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Arts Access Assistance Grant

Grants to Kentucky Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Care Facilities
for Arts Programming for Underserved Children

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Kentucky Arts Council (KAC)

Deadline Date:

01/16/18 Postmarked or Hand-delivered by 4:30 PM ET


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Grants of up to $8,000 to Kentucky nonprofits, government agencies, IHEs, hospitals, libraries, for-profit care facilities, and correctional facilities to provide arts experiences to children with a parent in the military, long-term health care, or an institutional setting. Applicants must verify eligibility with the program director before applying. Programs must be held in settings where arts are not the main emphasis.

Arts Access Assistance grants support arts programs that serve populations whose opportunities to experience the arts may be limited by age, geographic location, ethnicity, economic status, disability, or other factors, by increasing the resources of organizations that may currently serve them in other capacities.

Each grant cycle, a timely theme focusing on a specific underserved population is chosen, and eligible projects are limited to those that address the fiscal year’s theme. The involvement of professionally trained, experienced artists and/or an arts organization is essential. Artists and arts organizations should be fairly compensated through grant funds.

For fiscal year 2019, Arts Access Assistance grants will benefit families with children who have a parent or other primary member in an institutional setting, serving active military duty, or in a long-term healthcare setting. Although any eligible organization may apply, activities must benefit families with members in the aforementioned circumstances.

Goals of the program:
- To extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations
- To use the arts to enrich lives
- To promote lifelong learning in the arts
- To increase participation in the arts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176874

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are available for up to $8,000.

Term of Contract:

Use of grant funds may begin July 15, 2018, and conclude June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

-Public libraries, organizations promoting local tourism, cooperative extension offices, social service agencies, health departments and other community-based organizations located in and serving Kentuckians.

-Kentucky nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status that do not conduct arts programming as a primary activity. Verification of tax-exempt status may be found on the IRS website (

-Government agencies, colleges and universities are eligible if the project primarily serves the population defined by the theme.

-Hospitals, long-term care facilities and nursing homes, mental health facilities, and treatment and rehabilitation facilities (residential or outpatient).

-For-profit social service agencies with resident populations, independent living centers, and group homes.

-Correctional facilities, juvenile detention centers, and other reformatory programs.

Organizations receiving general operating support from the Kentucky Arts Council may not apply.

Organizations whose primary mission is emphasis on the arts or arts programming may not apply.

Not Funded:

-Purchase of equipment, property, library holdings or acquisitions.
-Capital improvements, facility construction, structural renovations and restorations.
-Publications or recordings for commercial purposes.
-Scholarships or other activities related to academic credit or degrees.
-Activities intended primarily for fundraising.
-Food, beverages or other refreshments.
-Requests designed to reduce or eliminate existing deficits.
-Interest on loans, fines, penalties and/or litigation costs.
-Expenses incurred before the starting date of the period covered in the grant request.
-Investments of any kind.
-Programs that have sectarian purposes.
-Costs such as utility bills (water, electric, gas); non-project (permanent/current) staff salaries or benefits; and rental for currently owned or leased properties (office space or other facilities, car payments and maintenance).
-Indirect costs unless 1) per a current federally-negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (official documentation required), or 2) “de minimus” indirect costs not to exceed 10 percent of total modified direct costs.
-The application of new artistic work to historic buildings or structures unless approved by the state historic preservation office as being in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (contact the Kentucky Heritage Council at 502-564-7005 or

Pre-Application Information:

Contact the program director to verify your eligibility before beginning an application.

The requested grant amount may not exceed 75 percent of the total expenses in the project budget, as this grant category requires a 25 percent cash match. Matching funds may come from the applicant, sponsoring organizations, businesses, community partners, other grant funding or a combination of the above. Letters of commitment from sources of secured-cash matching funds are required.

In-kind contributions may be included in the budget, but they do not count toward the 25 percent cash match. In-kind contributions are valuable in showing commitment and partnership, but they have no dollar equivalent for the purposes of this grant program.

Program Timeline

- Application deadline: Jan. 16, 2018
- Review of applications by panel: May 2018
- Arts Council board reviews panel recommendations: before June 30, 2018
- Applicant notification: approximately July 3, 2018
- Use of grant funds may begin: July 15, 2018
- Use of grant funds must conclude: June 30, 2019
- Public value report due: 30 days after project end date (July 30, 2019 being the latest deadline)


Contact Information:

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

Todd Cremeans, Community Arts and Access Director
888-833-2787 (toll free)

Kentucky Arts Council
1025 Capital Center Drive, Third Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601

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USA: Kentucky