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Individual Excellence Awards

Awards to Ohio Individual Artists for
Outstanding Achievements in Artistic Works

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Ohio Arts Council (OAC)

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09/01/17 5:00 PM


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Awards of $5,000 to Ohio individual artists to honor outstanding accomplishments in the disciplines of music composition, choreography, fiction, non-fiction, criticism, playwriting, screenplays, and poetry. A webinar will be held January 19, 2017. The awards give artists the funding to develop skills and advance their career, experiment and explore their art forms, and receive acknowledgment for past works.

Awards may be used for a variety of expenses related to an artist's growth and development.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178200

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual Excellence Awards are $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Creative artists who are residents of Ohio may apply to this program. Applicants must have lived in Ohio for one year prior to the September 1 deadline, and must remain in the state throughout the grant period. Artists may submit only one application per calendar year, unless applying in the Criticism discipline, in which a second application for a separate body of work may be submitted.

Past Individual Excellence Awards recipients are not eligible to apply at the next calendar deadline. Past work that resulted in an Individual Excellence Award may not be resubmitted at future deadlines; resubmission of funded work will result in disqualification from the review process. Students enrolled in an degree or certification-granting program are ineligible to apply.

Awards may not be used for enrolling in or continuing a degree-granting program, and recipients must remain in the state during the grant year.

Note: Up to two artists who worked together to create a body of work, and who plan to continue working together, may apply collaboratively, with each artist retaining creative ownership of the completed artwork. If awarded, applicants split the award equally.

Please see Ohio Arts Council Guidelines for additional funding restrictions (in Supporting Documents below.)

Pre-proposal Conference:

Create a Competitive Grant Application: Winning Strategies and Best Practices
Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
OAC Offices
30 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215, United States

Curious about ways to strengthen your Ohio Arts Council (OAC) grant application to increase the chances of connecting with a review panel? During this webinar, the program experts at the OAC will discuss grant programs available for organizations, updates on changes to this year’s Guidelines, and tips that can give your application an edge.

This webinar will offer a useful compendium of knowledge, observations from past panel reviews, and suggestions based on successful OAC grant applications. Designed to benefit large, mid-sized, and small organizations seeking funding for general, start-up, or operating support—as well as funding for innovative opportunities, arts explorations with an educational focus, and professional development. New applicants and longstanding grantees, alike, will gain new insights into maximizing support from the OAC.

Pre-Application Information:

In odd-numbered calendar years (e.g. 2017, 2019), applications are accepted in: choreography, criticism, fiction/non-fiction, music composition, playwriting/screenplays, and poetry.
In even-numbered calendar years (e.g. 2018, 2020), applications are accepted in: crafts, design arts/illustration, interdisciplinary/collaborative and performance art, media arts, photography, visual arts 2D, and visual arts 3D.

Grant period: May 1 - November 30
June 1, 2017: Application available
September 1, 2017: Application deadline
Late November/Early December 2017: Panel meetings
Early January 2017: Grant award notification
March/April 2017: Grant award ratification by OAC Board
March/April 2017: Grant award announcement to media
April 30, 2018: Grant agreement deadline
December 31, 2018: Final report deadline

Contact Information:

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

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Kathy Signorino

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

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USA: Ohio