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Project Support Grants

Grants to Cumberland County, North Carolina Nonprofits,
Schools, IHEs, and Agencies for Cultural Arts Programming

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Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 to Cumberland County, North Carolina nonprofit organizations, schools, universities, and government agencies to support cultural arts programming. New applicants are required to attend the January 27 or February 6 workshops. Returning applicants are strongly encouraged to attend these workshops, and also have the option to attend a workshop on February 8.

The purpose of Project Support Grants is to increase opportunities for access to cultural arts programming in Cumberland County. Cultural arts are defined as: arts, science, history and heritage. Project Support Grants may be awarded to nonprofit agencies in Cumberland County that demonstrate financial and administrative stability. Grant funds support expenses that are directly related to the project. Allowable costs may include qualifying professional program-related fees and contracts, marketing and other project-related costs.

Grant Categories:

There are six distinct grant categories, and each application will be considered in only one category. The Arts Council staff or Grants Panel may reclassify an application, if appropriate. The categories are:

1. Series Organizational Support Grants: This grant category is open only to cultural arts non-profit 501(c) organizations who deliver high quality cultural services to the citizens of Cumberland County. (Colleges, Universities and government entities may apply under Series Project Support Grants) Organizations who apply in this category must:

a. Present a minimum of four performances or activities which occur in a minimum of four different months of the year.
b. Have been funded for three immediate past consecutive years, meeting all grantee requirements and reporting deadlines. (Please contact Arts Council staff to determine eligibility)
c. Have at least one half-time paid professional staff member who is responsible for the administrative day-to-day operations of the organization.
d. Have the ability to provide quarterly financial statements according to generally accepted accounting principles.
e. Be tax-exempt for at least three years (date listed on IRS determination letter).

2. Series Project Support Grants: These projects will provide a series of opportunities for exposure to cultural arts programs. There must be a minimum of three performances or activities within the series.

3. Cultural Tourism Grants: These grants increase cultural tourism through programs that have the potential to attract visitors to our community through the cultural arts.

These grants fund the development of new cultural arts programs (e.g., festivals, celebrations); public art; cultural arts marketing campaigns to develop tourism; capital expenditures for cultural arts facilities; and permanent banners/signage for facilities or historic trails.

4. Organizational Development Grants: Healthy cultural arts organizations help build vibrant, creative communities throughout Cumberland County. 501(c) cultural arts organizations may use these grant funds to strengthen the organization’s management. Examples of fundable projects are:

a. Management/Technical Assistance: the hiring of consultants to strengthen management and programs, help with organizational assessment and planning, or provide design assistance for cultural facilities or public design projects.
b. Professional Development: the participation of staff and board members in workshops, conferences, seminars, classes or in-service educational opportunities that focus on management and best practices.
c. Salary Assistance: the development of new permanent professional positions (positions that have never existed within the organization), either programmatic or administrative. Organizations may apply for up to one half the salary of the position (excluding benefits). Organizations may request funding to support a position for no more than three consecutive years total.

5. Youth Education Projects: Youth Education Projects primarily serve populations under 18 years of age. However, project activities cannot be part of regular in-class curriculum.

6. Other Projects: All project types are eligible to compete in this category. The development of new cultural arts community projects is a priority of the Arts Council’s Project Support Grant program. Examples of fundable projects are:

a. Touring/Presenting: the presentation of a single performance or residency activity, or a performance during a community event or festival.
b. Community-Based Residencies: the engagement of an artist or cultural professional to be in residence in a community.
c. Outreach Programs: cultural arts programs that serve traditionally underserved constituencies. These can include but are not limited to: African-American, Asian-American, Latino and American Indian populations, or people with disabilities, older adults, or people in hospitals or residential care facilities.
d. Innovative cultural arts programs: programs that address community issues and challenges.

Funding Priorities:

Applicant Prioritization:

While the mission of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is to support individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the cultural arts, the Board of Trustees recognizes the valuable contributions of arts, cultural and historic programming conducted by 501(c) and government agencies whose primary mission is not focused in these areas. However, in order to remain in compliance with restrictions set forth by our funding partners and to maximize our dollars to meet our mission, the Arts Council has set forth these funding priorities in order of priority:

1. 501(c) organizations whose primary mission is arts, culture or history.
2. Universities, schools, and government entities with ongoing arts and culture programming.
3. Other 501(c) and government agencies that conduct periodic arts and culture programming.

These priorities are taken into consideration by the grants panel along with the criteria set forth in the Project Support Grant guidelines when making funding recommendations to the Arts Council Board of Trustees.

Project Prioritization:

The following projects receive funding prioritization set forth by the Arts Council’s Board of Trustees:
-New programming or previously funded programs with new components, elements or arts/culture/history professionals.
-Programs that develop and employ local artists or cultural professionals.
-Programs of color (programs which employ OR present works by a majority of African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos, American Indians and other diverse populations).
-Programs that encourage underdeveloped disciplines.
-Programs that broaden participation by attracting more people; diversify participation by attracting audiences different from those the organization is already attracting; or, deepen participation by increasing current participants' levels of involvement.
-Organizations that demonstrate plans for future funding of the project.
-Programs that target traditionally underserved populations, such as at-risk youth, older populations and individuals with disabilities.
-Programs that utilize professional artists or cultural professionals in educational and other supplemental activities such as: literary readings, open rehearsals, question and answer sessions, master classes, meet- the-artist/cultural professional receptions, pre-and post-event discussions, workshops and lecture/demonstrations.
-Programs that develop cultural tourism and enhance the visitor’s experience.
-Programs that include collaborations with other non-profit organizations in the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139913

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests range from $1,000 - $30,000, depending upon the category.

Series Organizational Support grant requests range from $10,000 - $30,000.

Series Project Support grant requests range from $1,000 - $10,000.

Cultural Tourism Project grant requests range from $1,000 - $15,000.

Organizational Development requests range from $1,000 - $10,000.

Youth Education Project requests range from $1,000 - $10,000.

Other Project requests range from $1,000 - $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The project must occur during the applicable funding period of July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations meeting the eligibility requirements listed below can apply for Project Support Grants; however, eligibility does not guarantee funding.

Any Nonprofit Organizations that:
-Are 501(c) and in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
-Are based in or have an on-going physical presence in Cumberland County. An “on-going physical presence” is defined as an agency whose primary area of service is Cumberland County or who functions in other communities but who maintains an office/program site that is open and functioning in Cumberland County. The scope of service in Cumberland County must be equal to or more than the scope of service in any other county.
-Are tax-exempt for at least three years (date listed on IRS determination letter), or use a fiscal agent (please contact Arts Council staff for more information regarding fiscal agency).
-Are governed by a Board of Directors/Trustees that represents the community it serves.
-Has a current Charitable Solicitation License or Exemption, issued by the Secretary of State of North Carolina.
-Note - Organizations that have delinquent or incomplete paperwork for previously funded grants are not eligible to apply.

Universities, schools or government entities that:
-Produce external programs that are community-based or generate regional cultural arts involvement. -Are governed by a Board of Directors/Trustees that represents the community it serves.
-Are based in or have an on-going physical presence in Cumberland County. An “on-going physical presence” is defined as an agency whose primary area of service is Cumberland County or who functions in other communities but who maintains an office/program site that is open and functioning in Cumberland County. The scope of service in Cumberland County must be equal to or more than the scope of service in any other county.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attendance at a workshop is mandatory for all new applicants, and due to the new online application portal, is highly recommended for returning applicants.

-Open to all applicants - Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:00 AM
-Open to all applicants - Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 5:30 PM
-Open to returning applicants only - Thursday, February 8, 2018, 5:30 PM

Pre-Application Information:

Project Support Grant funds must be matched 1:1 by the applicant with the exception of Series Organizational Support Grants which must be matched 2:1.

The application deadline is Thursday, March 15, 2018.

All applications must be submitted using the Arts Council’s NEW online application portal. The online portal will be available at the Arts Council’s website in mid-January.

Contact Information:

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

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
301 Hay St.
Fayetteville, NC

P: (910) 323-1776
F: (910) 323-1727

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USA: North Carolina: Cumberland County