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Catalyzing Impact Grant Program

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

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

09/17/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for 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).

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

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.
- 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.
- Embody ArtsWave’s commitment to access, equity, and inclusiveness.

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 August 12, 2020.

For details and to register, please visit this link:

Pre-Application Information:

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

Round 2:
- Application Deadline: March 2021
- Funding Decision: April 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. Round 1 applicants should contact Krista Bondi by September 11, 2020.

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.


For questions and to schedule a pre-application meeting, contact:
Krista Bondi

20 East Central Parkway, Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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