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Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant

Grants to Kentucky Traditional and Folk Artists
to Train Apprentices in Their Cultural Tradition

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Kentucky Arts Council

Deadline Date:

02/15/18 4:30 PM ET


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Kentucky master artists to train apprentices in traditional art forms. The purpose of this program is to recognize traditional artists and promote the continuation of the state’s living traditional artists. Master artists will teach practices and skills crucial to their cultural heritage to artists within their communities who have less experience.

The arts council defines folk arts as artistic expression that is shared informally within a folk group, and is essential to that group’s cultural identity. Folk groups include family, regional, ethnic, occupational and recreational groups. Members of a folk group share aesthetics, insider knowledge, language and a similar worldview. Master artists and tradition-bearers are exemplary practitioners of a folk group’s art forms. Their “master” status is determined by other members of the group. Apprentices demonstrate a potential to become masters and commit to learning the art form thoroughly to represent the group’s culture. Examples of folk arts from previous apprenticeships include regional fiddle styles, basket making, ethnic dance, gospel music, etc.

The Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant Program supports master and apprentice folk artists working and studying together. Prospective master artists and apprentices must apply as partners. Each must demonstrate his or her connection to the folk group. Apprenticeship grants fund the master artist's stipend, as well as travel expenses and supplies.

The arts council staff will offer the following support to ensure program standards and goals are met:
-Assistance from arts council program directors in selecting appropriate program categories, and in answering questions about programs.
-Consultation regarding applicant eligibility, competitiveness for funding, budget issues, etc.
-Referrals to potential partners for programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178416

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum request for a Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant is $3,000.

Term of Contract:

Apprenticeships last up to one year. All activities and expenses must occur between July 15, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A master artist, 18 or older, and an apprentice, 16 or older, apply together. Applicant artists must be full-time residents of Kentucky for a period of one year immediately prior to the application deadline, and remain a resident of Kentucky for one year following award notification. A parent or legal guardian signature is required if the apprentice is under 18.

Kentucky Arts Council 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.
-Costs such as utility bills (water, electric, gas); non-project (permanent/current) staff salaries or benefits; and rental for currently owned or leased properties (office space or other facilities, car payments and maintenance).
-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.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be signed in red ink and postmarked by or hand-delivered to the arts council office by 4:30 PM Eastern time on February 15, 2018.

Program Timeline:
-Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2018
-Review of applications by panel: April 2018
-Arts council board reviews panel recommendations: June 2018
-Applicant notification: Approximately July 3, 2018
-Use of grant funds may begin: July 15, 2018
-Site visit by Kentucky Arts Council staff: Near the midpoint of apprenticeship
-Use of grant funds must conclude: June 30, 2019
-Final Report due: July 30, 2019


Contact Information:

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

Mark Brown, Folk and Traditional Arts Director
502-892-3115 / 888-833-2787 (toll free)

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

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USA: Kentucky