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EZ Arts Access Grant

Grants to West Virginia Nonprofits for
Public Arts Activities and Presentations

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West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) - West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA)

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $3,000 to West Virginia nonprofit organizations for arts presentations and activities serving public audiences. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. All applicants must submit an application draft at least two weeks prior to the deadline.

The EZ Arts Access competitive grant program utilizes a simplified application process to provide funds for new applicants and smaller organizations and communities to plan and present public arts experiences.

This grant seeks to support projects that:
-Provide arts experiences to new or underserved audiences.
-Show partnerships in communities to help build an arts infrastructure that will allow for future arts programming growth.
-Clearly fill a need in the community.
-Use the arts in an innovative way to enhance community life.
-In addition, arts learning projects are eligible for funding within these guidelines, but the arts learning must be community-based and not curriculum-based. All curriculum-based projects must apply through Arts in Education grant program.

Examples of Successful Project Activities:
-Community choir concerts for public and senior centers featuring local and state artists.
-Community mural project, engaging youth with professional artist as designer and mentor.
-Local juried exhibition featuring community artists and professional jurors.
-A mentoring program that matched professional artists with rural students looking for arts lessons.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178230

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is a cap of $3,000 per applicant per fiscal year. Applicants may have more than one project per application cycle and may apply to both cycles (up to three projects per cycle), but an annual funding cap of $3,000 is in place.

Term of Contract:

Projects may occur between January 1 - June 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any nonprofit 501(c)3 WV organizations providing arts experiences in the community—including nonprofit organizations that do not have an arts focus, but who present arts projects—with an operating budget of $30,000 or less may apply.

NOTE: budget should be based on programming budget without capital income/expenses.

Awarded funds may not be used for hospitality costs, administrative fees or overhead costs

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are required to match grant funds on an equal dollar-for-dollar (1:1) cash match basis from earned income, federal, foundation, corporate, or local private contributions.

First-time applicants must contact staff prior to completing the application to discuss the proposed project.

All applicants must submit a draft of their application at least two weeks prior to the postmark deadline for staff review. Staff will provide written comments to focus and improve the application and its chance of success; review does not guarantee funding but will work to strengthen application.

Applications must be postmarked on or before April 1. If the date falls on a weekend, the application must be postmarked by the following Monday.

-Two Weeks Prior to Deadline: Required application draft submitted for staff review
-April 1: Postmark application deadline for projects taking place July 1 - June 30
-October 1: Postmark application deadline for projects taking place January 1 - June 30
-May/November: Panel review of grants held
-July/December: Notification of Award

Contact Information:

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

Elizabeth Yeager
304-558-0240, ext. 152

West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Commission on the Arts
Attention: Elizabeth Yeager
The Culture Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300

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Geographic Focus:

USA: West Virginia