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Project Support Grants

Grants to Columbus, Ohio Nonprofits for a Broad
Range of Arts and Cultural Events and Programs

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Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC)

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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to Columbus, Ohio nonprofit arts and cultural organizations for a broad range of arts and cultural events, projects, and programming. First-time applicants and those who scored low on a previous application are required to submit a draft review prior to submission of a full application. Funding is intended to support festivals, performances, exhibitions, locally developed films, and community events where the arts are at the core of the project. Projects must include participation of professional artists, a significant open-to-the-public component, be based in or presented at a venue in the city of Columbus, and have an implementation plan outlined at time of submission.

Applicants presenting seasons, series, or other multiple activity projects spread over a range of dates are encouraged to include the entire body of activities in one application. The Arts Council welcomes the opportunity to support existing activities and programs as well as new organizations and projects.

Applicants can apply for Tier A or Tier B of Project Support Grants depending on their need.

Project Support: Tier A: Arts Council funding requests may be applied to any expense line item in the project budget directly related to the arts and cultural activities . Priority funding areas include: payment to artists or artistic salaries (related to project), marketing/promotion for the project activities, exhibit/production supplies or materials and venue expense.

Project Support: Tier B: ONLY nonprofit organizations with annual budget of $50,000 or less OR individual artists applying with a fiscal sponsor are eligible for Tier B. Applicants with annual budgets larger than $50,000 must apply for Tier A. Arts Council funding requests in Tier B may only be applied to the following line item expenses: payment to artists, marketing/promotion for the project activities, exhibit/production supplies or materials and venue expense.

Festivals that apply for grant funding from city of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department may only apply Arts Council funding toward the following expenses: payment to artists and/or payment to creative service providers (graphic designer, set designer, lighting tech, etc). Applicant must demonstrate efforts to use Columbus-based artists and artistic service providers, when possible.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178872

Estimated Size of Grant:

Tier A: Up to $25,000. The request may not exceed 25% of the project cash expense budget.
Tier B: Up to $5,000. The request may not exceed 50% of the project cash expense budget.

Term of Contract:

Project activity dates are from November 15, 2019 to November 15, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must fall under one of the two following categories to apply:

- Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose primary focus is arts and culture: Operating Support recipients with budgets under $5 million may be eligible to apply for new, innovative programs/initiatives or collaborative projects upon approval.
- University or college departments provided that the project focuses its public reach
beyond the university/college community AND project activities do not result in
student credit or are considered part of the required curriculum AND the project has
a minimum of one non-academic partner organization.

The following applicants are eligible if they are in a collaboration with a qualified, local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization who will serve as the Fiscal Sponsor for the duration of the grant: Groups without 501(c)(3) status and individual artists.

In addition, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Based in and/or providing service to the city of Columbus (Columbus zip codes);
- Demonstrate compensation to all artists involved in the project

What types of projects or events are ineligible?
- Fundraising events
- Permanent public art installations
- Arts education or youth programs
- Arts therapy programs
- Projects that do not demonstrate a significant benefit to the public
- Projects that primarily support or fund one individual artist

The Grants & Services staff members provide resources that include grant workshops, draft reviews and one-on-one support to applicants to assist in the grant process. Underperforming applicants (receiving a score of 13 or under) will be put through a probationary/removal process:
- Year 1 (score of 13 or under): Applicant is required to submit a draft review prior to
submitting an application the following year
- Year 2 (two consecutive scores of 13 or under): Applicant is ineligible to reapply for Project Support in the following year

Pre-proposal Conference:

Project Support Grants Workshop (for 501c3 arts organizations or those with approved fiscal sponsors):

Prroject Support Workshop
6/25/19 from 4:00-5:30 pm

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Pre-Application Information:

Project Grants will be accepted over 3 cycles.

Cycle 1:
- Draft Review: January 14, 2019
- Application Due: January 24, 2019
- Applicant Interview: February 7-22, 2019
- Applicants notified: End of March
- Project Activity Dates: April 15, 2019-April 15, 2020

Cycle 2:
- Draft Review: April 1, 2019
- Application Due: April 15, 2019
- Applicant Interview: May 6-24, 2019
- Applicants notified: End of June
- Project Activity Dates: July 15, 2019 - July 15, 2020

Cycle 3:
- Draft Review: August 1, 2019
- Application Due: August 15, 2019
- Applicant Interview: September 3 - 20, 2019
- Applicants notified: End of October
- Project Activity Dates: November 15, 2019 - November 15, 2020
If the application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day.

For questions about eligibility requirements, please contact Grants & Services Senior Coordinator, McKenzi Swinehart, before starting the application.

Applicants can submit one (1) Project Support application per calendar year (Tier A or Tier B).

Requests must reflect a dollar for dollar (1:1) cash match. This match can include tickets/admissions, concessions/merchandise sales, grants, corporate sponsors, individual donations or cash on hand.

All support materials must be uploaded digitally to the GoArts system. Hard copy materials will not be accepted.

New applicants and applicants who received a score of 13 or under on the previous year's Project Support application, must request a draft review at least two weeks prior to the application deadline.

Overview of Project Support Program (video):

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Alison Barret, Grants and Services Director
(614) 221-8406

McKenzi Swinehart, Grants & Services Senior Coordinator
(614) 221-8746

Greater Columbus Arts Council
100 E. Broad St. #2250
Columbus, OH 43215
P: 614-224-2606
F: 614-224-7461

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Columbus