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Partners in Excellence (PIE) Grants

Grants to Nevada Arts and Cultural Nonprofits to
Support General Operations and Arts Learning

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Nevada Arts Council (NAC)

LOI Date:

01/31/18

Deadline Date:

03/19/18 5:00 PM PST

Description:

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Grants of up to $30,000 to Nevada nonprofit arts and cultural organizations to support general operations. Applicants may be required to submit a proposal draft for review by January 31, 2018. Funding may be requested by organizations throughout the state that provide quality arts programming, arts education initiatives, and cultural leadership.

Funding Components:

1) Arts Learning Component Funding:

To support and expand arts education/learning programming offered by Nevada’s nonprofit arts organizations, the PIE grant category includes an Arts Learning Component (ALC). This add-on funding opportunity of up to $7,500 (1:1 cash match) is designed to support arts organizations with existing arts education/learning programs and to encourage other arts organizations to establish an arts education/learning program as part of their portfolio of services.

Nonprofit arts organizations that conduct arts education/preK–12 programming, but not as the primary mission, may apply for general operating support through a PIE Grant and, if applicable, PIE Arts Learning Component funding.

2) Partners in Excellence (PIE): Tier I

The three levels of PIE: Tier I address the operational needs of Nevada’s smaller budget arts organizations (under $30,000) to medium budget arts organizations ($30,000 to $100,000). With NAC funding, these grantees are encouraged to pursue organizational excellence, capacity building and potentially move up to higher funding levels.

Level 1:
Organizations with budgets smaller than $25,000 may apply for $1,001 to $4,000. Grant request amount must be matched 1:1 by cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Application Criteria: One year of effective programming and a cumulative operating cash budget of at least $30,000 for the past two-year fiscal period. Arts organizations may apply for this grant using a Fiscal Agent if the applicant is in the process of obtaining IRS tax-exempt 501(c)3 status.

Level 2:
Organizations with budgets up to $30,000 may apply for $1,001 to $6,500.

Application Criteria: Applicants must demonstrate two years of effective programming, and an annual cash budget of $35,000 for the past two-year fiscal period, and an operating cash budget of $25,000 in the last fiscal year.

Level 3:
Organizations with budgets larger than $30,000 and less than $100,000 may apply for $1,001 to $8,000.

Application Criteria: Applicant must demonstrate three years of effective programming, including at least one year with professional staff (paid or unpaid), an operating cash budget at least $30,000 in the last fiscal year, and a multi-year plan.

3) Partners in Excellence (PIE): Tier II

Two year grant applications submitted in even fiscal years. Applications for PIE: Tier II Grants are only accepted in the even fiscal year.

This category allows Nevada arts organizations that have established internal stability and sound budgets, and displayed strong artistic programming and consistency, to apply for a two-year grant in every even year. The grantee will receive the same grant amount, as recommended by the panel and approved by the NAC Board, for both years. Tier II-eligible organizations may only apply for a PIE: Tier I grant in the “off-year.”

Level 4:

Organizations with budgets larger than $100,000 and smaller than $275,000 may apply for $1,001 to $16,000.

Application Criteria: Applicants must have professional staff (paid or unpaid) and established programs and services. Applicant must demonstrate four years of effective programming, an operating cash budget of at least $100,000 in the last fiscal year, and a multi-year plan.

Level 5:
Organizations with budgets larger than $275,000 and smaller than $750,000 may apply for $1,001 to $24,000.

Application Criteria: Applicants must have paid professional staff and established programs and services. Applicant must demonstrate four years of effective programming, an operating cash budget of at least $275,000 in the last fiscal year, and a multi-year plan.

Level 6:
Organizations with budgets larger than $750,000 may apply for $1,001 to $30,000.

Application Criteria: Applicants must have paid professional staff and established programs and services. Applicant must demonstrate five years of effective programming, an operating cash budget of at least $750,000 in the last fiscal year, and a multi-year plan. Applicants in this category are required to provide a copy of a Financial Review Statement as part of the Final Report Packet.

To encourage Nevada’s arts organizations to develop Accessibility Plans that demonstrate: (1) compliance with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and (2) incorporation of accessibility into organizational mission and programming; the PIE grant application will include an accessibility component of $500, called the ADA component. ADA material will be reviewed and scored for appropriateness and organizational capability to implement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176808

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Arts Learning Component Funding: Up to $7,500
-Tier I: Level 1: $1,001 - $4,000
-Tier I: Level 2: $1,001 - $6,500
-Tier I: Level 3: $1,001 - $8,000
-Tier II: Level 4: $1,001 - $16,000
-Tier II: Level 5: $1,001 - $24,000
-Tier II: Level 6: $1,001 - $30,000

Term of Contract:

Project dates must fall within the NAC fiscal year, which is July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

Two-year grant applications for PIE Tier II Grants are accepted in the even fiscal year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are Nevada 501(c)3 nonprofit arts/cultural organizations.

Tier 1: Level 1, applicants may use a Fiscal Agent while in the process of establishing nonprofit 501(c)3 status (see page 7 of the Guidelines).

Applicants that are not arts organizations, such as museums, public broadcast stations, etc., must base the grant request on the organizational budget committed to arts programming only.

NAC cannot fund:
- Projects sponsored by organizations that are incorporated as for-profit
- Nonprofit organizations without IRS tax-exempt status, unless the organization has applied to the IRS for tax exemption by the time of application to NAC, and the organization obtains a Fiscal Agent until tax-exempt status is achieved (page 8 of the guidelines)
- Projects, or any portion of projects, that duplicate costs in grants pending with, or received directly from, the National Endowment for the Arts
- Any portion of the same project in more than one grant category, or in another organization’s application, in which duplicate costs are projected during any fiscal year
- More than one application per year in any one category (except when stated)
- Reduction of debts
- Renovation, remodeling, restoration or new construction
- Purchase of permanent equipment
- Costs for receptions, parties, fundraising, benefits, or other hospitality functions, including food purchase not included in per diem allowance
- Fines and penalties
- Interest
- Reserve funds
- Student scholarships/awards for student work
- Preparation for, or travel to, competitions (except for Poetry Out Loud participants)
- Lobbying expenses
- Any portions of projects already completed or underway
- Costs of competition awards
- Publication subvention

Pre-proposal Conference:

Links to pre-recorded webinars are available at http://nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil/grants/4605-2/

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for Tiers I and II is March 19, 2018, 5:00 PM PST.

The deadline for Advance Review is January 31, 2018, 5:00 PM PST.

NAC incorporates an Advance Review to help applicants improve applications and check for mistakes or omissions that might cause ineligibility. Staff reviews narrative and budget sections and support material for consistency and compliance. Feedback is provided to the applicant in time to meet the final submission deadline. (Please note that this is not an editing or prolong review.)

An Advance Review is required for applicants who were declared ineligible, applied but were not funded in the prior year, or have not applied for any NAC annual grants in the previous two years.

Requests for all levels of PIE Grants must reflect a dollar for dollar (1:1) cash match except in Tier 1: Level 1, which may be a mix of cash and in-kind contributions. NAC requires that grantees report all in-kind contributions of goods and services as they have a cash value and demonstrate a broad base of community support (page 43 of the Grant Guidelines).

Application Resources: http://nvdtca.org/nevadaartscouncil/grants/write-successful-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: https://nevada.gosmart.org/

Grants Management Team
775.687.7102
grants@nevadaculture.org

Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Program Director
702.486.3738
mdorofachuk@nevadaculture.org

Carson City Office
716 N. Carson St., Ste A
Carson City, NV 89701

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USA: Nevada