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Grants for Art Education

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 17:12 PM

We consistently receive requests to help teachers and principals improve their arts education programs with grant funding. Below we have outlined four hand-picked grants that may help fund your prog2380333875_57c27a15f8_q.jpgrams as well.

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants

This manufacturer’s foundation provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Grants must be submitted by a principal who is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). To be eligible, your school must form a collaborative team to create unique ways to infuse creativity in the school. Your team’s plans must then be outlined in the application, which can be submitted anytime between now and June 23, 2017. Applications submitted before June 5, 2017 will receive a free Crayola Classpack. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) will receive $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. Grant awards are announced at the end of October. A winner in 2016, Monett Intermediate School in Missouri, will use its grant to collaborate with the school district’s regional technology center, the community, and local business partners to meet its needs for future designers and problem solvers. Monett will create coaching videos that show how design thinking and mobile maker spaces can enrich learning.

Mary Lou Anderson Grant

Sponsored by the National PTA, the Mary Lou Anderson Grant is a $1,000 award in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects in a school. Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual, and/or performing arts for at-risk or underserved audiences. Arts projects must actively engage families and community partners to strengthen family-school partnerships. Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing, as determined by the state PTA. Three grants were awarded in 2016. Applications for the 2017 grants are due between Jan. 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017.

Buckley Moss Foundation

For educators who need assistance to further their in-school program goals, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has grants available to teachers who integrate visual art into their classroom curricula, for up to $1,000. Only new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming are eligible. The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently. Before-school, after-school, day-care, or Saturday arts programs are not eligible. Deadlines for 2017 have not been released yet though this year applications were accepted in May through September. Check back on the website for more information.  A teacher in Mobile, Ala. received a $1,000 award this year to provide art instruction to students who are not currently benefitting from art education and how art relates to other subjects.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

This foundation believes that an effective arts education can nurture a lifelong interest in the arts and reach a broad group of students at an important time in their development. Only California schools and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Art programs in school, after school, and out of school are fundable programs. The foundation also awards grants to raise awareness among parents and educators, develop research to inform policymakers, and help set priorities and standards for arts education in schools. Additionally, grants are also given pre-professional training organizations. In 2016, 29 grants were awarded. One recipient was the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra, a winner of $750,000 for general operating support. Grants are accepted throughout the year.


Grants are available for a wide variety of education subjects, not just arts education. We can help you fund bullying programs, technology improvements, safety concerns, and other educational subject matters as well. Contact us today to get started. The first consultation is always free.

 

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Grants for Arts and Culture

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 @ 12:06 PM

7624350518_68a21e0049_q.jpgLet’s take a look at some grants that will help support arts and culture in your community. Below are three examples of grants that are available for these needs. Of course, there are many more grant opportunities in this realm. We can help you find more grants that will fund your specific needs. Contact us today!

The Kresge Foundation

This foundation focuses on arts and culture in three different ways through its grant program. Grants are made to national organizations that are committed to the adoption of creative placemaking practices within their organizations. The foundation also supports efforts to get such practices to underserved communities, particularly low-income areas. Projects that test the integration of arts and culture within municipal systems and other non-art disciplines are also eligible for grant funding. The foundation awards funding in a variety of ways including project grants, operating support, and program-related investments. In 2014, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience was awarded $460,000 to help with its neighborhood-focused initiative. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC)

There are three different grant programs offered by the NALAC. Eligible entities must be a member of the NALAC.

  • Fund for the Arts

This program funds U.S.-based Latino artists and arts organizations. Funds can be used to develop, create, present, and sustain arts programs as well as pay for activities for professional and organizational development. This is a national grant program. Updates to this year’s program are currently in the works. Check back on the website for updated information.

  • Transnational Culture Remittances

This competitive grant program is open to individuals and organizations in the United States, Mexico, and Central America. Successful projects demonstrate a continuous and ongoing exchange whereby artistic activity supports, preserves or extends the cultural practices between linked communities in two or more of the following countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the United States. Amounts range from $2,000 to $20,000. Updates to this year’s program are currently in the works.

  • Diverse Arts Spaces

This grant program will fund the presentation or commissioning of work by Latino artists or groups working in visual arts, dance, music, performance art or theater. Funding amounts range from $5,000 to $10,000. Updates to this year’s program are currently in the works.

Art Works

This is just one of the many grant programs funded by the National Endowment of the Arts. This program is one of the largest and focuses on funding the art itself, the artists who create this art, and including arts in communities. While partnerships are not required, applications that have partnership opportunities will be favored. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Average grants are for $25,000 and below. Deadline is upcoming for this grant program with a due date of July 14. TheGrantHelpers.com can help you accommodate this rush deadline. Contact us today for a free consultation.


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Education Grants, Blog Three: Art and Music Grants (Part Two)

Posted by Mary Ross on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 15:03 PM

Many schools have been forced to make cuts to their art and music programs due t15165315148_fc51d7e403_q.jpgo a lack of state funding. Grant funding can help address the funding issue, with several grant opportunities available. Part One of this series listed a few examples. In this, the second part of the art and music grants blog, we will explore more foundations trying to help maintain and enhance the fine arts.

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation supports both in-class and extra-curricular arts programs for students. Their goal is to “nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households.” The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation supports enrichment programs in several unique ways. Grants of up to $10,000, given for up to three years, and can be used for materials, time, and transportation. These grants are directed at grades pre-K to 12 from low-income households. All non-profits are eligible to apply and should be ready to collaborate with the foundation on the nature of the project and funding. A 2015 grant recipient used the money to fund an Art History Enrichment Club at a school. Apply online by April 15.

The Wallace Foundation

Grants are awarded in five categories: School Leadership, After School, Summer and Expanded LearningArts Education, and Audience Development for the Arts. Details about these categories can be found here. Although the Wallace Foundation prefers to solicit their own grantees, they do accept proposals from organizations who fit their beliefs and guidelines. A letter of inquiry may be submitted by email giving information about the project, organization, and costs associated with the plan. These emails should be directed to: grantrequest@wallacefoundation.org. The Wallace Foundation also offers a free newsletter detailing their work and a “Knowledge Center” offering ideas for education and projects.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Primarily concerned with the performing arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded 3,129 grants for a total of $1,221,984,743. The core concern of the foundation is in higher education, arts and cultural heritage, diversity, communication, and international education and projects These grants range in amount and purpose, but a list can be seen at their grant database. Guidelines for five different categories of grants can also be found on their website. If your project is of interest to the foundation, their staff will work with you to refine your proposal into something the foundation supports. Be sure to read the guidelines carefully before submitting your letter of inquiry.      

 


 

These are three possible grant opportunities within the arts education arena. When you are ready to move forward on one of these grants, or if you are looking to fund something else, consider TheGrantHelpers.com. We can help you find the grant that fits you best with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.

 

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Education Grants, Blog Three: Art and Music Grants (Part One)

Posted by Mary Ross on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 @ 17:03 PM

As state governments struggle more and more with balancing budgets, an area that 16351705110_0947d75751_q.jpgoften loses funding the quickest is art and music education. There are, however, private foundations that understand the importance of art and music that are willing to support these programs financially.

The National Endowment for the Arts offers several opportunities for both organizations and individuals. The organization awards grants to music programs of all types, from classical to contemporary and from early music awareness to symphony orchestras. In addition to grants for music programs, literature grants are also awarded to creative writing programs. Below is a quick view of these grant offerings.

Grants for Organizations:

Art Works: The Art Works grants award funds of $10,000 to $100,000 to support community art programs of all kinds. These grants do require matching funds. This program supports a wide variety of arts disciplines. Each discipline has a different deadline so look at the website for specifics.

Challenge America: If you are working with a low-income or under-served population, consider the Challenge America grant. Grants are matched up to $10,000 for support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Organizations are encouraged, but not required, to consider working together to best serve the population. The deadline for this program is April 14.

Our Town: If your town is looking to start a new project or continue an existing project that puts art at the center, consider an Our Town grant application. These project-based grants are matched from $25,000-$200,000. There are two types of Our Town grants: 1) arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects; and 2) projects that build knowledge about creative placemaking. The 2016 deadline has not been announced at this time.

Research Art Works: Research grants are also offered for research into the value and/or impact of the arts. These grants are designed to increase the knowledge and understanding of the importance of the arts. The 2016 deadline has not been released yet.

Grants for Individuals:

Creative Writing Fellowships: The next Creative Writing Fellowship application due date is March 9. These fellowship grants are non-matching and award $25,000. Fellowships can be in fiction, poetry, and creative writing and allow individuals to “set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.”

Translation Projects: Through grant awards of $12,500 or $25,000, translations project grants are awarded to individuals translating prose, poetry, or drama into English from other languages. Applications are due Dec. 8.


When you are ready to move forward on one of these grants, or if you are looking to fund something else, consider TheGrantHelpers.com. We can help you find the grant that fits you best with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.

 

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More Ways to Find Funding for Dance, Arts

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 18:10 PM

In the past month, we have received an increased number of requestsdance for grants to help fund dance studios and dance education, both for youth and adults. We are happy to share some grants available to fund these areas. We also want to describe how these subjects can be funded by grants using a variety of themes. It can help to apply for grants that focus on the various different types of outcomes your program provides. This approach works not just for dancing programs, but for most any area.  Examples of various themes applied to dance funding appear below.

Possible dance funding theme: Community Engagement/Culture/Quality of Life

Dance recitals, education, programs, and engagements are not just important to the individual artist or family, but to the community as a whole. The arts have a huge impact on the livability of a community. Dance productions can bring visitors to town that will spend money at local restaurants and gas stations. Towns with a strong cultural presence are also appealing to families looking to take residence. If your project or program aims to have community involvement or be a large presence in the area, apply for grant programs with these goals, even if dance isn’t specifically listed in the grant description. The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant program focuses on community culture. This program requires a non-profit organization to partner with a governmental agency to apply. The deadline for this year is December 15.

Possible dance funding theme: Obesity/Health

This current generation of young people, one-third of whom are overweight or obese, may be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents. Many foundations throughout the United States, as well as federal government agencies, have grant programs that support obesity prevention, especially for youth. Many dance programs are fundable under these programs. Dance helps children become active and exercise. Check out the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation for a grant under this category. The foundation supports opportunities that promote wellness and help prevent obesity. Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year.

Possible dance funding theme: Disability Therapy

If you are hoping to start a dance studio or program, consider creating a class that will provide opportunities for disabled people. There are a wide variety of grant opportunities that support disability programs for both youth and adults. This look at funding for your dance program could provide a unique opportunity. The Dr. Scholl Foundation supports these types of programs, provided the applying organization is a non-profit entity. Proposals are accepted from November 1 to March 1 the following year. Grants range from $5,000-$25,000.

Possible dance funding theme: Arts/Humanities

Then, of course, there are always grants for arts that can help fund your dancing program. These programs are the bread and butter of funding for the arts. However, because they are such a natural fit, they are very competitive and may be harder to win. Non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, individuals, as well as for-profit agencies, can apply for grants from ArtPlace America. This program hopes to fund projects led by artists that help a community’s economic development and revitalization efforts that are also able to attract additional support. All applicants must register with the organization by October 31, and letters of inquiry are due by November 3.

 

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NEH Grants: Media, Libraries, Museums, and More!

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

NEH GrantsThe National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is one of the largest funders of humanity programs in the United States. This independent federal agency traditionally has awarded grants to museums, libraries, colleges, universities, media outlets, and more.

In this blog article, TheGrantHelpers.com highlights four of the NEH’s recently announced grant opportunities for media projects, museums, libraries, and other cultural organizations. For a full description of each grant, including application materials, budget resources, program resources, sample narratives, and more, please click on the name of the grant.

Media Projects: Development Grants

The NEH’s Division of Public Programs supports activities that “engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas.” The Media Projects: Development Grants encourage projects in humanities scholarship in areas such as history, religion, anthropology, and more. Media projects include film and television or radio projects. Film and television projects may be single programs or a series. Radio projects may be single programs, a limited series, or segments within an ongoing program.

Development grants allow media producers to collaborate with experts to develop content and prepare programs for production. According to the Media Projects: Development Grants webpage, “Grants should result in a script and should also yield a detailed plan or outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations.”

In the last five competitions for this grant, there have been 41 applicants and three awards on average per competition. This equates to a funding ratio of approximately a 7%.

DEADLINE: August 13, 2014

 

Media Projects: Production Grants

This grant supports efforts similar to those of the Media Project: Development Grant program. However, this grant focuses on supporting the production and distribution of media that engage the public.

In the last five competitions for this grant, there have been 40 applicants and six awards on average per competition. This equates to a funding ratio of approximately a 15%. 

DEADLINE: August 13, 2014

 

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

The NEH’s Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants support exhibitions at museums, libraries, or other venues; interpretations of historical places, sites, or regions; and book or film discussion programs, living history presentations, and other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues. Planning grants support project development, refinement of themes, beginning design, testing, and audience evaluation.

In the last five competitions for this grant, there have been 64 applicants and six awards on average per competition. This equates to a funding ratio of approximately a 9%.

DEADLINE: August 13, 2014

 

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

This grant supports efforts similar to those of the Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grant program. However, this grant focuses on supporting scholarly research and consultation, designing development, and installing a project for public presentation.

In the last five competitions for this grant, there have been 46 applicants and nine awards on average per competition. This equates to a funding ratio of approximately a 20%.

DEADLINE: August 13, 2014

 

If you are interested in learning more about all of the various NEH grants, please visit the NEH Grants website. If you are curious whether or not these grants would be a good fit for your organization, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We have the experts you need to get you on the right track.

 

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STEM Funding Heats Up and Changes State: STEAM Funding

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 15:04 PM

STEM STEAM GrantsThe acronym “STEM” (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics), one of the past decade’s most prominent educational buzzwords, is quickly becoming out-of-date. Taking its place on the podium, is the successor term “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, arts, & mathematics). The argument for the integration of arts into the STEM curriculum is based on evidence that children learn in a variety of ways and need to develop art and design capabilities in order to create new technologies and make new discoveries. 

In this article, TheGrantHelpers.com provides resources and information that justify the integration of arts into the STEM curriculum. These resources can bolster a grant application for STEAM. In addition, there are funding agencies and websites related to grants awards for STEAM eduction, research, and development.

 

Resources and References

In the top TED talk of all time, Sir Ken Robinson’s “How Schools Kill Creativity,” Sir Robinson discusses the fact that children are born artists but are being educated out of their capacities to stay artists. He explains that schools all over the world have a curricular hierarchy that places subjects like mathematics at the top and arts at the bottom, and he adds that degrees today are not worth anything. Whereas degrees in prior decades made a big difference in the job market, today’s citizens who have earned degrees are still headed home, unable to get a job. Creativity, he says, adds value to the degree.

In “Full STEAM Ahead: Arts, STEM and 21st Century Learning,” Doug Haller discusses various research projects being conducted that link how the brain works and how research findings apply to the integration of arts into the STEM fields.

Even lawmakers have caught on, as pending legislation to add the arts to STEM to make “STEAM” gains traction—in both government as well as research circles. House Resolution 319, introduced by Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI), “expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that adding art and design into federal programs that target Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, encourages innovation and economic growth in the United States.”

Because of the movement encouraging arts integration into the STEM curriculum, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are both exploring the intersection of art and science through various workshops and events. You can read more about this in “Bridging STEM to STEAM: Developing New Frameworks for Art-Science-Design Pedagogy.”

There have been several case studies conducted on the integration of art into the STEM curriculum. One, by stemtosteam.org, which is founded by the Rhode Island School of Design, focuses on Sesame Street’s intentions to integrate arts into its STEM focus by introducing a segment called “Elmo the Musical,” in which Elmo uses dances and sings as he uses his imagination to navigate through STEM concepts. Sesame Street plans to continue its use of STEAM-based learning by offering learning tools and games on its website.

 

Examples of Grants

To see examples of grants that have been awarded for STEAM research and development, such as the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, you may wish to visit Education Week’s article “STEAM: Experts Make Case for Adding Arts to STEM.”

 

Examples of Funding Agencies

Federal agencies funding STEAM include the following:

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • US Department of Education
  • US Department of Agriculture (HSI Education Grants Program)

A few of the many major Foundations that have recently funded STEAM education initiatives include:

  • AT&T Foundation
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • American Honda Foundation
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • The Abell Foundation

There are plenty of resources, studies, and ideas about students’ learning and how the arts can have a positive effect on the STEM curriculum. TheGrantHelpers.com is here to help you find the funding you need to incorporate arts into your own STEM curriculum in order to give today’s students the tools and instruction they need to be creative innovators of the future.

 

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Arts and Culture Grant Opportunities

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 @ 07:01 AM

Municipalities often focus money and time on keeping infrastructure, utilitiartes, and other vital necessities in good working order not only for current citizens, but to also attract new residents. However, towns need to not overlook the “extras” that are integral to bringing in new families. These perks could include arts and culture opportunities, which can be supported by grant money. Below is a hand-picked list of these grant opportunities. If you would like more information about these specific grants, or want to know if there are additional grants available, please contact us. Remember, the first consultation is always free.

Gannett  Foundation

The Gannett Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities served by Gannett Co., Inc. For a list of states/locations, see here. Grants can be used for cultural enrichment programs in communities, including parades and festivals. Grants average between $1,000-5,000. Applications, which are found online, are accepted twice a year by Feb. 28 and Aug. 29.   

National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers several grants programs, including this one that specifically supports small and mid-sized institutions. Libraries, museums, historical societies, municipalities, and cultural organizations are eligible to apply for this grant money to help improve their ability to preserve and care for humanities collections. A past recipient of the grant was the City of Ontario for purchase of preservation and storage supplies for the Ontario Library. Institutions that have never received an NEH grant are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline for application submission is May 1. In the last five competitions the Preservation Assistance Grants program received an average of 316 applications per year. The program made an average of 113 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 36 percent—a fairly high ratio in the world of grant-making. 

Challenge America Fast-Track

Local and state governments can apply for these grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. These grants offer support to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that aim to bring the arts to underserved populations – those limited by geography, ethnicity, economy, or disability. Each grant totals $10,000 and requires a dollar-for-dollar match. The application deadline is May 8. In 2013, 150 grants totaling $1.5 million were awarded. The 1st Fridays Art Walk of Fairfield in Fairfield, Iowa, received a grant to support a concert music series. About Productions of California used a grant to create and install a mural in Pasadena.

Kresge Foundation

This private foundation seeks to award grants to organizations for general operating and project support grants in the area of arts and culture. The foundation states it “seeks to make arts and culture as central to discussions of rebuilding and reinvigorating metropolitan areas as land use, housing, transportation, economic development and other more traditional disciplines.” Intermedia Arts Minnesota and Artspace Projects Inc. in Minneapolis both received grants in 2013 for operating support. Through 2014, the foundation seeks to award 15 grants for activities that integrate arts and culture in public green and civic spaces. The two-step application process begins with an inquiry, submitted via an online application system. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Boeing Foundation

A municipality would need to partner with a non-profit organization to apply for an arts and culture grant from the Boeing Foundation. The Boeing Foundation has two categories in its arts and culture grant program: 1) Arts Engagement and 2) Arts Education. Arts Engagements projects include performances and exhibits that challenge and broaden people’s view of the world through the introduction of different perspectives. Arts Education proposals nurture creativity in students, helping to form creative and critical thinking skills. Deadlines and grant amounts vary state to state. Find your state’s grant making guidelines here.

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TheGrantHelpers.com has a full team of experts, including Municipality Specialist Rebecca Motley to walk you through every step of the grant process. Learn more about our wide array of services here, and let us help you find grants to fund your needs and dreams.

 

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NEA Our Town Grant Opportunity

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 @ 08:12 AM

NEA Our TownThe National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant deadline is quickly approaching (January 13, 2014), but still worth considering for many municipalities and nonprofits that can pull off a tight deadline. If you need help working under a time crunch, TheGrantHelpers.com has the experts who can assist you in any or all parts of the grant application process. Simply contact us for more information.

According to the NEA Our Town website, “Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, encourage greater creative activity, foster stronger community identity and sense of place, and revitalize economic development.”

Our Town projects may include the following:

  • Arts Engagement (e.g., festivals and performances, public art to improve public spaces and reflect character of community, programming that encourages interaction between community and the arts, etc.)
  • Cultural Planning (e.g., cultural district planning, development of master plans for public art, etc.)
  • Design (e.g., design of rehearsal, studio, or places for artists to live and work; design new of adapted cultural spaces; design of public spaces, including streetscapes created by artists)

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Applicants must be made by two primary partners, including a nonprofit organization and a local governing body. One of the two partners must be a cultural organization. Having more than two partners is encouraged.
  • One partner must act as lead applicant and assume full responsibility for the grant.
  • Must request a grant amount of $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, $150,000, or $200,000.
  • All grants require nonfederal matching funds of at least 1 to 1 (may be cash or cash and in-kind contributions).

Again, the deadline for this grant is January 13, 2014. For more information, including full eligibility and requirements, please contact us or visit the NEA’s Our Town website. And remember, TheGrantHelpers.com is here to help you as much or as little as you need. Please do not hesitate to let us know if we can help you throughout any part of the grant process.

 

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Tourism and Event-Planning Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 @ 15:07 PM

’Tis the season for festivals, outdoor events, tourist destinations, and fairs. These festivities not only provide an opportunity for fun, but also create a great occasion for people from outside your community to visit and spend money in your town. Addifestivaltionally, events such as these provide ways for organizations, schools, and businesses to promote themselves to people they might not otherwise reach. Of course, these endeavors often require money to plan and promote. Luckily, there are grants available, and the Grant Helpers can help match you with the appropriate ones. Following is a selection of tourism and event grants available.

Since we are headquarted in Illinois, we included a couple Illinois grants at the end as examples of the types of state-level funding available in many states.

NEA Challenge America Fast-Track

This $10,000 grant, which requires a 50 percent match, could be used to fund an art or music festival or event. The support is usually granted to small and mid-sized organizations that extend the reach of arts to underserved populations, those limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Any organization applying for the grant must have a three-year history of programming. The deadline for 2013 has passed, but the anticipated 2014 deadline is May for an award date of November 2014.

Our Town

This grant, awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, supports projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. This grant would be ideal for music or art festivals, or even outdoor concerts. Grants from $25,000-$200,000 are available, and all grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. Applicants must have a partnership with a local cultural organization with a three-year history of cultural programming. This is a fairly competitive grant program. In 2012, 317 eligible applications were received, and 80 grants were recommended, a success rate of roughly 25 percent. The deadline for 2013 has passed, with January 2014 as the next expected deadline date.

Tourism Cares

According to their website, Tourism Cares preserves the travel experience for the benefit of tomorrow's travelers. Part of this preservation is by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations around the world for conservation, preservation, restoration, or education at tourism-related sites. Tourism Cares has awarded nearly $2.5 million in grant funds through its three grant programs. Currently, Tourism Cares is focusing on invitation-only special grants, but will soon be re-opening its grant program to all interested applicants.

Tourism Attraction Development Program (TAP)

With a rolling deadline, this grant could be used for late summer or early fall events or to help increase tourism in your community throughout the year. Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (ILDCEO) provides this matching grant to assist in the development or improvement of projects that increase tourism in Illinois. Grants will not exceed $1 million or exceed 50 percent of the expenditures. 50 percent of the funds are awarded 30 days after approval; 50 percent is awarded upon receipt of specific documentation.

Tourism Marketing Partnership Grant Program (MPP)

Awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (ILDCEO), this grant provides matching funds for promotional projects that increase the economic impact of tourism in the state of Illinois. This grant is for larger tourism projects since total project cost must meet or exceed $20,000. Additionally, the grant requires 50 percent matching funds. This grant can be applied for throughout the year, but must be applied for at least 60 days before the event.

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