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State Arts Resources

Grants to North Carolina Established Arts Nonprofits
for Ongoing Artistic and Administrative Functions

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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North Carolina Arts Council

LOI Date:

01/19/18

Deadline Date:

03/01/18

Description:

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 and grants ranging from $15,000 to $85,000 to North Carolina nonprofit arts organizations demonstrating strong arts programming, services, management, and financial accountability. New applicants must submit an LOI by January 19, 2018.

Grants are intended for arts organizations that typically excel at providing one or more of the following:

- High-quality programming to a regional service area
- Innovative new work in an art form
- Model programs that set standards of excellence for the state
- Appropriate and competitive fees to artists for services
- Opportunities to experience and engage with strong artwork and programs otherwise unavailable within the region

For all SAR grants, funding is provided to support the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of qualifying arts organizations. Fundable expenses may include, but are not limited to, salaries, artists’ fees, production, travel, promotion, postage, telephone, and facility operation.

Additionally, current SAR recipient organizations that take their programs and services outside of their home counties to reach audiences in less-populated areas are eligible to apply for the SAR Rural Touring and Outreach grant. The legislature has specifically appropriated a total of $100,000 to support up to twenty new and ongoing initiatives by SARs that provide substantive arts programming to Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties. Activities may include performances, exhibitions, screenings, education programs, and other services. Audiences of any age level may be served by this category. Priority will be given to initiatives that reach lower-wealth counties and counties not previously served by the program.

Organizations that have been awarded State Arts Resource funding submit a full application every three years for panel review. An update application is required during the off years.

For the current grant year, State Arts Resource organizations can apply for the following:

- SAR Full Application (New Theater and Presenting Organizations)
- SAR Update Application (Current Dance, Music, Visual, Folklife, and Arts in Education SAR grantees)
- SAR Rural Touring and Outreach (Current SAR grantees in all disciplines)

Evaluation criteria include the following:

Artistic Quality
- Programs are recognized for high artistic quality.
-Appropriate payment of fees and other services are provided to artists and arts professionals.
- Programs reflect a coherent artistic vision and explore improvement and innovation within the context of the organization’s mission, purpose, and environment.

Education and Outreach
- Programs are well attended and engage audiences and participants from a regional service area or greater.
- Outreach activities, educational programs, publications, and/or interpretive materials are provided to broaden, deepen, and diversify audiences and increase life-long learning through the arts.
- Programs are provided that involve racially and culturally diverse artists and participants.
- Efforts are made to make programs accessible to those who have limited arts opportunities due to educational, geographic, ethnic, or economic constraints.
- Audience development and marketing strategies demonstrate intentionality and creativity in reaching new audiences. Web site is informative, easy to navigate, and visually engaging; organization uses social media effectively.

Organizational Strength
- Organization demonstrates stability through effective board and staff leadership, sound administrative practices, and long-range planning.
- Organization models fiscal responsibility through prudent budget management, diversified fundraising efforts, and achievable strategies for long-term growth and sustainability.
- Organization demonstrates a commitment to racial and cultural equity in its governance, administration, and programming.

Regional and Statewide Service

- Organization contributes to the local, regional, and state economy by creating jobs, promoting cultural tourism, and playing an active role in the economic development of its community.
- Organization serves a regional or statewide audience by attracting visitors and participants from beyond its home county, sharing resources and programs in the surrounding counties, creating partnerships with arts and other organizations in its area, and participating in advocacy activities, both locally and at the state level.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182810

Number of Grants:

Up to 20 Rural Touring and Outreach grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Regular SAR grant amounts generally range from $15,000 to $85,000, are based on the organization’s application rating, operating budget size, and Arts Council funding history, and may not exceed 10 percent of the organization’s cash operating expenses, averaged over the past three years.

For Rural Touring and Outreach grants, amounts range from $5,000 to $20,000. Directly related staff costs are eligible up to 25% of the total grant request, but must be documented on the itemized budget.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be spent between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This category is designed to support mature arts organizations that, over time, have produced consistently strong arts programs and services and demonstrated strong management and financial accountability. State Arts Resources have at least one full-time paid staff member and have an established operating budget of more than $150,000.

Organizations that have been awarded State Arts Resource funding submit a full application every three years for panel review. An update application is required during the off years.

New applicants must be able to meet the evaluation criteria and have:

- Consistently produced arts programs and demonstrated organizational stability for a minimum of five years;
- Received related N.C. Arts Council program grants for at least two out of the past three years;
- At least one full-time staff member and maintained an operating budget of more than $150,000 for the past three years.

All applicants are required to have a DUNS number. Click here for instructions:
http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/pages/CCRSearch.jsp

Please note that:
- Tribal organizations must represent North Carolina or federally-recognized tribes.
- Colleges, universities, and local arts councils are not eligible to apply in this category.

Grant funds may not be used for the following expenditures:

- Deficit reduction
- Capital expenditures
- Contingency funds
- Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions
- Fundraising events
- Art sales events and auctions
- Interest on loans, fines, or litigation costs
- Lobbying expenses
- Tuition for academic study
- Indirect Costs

All programs funded by the Arts Council must be accessible to people with disabilities and in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Applicants may include costs for making programs more accessible (i.e. sign language interpreters, and audio descriptive services) in their application budgets.

Pre-Application Information:

SAR funding is open to current grantees and new applicants. Organizations that have been awarded SAR funding submit a full application every three years for panel review. An update application is required during the off years.

For the current grant year, State Arts Resource organizations can apply for the following:

- SAR Full Application (New Theater and Presenting Organizations)
https://www.ncarts.org/resources/grants/grants-organizations/state-arts-resources/state-arts-resources-full
- SAR Update Application (Current Dance, Music, Visual, Folklife, and Arts in Education SAR grantees)
https://www.ncarts.org/resources/grants/grants-organizations/state-arts-resources/state-arts-resources-update
- SAR Rural Touring and Outreach (Current SAR grantees in all disciplines)
https://www.ncarts.org/resources/grants/grants-organizations/state-arts-resources/state-arts-resources-rural-outreach

This year, theater and presenting organizations that wish to apply for State Arts Resources grants must submit a letter of intent to apply by Friday, January 19, 2018. The letter should describe how the applicant meets the eligibility requirements and the evaluation criteria for the category. Include a staff list with current annual salaries, fringe benefits, and your most recent audit, 990, or year-end financial statement. The Funding Source will contact you to discuss your eligibility to submit a full application and the funding potential in this category.

All applications are due online by March 1, 2018. The online grant portal opens January 8, 2018.

Please note: Organizations that have a recurring line item in the legislative budget have restricted access to State Arts Resources grants and should call Arts Council staff before applying.

All grants to organizations must be matched dollar for dollar except for applicants from rural, low-wealth counties designated Tier 1, which are eligible for 75 percent to 100 percent funding. Organizations must make a strong case for financial need if the cash match is less than one-to-one.

Applicants in or serving counties designated as Tier 1 by the N.C. Department of Commerce are not required to provide a one-to-one match in certain grant categories and may request 75 percent to 100 percent funding of their project costs. These applicants must make a strong case for financial need in their proposal narratives. The 2018 designated counties are: Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Bertie, Bladen, Camden, Caswell, Cherokee, Chowan, Clay, Columbus, Edgecombe, Gates, Graham, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jackson, Jones, Lenoir, Macon, Martin, McDowell, Mitchell, Montgomery, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Person, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, Swain, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Yadkin, and Yancey.

Accessibility for People With Disabilities: Arts Council staff can arrange to meet with applicants with disabilities either in our offices, which are wheelchair accessible, or in another location that may be more convenient. Guidelines are available upon request in alternative formats.

Contact Information:

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

New applicants must submit LOIs to Jeff Pettus, Senior Program Director for Artists and Communities, at jeff.pettus@ncdcr.gov.

Starting January 8, 2018, invited and returning applicants may apply through the GO-Smart portal: https://ncarts.gosmart.org

Staff Contacts:

Arts-in-education organizations, contact:
Sharon Hill
sharon.hill@ncdcr.gov
(919) 807-6502

Dance organizations, contact:
Anjanée Bell
anjanee.bell@ncdcr.gov
919-807-6523

Multi-arts organizations, contact:
Leigh Ann Wilder
leighann.wilder@ncdcr.gov
(919) 807-6508

Presenting and theater organizations, contact:
David Potorti
david.potorti@ncdcr.gov
(919) 807-6512

Traditional arts organizations, contact:
Sally Peterson
sally.peterson@ncdcr.gov
(919) 807-6507

Visual arts, film, and music organizations, contact:
Jeff Pettus
jeff.pettus@ncdcr.gov
(919) 807-6513

North Carolina Arts Council
Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
4632 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4632

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