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Community Arts Development (CAD) Grants - Project Support

Grants to Fayette County, Kentucky Nonprofits
and Individual Artists for Public Arts Activities

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

03/08/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Fayette County, Kentucky nonprofit organizations and individual artists for community-focused arts and culture projects. Funding is intended for specific projects with an arts or cultural focus that have clear artistic and social benefits and are accessible to the general public.

Preference will be given to those applicants that hire, partner or collaborate with professional artists and arts professionals.

Projects may include festivals, exhibitions, readings, performances; professionally directed public art projects such as murals, temporary sculptural installations, environmental art; and planning for the redesign of existing public spaces for cultural activities.

Program Category - The following definitions represent the six types of program categories applicable to Community Arts grant support:

- Literary Arts: Programs involving creative writers, including poets, novelists and short-story writers
- Performing Arts: Programs involving the performing arts (e.g., theater, dance and music).
- Visual Arts: The visual arts include painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, crafts, fiber arts, film and new media.
- Cultural/Multi-Arts: Programs presenting a cultural art or combining more than one form of art (e.g., festivals, neighborhood events, etc.) .
- Youth Arts: Programs specifically targeting young people as the primary audience. Programs might include arts education and training or participation in other kinds of arts or cultural events, such as a public celebration or festival.
- Public Art: Projects involving temporary or permanent artwork in the public realm, including but not limited to murals, sculpture, interactive and community engagement projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180031

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant request cannot exceed $2,500.

Term of Contract:

The 2019-2020 Community Arts Grant program will fund projects that occur in the period of July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

Multi-year funding is not supported.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Project Grants Eligibility:
-Organization is located in Fayette County.
-Nonprofit and tax-exempt status (applicants may apply, in partnership, with a fiscal agent approved by LexArts).
-Compliance with previous Community Arts Grants and reporting requirements.
-Fiscal accountability and sound management.
-Grant amount requested meets the requirements outlined for new and repeat projects.
-Applicants which have not been funded in the past two years must send the grant writer to the LexArts grant writing workshop.

Individual Artist Eligibility Criteria:
- Artist lives in Fayette or contiguous counties
- Clear community outreach/impact
- Project budget appears reasonable and complete

Community Arts Grants will not fund:
- Organizations/events located outside Fayette County.
- Activities held before July 1, 2019 or after June 30, 2020.
- General operating expenses (e.g., office supplies, rent and overhead).
- Instructional programs designed only to benefit students enrolled in public or private school districts, colleges, or universities.
- Historical preservation.
- Capital expenditures for facilities or equipment.
- Benefits, galas or any other form of fundraising.
- Hospitality expenses (e.g., food and beverages).
- Multi-year grants (e.g., requests for two-year projects).
- Applications with no evidence of a true collaboration between an applicant and fiscal agent, if applicable.
- Applicants who have received funding in the same fiscal year.
- Re-granting activities.
- Debt reduction, penalties, or litigation costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you are a first-time applicant or an organization that has not applied for two years or more, it is mandatory that you attend a grant application workshop or consultation. A consultation must be scheduled before Friday, March 1st. Workshop times and dates are listed below.

-Thursday, January 10th @ Lexington Public Library/ Northside Branch, 6pm
-Saturday, January 12th @ Lexington Public Library/Village Branch, 11am
-Tuesday, January 15th @ LexArts, 4:30pm
-Wednesday, February 6th @ LexArts, 1pm.

All applicants are encouraged to attend grant workshops available.

Pre-Application Information:

How to Apply:

1. Review the 2019-2020 Community Arts Program Grant guidelines and application. All applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Arts Services staff of LexArts for free technical assistance. Note: LexArts’ Community Arts Services staff will not accept draft applications for preliminary review after March 1, 2019.

2. Applications are available on-line at LexArts will not accept grant applications submitted via hard copy, email, fax or handwritten.

3. Applicants must submit artistic documentation. Artistic documentation gives the panel a clearer indication of what is being proposed and/or the quality of the art/artist(s).

4. Applicants must submit the requested materials in the Grant Application by March 8, 2019.

LexArts will notify applicants via email by March 15, 2019.

While LexArts no longer requires a match for CAD Project Grants, groups are encouraged to seek additional funding sources to demonstrate community engagement and support.

Project Support: Organizations
- Non-profit and tax-exempt status (applicants may apply, in partnership, with a fiscal agent approved by LexArts). Fiscal agent must be approved by February 16, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For more information, contact:
Nieta Wigginton, Community Arts Manager
859.255.2951 or

161 North Mill Street
Lexington, KY 40507

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kentucky: Fayette County