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Arts Impact Grant

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies for
Programs that Increase Arts Access for Local Residents

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Vermont Arts Council

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Grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 to Vermont nonprofit organizations, schools, and local and state government agencies for programs that increase access to the arts for local residents. Funding is intended to support activities such as public arts events that attract new audiences; accessibility enhancements for existing programs; and new artistic works involving community engagement.

Arts Impact Grants support nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and schools in their efforts to add vibrancy to Vermont communities by providing equal and abundant access to the arts. The Arts Council funds projects that identify and break down barriers to participation.

Priority Areas:

- Expanding access to the arts and cultural activities for all Vermonters. This might include, for example, projects that engage individuals with limited access to the arts due to age, ability, income, race, geography, or other factors
- Creative placemaking. The Council welcomes projects that re-envision public spaces and strengthen community identity through the arts.

Examples of fundable projects include:

- Performances, exhibits, screenings, readings, fairs, public art projects, and festivals that focus on including new audiences
- Program improvements that enable people with disabilities to participate
- Public art projects that commission an artist for the creation of new work where the community is engaged in the planning, presentation, and/or fabrication
- Creative experiences that are designed to include a specific group of a certain age, income, gender, race, ability, or to encourage interaction among these groups

Some examples of previously funded projects include:

- An art exhibition and public presentations portraying the disease of addiction
- A semester-long program in which students explored socially engaged art in the community with a local artist, then designed a unique public art project
- The production of a play where veterans and their families enacted their stories for a live audience

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180666

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range from $500-$3,000.

Term of Contract:

Funded activities must be completed between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any Vermont school, municipality, or nonprofit organization not already in receipt of Arts Partnership Grant funding can apply.

Eligible Applicants:

Vermont nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, agencies of state government, counties, and municipalities are eligible to apply. Groups without tax-exempt status may apply using a fiscal agent. A fiscal agent must be a charitable nonprofit organization incorporated in Vermont. All applicants (or the fiscal agent) must have a D-U-N-S number.


- Current Arts Partner grantee organizations (Arts Partners may serve as fiscal agents)
- Organizations that have received any other Arts Council grant in the same fiscal year to support the same project
- Organizations with outstanding or incomplete reporting for any Vermont Arts Council grant
- Schools seeking funding for an artist residency during the school day

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshop Schedule:

- Monday, April 22, 1-3 p.m.
Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, 636 Marble Street, West Rutland

- Tuesday, April 23, 1-3 p.m.
Main Street Arts, 35 Main Street, Saxtons River

- Wednesday, April 24, 2-4 p.m.
River Arts, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville

To Register, complete the online form by April 19.

Contact Meredith Bell by email or by phone if you have any questions.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline is June 3, 2019. Notification will occur before August 31, 2019.

Applications must be submitted through the Council’s online granting system.

A 1:1 cash match is required.

The full grant amount will be paid on receipt of a signed contract and after September 1, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

For inquiries, contact:

Meredith Bell

Vermont Arts Council
136 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-6001

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USA: Vermont