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Grants to Arkansas Arts Nonprofits
for Operating Expenses

General Operating Support (GOS) Program

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Arkansas Arts Council (AAC)

LOI Date:

12/03/21

Deadline Date:

01/21/22

Description:

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Grants to Arkansas nonprofit arts organizations to support general, non-programmatic operating expenses. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full application. Eligible expenses may include administrative staff salaries, facility rental and maintenance, general marketing and fundraising costs, utilities, staff travel, or other expenses associated with the general operation of the organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176391

Estimated Size of Grant:

The requested amount for these grants must be between 7 and 12 percent of the total income from the organization’s last adjusted operating income based on budget size.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The program is for local arts agencies or single discipline arts organizations with total incomes between $50,000 and $999,999.

Under these guidelines, funding for organizations is not available for:
- Deficits or start-up costs for new organizations
- Contingency funds
- Contributions and donations to other organizations or individuals
- Building renovations or capital expenditures for facilities
- Entertainment expenses, including busses for field trips, tickets to performances, or refreshments
- Tuition for academic study or any form of scholarship or student financial aid
- Faulty salaries, and additionally, staff salaries in Arts in Education grants
- Lobbying expenses
- Interest and other financial costs

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- December 3, 2021: Deadline for Letter of Intent for new or returning FY23 General Operating Support and Major Arts Partners applications
- January 21, 2022 Deadline for FY23 General Operating Support and Major Arts Partners GOS Grant applications. Panel review: March 3-4, 2022

The grant requires some matching funds.

It is recommended that applicants speak with the appropriate grant program manager before submitting any Arkansas Arts Council grant application. Complete applications must be submitted online by the date of the deadline for a specific grand program. Application forms are available through the Arkansas Arts Council's Grants Portal and the Individual Fellowship Artist Grants Portal.

Applications will not be accepted online unless all required pieces are submitted. Late applications will not be accepted unless the applicant demonstrates good cause for missing the deadline. Good cause generally will be limited to events or factors beyond the applicant's control - such as natural disasters - and will be determined by the Arkansas Arts Council's Executive Director.

Contact Information:

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

Grant Portal:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=arkansasheritage

Direct questions to:
Drekkia Morning
Arts in Education Program Manager
501.324.9769
Drekkia.Morning@arkansas.gov

Jess Anthony
Grant Programs Manager
501.324.9768
jess.anthony@arkansas.gov

Arkansas Arts Council
1100 North Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

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