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2018 Orange County NC Arts Commission Artist Project Grants Slideshow

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A tutorial on applying for an Artist Project Grant through the Orange County Arts Commission. Providing visual, performing, and literary artists grants for projects based in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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2018 Orange County NC Arts Commission Artist Project Grants Slideshow

  1. 1. ARTIST PROJECT GRANTS Guidelines & Information
  2. 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. 3. ABOUT OUR GRANTS AVAILABLE FUNDS • Fiscal Year 2018-19 Funds: approximately $65k • Suggested request range: $500 - $3,000 • Average artist grant in 2017: $1,500 TIMELINE: One annual cycle • Projects/programs during 2018-19 FISCAL year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) • All grant applications due by midnight Monday, June 4 • Awardees notified no later than August 1 • All 2017 grant reports must be received to be eligible (due June 13, 2018)
  4. 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, 2018 – June 30, 2019 ARTISTGRANTS
  5. 5. • Matching Requirement • One-to-one cash match ENCOURAGED • Orange County Arts Commission: Logo • Reporting Requirements • Final report to Orange County Arts Commission (July, 2019) • Thank you letters to Orange County Board of Commissioners encouraged REQUIREMENTS
  6. 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. 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. 8. • Orange County Arts Commission Advisory Board reviews each grant • Board must base funding decisions on the quality of the grant application, not on their relationship with, or knowledge of, the artist • Panelists review each grant application and score applications on specific criteria HOW APPLICATIONS ARE EVALUATED
  9. 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. 10. • 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: Demonstration at a Board of County Commissioner’s meeting, or participation in Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity Survey
  11. 11. 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?”
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. 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)
  14. 14. 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!
  15. 15. Applications due Monday, June 4 by midnight www.artsorange.org/grants WHEN to submit your application
  16. 16. 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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