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2019 General Operating Support (GOS) Grants

Grants to Boulder, Colorado Arts Organizations
to Provide Operational Support

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture - Boulder Arts Commission (BAC)

Conf. Date:

12/04/18

Deadline Date:

03/11/19 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to Boulder, Colorado nonprofit arts organizations to provide operational support for arts and cultural programming in the community. Funding is intended to strengthen the sustainability of local cultural organizations and provide them with consistent and flexible funding.

To bolster the sustainability of the community’s cultural organizations, a series of operating grants is a priority for the cultural grants program. This system of institutional funding supports the Community Priorities and goals in the Community Cultural Plan, including the “Support for Cultural Organizations” strategy.

The approach to operating funding is derived from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and is here modified to suit the circumstances of the Community Cultural Plan:

1. Operating grants maintain the autonomy of grantees, allowing them to allocate the dollars to their most pressing needs.
2. Operating grants tend to be more predictable over time, which helps organizations maintain continuity of services to their communities.
3. Because Operating grants are flexible, grantees can use the funds in more opportunistic or entrepreneurial ways than project-restricted funds often allow.
4. Operating grants come with stringent accountability and management requirements that incentivize and perpetuate good business practices among arts organizations.
5. Because the grantee—not the grant maker—ultimately defines the activities for which Operating grants are used, this funding mechanism can reduce "mission drift" among grantees and can help to curtail the proliferation of programs designed solely to appeal to funders.
6. Operating grants strengthen the non-profit arts infrastructure and deepen working relationships between funders and core grantees.

In 2019 there will be four levels of GOS grants, based on the size of the organization’s budget:

- Extra Large Orgs (1M or more)
- Large Orgs (250k - 999k)
- Mid-sized Orgs (100k - 249k)
- Small Orgs (99k or less)

The Community Priorities are six points that summarize the community’s most common responses in answer to the question, “What is your vision for Boulder’s culture and creative economy?” Examples of ways to demonstrate impact on the Community Priorities may include descriptions of how your project or organization:

- Supports artists and creative professionals by providing professional development programming.
- Contributes to Boulder’s creative identity and creates a vibrant cultural destination through high artistic merit and excellence in the practice of a medium or discipline.
- Engages the community in civic dialogue about the arts through interactive outreach in the neighborhoods.
- Adds creativity in the public realm by engaging underserved populations in art-making for their community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184841

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$502,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

In 2019 there will be four levels of GOS grants, based on the size of the organization’s budget:

- Extra Large Orgs (1M or more) with grants of $50K each
- Large Orgs (250k - 999k) with grants of $20K each
- Mid-sized Orgs (100k - 249k) with grants of $10K each
- Small Orgs (99k or less) with grants of $8K each.

Term of Contract:

Once an applicant is approved to receive an Operating Grant, the approval would be valid for the full three year cycle.

Due to the rules of the City of Boulder’s budget process, the commitment is made for only one year at a time. At the end of each year the Boulder Arts Commission will re-certify that the grant continues into the next year by approving the report.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Governance, Non Profit Status. Applicants must either provide formal IRS documentation of their 501(c)3 status or, for organizations with revenues under $250,000, alternative means of proof are described below.

Emerging organizations with revenues under $250,000 that have not yet achieved not-for-profit status or community-oriented businesses may also apply for this grant. These organizations must be able to demonstrate the following:
- The organization has community-oriented mission and goals, services, and programming.
- The organization is currently active and has conducted programming consistently for at least two years.
- The organization has oversight from a board, advisory committee, or other stewardship group.
- That group must include community representation.

In lieu of Non Profit Verification, the applicant is encouraged to provide a copy of their form CR0100 (Colorado Business Registration) and documentation of the above criteria. This can take the form of strategic or business plans, year-end-reports, media clippings, letters of support, or other documents.

Consistent Management. The organization must have consistent management with no planned or expected changes to leadership during the term of the funding. It is recommended, but not required, that organizations maintain a succession plan in their human resources policies in order to demonstrate fulfilment of this requirement.

Service area and programming. Must be able to demonstrate that a majority of the organization’s programming takes place in the City of Boulder and that the programming meets the criteria described in the Chapter 14-1-2 of the City of Boulder Revised Code. The organization must also demonstrate that they are headquartered in Boulder.

Exclusions. Funds will not be provided for: projects that have occurred before the grant funding decisions have been made, the purchase of alcohol or marijuana, debt reduction, capital construction, creating or building endowments, acquisition of real estate, political activity, programming that promotes a single religion over others, or re-granting of the funds.sed Code. The organization must also demonstrate that they are headquartered in Boulder.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The City of Boulder’s Office of Arts and Culture is hosting an introductory session on how to apply for the 2019 grants. The session will include conversations with an Arts Commissioner and panel member to answer questions about their decision-making process.

Grant Info Session for Applicants:

- Tuesday, December 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Dairy Arts Center Carsen Theater

See here for more information: https://boulderarts.org/

To RSVP, email Lauren Click (see Contact Information below).

Pre-Application Information:

General Operating Grants – Large and Mid-sized Organizations:

- Monday, March 11 at 11:59 p.m. - Deadline for applications
- March 11 to March 15 - Review by staff for eligibility and revision by applicants if necessary
- March 15 to April 5 - Preliminary review and score by panel (22 days)
- April 5 to April 10 - Score processing by staff
- April 10 - Preliminary scores posted online
- April 10 to April 17 - Applicants prepare 3-minute optional presentation for the Boulder Arts Commission meeting
- April 17 - Arts Commission meeting. Presentations by applicants; panel rescore; discussion and final decisions on grants

General Operating Grants – Extra Large and Small Organizations:

- Monday, March 11 at 11:59 p.m. - Deadline for applications
- March 11 to April 12 - Review by staff for eligibility and revision by applicants if necessary
- April 12 to May 3 - Preliminary review and score by panel (22 days)
- May 3 to May 8 - Score processing by staff
- May 8 - Preliminary scores posted online
- May 8 to May 15 - Applicants prepare 3-minute optional presentation for the Boulder Arts Commission meeting
- May 15 - Arts Commission meeting. Presentations by applicants; panel rescore; discussion and final decisions on grants

Watch a training video on how to apply online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etScRJXC2bE

Contact Information:

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

Register with the Boulder Arts Commission: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=boulderarts

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/common/logon.aspx?eqs=fiaADTHDZeaRV_bfFBPXU945LFwcDKoq0

Lauren Click
clickl@boulderlibrary.org
720-564-2355

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USA: Colorado: City of Boulder