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American Rescue Plan (ARP) Performing Arts Relief Grant

Grants to Ohio Performing Arts Nonprofits to
Support COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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ArtsWave

Conf. Date:

07/08/21

Deadline Date:

07/30/21 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to Ohio nonprofit performing arts organizations in eligible locations to offset the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the arts industry. Funding is intended to mitigate the effects of revenue losses and closures related to the pandemic. Eligible applicants are organizations with a mission dedicated to performing arts (that is, expressly stated in its certificate of incorporation or evidenced by 51%+ of annual expenses on arts-related activity, in the area of instrumental and choral music, dance, theater, spoken word, performance art, puppetry, film, and neighborhood arts centers). Applicants must serve residents of Cincinnati.

ARP funding can only be used to cover costs of necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. For this grant, costs must be incurred between March 3, 2021 and December 30, 2022. All costs must comply with any Guidance, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers issued by the federal government or State of Ohio, which includes without limitation, the US Treasury, the Office of Inspector General, the Ohio Auditor of State, and the Ohio Office of Budget and Management.  By way of example only, the following may constitute Eligible Expenses:

  • Business Interruption Costs include support to cover general operating expenses related directly to required closures due to COVID-19 such as utilities, security, rent or mortgage payments, and personnel costs.
  • Restart Costs include support to cover general operating expenses related directly as required to maintain business or restart following closures due to COVID-19 such as utilities, security, rent or mortgage payments, and personnel costs

The grant agreement for each grantee shall comply with the following:

  • Grant funds may be used for any operational expense that the recipient deems to be necessary for restart or continuation of the organization’s artistic activity, administration, or safely operated venue
  • Grant recipients must agree to employ as many local artists and staff as is financially possible
  • Grant recipients must agree to participate in ArtsWave’s ‘restart the arts’ umbrella promotional campaign, Bring You, including using campaign logo and credits and entering all event data in http://www.artswave.org/Guide so that the public can discover and re-discover all of Cincinnati’s arts experiences

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197256

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$6,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amounts for relief of economic hardships caused by the pandemic will be determined by a formula that considers expenses in FY19 (pre-pandemic) and FY20 (pandemic disruption), as well as lost revenue over the last 12 months.
- >$15M: Expected $250,000-$300,000 grants
- $10-$14.99M: Expected $200,000-$250,000 grants
- $1-$9.99M: Expected $100,000-$200,000 grants
- $300K-$999K: Expected $50,000-$100,000 grants
- $100K-$300K: Expected $20,000-$50,000 grants
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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit Performing Arts organizations that meet the following eligibility criteria and comply with the following requirements may apply:
- Must operate an artistic venue and/or have offices located in the city of Cincinnati as listed on most recent 990 tax form
- Must provide services for City of Cincinnati residents
- Must be a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with a mission dedicated to performing arts (that is, expressly stated in its certificate of incorporation or evidenced by 51%+ of annual expenses on arts-related activity, in the area of instrumental and choral music, dance, theater, spoken word, performance art, puppetry, film, and neighborhood arts
centers)
- Must have been in existence as of March 1, 2019 and can show proof of operating revenue prior to March 1, 2020
- Must be able to attest to financial need for the grant due to increased expenses and/or decreased revenues due to COVID-19
- Must be able to attest that this grant will help advance a viable plan/path to restarting arts activity, including plans for resuming programming when it is safe to do so, rather than funding the dissolution of the organization
- Must be registered with State of Ohio Attorney General’s Office
https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Publications-Files/Publications-forBusiness/Online-Charitable-Registration-Information-Sheet
- Must have a DUNS number prior to being awarded grant funding. A DUNS number can be requested here: https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do
- Must be registered at SAM.gov and have an active CAGE number prior to being awarded
- Must be in compliance with all state laws and treasury regulations, including those applicable to its status as an organization recognized as a tax exempt entity under I.R.C. 501(c)(3) and a non-profit organization under Ohio law.

Ineligible Service Providers and Programs: The following entities are NOT eligible to apply for ARP funding from the Program:
1. Organizations whose primary mission is not arts related (e.g. social service, religious, education, science, parks, nature, or health organizations)
2. Museums or Arts Galleries
3. Social clubs and membership-only organizations
4. Arts or cultural programming entities that are not open and accessible to the general public
5. Arts or cultural programming entities located outside the City of Cincinnati limits.

ArtsWave will not award grant support to organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws, or practices, discriminate against a person or group because of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief. In doing so, ArtsWave seeks to promote respect for all people.

Ineligible expenses:
1. Revenue replacement
2. Construction costs
3. Any tax, license or fee obligations payable to any governmental entity businesses
4. Costs for political activity, including lobbying
5. Fundraising
6. Damages covered by insurance
7. Reimbursement to donors for donated items or services
8. Workforce bonuses
9. Severance pay
10. Legal settlements
11. Prepayment of expenses for services that extend beyond March 3, 2021
12. Expenses that were already covered by financial assistance from other county, city, state, or federal forgivable loan or grant programs established in response to COVID-19 or by insurance
13. All costs which are ineligible per the most recent US Treasury guidance and Frequently Asked Questions: https://home.treasury.gov/policyissues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/state-andlocal-fiscal-recovery-funds
14. Any cost or expense not permitted by any state or federal guidance or information

Pre-proposal Conference:

ArtsWave will host a free, online webinar to go over the ARP Performing Arts Relief Grant Program Guidelines, the application process, and any questions you might have about the program. The webinar will be held on July 8, 2021 from 4:00-5:00 pm. For details and to register, please visit https://artswavearpgrantsworkshop.eventbrite.com.

The webinar session will be recorded and made available on ArtsWave’s website.

Pre-Application Information:

All application materials must be submitted through the online grantmaking system by 5:00 pm EST on July 30, 2021

Key Dates
- Applications Open: July 1, 2021
- Application Deadline *: July 30, 2021
- Funding Decision: August 27, 2021
- Final Report Due: December 31, 2022
* application closes at 5pm on the deadline

Organizations may only submit one application for the Relief Program.

Contact Information:

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

The application for the ARP Arts and Cultural Performance and Event Grant Program can be accessed using the following link: https://artswave.submittable.com/submit

For questions related to eligibility or eligible expenses, please contact Sam Cribbet, Vice President of Finance, at samantha.cribbet@artswave.org.

For questions related to the grants portal, please contact Ray Gargano, Vice President of Community Investments, at ray.gargano@artswave.org.

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