APPLY FOR FUNDING
OPERATING SUPPORT FOR ORGANIZATIONS
COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS
2021-2022 FUNDING CYCLE UPDATES
New applicants: In an effort to support our grantees as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, Culture Works will not be accepting new/first-time Community Arts Grant applicants in 2021. Organizations interested in applying in future cycles can refer to the criteria below to get a sense of what to expect in a typical year, and we encourage you to reach out to Karen Maner, Culture Works Grants Manager, at email@example.com to discuss the process of establishing eligibility.
Current grantees: To support existing Community Arts Grantees as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19, we’ve made several temporary changes to the Community Arts Grant eligibility criteria and application process for 2021-2022 funding. Grantees with budgets between $500,000 and $10 million should refer to the General Operating Support (GOS) page linked below for full details. Organizations with budgets between $100,000 and $499,999 should refer to the Community Arts Development page.
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 2020-2021, 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.
Culture Works will begin accepting applications for 2021-2022 Community Arts Grants on March 3, 2021. See above for more details.
PROJECT SUPPORT FOR ORGANIZATIONS
SPECIAL PROJECTS GRANTS
Congratulations to the 2020 Special Projects Grantees!
Culture Works and the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District (MCACD) congratulate the 15 organizations selected to receive funding in the inaugural year of the Special Projects Grant program. Read about the 2020 grantees and their projects here.
The next Special Projects Grant cycle will launch in early 2021. Check back soon for program dates, information on how to apply, and more.
The 2020 Special Projects Grant deadline has passed. Please check back in early 2021 for information about the next application cycle.
FUNDING FOR ARTISTS
ARTIST OPPORTUNITY GRANTS
Check back soon for the announcement of the 2021 Artist Opportunity Grantees!
Panelists for the 2020-2021 Artist Opportunity Grants program discussed applications and made funding recommendations at a virtual meeting on November 19th. Applicants will receive formal notification of their award status in December 2020, and grantees will be announced to the public at the beginning of January 2021.
View a recording of the panel meeting here.
View the meeting agenda here.
View the panelist bios 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:
The 2020-2021 application is now closed.
Grant panelists will meet during a virtual public panel meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2020 to discuss applications and make award recommendations. See above for details.
FUNDING FOR STUDENTS
LEONARD P. ROBERTS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
**Now accepting applications**
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
How to Apply:
Culture Works is now accepting applications for 2021-2022 Leonard P. Roberts Memorial Scholarships through The Dayton Foundation's ScholarshipCONNECT. Deadline to apply: March 5, 2021 at 4pm. Applicants will be notified of their award status by June 2021.