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ARTIST OPPORTUNITY GRANTS
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.
BEFORE STARTING YOUR APPLICATION, PLEASE REVIEW:
The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 Artist Opportunity Grant program is October 1, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.
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2019 GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS
COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS
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 2018-2019, Culture Works provided Community Arts Grants to 11 organizations: Bach Society of Dayton, The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Dayton Public Radio (WDPR), Dayton Visual Arts Center, The Human Race Theatre Company, K12 Gallery & TEJAS, Kettering Children’s Choir, 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)
Panelists will conduct a site evaluation of each applicant organization, after receiving a formal written application. Panelists will visit a production, exhibition, or other artistic offering of applicant organizations. A Public Grant Panel Meeting will be held to determine applicant scores. A minimum score of 70 is required to receive funding.
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.
- Plan to be a full-time student for the entire upcoming academic year
- Demonstrate participation in the arts
- Demonstrate financial need
- Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA