APPLY FOR FUNDING
OPERATING SUPPORT FOR ORGANIZATIONS
COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS
IMPORTANT UPDATES REGARDING COVID-19:
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a severe financial impact on individuals and organizations in our community, and we are especially aware of the unique challenges faced by freelance artists and arts and cultural organizations.
To give the organizations we support more time to focus on their evolving operational needs, we’ve made the following changes to the 2020 Community Arts Grant application process:
- Current recipients of General Operating Support and Community Arts Development funding will no longer be required to complete a grant application for 2020-2021 (original deadline: April 10, 2020) and will automatically be eligible for funding in the upcoming fiscal year.
- First-time applicants will be asked to complete a simplified application later in the spring.
Additional updates will be provided by email. If you have questions regarding this year’s process, please contact Karen Maner, Culture Works Grants Manager, at email@example.com.
Culture Works provides Community Arts Grants to organizations that enrich and inspire the Dayton Region through world-class performances, exhibitions, and acclaimed educational programs for all ages.
The funding for these grants comes from our annual Campaign for the Arts—a community-wide fundraising effort that draws support from thousands of individuals, local companies, and foundations.
In 2019-2020, Culture Works provided Community Arts Grants to 10 organizations: Bach Society of Dayton, The Contemporary Dayton, the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Dayton Public Radio (WDPR), The Human Race Theatre Company, K12 Gallery & TEJAS, Muse Machine, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
A panel of individuals will evaluate grant applications based on a set of criteria designed to determine evidence of:
PUBLIC BENEFIT & ACCESS : (45 POINTS)
ARTISTIC & CULTURAL VIBRANCY: (35 POINTS)
ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY: (20 POINTS)
In addition to evaluating applications, panelists conduct a site visit for each organization seeking funding. Site visits may include performances, exhibitions, or other artistic offerings.
Panelists discuss applications and submit final scores at a Public Grant Panel Meeting in May. Organizations must receive an average score of 70 or higher to receive funding.
PROJECT SUPPORT FOR ORGANIZATIONS
SPECIAL PROJECTS GRANTS
Public Panel Meeting:
Thursday, July 30, 2020, 9am-12:45pm via Zoom
The Special Projects Grant program relies on a panel of arts, cultural, and community experts within and beyond Montgomery County to evaluate applications for funding. Panelists review applications independently, then discuss them as a group and make funding recommendations at a public panel meeting.
Applicants and other members of the general public are invited to attend this meeting to hear feedback on the strengths and weakness of each application. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 panel meeting will be held virtually: Register to attend here.
Download the meeting agenda here.
View the list of panelists here.
Following the public panel meeting, the MCACD Board will review the panel’s funding recommendations for final approval. Applicants will receive notification of their funding status–and a summary of the panelists’ comments–by email.
More information about the awards process is available on pages 9-10 of the Special Projects Guidelines document.
Culture Works and the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District (MCACD) are pleased to announce a new grant program for organizations creating arts and cultural experiences in Montgomery County. The MCACD is providing $150,000 for the 2020 Special Projects Grant program, which will be administered by Culture Works.
Small to mid-sized arts and cultural organizations, other nonprofits, schools, colleges and universities, municipalities and government agencies located in Montgomery County can apply for up to $10,000 to support arts and cultural projects taking place between July 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021 (the original June 30th end date was extended in light of COVID-19). Collectives and other unincorporated organizations may also apply in partnership with a nonprofit, tax-exempt fiscal agent. Arts and cultural organizations–and their auxiliary groups–that already receive general operating support from the MCACD are not eligible to apply.
Read the full 2020 Special Projects Grant Program Guidelines here (updated April 2020).
- To apply for funding, organizations must attend a free grant info session. Culture Works will host two sessions in the 2nd floor Community Room at the Dayton Metro Library Main Branch: Monday, February 10, 2020 from 3:30-5:00pm and Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 4:30-6:00pm.
- Organizations must submit an online Intent to Apply form by February 29, 2020. Culture Works and the MCACD will review all Intent to Apply forms for eligibility, and approved organizations will be invited to complete the full grant application.
- **UPDATED** – Organizations must complete the full grant application by MAY 29, 2020: The 2020 Special Projects Grant application timeline has been revised in light of COVID-19. Organizations will now receive notification of their eligibility by email in late April. Eligible organizations will be invited to complete the full application, which will be due by Friday, May 29, 2020 at 4pm EST. View a Sample Application here. An independent panel will review applications and evaluate each proposed project’s artistic quality and community impact, as well as the administrative capability of the applicant organization.
- Panelists will make funding recommendations at a public grant panel meeting on Thursday, July 30, 2020. In light of COVID-19, this year’s panel meeting will be held virtually. Register to attend via Zoom here. The meeting agenda is available here.
- Organizations selected to receive funding will receive their first grant payments in early August.
Please see above for Special Projects Grant program updates.
FUNDING FOR ARTISTS
ARTIST OPPORTUNITY GRANTS
Now accepting 2020-2021 Artist Opportunity Grant applications.
Deadline to apply: Friday, October 9, 2020, 11:59pm EST.
Artist Opportunity Grant Webinar:
Tuesday, August 25, noon-1pm EST via Zoom.
Montgomery County artists of all disciplines are invited to attend a free one-hour webinar where they will learn more about the Artist Opportunity Grant program and what it takes to write a successful application.
View a recording of the webinar here.
View slides from the webinar here.
About the Program
The Artist Opportunity Grant Program is intended to provide financial assistance to Montgomery County artists to further their careers through professional development opportunities and through opportunities associated with new works. This program is made possible by funding from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District (MCACD) and is administered by Culture Works.
Artist Opportunity Grants help advance the careers of individual artists by supporting expenses related to specific, unique opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact an artist’s work and professional development. The purpose of these grants is to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. The goal is to assist artists in Montgomery County in furthering and innovating their work, to elevate the quality and raise the profile of individual artistic work in the region, and to help artists achieve their artistic and career goals through the pursuit of new works or professional/career development opportunities in the field, thereby making them competitive in the creative marketplace. Grants are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic career point (emerging, mid-career, mature) or genre. Grants typically range from $500 to $3,000.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Now accepting applications for 2020-2021 Artist Opportunity Grants.
Deadline to apply: October 9, 2020, 11:59pm EST.
(If you are a past grantee, you can also access previous applications and reports using the button below.)
FUNDING FOR STUDENTS
LEONARD P. ROBERTS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Culture Works Leonard P. Roberts Scholarship was established in 1993 in honor of Mr. Roberts, who was the Chairman of the Dayton Performing Arts Fund (now Culture Works) at the time of his death. Since the first scholarships were awarded in 1994, more than $400,000 from the Leonard P. Roberts Scholarship Fund has been provided to 200 students to assist them in their educational pursuits.
Culture Works is pleased to offer scholarships to students who demonstrate participation in and patronage of the arts. Candidates must be graduating high school seniors living in the Dayton Region (Butler, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, or Warren County) or college students at any level who live in and attend college in the Dayton Region. Priority will be given to students majoring in arts disciplines, business, and engineering; however, all majors may apply. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 – $4,000.
SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
- Be a graduating high school senior living in the Dayton Region (Butler, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, or Warren County); OR be a college student living in and attending school in the Dayton Region
- Plan to be a full-time student for the entire upcoming academic year
- Demonstrate participation in the arts
- Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA