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Major Arts Partners (MAP) General Operating Support (GOS)

Grants to Arkansas Established Arts Nonprofits
to Support Organizational Operations

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Arkansas Arts Council

Deadline Date:

01/18/19 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Arkansas established nonprofit arts organizations to support general organizational operations. Funding is intended for administrative overhead and other non-programmatic costs, such as staff salaries, administrative facility rental, general fundraising and marketing costs, utilities, staff travel, and facility maintenance.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177682

Estimated Size of Grant:

MAP applicants may request a maximum of 5% of the average of its last three years adjusted actual operating income in FY16, FY17, and FY18 up to $75,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards for FY20 are made for programs and activities occurring between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to become a Major Arts Partner, an organization must:

- Be a 501(c)(3) arts organization with a three-year average total income equal to or greater than $1 million for FY16 (2015-17), FY17 (2016-17), and FY18 (2017-18).
- Generate at least 25% of operating revenues from earned income.
- Generate at least 25% of operating revenues from contributed income or sponsorships exclusive of endowment income.

It may not be used for artistic or technical staff, or for contracted administrative or artistic costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant requests must be matched by cash from sources other than the Arkansas Arts Council, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, or the National Endowment for the Arts. Portions of the proposal not involved in the specific Arts Council request and its match may be funded by government sources.

Matching funds that are anticipated at the time of application must be received and obligated no later than June 30, 2020.

In-kind contributions may not be used as matching funds on applications or counted as matching funds on final report.

The MAP GOS due date is January 18, 2019 by 11:59 PM CST.

Request Amounts:

The MAP GOS organizations was panel reviewed in FY17 to determine a panel ranking as the first year of a three-year review cycle. While the panel ranking remains constant, subsequent request amounts in Years 2 and 3 are determined each year from 5% of the average of the last three completed years' total incomes up to $75,000. Final grant awards are determined by staff review once the eligible request amounts are adjusted by the FY17 panel scores.

For example, the request for FY20 would be based on 5% of the average of actual income totals from FY16, FY17, and FY18. The grant award would be the result of the request factored by the panel score from FY17 and the amount of money available to grant out.

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

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Jess Anthony
(501) 324-9768

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas