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Young Professionals (YP) Grant Program

Grants to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Arts and Cultural Nonprofits
for Arts Activities that Engage and Attract Young Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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ArtsWave

Deadline Date:

10/08/21 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for arts-related activities that attract and engage young residents. New applicants must contact staff prior to applying. The grant program is intended to provide seed funding to support the development of new programming, as well as short-term operating support for existing programming with a demonstrated impact. Requests will be accepted from nonprofits providing arts or cultural heritage programs for the general public. Eligible applicants must be based in the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN MSA, which includes the following counties: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties in Ohio; Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton Counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn, Ohio, and Union Counties in Indiana.

The attraction and retention of young professionals to the region is a top priority for Greater Cincinnati. Maintaining a workforce that is diverse in age is vital to a thriving, growing community. Business and civic leaders, including the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, are focused on finding ways to build awareness among young professionals about Cincinnati and to engage more deeply current residents.

ArtsWave's research on arts engagement in the community revealed the power of the arts to attract, engage, and retain residents. ArtsWave's intent is thus to create and fund more arts activities and programs that target young professionals and help them to become more deeply rooted in Greater Cincinnati.

To be eligible for the FY2022 YP Grant Program, the proposed programming should: 

  • Be participatory, social, and recurring
  • Encourage personal investment in the organization and/or community
  • Seek to increase engagement among young professionals who are already engaged in the arts community
  • Strive to reach young professionals that are not already engaged
  • Have a plan for long-term sustainability

ArtsWave's Blueprint for Collective Action in the Arts outlines five objectives for arts organizations looking to create that greater vibrancy and connection: Building the region's ability to attract employees and businesses through distinctive arts offerings; deepening the roots of residents through arts engagement; bridging cultural divides through diverse and inclusive programming; enlivening neighborhoods with art; and fueling creativity and learning in all kids. All applicant organizations are asked to demonstrate how their work aligns to one or more of these five strategic areas. (See the Blueprint in Supporting Documents below.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179434

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will be given up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

The proposed programming must take place between September 1, 2021-July 15, 2022 and not be completed by grant award notification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the FY2022 Young Professionals Grant Program, an organization must meet all the following requirements:
- Have a 501(c)3 tax status or be non-profit in nature with an established fiscal agent.
- Be based in the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN MSA, which includes the following counties: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties in Ohio; Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton Counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn, Ohio, and Union Counties in Indiana.
- Have a primary mission to provide programs or activities in areas directly concerned with arts or cultural heritage for the general public.
- Does not currently have an active Young Professionals Grant with ArtsWave and has successfully completed all previous Young Professionals grant requirements.
- Embody ArtsWave’s commitment to access, equity, and inclusiveness.

ArtsWave will not award grant support to organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws, or practices, discriminate against a person or group because of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief.

Pre-proposal Conference:

ArtsWave will host a free, online webinar to go over the guidelines, application process, and any questions about the program. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 7 from 12 PM-1:00 PM.

For details and to register, please visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artswave-young-professionals-grant-program-webinar-tickets-168462811805#

The webinar will be recorded and available on the website.

For questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Lori Burkhardt.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Grant workshop: September 7, 2021 12:00-1:00 PM
- Application Deadline: October 8, 2021, 5:00 PM EST
- Funding Decision: October 27, 2021
- Project Timeline September 1, 2021 - July 15, 2022*

*Projects that start outside of this timeframe may be deferred to a future application deadline.

All application materials must be submitted through the online grantmaking system.

First time applicants to ArtsWave must contact Lori Burkhardt to schedule an introductory phone call prior to applying.

There is no matching funding requirement for this grant; however, priority will be given to proposals that have a financial commitment from other sources (including in-kind).

Contact Information:

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

For more information and to apply online: https://artswave.submittable.com/submit

For questions, and to schedule an introductory phone call, please contact Lori Burkhardt, Grant Programs Coordinator, at Lori.Burkhardt@artwswave.org.

ArtsWave
20 East Central Parkway
Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513.871.2787

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Dearborn, Ohio, and Union Counties;   Kentucky: Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton Counties ;   Ohio: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties

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