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Local Arts Agency (LAA) Grant

Grants to Utah Nonprofits and Local Arts
Councils for General Operating Support

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Utah Division of Arts and Museums (UDAM)

Deadline Date:

02/16/18 5:00 PM MST


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Utah nonprofit or local arts agencies and councils to support general organizational operations. Applicants are advised that registration in the online application portal may take up to two days to complete. 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.

A Local Arts Agency (LAA) is the primary, designated organization in a defined geographic area that supports and advances the arts for its community. It does this by engaging residents, identifying and addressing community needs, reflecting community demographics, contributing to the quality of life, building community identity, and supporting artists and arts organizations.

An LAA is differentiated from other community arts organizations by its responsibility for fostering the arts throughout the entire community and by offering various types of arts services and/or activities that are often multidisciplinary in nature.

Funding levels are contingent on many factors, including resources available and the current pool of applications. Because of limited funds, and because this is a competitive grant process, grant awards may not vary significantly from previous awards. Grants are evaluated based on the strength of the written application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179101

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000

Term of Contract:

Funds are not available until after August 1, 2018.

Grantees must ensure all grant funds are spent before July 1, 2019.

No organization is guaranteed funding from one year to the next.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Designated Local Arts Agencies located within Utah with a current LAA designation from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M).
-LAA’s can be an 501(c)(3) nonprofit, an organization functioning under a local or municipal government agency, or a hybrid of the two
-Local Arts Agencies who have complied with all final reporting requirements for FY17 UA&M grants

To qualify for UA&M Local Arts Agency grants, LAAs must be recognized by their municipality through a Local Arts Agency Designation Agreement that is signed by both a municipality representative (mayor, council person, city/county administrator) and an Arts Agency representative.

The designation is valid for two years, and the LAA must regularly perform four out of the fourteen activities outlined on the Designation Agreement and listed below:
-Provide access to diverse art forms that facilitate public participation.
-Offer programs and services that include and support the cultural diversity and traditional arts of the community.
-Engage in community development through the arts.
-Conduct cultural and community assessment and planning that encourages input from community members.
-Provide stewardship of a community’s art collection(s).
-Engage in programs that promote arts advocacy efforts at the local, state, or national level.
-Provide and/or support arts education (K-12, adult education, creative aging, etc.)
-Manage a public art program.
-Produce or present arts programs such as festivals, public art projects, community theatre, concerts, workshops, etc.
-Grant or provide financial support to cultural organizations or artists in the community.
-Facilitate economic development efforts that support the creative economy through arts industries.
-Manage one or more cultural facilities in the community.
-Contribute to creative placemaking activities.
-Undertake public relations or marketing services for LAA arts program and for other arts and cultural activities in the community.

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 n-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:
-One-time projects or replacement funds normally budgeted for a project
-Building renovation or capital expenditures (including capital improvement, purchase, or long-
-Out-of-state travel
-Programming completed prior to July 1, 2018
-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

Pre-Application Information:

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.

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.

All applications must be completed and submitted online by Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM MST.

Grant Timeline:
-Grant Opens: Thursday, December 28, 2017
-Grant Closes: Friday, February 16, 2018, 5:00 PM
-Panel Review: Spring 2018
-Funding Notification: After July 1, 2018
-Payment Disbursed: After August 1, 2018

Grant Forms and Application Resources:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Tracy Hansford, Community Arts Coordinator

Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager

Racquel Cornali, Grants Coordinator

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USA: Utah