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Cultural Grants

Grants to Virginia Arts Nonprofits in Arlington County for
New and Creative Projects, or Organizational Expenses

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Arlington Commission for the Arts and Arlington Cultural Affairs Division (CAD)

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02/11/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Virginia nonprofits in Arlington County to support new or expanded creative programming, or to support an organization's operating expenses. All applicants must attend a grant preparation workshop and must submit an intent to apply prior to submitting an application. Programs must meet a significant need in the local community and be mission-focused.

The FY 2020 Cultural Grant is a competitive program that supports arts organizations with financial grants for General Operating Expenses (GOE) or Innovative Projects (IP). Grants are to be awarded for activities that:
- Are mission focused;
- Foster excellence and diversity of arts and culture in Arlington County;
- Have significant impact on the community or meet a need in the County; and,
- Result in distinctive, high quality, and meaningful cultural experiences in Arlington County.

Organizations may apply for either a General Operating Expenses grant or an Innovative Project grant.

Innovative Project (IP) Grant Overview:
Requests for Innovative Projects will be limited to new undertakings for the applicant or efforts that represent significant expansion or change of an on-going program. An award for an Innovative Project may not fund an organization’s regular programming.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184501

Estimated Size of Grant:

- General Operating Expenses Grants: Eligible organizations may apply to fund General Operating Expenses that are between $5,000-20,000 and cannot exceed 20% of an organization’s total revenue on its most recently filed IRS Form 990 or 990 EZ. In order to be eligible for the minimum award of $5,000, an organization must have a budget of at least $25,000 from the previous fiscal year. The maximum award is $20,000.

- Innovative Project (IP) Grants: Requests can be for any amount up to $35,000, but may not exceed 50% of an organization’s total revenue on its most recently filed IRS Form 990 or 990 EZ.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. All artistic and cultural works must be presented within the grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive a FY 2020 Cultural Grant, an organization must:

1. Be certified as a 501(c)3 nonprofit by the IRS or have Fiscal Sponsorship of a certified 501(c)3.
2. Have a physical street address in Arlington County as shown on the organization’s most recently filed IRS Form 990 or 990 EZ, or on its most recently filed MISC 1099 if the organization is under Fiscal Sponsorship. PO Boxes are not accepted.
3. Have filed an IRS Form 990 or 990 EZ with the IRS for its most recent fiscal year. IRS 990 e-postcards are not accepted.
4. Produce a regular program of cultural and artistic activities that are consistent with the mission of the organization.
5. Have complied with all requirements and conditions imposed by the Commission in the previous grant period.

For Innovative Project (IP) Grants Only:
An award for an Innovative Project may not fund an organization’s regular programming. Salary, wage, and contract expenses may be considered only in so far as they specifically support the proposed project.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Grants Office and the Grants Committee together offer Arts Grants Preparation Workshops that provide an overview of the FY 2020 Arts Grants Program and include step-by-step directions for completing a Cultural Grant application. All organizations applying for a Cultural Grant are required to register and attend one Cultural Grant workshop.

Workshops for Cultural Grants will be held on the following dates and times:

1. Monday, November 5, 2018, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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2. Wednesday, November 7, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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3. Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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All workshops are held in Room 139, 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA, 22206. Registration is required and space is limited.

Workshops will be rescheduled if the Arlington County government closes due to inclement weather.

Pre-Application Information:

Below are the three steps that all applicants must take to apply for a Cultural Grant.

Step 1: Attend an Arts Grants Preparation Workshop

Step 2: Complete and Submit the Intent to Apply Form by December 3, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. Applicants will be notified of their eligibility determination by Friday, December 7, 2018. Eligible applicants will receive a web link to the Cultural Grant application and a unique code that must beentered when completing the application.

Step 3. Apply for a Cultural Grant by February 11, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.

For Innovative Project (IP) Grants Only:
The requested amount must include no less than a one-to-one (1:1) cash/in-kind match in non-County funds. For example, if an organization’s total revenue on its most recently filed IRS Form 990 is $50,000, it may only apply for a maximum award of $25,000, and the 1:1 cash/in-kind match must equal $25,000.

Only one monetary grant per organization will be awarded.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the Intent to Apply Form and Application to

Arlington Commission for the Arts
Arlington Cultural Affairs Division Arts Grants Office
1100 N Glebe Rd, #1500
Arlington, VA 22201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Arlington County