catalyzing Impact grant is a competitive process. Organizations proposing existing projects that have been funded through the Catalyzing Impact program in previous fiscal years should be prepared to demonstrate how the proposed work is expanding impact.

Examples may include:

  • Serving a new or expanded geography (e.g., neighborhood, municipality, or county);
  • Serving a new or expanded audience (e.g., age or culturally specific) or
  • Deepening impact within an existing project (e.g., expanded themes, content, or timeframe)

Funding is intended for new or expanded arts or cultural heritage projects that support one of the goals of the Blueprint for Collective Action:

  • To be a more competitive region for talent attraction by leveraging arts that are perceived as extraordinary
  • To deepen feelings of engagement and connection to the community by widening participation in arts experiences, especially those that resonate with adults age 40 and under
  • To promote cross-cultural understanding by increasing the availability and accessibility of arts experiences that include and represent all races and ethnicities
  • To enhance the vibrancy of neighborhoods, particularly those that are underserved and/or revitalizing, by increasing the availability and accessibility of arts organizations and opportunities
  • To promote the development of 21st century skills by ensuring that all children in the region, particularly those that are underserved, have access to multiple arts opportunities

For additional details on the Blueprint for Collective Action, see the Appendix: https://www.artswave.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/fy2021-catalyzing-impact-grant-guidelines---round-24a5c83c51beb6cbeb61cff0000e19453.pdf?sfvrsn=aeb7ef28_2#page=8

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175914

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will be made up to $10,000 or 50% of the total expenses for the proposed project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the FY2019 Catalyzing Impact Grant Program, an organization must meet all the following requirements:
- Have a 501(c)3 tax status or be non-profit in nature with an established fiscal agent.
- Be based in the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN MSA.
- Have not received a Sustaining Impact or Capital Grant in FY2020.
- Does not currently have an active Catalyzing Impact Grant or Capital Grant with ArtsWave and has completed successfully all previous Catalyzing Impact or Capital grant requirements.
- Have not received a FY21 Catalyzing Impact Round 1 Grant.
- Have not received funding for the proposed project through another ArtsWave project
grant since January 1, 2020
- Embody ArtsWave’s commitment to access, equity, and inclusiveness.

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.

ArtsWave will not award grant support to organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws, or practices, discriminate against a person or group because of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief. In doing so, ArtsWave seeks to promote respect for all people.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

ArtsWave will host a free, online webinar to go over the Catalyzing Impact Grant Program Guidelines, the application process, and any questions you might have about the program. The webinar will be held on February 9, 2021 at 10 am.

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fy2021-artswave-catalyzing-impact-round-2-grant-program-webinar-tickets-138845513669

Pre-Application Information:

All application materials must be submitted through the online grantmaking system by 5:00 pm EST on March 3, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted

Key Dates:
Round 1:
- Application Deadline: September 17, 2020
- Funding Decision: October 30, 2020
- Project Start Date: Fall/Winter

Round 2:
- Application Deadline: March 3, 2021
- Funding Decision: April 9, 2021
- Project Start Date: Spring/Summer 2021

First-time applicants must contact ArtsWave to schedule an introductory phone call at least one week prior to the application deadline. Please contact Kate Kennedy to schedule.

Organizations may only submit one application per deadline, and organizations may only receive one Catalyzing Impact Grant in a single fiscal year.

Grants received through the Catalyzing Impact Grant Program are matching grants through which applicants are expected to leverage ArtsWave funds to secure support from outside sources. The grant program requires a 1:1 match by the applicant. Up to 50% of an organization’s matching dollars can come from in-kind contributions. Matching funds do not need to be secured at the time of application, but documentation of the source(s) of matching funds will be required in the final report. For purposes of determining the value, volunteer time should be calculated at $27.20 per hour (Independent Sector, 2020).

All application materials must be submitted via Submittable, ArtsWave’s online grantmaking system. It is strongly recommended that applicants begin the online application well before the due date to become familiar with the online grantmaking system and to address any technical concerns.

Contact Information:

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

Application: https://artswave.submittable.com/submit/c983b38d-f88d-4f90-913e-2017fb4698fd/fy2021-catalyzing-impact-grant-application-round-2

For questions and to schedule a pre-application meeting, contact:
Krista Bondi
Krista.Bondi@ArtsWave.org

Additional application questions may be directed to Kate Kennedy, Chief Operating Officer, at kate.kennedy@artswave.org.

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Cincinnati, OH 45202

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