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Kentucky Arts Partnership Grant

Grants to Kentucky Arts and Cultural
Nonprofits for General Operating Support

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Kentucky Arts Council

Deadline Date:

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


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Grants to Kentucky nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that provide public programming to support general organizational operations. The purpose of this grant is to provide arts organizations with unrestricted funding in order to encourage participation in the arts.

Program Goals:
-To develop and maintain strong arts organizations.
-To increase arts participation statewide.
-To promote diverse arts and culture.
-To help build an efficient arts delivery system across the state.

The Kentucky Arts Partnership Grant Program funding formula will be based on available funding, applicants’ scores by the review panel, and the organizations’ operating revenues with funding caps for the following tiers:

-Operating revenues of $5,000,000 and more - Up to 1.5%
-Operating revenues of $2,500,000 - $4,999,999 - Up to 2.5%
-Operating revenues of $1,000,000 - $2,499,999 - Up to 3.5%
-Operating revenues of $500,000 - $999,999 - Up to 4.5%
-Operating revenues of $100,000 - $499,999 - Up to 5.5%
-Operating revenues less than $100,000 - Up to 6.5%

Like all programs of the arts council, the Kentucky Arts Partnership program is guided by the arts council's core values. Successful applications will embody these core values, and all applicants are strongly encouraged to read and reflect upon them before submitting an application.

Core Values:

Artists' Compensation

The Kentucky Arts Council believes that artists' time and work have real value, for which artists should be fairly compensated. In dealing with artists' creative services and works, the Council wants to ensure that artists are fully engaged in plans for use of their work.

It is not standard practice to solicit gratis creative services and works, demonstrations or performances. All parties mutually agree upon equitable compensation for services, works or performances.


The Kentucky Arts Council believes that arts programs and services should be accessible to all people of the Commonwealth. The Council recognizes that communities are not limited to geographic boundaries and may be defined by common factors such as occupation, recreation, religion, ethnicity, belief, etc., that are shared by a group of people. The members of these groups share a common culture and a sense of aesthetics.

Their unique and diverse art forms bring people together and can promote positive intercultural relations among the state's various communities, including:

-Persons of all ages.
-Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
-Persons of all ethnic and racial groups.
-Persons with disabilities.
-Geographically or economically isolated communities.
-Disadvantaged and at-risk persons.
-Institutionalized persons.

Preservation of Cultural Resources

The Kentucky Arts Council believes that the arts and cultural resources of Kentucky are key to understanding State heritage, and that honoring the past will help build the future. Recognizing that knowledge of State history will help build the future, the Council supports identifying, documenting, conserving and protecting the cultural resources of the state, including:

-Artistic works.
-Cultural traditions.
-Historic sites.
-Historic structures.


The Kentucky Arts Council believes it is important for individuals and organizations to advocate for the arts and promote how they enhance communities and improve lives. The Council encourages constituents to influence public policy by:

-Acknowledging public funding sources.
-Becoming involved in the public life of the community.
-Getting to know legislators and local officials and staying informed about issues.
-Involving public officials in arts activities or the activities of arts organizations.
-Asking legislators and local officials to vote for positions supporting the arts.
- Discussing the value of the arts with peers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178001

Term of Contract:

Use of grant funds may begin July 1, 2018. Use of grant funds must conclude June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Kentucky nonprofit organizations that have had IRS tax-exempt status for at least one year prior to the application deadline and whose primary purpose is to provide year-round arts services and programs directly for the benefit of the public.

Internal programs of academic institutions and state or other agencies supported primarily with state or federal funds are ineligible.

Kentucky Arts Partnership grant funds may not be used for the following purposes:
-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.
-Performances not available to the general public.
-Programs that have sectarian purposes.
-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

No arts council funds may be used to match another grant from the arts council. In addition, the same matching funds may not be used for more than one arts council grant. In some cases, arts council grants may be used to match National Endowment for the Arts or other federal grants; call staff for clarification before committing funds for such purposes. The arts council also reserves the right to make special stipulations on how specific grants funds may be spent.

Organizations that receive line-item funding through the Governor's Executive Budget are ineligible for Kentucky Arts Council operational support, up to the amount designated through line-item funding, in the same fiscal year for which the funding is to be received.

Pre-Application Information:


Core Values of the Kentucky Arts Council:

Program Timeline
- Application deadline: Jan. 16, 2018
- Review of applications by panel: April - May 2018
- Arts council board reviews panel recommendations: June 2018
- Applicant notification: As soon as possible after board approval of panel recommendations
- Use of grant funds may begin: July 1, 2018
- Use of grant funds must conclude: June 30, 2019
- Public Value Report due: July 30, 2019

Completed applications must be postmarked by Jan. 16, 2018, or hand-delivered to the Kentucky Arts Council no later than 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on that date. Print and sign the application in red ink and mail or deliver it to the arts council, with any required documents and supporting materials, in accordance with the program guidelines.

The application and materials must be: 1) officially postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service, or 2) delivered by a shipping service (e.g., UPS, Federal Express, etc.) with a paid receipt on or before the deadline date, or 3) hand-delivered to the arts council office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date. If the arts council does not receive the printed and signed application with attachments by the due date via one of the three delivery options above, your application will be considered ineligible.

Contact Information:

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

Tamara Coffey, Individual Artist Director

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

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