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Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP)

Grants to Ohio Individuals, Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies to Advance the Careers of Disabled Artists

GrantWatch ID#: 176972
Agency Type:


Ohio Arts Council


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Grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 to Ohio individuals, nonprofit organizations, schools, IHEs, and government agencies to promote the artistic development of individual artists with disabilities. Applicants are advised to contact program staff prior to beginning the application

This program provides support to individual artists with disabilities, as well as organizations that serve individual artists with disabilities, engage in activities that help them advance their artistic practice, or develop their career. OAC funds are available for a variety of activities, materials, and services.

Artists must dedicate funds to activities that directly advance their artistic careers, including:

-Cover in-state travel to attend or present a performance, exhibition, conference, class, or workshop;
-Undertake a planning process with a consultant or agent to develop business skills;
-Rent studio space or art equipment, or purchase art supplies or equipment (e.g., cameras, printers);
-Pay for professional services (e.g. production, marketing, etc.) or auxiliary aids or services that facilitate engagement in artistic activities at a deeper or higher level.

-Emerging Artists: $500
-Professional Artists: $1,000
-Organizations: $1,000 - $3,000

Projects may take place between January 15, 2017 and June 30, 2017.

All applying artists must:
-Be an Ohio resident (the OAC defines an Ohio resident as someone who spends at least 8 months of the year living and working in Ohio), and, if awarded funding, remain a resident during the grant period;
-Have exhibited, performed, or published work as an artist within the past 5 years;
-Have a disability (per Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) guidelines);
-Not be a student enrolled in any degree- or certificate-granting program.

Artist Definitions:

-Emerging artists are individual who have consistently worked in their chosen art former more than three years, have demonstrated strong artistic potential, and want to develop their careers.

-Professional artists are individuals who devote a major portion of their time to creative, practicing, performing, or teaching any of the arts.

Applying organizations must be based in Ohio, serve Ohio artists, and possess nonprofit status or nonprofit intent. Applicants need not be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Applicant organizations may be:
-Arts and cultural organizations in any arts discipline;
-Other organizations that provide arts programming (including government entities, social service agencies, etc.); or
-Educational organizations (public, private, and parochial schools from preK through university level) that demonstrate a commitment to arts programming in a larger community setting.

Organizations must provide a 1:1 cash match.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their regional coordinator to initiate the application process, or work through VSA Ohio.

The upcoming application deadline is December 1, 2016.

The following application deadline will be June 1, 2017 for projects occurring between July 15, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

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

Brianna Dance and Jim Szekacs
Organizational Investment Coordinator for organizations in the Eastern Region:

Brianna Dance

Organizational Investment Coordinator for organizations in the Western Region, and Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain Counties:

Jim Szekacs

Ohio Arts Council
Rhodes State Office Tower
30 E. Broad Street, 33rd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3414

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