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ARTIST PROJECT GRANTS
Guidelines & Information
ABOUT OUR GRANTS
Grassroots Program Grants Funded by the NC Arts
Council (NCAC) and Orange County, these grants fund arts
programs, projects, and services through area nonprofits,
schools, and municipal organizations.
Artist Project Grants Funded by Orange County, these
grants fund individual artist projects that positively benefit
the greater community.
ABOUT OUR GRANTS
AVAILABLE FUNDS
• Fiscal Year 2019-20 Funds: approximately $65k
• Suggested request range: $500 - $3,000
• Average artist grant in 2018: $1,269
TIMELINE: One annual cycle
• Applications open April 1
• All grant applications due by midnight Monday, June 3
• Awardees notified no later than August 1
• All 2018 grant reports must be received to be eligible
(due July 12, 2019)
ELIGIBILITY
All community based projects/programs must take place in
Orange County
Personal development requests: artist must be a resident of
Orange County
Projects/programs must take place between
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
ARTISTGRANTS
• Matching Requirement
• One-to-one cash match ENCOURAGED
• Orange County Arts Commission: Logo
• Reporting Requirements
• Final report to Orange County Arts Commission (July, 2020)
• Thank you letters to Orange County Board of Commissioners
encouraged
REQUIREMENTS
WHAT THE GRANTS WILL FUND
ARTIST PROJECTGRANTS
• Program expenses such as professional artists’ fees and
travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity,
website/electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props,
equipment rental/purchase.• Artist’s travel and training expenses for professional
development opportunities
• Supplies or equipment
• Art, music, and dance
therapists
• Artifacts
• Purchase of artwork
• Capital expenditures
• Contingency funds
• Deficit reduction
• Fundraising events
• Food or beverages for
hospitality or entertainment
functions
• School band activities or
equipment
• Internal school activities
or supplies
• Lobbying expenses
• Oral history and history
projects
• Tuition for academic study
• Interest on loans, fines or
litigation costs
• Scholarships
• Religious content
WHAT THE GRANTS WILL NOT FUND
HOW APPLICATIONS
ARE EVALUATED
• NEW! Three review panels (visual, literary, performing
arts) with OCAC Advisory Board members + selected
community artists will review each grant
• Panels must base funding decisions on the quality of the
grant application, not on their relationship with, or
knowledge of, the organization
• Panelists review each grant application and score
applications on specific criteria
• Full OCAC Advisory Board will be presented scores and
decide funding decisions
• Artistic quality of the proposed project
• Community impact of project or program
• Multicultural aspect of the program
• Educational impact of the program
• Ability to plan and implement project
HOW APPLICATIONS
ARE EVALUATED
Considerations…
HOW APPLICATIONS
ARE EVALUATED
Scoring rubric:
1. Artistic Merit – 50%
2. Community Impact – 25%
3. Program Management – 25%
• Grant Contract
• Final report with
• Audience numbers
• Audience demographics
• Demonstrated use of OCAC logo on promotional
materials and programs
• NOTE: Late final reports=no funding next grant cycle
• Willingness to participate in activities that showcase
your project, or contribute to the betterment of the arts
community of Orange County.
IF YOU GET FUNDED…
EXAMPLE: Presentation at a Board of County Commissioner’s
meeting
Q: Is there a limit on how much funding I can ask for?
F.A.Q.’s
A: Technically, no. However, there is a finite pool of funds and Orange
County has 177 arts and cultural organizations plus artists who may
apply for funding. We want to fund as many high-quality arts programs
as possible. We recommend your requests range from $1,000-$3,000.
Q: I need funding for multiple projects or programs.
Should I compile all requests into one application, or
submit multiple applications?
A: For the sake of clarity, we would prefer for you to submit one
application per program. Be as clear as possible with your request; we
never want the grants panel to ask, “What exactly are they asking for?”
Q: I received a grant last cycle. Can I apply again this
cycle?
F.A.Q.’s
A: Yes, unless you have not yet submitted a prior cycle’s report that is
past due, or you failed to execute a formerly funded program. If this is
case, please contact us at 919-245-2335.
Q: I forgot a portion of my application. Will it still be
considered?
A: No. Out of fairness to applicants having submitted complete
applications, incomplete applications will not be considered. We
understand mistakes happen, and encourage you to submit your
application at least one week in advance in order for us to review your
application.
Q: What are the main tips you can offer to help me
submit a great application?
F.A.Q.’s
Try to incorporate community involvement into your request. Even
though this is no longer a requirement of the Artist Project Grants,
applicants incorporating a great community benefit will score higher.
Examples of 2017-18 funded Artist Project Grants:
• Pam Baggett: Project Poetry! (funds allowed Pam to teach free poetry
workshops)
• Carter Hubbard: Floraffiti (funded program expenses and artist time
for public art project)
• Dawn Hummer: Freeform Weaving for Seniors (funds purchased
looms for Dawn’s free weaving classes)
• Renzo Ortega: Clases de Arte en Espanol (funded artist time to teach
free Spanish art classes)
Q: What are the main tips you can offer to help me
submit a great application?
F.A.Q.’s
Two primary needs for Orange County Arts
Community:
ARTS SPACE and EQUITABLE ACCESS
Q: What are the main tips you can offer to help me
submit a great application?
F.A.Q.’s
Be clear and concise. A grant application is never a place for flowery
language. In addition, don’t water down your application with tons of
work samples; rather, include several of the highest quality examples.
Quality is much more important than quantity!
Try new things. Generally, the OCAC board prefers to fund new,
innovative projects each year rather than the same project multiple times
or in multiple forms.
If your project will take place at a public location or require the
involvement of community partners, make sure to get letters of support
so the panel knows you have their partnership!
Applications due
Monday, June 3 by midnight
www.artsorange.org/grants
WHEN
to submit your application
Need help? Have questions? Confused?
Katie Murray, Director
Orange County Arts Commission
kmurray@orangecountync.gov
919-245-2335
Address: 200 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough
QUESTIONS?

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2019 Artist Project Grant Training Presentation

  • 2. ABOUT OUR GRANTS Grassroots Program Grants Funded by the NC Arts Council (NCAC) and Orange County, these grants fund arts programs, projects, and services through area nonprofits, schools, and municipal organizations. Artist Project Grants Funded by Orange County, these grants fund individual artist projects that positively benefit the greater community.
  • 3. ABOUT OUR GRANTS AVAILABLE FUNDS • Fiscal Year 2019-20 Funds: approximately $65k • Suggested request range: $500 - $3,000 • Average artist grant in 2018: $1,269 TIMELINE: One annual cycle • Applications open April 1 • All grant applications due by midnight Monday, June 3 • Awardees notified no later than August 1 • All 2018 grant reports must be received to be eligible (due July 12, 2019)
  • 4. ELIGIBILITY All community based projects/programs must take place in Orange County Personal development requests: artist must be a resident of Orange County Projects/programs must take place between July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 ARTISTGRANTS
  • 5. • Matching Requirement • One-to-one cash match ENCOURAGED • Orange County Arts Commission: Logo • Reporting Requirements • Final report to Orange County Arts Commission (July, 2020) • Thank you letters to Orange County Board of Commissioners encouraged REQUIREMENTS
  • 6. WHAT THE GRANTS WILL FUND ARTIST PROJECTGRANTS • Program expenses such as professional artists’ fees and travel, space rental, advertising, marketing and publicity, website/electronic media, scripts, costumes, sets, props, equipment rental/purchase.• Artist’s travel and training expenses for professional development opportunities • Supplies or equipment
  • 7. • Art, music, and dance therapists • Artifacts • Purchase of artwork • Capital expenditures • Contingency funds • Deficit reduction • Fundraising events • Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions • School band activities or equipment • Internal school activities or supplies • Lobbying expenses • Oral history and history projects • Tuition for academic study • Interest on loans, fines or litigation costs • Scholarships • Religious content WHAT THE GRANTS WILL NOT FUND
  • 8. HOW APPLICATIONS ARE EVALUATED • NEW! Three review panels (visual, literary, performing arts) with OCAC Advisory Board members + selected community artists will review each grant • Panels must base funding decisions on the quality of the grant application, not on their relationship with, or knowledge of, the organization • Panelists review each grant application and score applications on specific criteria • Full OCAC Advisory Board will be presented scores and decide funding decisions
  • 9. • Artistic quality of the proposed project • Community impact of project or program • Multicultural aspect of the program • Educational impact of the program • Ability to plan and implement project HOW APPLICATIONS ARE EVALUATED Considerations…
  • 10. HOW APPLICATIONS ARE EVALUATED Scoring rubric: 1. Artistic Merit – 50% 2. Community Impact – 25% 3. Program Management – 25%
  • 11. • Grant Contract • Final report with • Audience numbers • Audience demographics • Demonstrated use of OCAC logo on promotional materials and programs • NOTE: Late final reports=no funding next grant cycle • Willingness to participate in activities that showcase your project, or contribute to the betterment of the arts community of Orange County. IF YOU GET FUNDED… EXAMPLE: Presentation at a Board of County Commissioner’s meeting
  • 12. Q: Is there a limit on how much funding I can ask for? F.A.Q.’s A: Technically, no. However, there is a finite pool of funds and Orange County has 177 arts and cultural organizations plus artists who may apply for funding. We want to fund as many high-quality arts programs as possible. We recommend your requests range from $1,000-$3,000. Q: I need funding for multiple projects or programs. Should I compile all requests into one application, or submit multiple applications? A: For the sake of clarity, we would prefer for you to submit one application per program. Be as clear as possible with your request; we never want the grants panel to ask, “What exactly are they asking for?”
  • 13. Q: I received a grant last cycle. Can I apply again this cycle? F.A.Q.’s A: Yes, unless you have not yet submitted a prior cycle’s report that is past due, or you failed to execute a formerly funded program. If this is case, please contact us at 919-245-2335. Q: I forgot a portion of my application. Will it still be considered? A: No. Out of fairness to applicants having submitted complete applications, incomplete applications will not be considered. We understand mistakes happen, and encourage you to submit your application at least one week in advance in order for us to review your application.
  • 14. Q: What are the main tips you can offer to help me submit a great application? F.A.Q.’s Try to incorporate community involvement into your request. Even though this is no longer a requirement of the Artist Project Grants, applicants incorporating a great community benefit will score higher. Examples of 2017-18 funded Artist Project Grants: • Pam Baggett: Project Poetry! (funds allowed Pam to teach free poetry workshops) • Carter Hubbard: Floraffiti (funded program expenses and artist time for public art project) • Dawn Hummer: Freeform Weaving for Seniors (funds purchased looms for Dawn’s free weaving classes) • Renzo Ortega: Clases de Arte en Espanol (funded artist time to teach free Spanish art classes)
  • 15. Q: What are the main tips you can offer to help me submit a great application? F.A.Q.’s Two primary needs for Orange County Arts Community: ARTS SPACE and EQUITABLE ACCESS
  • 16. Q: What are the main tips you can offer to help me submit a great application? F.A.Q.’s Be clear and concise. A grant application is never a place for flowery language. In addition, don’t water down your application with tons of work samples; rather, include several of the highest quality examples. Quality is much more important than quantity! Try new things. Generally, the OCAC board prefers to fund new, innovative projects each year rather than the same project multiple times or in multiple forms. If your project will take place at a public location or require the involvement of community partners, make sure to get letters of support so the panel knows you have their partnership!
  • 17. Applications due Monday, June 3 by midnight www.artsorange.org/grants WHEN to submit your application
  • 18. Need help? Have questions? Confused? Katie Murray, Director Orange County Arts Commission kmurray@orangecountync.gov 919-245-2335 Address: 200 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough QUESTIONS?