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Military and Veterans Healing Arts Grants

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits to Provide Arts Activities
for Veterans, Military Service People, and their Families

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North Carolina Arts Council

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to North Carolina nonprofits working with veterans, military service people, and their families for arts activities that will contribute to the healing process. Priority will be given for projects that involve collaboration between the applicant and military bases, VA medical centers, veterans service providers, or other like organizations.

In addition to the intrinsic value that the arts possess to enhance the quality of life for citizens, they provide important support for the unique needs of service men and women, veterans and their families. For these military audiences, engaging in arts activities:

- Enhances healing and provides important health benefits in every stage from recovery to wellness;
- Strengthens a sense of self, and creates opportunities to tell one’s story in different ways, including nonverbal means of expression;
- Builds a connection with the community and diminishes feelings of isolation, both by making art in a group setting and also by instigating a public discussion about topics relevant to servicemen and veterans.

An array of arts projects with an emphasis on serving military and veterans audiences are eligible for support. Examples include:

- A single exhibition, performance, or two to three related events, such as a reading series;
- A series of workshops;
- An artist residency or commission;
- A literary publication or documentary film.

Grant funds may be used for artist fees, marketing, interpretive materials, contractual fees (including contractual personnel) and other related costs. Additionally, projects that contribute to the development of this field of work through technical assistance are eligible for support.

Evaluation Criteria:

- Artistic quality of the program;
- Evidence of solid planning with a military or veteran partner organization;
- Potential of project to have a positive impact on identified military or veteran audience;
- Inclusiveness of racially, culturally, and economically diverse participants as appropriate to the program;
- The strength of management and organizational capacity to implement program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182808

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $15,000. Organizations may not apply for more than 10-percent of their prior-year cash operating expenses. Organizations with prior-year expenses between $20,000 and $50,000 are eligible to apply for $5,000, the minimum grant award.

Term of Contract:

Programs must take place between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that provide high-quality artistic programs designed to serve audiences on the military continuum are eligible to apply. Projects that grow out of a strong collaboration between arts organizations and military bases, VA medical centers, or veterans service providers will receive priority in funding.

To be eligible for Arts Council funding, organizations:

1) Must be a nonprofit organization (or an organization that has applied for non-profit status using a fiscal agent*);
2) Must have been producing quality arts programs for at least two consecutive years;
3) Must have prior-year organizational cash operating expenses of at least $20,000.

All applicants are required to have a DUNS number. Click here for instructions:

Community arts organizations such as theaters, symphonies, and choral groups may apply for programs involving professional artists.

University-based programs must focus on audiences outside the university community, and be part of an overall effort to reach audiences outside the university.

Tribal organizations must represent North Carolina or federally-recognized tribes.

The Arts Council makes lateral grants to other state government organizations on a limited basis for distinctly innovative projects.

A non-profit organization with tax-exempt status may act as a fiscal agent for an applicant organization that has applied for, but not yet received its tax-exempt status. In cases where a grantee is using a fiscal agent, the fiscal agent, and the grantee organization, is fiscally and legally responsible for all grant requirements.

Grant funds may not be used for the following expenditures:

- Deficit reduction
- Capital expenditures
- Contingency funds
- Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions
- Fundraising events
- Art sales events and auctions
- Interest on loans, fines, or litigation costs
- Lobbying expenses
- Tuition for academic study
- Indirect Costs

All programs funded by the Arts Council must be accessible to people with disabilities and in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Applicants may include costs for making programs more accessible (i.e. sign language interpreters, and audio descriptive services) in their application budgets.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2018-19 deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018. The application will be available online on January 8, 2018.

All grants to organizations must be matched dollar for dollar except for applicants from rural, low-wealth counties designated Tier 1, which are eligible for 75 percent to 100 percent funding. Organizations must make a strong case for financial need if the cash match is less than one-to-one.

Applicants in or serving counties designated as Tier 1 by the N.C. Department of Commerce are not required to provide a one-to-one match in certain grant categories and may request 75 percent to 100 percent funding of their project costs. These applicants must make a strong case for financial need in their proposal narratives. The 2018 designated counties are: Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Bertie, Bladen, Camden, Caswell, Cherokee, Chowan, Clay, Columbus, Edgecombe, Gates, Graham, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jackson, Jones, Lenoir, Macon, Martin, McDowell, Mitchell, Montgomery, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Person, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, Swain, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Yadkin, and Yancey.

Accessibility for People With Disabilities: Arts Council staff can arrange to meet with applicants with disabilities either in our offices, which are wheelchair accessible, or in another location that may be more convenient. Guidelines are available upon request in alternative formats.

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Contact Information:

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

The online application will be available online on January 8, 2018. Applicants will submit the form electronically through the GO-Smart portal:

Vicki Vitiello
(919) 807-6504

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina