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Veterans in the Arts (VIA)

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies
for Arts Programs Serving Military Veterans

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Arts Council (CAC)

Conf. Date:

09/24/19

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $20,000 to California nonprofit organizations, veterans' assistance agencies, and arts-based units of government to provide arts programs to military veterans and their families. Funding is intended to enhance the quality of life for state veterans by increasing their access to quality arts programs that are sensitive and responsive to their unique experiences.

The Veterans in the Arts program is rooted in the CAC’s vision to create a state where the arts are a central component of daily life and accessible to all. Through this program, the CAC desires to specifically address the needs and improve the lives of California’s veterans through arts, culture, and creative expression. 

The purpose of the Veterans in the Arts program is to increase equity, access, and opportunities for veterans to participate in quality arts programming that is sensitive and responsive to their unique experiences. The program provides project support for nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, veteran’s assistance agencies, and social service agencies to reach veterans and their families. Projects include the perspective of one or more local veterans as active participants in the design, planning, and implementation of a project.

Projects should address the following Veterans in the Arts program goals:

  • Develop the creative expression and artistic abilities of veterans and/or their families.
  • Provide greater access to in-depth and interactive arts-learning activities for veteran communities that is developed with the participation and representation of those communities.
  • Engage veterans and/or their families in quality arts programming that is sensitive and responsive to their unique experiences.
  • Support arts programs that seek to elevate veterans’ voices, narratives, perspectives, and/or contributions.
  • Provide greater awareness and appreciation for the range of veterans’ experiences, regardless of timeframe for service, branch of military, reason for separation, or citizenship status at the time of conflict.

For details on project requirements, see: http://www.arts.ca.gov/programs/program_files/1920/FY19_VIA_Guidelines.pdf#page=5


GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180799

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Applicant organizations can request up to $20,000.
- The total request for funding in this grant program cannot exceed 50% of an organization’s total operating revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year, as provided on the Budget Snapshot at the time of application.

Term of Contract:

Grant Activity Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For the purposes of this program, a “veteran” is defined as an individual who has previously served in the United States military, or an individual who has previously served in a similar military capacity alongside and/or at the request, direction, and command of U.S. military forces.

-Applicant organizations must be one of the following: o California-based nonprofit arts organization, arts-based unit of municipal or county government, or tribal government.
- Veteran’s assistance agency (either a local unit of government or a California-based nonprofit organization) with arts programming as a part of the mission, vision, and budget of the organization.
- Veteran’s assistance agencies must have a primary mission of providing assistance to veterans and/or their families, and may include but are not limited to: Veterans Service Organizations, Vet Centers, local veterans commissions, veterans housing and medical facilities, and homeless and disabled veterans support agencies.
- California-based nonprofit social service organizations with regular, ongoing arts programs and/or services, as well as significant history of supporting immigrant and refugee communities whose veterans had previously served directly alongside and at the command of U.S. military forces.

- All applicants must have a minimum two-year history of consistent engagement in arts programming and/or services prior to the application deadline.
- All applicant organizations must have a principal place of business in California.
- Applicant organizations must demonstrate proof of nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or section 23701d of the California Revenue and Taxation Code, or must be a unit of government, including California Native American or Indigenous tribal governments.
- Fiscal Sponsors: An applicant without nonprofit status may use a California-based Fiscal Sponsor with a federal 501(c)(3) designation to conduct work on a not-for-profit project. The Fiscal Sponsor will provide the fiscal and administrative services needed to complete the grant. If a grant is awarded, the Fiscal Sponsor becomes the legal contractor.

Nonprofit organizations must have “active status” with the California Secretary of State (SOS) showing evidence of “good standing” at the time of application.

What the CAC Does Not Fund: http://www.arts.ca.gov/programs/program_files/1920/FY19_VIA_Guidelines.pdf#page=8

Pre-proposal Conference:

California Arts Council: 2019-20 Grant Programs Overview
Tue, Sep 24, 2019 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EEST

Learn how to apply for state arts funding! In this one-hour webinar, staff will provide an overview of the CAC's unique grant opportunities for 2019-20, with deadlines coming this fall. Get tips and insights into the state grant process and discover best practices for putting together a successful application. An archived video of this session will be published to the California Arts Council website within 24 hours following the webinar.

Register now for the 2019-20 Grant Programs Overview webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3581640836788316684

Click here to schedule a 15-minute phone consultation with Jason Jong, Programs Officer: https://calendly.com/jason-jong/15min?month=2019-09

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:

- November 1, 2019 11:59 PM Application deadline (online)
- January 2020 Funding decisions
- January 2020 Funding notifications
- July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 Grant Activity Period
- July 31, 2021 Final Report deadline

CAC staff is available to offer guidance and clarification in preparing your proposal. CAC recommends that you contact staff well in advance of the deadline to ensure you can be accommodated.

All grant recipients must provide a 1:1 match for this grant. If applying for multiple CAC grants in a single fiscal year, distinct matching funds must be identified within each application. State funds cannot be used to meet the match. The matching funds requirement may be met entirely through cash match sources, or by applying the value of in-kind sources for up to 50% of the match.

Application resources: http://arts.ca.gov/programs/app.php

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://calartscouncil.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp

For questions, contact:
Jason Jong, Interim Programs Officer
(916) 322-6338
jason.jong@arts.ca.gov

Address
1300 I Street, Suite 930
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 322-6555
Toll Free: (800) 201-6201
FAX: (916) 322-6575

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California