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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. The projects must be open to the public and have a defined implementation plan.

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: 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178872

Estimated Size of Grant:

Tier A: Up to $25,000
Tier B: Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

Project activity dates are from April 1, 2018 to December 30, 2018.

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.

- 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; individual artists; 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.

See Appendix B for more information about applying with a Fiscal Sponsor. Appendix B can be found in 2018 Grants and Services Guidelines.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

GCAC Project Support Workshop:
04/04/2018 from 6:00-7:15 pm
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library, Room 3A

RSVP to the April 4th Project Support Workshop here:


There will be One on One sessions with GCAC staff. On January 1, 2018 the new grant guidelines will be posted and the new GoArts application portal will launch.

Sign up for a one-on-one session with a GCAC staff member before starting an application. Note that the sessions are divided by Artists and Organizations. Please select the correct one. Sessions are short, so come prepared to discuss specific questions, ideas or challenges.

Pre-Application Information:

Starting in 2018, Project Grants will be accepted over 3 cycles.

Cycle 1:
- Draft Review (optional): January 18, 2018
- Application Due: February 1, 2018
- Applicant Interview: Mid to late February 2018
- Applicants notified: End of March
- Final Report Due: January 1, 2019

Cycle 2:
- Draft Review (optional): April 17, 2018
- Application Due: May 1, 2018
- Applicant Interview: Mid to late May 2018
- Applicants notified: End of June
- Final Report Due: April 1, 2019

Cycle 3:
- Draft Review (optional): August 18, 2018
- Application Due: September 1, 2018
- Applicant Interview: Mid to late September 2018
- Applicants notified: End of October
- Final Report Due: August 1, 2019

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.

Grants & Services staff will review draft applications and provide comments up to two (2) weeks before the application deadline. To request a draft review, click “Request Feedback” at the bottom of the application in the GoArts system. Please allow one week for a response.

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.

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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USA: Ohio: Columbus