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General Operating Support (GOS) Grants

Grants to Utah Nonprofit Arts Organizations, Agencies, and Museums to
Support Operations and Increase Access to Arts Programs

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Utah Division of Arts and Museums (UDAM)

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03/22/19 5:00 PM MST


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Grants to Utah arts-based nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies, and museums to support and supplement general organizational operations. The purpose of this program is to ensure that cultural, educational, economic, and civic benefits of the arts are accessible to every community in the state.

General Operating Support Grants will be offered to:
- Arts Organization with budgets over $300,000
- Arts Organization with budgets under $300,000
- Museums with budgets over $300,000
- Museums with budgets under $300,000
- Local Arts Agency with budgets over $300,000
- Local Arts Agency with budgets under $300,000

Arts organizations and local arts agencies will be reviewed on the basis of artistic excellence, community engagement, and sound management. Museums will be reviewed on the basis of best practices, community engagement, and sound management.

Applications should discuss one or two or the following Target Areas:
- Services in, and to, rural Utah (all counties but Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah)
- Programming to serve those from culturally/ethnically diverse populations, new Americans, senior citizens, etc.
- Contributions to the economy: You may provide evidence of economic contributions.
- Accommodations to provide greater access to your programming to those with disabilities (cognitive and physical).
- Demonstrating a commitment to providing fair access to your programs and services.
- Creating inclusive programming where those invited actively participate in the planning and enjoyment of the activities.

Arts organizations, Museums, and Local Arts Agencies are a vital part of a healthy economy. Making organizations and museums accessible to Utahns of all cultures and abilities is a priority for UA&M. The priority to serve all people represents best practices. Involving individuals from varied or historically underserved populations and/or organizations in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and follow-up of your programs helps ensure relevance and increases your audience participation. By making Utah’s cultural programs, activities, information, and facilities usable by all people, doors are opened to new and expanded audiences. Providing opportunities in rural areas is also vitally important. Museums, arts organizations, and agencies that are doing good work in any of these target areas may receive additional money to support this work.

This grant can fund:
- Program support
- Staff or intern salaries
- Consultant fees
- Professional development training
- Purchase of materials/equipment
- Marketing
- Specific activities directly related to the general function of the organization
- Facility Rental
- Building maintenance
- Utility costs

Grants for museums can fund materials and equipment needed for conservation, storage, or exhibition of collections, as well as historic building maintenance and specific activities directly related to the general function of the museum.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179101

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Organizations with revenue of $500,000 or higher may request 5% of revenue
- Organizations with revenue of $300,000 - $500,000 may request 7% of revenue
- Organizations with revenue of up to $300,000 may request 35% of revenue
- The UA&M Boards may choose to not award more than 7% of the total grant budget to any one
organization. Total grant award will not exceed 5% of UA&M Grant Budget

Term of Contract:

UA&M funds received from this FY20 GOS grant process must be spent between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 (FY20). Because these are two-year awards, the contract will be issued for two years, with the option to change the amount in the second year if there are any changes to the UA&M budget. Any change in the second year to the UA&M budget would be applied equitably across all grant awards. Funds will not be available until after August 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

UA&M restricts its funding to organizations based in and primarily serving the residents of, or visitors to, Utah.

Art organizations open to the public for at least one year prior to application:
- Must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or government agency
- Fiscally sponsored organizations are not eligible to apply
- Organizations that do not have a three-year history of programming prior to July 1, 2019 will receive additional review

Eligible Museums
- Utah Certified Museums (through the Division of Arts & Museums) that are a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit or government agency.
- Museums that are open more than 1,000 hours/year (more than 20 hours per week).

Eligible Local Arts Agencies:
- Designated Local Arts Agencies (through the Division of Arts & Museums) that function as a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization, government agency, or a hybrid of the two.

New this year, cultural organizations that exist under the same governmental entity are eligible to apply when they have different and distinct mission or purpose statements.

Organizations may only receive one Utah Division of Arts & Museums grant per fiscal year.

Educational Institution Eligibility. Universities, colleges, and educational institutions are subject to the following restrictions:
-Programming for which grant funding is sought must be open to the general public and easily accessible. The public (meaning those outside the institution) must compose a significant percentage of those involved in or served by the activities.
-Academic awards and/or work, including fellowships, scholarships, or tuition fees for student work, are not allowed.
-Events and services funded by the grant must be supplementary to regular curriculum. Grant funds cannot be used to support projects involving classes or workshops for which college credit is given.
-Overhead expenses must follow the federal funding guidelines set by the Federal Office of Management and Budget.
-Institutions are limited to n0 more than one grant to the same academic department in any given fiscal year.

Legislative Pass - Through/Direct Line-Item Funding. The following criteria apply to organizations receiving pass-through or direct line-item funding (also known as legislative appropriations).
-Organizations that receive ongoing legislative pass-through funding for operating support are not eligible for UA&M grant funding.
-POPS, iSEE, and State Museum Funding are not considered pass-through funding that is a duplication of funding by UA&M grants.
-Organizations that receive one-time legislative pass-through funding for operating expenses shall not receive UA&M funding in the same year they receive legislative pass-through.
-Grant requests from organizations that receive one-time pass-through funding for a specific project may be subject to review for eligibility by the Executive Committee of the Utah Arts Council or Office of Museum Services Board. Funds allocated by line-item pass-through from the legislature and UA&M competitive grants shall not be for similar activities.
-Organizations that receive a pass-through allocation from a department other than Heritage and Arts may be subject to review by the Executive Committee of the Utah Arts Council or Office of Museum Services Board if the activities seem similar to a grant application in the same year as the allocation.
-Organizations that receive pass-through funding for capital projects are eligible for UA&M funding.

Not Funded for organizations and agencies:
-Building renovation or capital expenditures (including capital improvement, purchase, or long-term lease of property)
-Out-of-state travel
-Programming completed prior to July 1, 2020
- Direct fundraising events/expenses or galas, including prizes, awards, or benefits
-Hospitality (food, refreshments, etc.).
-Deficit reduction
-Scholarships for academic programs
-Activities restricted to an organization’s membership
-Employee or applicant’s personal gain
-Paid political advertising or lobbying expenses
-For-profit ventures

Additionally, grants for museums, cannot fund:
- Acquisition of objects for a collection
- Lobbying expenses
- New capital projects (building modifications for collections-care purposes or building maintenance projects that directly affect the long-term care of museum collections are allowed. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Museum Services Manager regarding building modifications prior to submitting an application.)
- Historical markers, monuments, or plaques
- Hospitality expenses (food, alcohol, lodging, event prizes, etc.)
- Scholarships for academic institution tuition or fees
- Deficit reduction
- Out-of-state travel.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two webinars will be held to answer questions about GOS grants: February 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m., or February 28, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. MST.

Grant Opens: Friday, February 1, 2019
Grant Closes: Friday, March 22, 2019, 5:00 P.M. MST
Panel Review: Spring 2019
Funding Notification: After July 1, 2019
Payment Disbursed: After August 1, 2019

Grant requires a minimum of a 1:1 cash match. Cash matches come from earned or raised income. A cash match can be used to pay for items that UA&M is unable to fund.

Fiscal sponsorships are not permitted when applying for a General Operating Support Grant.

All applicants that identify as organizations are required to have a DUNS number, a unique nine-digit identification number provided by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and required for all applicants for federal grants and cooperative agreements. If you are applying as an individual artist, you do not need to get a DUNS number.

All applications must be submitted online through the grant application portal. If you do not currently have access to the portal, it can take up to two days to receive a portal account. If there has been a change in staff at your organization, please contact program staff to set up the correct account for portal access.

You are advised to start the application at least two weeks before the deadline to ensure you have fulfilled all requirements.

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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If you have any questions, please contact:
Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager

Racquel Cornali, Grants Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Utah