- Quick Project: Eligible organizations may apply for funds to support arts events for the public. QuickProject funds support small and emerging arts organizations and the public projects of informal arts groups through fiscal sponsors (see limitations on page 5). Funds are intended to foster public participation in the arts and are not intended for the purchase of equipment. (See Glossary, for definition of Capital Expenses.)
- Technical Assistance: All organizations eligible for grant funding under any Commission program may apply for Technical Assistance grants that support organizational development. These funds may be applied to fees for professional consultant services in two areas:
- Management consultancies for organizations, such as fund-raising, training, marketing, public relations, organizational development, audience development, long-range planning, program development, accessibility planning, and board or financial management.
- Artistic consultancies, such as voice instruction, lighting design, master classes, exhibition design, or conservation studies.
Requests may range from $500 to $1,500 with a 1:1 match (cash or in-kind). University applicants must match 1:1 with non-university or non-state cash rather than a mix of cash and in-kind. For information on the eligibility of college or university applicants, college click here. See the Glossary for the definition of a university applicant.
- Applicants must meet the general eligibility criteria for organizations.
- Applicants may apply quarterly for available funds but may receive only one QuickFunds grant per fiscal year.
- Organizations that receive Public Programs in the Arts or Entry Track funding are eligible to apply for Technical Assistance but are not eligible to apply for QuickProjects for Organizations.
- Organizations or informal groups applying for QuickProjects no longer need to have a pending 501(c)(3) application but can apply through an eligible fiscal agent.
Examples of some eligible projects include:
- Fees for an artist to work with a community to create a mural, a public exhibition, or to sponsor public demonstrations of artistic skill.
- Funding for a local arts council, community organization, or unit of government to work with performing or visual artists for a presentation or workshop, exhibition or festival.
HOW TO APPLY
Application should be in 12-point font or neatly handwritten. Since copies will be duplicated, please do not use staples. Fill out the checklist (word doc), include the application, narrative, all required materials, and comply with the postmark deadline. Carefully check the project beginning and end dates.
Submit a two-page clear and concise narrative that directly responds to the questions below. Number, repeat the questions and answer in order. Refer to the evaluation criteria as you write your narrative and select your support materials.
- Briefly describe your organization; include structure, mission statement, brief history, programs, services, and community you serve.
- Briefly describe what you propose to do, how you plan to accomplish it, and why your project merits funding.
- Explain if this is a new program, or why this project is essential to your organization.
- Describe community involvement, the anticipated community impact, and public access to project activities.
- If appropriate, explain the relationship between your work sample or support materials and the proposed activity or project.
On the budget form, clearly itemize project expenses and revenue that are directly related to the cost of the project described in the narrative. A successful application will include a budget that demonstrates realistic and appropriate planning for expenses and revenue. (See Budget Tips)
- RÉSUMÉ - Applicants are required to submit a résumé or biography of key consultants, artists, or personnel. No more than two pages each.
- BOARD OF DIRECTORS LIST – Provide a current list of the board of directors with affiliations and contact information.
- IRS DETERMINATION LETTER –Must provide a copy of the IRS tax determination letter.
- SUPPORT MATERIALS - Support materials show the overall strength, artistic quality, and merit of your application. They give evidence of what is presented in the narrative and play a significant part in the evaluation process. Some examples include articles, brochures, printed publications, or letters of acceptance. Applicants should choose support materials that provide key information to the review panel that is appropriate to your application. No more than 10.
- WORK SAMPLES - the review panel cannot assess the artistic quality of your application without work samples. See Preparing Work Samples, for specific requirements. Download Work Sample form. Work samples, such as DVDs, CDs, or images, should represent current work (within the past five years). Because work samples are the only way applicants can show their work to a panel, artistic quality cannot be overemphasized. Inferior or missing work samples reflect poorly on the application as a whole. Panelists have a limited time to evaluate them so it is important that the strongest examples are presented first. No more than 5.
- THREE (3) CURRENT LETTERS OF SUPPORT
Do NOT refer panelists to links, web sites, or to materials not included in your application packet.
Artistic Merit (50 points)
- Organization produces programs of high artistic merit appropriate to its mission.
Management (25 points)
- Ability and plan demonstrate the applicant can accomplish the activity in a competent manner.
- Application is clear and complete; the budget is realistic and correlates with the narrative.
- Technical Assistance applicants clearly stated the purpose and need for assistance.
Community Involvement and Access (25 points)
- Appropriate and broad community participation.
- Evidence of public access to project activities.
NOTE: When multiple applications are of equal merit, preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received grants.
Courtesy review deadlines are three weeks before the postmark deadline. When possible, apply for the deadline closest to your project. The project may not begin and expenses may not be incurred before you are notified of your award, approximately three weeks after the deadline.
Final reports must be submitted upon completion of the project or by July 31, 2014 to receive final payment.
Creativity takes courage. - Henry Matisse