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Veterans in the Arts (VIA)

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

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California Arts Council (CAC)

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12/19/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $18,000 to California nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies, 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.

Projects should:
- Develop the artistic abilities and creative expression of veterans, active military and/or their families.
- Provide greater access to in-depth and interactive arts-learning activities for veteran 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.

Project Requirements:
- Project must serve veterans, active military, and/or their families. For the purposes of this program, “veteran” is defined as any person who has served in the active United States military.
- The project must support high-quality, in-depth, and participatory arts-learning activities and opportunities for creative expression.
- The project plan must be tailored to and appropriate for a specific veteran community.
- The project must include the perspective of one or more local veterans as active participants in the design, planning, and implementation of the project.
- The project plan must contain a detailed timeline indicating a thoughtful approach to engaging the community, and clear identification of space, materials, and equipment requirements.
- Programming must be free of charge for project participants.
- If applicable to the project design, arts therapists must hold professional certification, have experience working with veterans and/or their families, and be able to provide arts therapy experience appropriate to the planned clinical and/or community arts setting.
- Fees for artists and arts administrators to be supported by this grant must be appropriate to experience and comparable to fees for other local skilled workers.
- Artists(s) to be compensated and supported by this grant must show relevant experience of at least two years, be based in California, and may not be engaged in the project as full-time students in a degree program.
- Letter of Support and/or testimonial from community member or stakeholder is required, indicating support for the organization and the project within the community.
- Accessibility: The CAC is committed to making the arts accessible and inclusive for all Californians. All CAC-funded programs, services, information, and buildings and facilities where funded activities take place must be accessible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180799

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations can request up to $18,000. The total request for the Veterans in the Arts program cannot exceed 50% of an organization’s total operating revenue from the last completed fiscal year, as it appears in the DataArts Funder Report.

Term of Contract:

Grant Activity Period: June 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020. The applicant must develop and complete a project addressing the program’s purpose by May 31, 2020. All activities to be funded by the CAC must occur within the Grant Activity Period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must be one of the following:
- California-based nonprofit organization or arts-based unit of government.
- Veteran’s assistance agency (either a local unit of government or a California-based nonprofit organization) with significant 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.
- All applicant organizations must be consistently engaged in arts programs and/or services for two years prior to the application deadline.
- All applicant organizations must have a principal place of business in California.
- The applicant 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 or Indigenous tribal governments.

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. The Fiscal Sponsor must also demonstrate consistent arts services or programming in California for a minimum of two years prior to the application deadline. Applicants using Fiscal Sponsors must submit all required materials for the Fiscal Sponsor at the time of application.

Funding Restrictions
- The total of all application requests in FY18-19 cannot exceed 50% of an organization’s total operating revenue from the last completed fiscal year. If applying for one or more CAC grants in a grant cycle, the total amount requested cannot exceed 50% of what is reflected in the organization’s Total Operating Revenue line in the DataArts Funder Report.
- Applicants to this program are not restricted from applying for and receiving additional CAC program grants as long as those funds are used for different projects and purposes. To meet this criterion, applicants must demonstrate that projects:
- Serve primarily different groups of people
- Take place in different spaces, times, and/or contexts
- Achieve fundamentally distinct programmatic outcomes.

Neither the award nor the match may be used to supplant state-funded expenses.

What the CAC Does Not Fund:
- Individuals as applicants.
- Hospitality or food costs.
- State agencies, Federal agencies, and non-arts organizations not involved in arts activities.
- For-profit organizations.
- Former grantee organizations not in compliance with CAC grant requirements (as stipulated in grant agreement)
- Fundraising activities or services such as annual campaigns, fundraising events, or grant writing.
- Programs or services intended for private use, or for use by restricted membership
- Projects with religious purposes
- Operational, administrative or indirect costs of schools, colleges, or universities, or any activities that are part of the curricular base of these institutions.
- Trusts, endowment funds or investments
- Capital outlay, including construction projects or purchase of land and buildings
- Equipment
- Debt repayment
- Out-of-state travel
- Expenses incurred before the start date or after the ending date of the grant activity period
- Lobbying activities that are intended to influence the actions, policies, or decisions of government officials or specific legislation.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A program webinar will take place on November 14, 2018, 11:00 AM.

In this free webinar, California Arts Council programs staff will provide an overview of the California Arts Council's Veterans in the Arts grant program (VIA). California arts organizations and veterans service organizations are encouraged to participate.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Application Available: October 9, 2018
- Program Webinar: November 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM
- Application Deadline: December 19, 2018, 11:59 PM
- Funding Decisions: May 2019
- Funding Notifications: May 2019
- Grant Activity Period: June 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020

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

For all programs that require a CAC DataArts Funder Report, two years of data must be included in DataArts profile and report.

Matching Funds:
All grant recipients must provide a dollar-for-dollar (1:1) match for the VIA grant. A cash match may be from corporate or private contributions, local or federal government, or earned income. State funds cannot be used as a match. If applying for multiple CAC grants in a single fiscal year, distinct funds must be identified to meet the matching requirement for each grant application. The applicant must indicate whether matching funds are projected, pending or committed.

In-Kind Match:
-In-kind contributions may be used for up to 50% of the required (1:1) match.
-In-kind contributions may be in the form of space; pro bono consultancy, training or services; supplies; and other expendable property that are given free of charge to the organizations.
- In-kind contributions may only be provided by third parties.
- In-kind donations by state entities are ineligible.

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

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For questions, contact:
Jason Jong, VIA Arts Program Specialist
(916) 322-6338

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

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