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Quarterly Organization Grant: Workshop Grant

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools for Short-Term Arts Workshops

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Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA)

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 - Support materials must be postmarked by the deadline.


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Grants of up to $1,500 to Alaska nonprofit organizations, government and tribal agencies, and schools for short-term arts-related workshops. Applicants are required to contact staff prior to submitting an application. Workshops must involve arts professionals and artists as program instructors. Workshops may include performing, visual, craft, traditions, literary, and media arts, as well as arts administration. All funded workshops must be open to the public. Priority will be given to first-time requests in a given fiscal year.

Workshop Grants support unique, arts-related activities of limited duration that offer Alaskans the opportunity to participate in an arts activity that is not regularly available in their community.

Workshop grants may only be used to (1) pay the fees of the workshop instructors; and (2) cover all or a portion of the travel expenses of the workshop instructors. 

The majority of participants in the workshop must be over 18 years of age.

Review Criteria: 

  • Need for the opportunity in the applicant's community
  • Completeness and clarity of workshop outline
  • Qualifications of the artist or instructor selected

The organization sponsoring the opportunity must provide, in addition to the grant match:

  • Space for arts activity
  • Necessary equipment and supplies
  • Room, board, and local transportation for artist/instructor when applicable
  • Advertising for the opportunity

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181297

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts in this category usually range from $500 to $1,500.

Term of Contract:

Workshops must be held and completed between the first of the month following the award date and June 30.

The Alaska State Council on the Arts operates on the State of Alaska fiscal year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30. All funds must be expended within the fiscal year the grant is awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Alaskan nonprofit organizations, schools, local government agencies and tribal entities proposing arts or cultural activities in the state are eligible for Workshop Grants.

The primary purpose of the program may not be to generate academic credit.

Applicants must:
- Have nonprofit status as a 501(c)3 organization;
- Be incorporated for at least one year prior to the application deadline;
- Provide proof of incorporation and a copy of the IRS letter for tax-exempt status.

Fiscal Agent:

Organization sponsorship by a fiscal agent is acceptable if an otherwise qualified applicant has not yet attained tax exempt status. The fiscal agent is responsible for any and all fiscal liability, and is awarded the funds directly on behalf of the applying organization.

A fiscal agent must be a 501(c)(3) organization that:
- Has a close working relationship with the applicant
- Endorses the project
- Accepts financial and reporting responsibility for the applicant

Workshop Grants will not fund:
- Classroom residencies (schools interested in bringing artists into the classroom should apply through ASCA's Artists in Schools grant program)
- Activities that are part of an organization's regularly scheduled season
- Ongoing or series of classes

Pre-Application Information:

Quarterly Deadlines:
- June 1
- September 1
- December 1
- March 1

Applicants are required to contact and discuss their proposal with Alaska State Council on the Arts staff prior to submitting an application. Special assistance is available for applicants with disabilities.

Organizations receiving $5,000 or more in operating support or project grants may not apply for more than one Workshop Grant during the same fiscal year. Other organizations are eligible to receive up to two Workshop Grants in a fiscal year.

Match requirement: cash or in-kind equal to 50% of total workshop costs.
An application for a workshop grant will not be approved unless the grant application provides a balanced budget reflecting a cash or in-kind match that has been determined by the council on the basis of availability of appropriations from the legislature.

Applications must be submitted online. Support materials must be submitted separately, postmarked by the deadline.

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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 any questions, please contact:
Andrea Noble-Pelant, Visual & Literary Arts Program Director

Alaska State Council on the Arts
161 Klevin Street, Suite 102
Anchorage, AK 99508 - 1506

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