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 did not accept 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the process of establishing eligibility.
Current grantees: To support existing Community Arts Grantees as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19, we made several temporary changes to the Community Arts Grant eligibility criteria and application process for 2021-2022 funding. More details are available in the sections below. See General Operating Support for organizations with budgets of $500k to $10 million and Community Arts Development for organizations with budgets between $100k and $500k.
About the Program: 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.
PROJECT SUPPORT FOR ORGANIZATIONS
SPECIAL PROJECTS GRANTS
Special Projects Grant Panel Meeting
Friday, June 25, 2021
View a recording of the meeting here
During this public meeting, grant panelists discussed applications for 2021-2022 Special Projects Grants, finalized their scoring, and determined their funding recommendations. All panelists reviewed and scored applications using an established rubric in advance of the meeting, but the public deliberations provided an opportunity for panelists to hear each other's perspectives, and for applicants to hear specific, valuable feedback on their proposals. Organizations recommended for funding will receive their formal award notifications in July.
The Special Projects Grant program provides funding for organizations to create arts and cultural projects that engage the Montgomery County community. This program is made possible by funding from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District (MCACD) and is administered by Culture Works. The MCACD, with funding from the Board of County Commissioners, is providing $166,000 for the 2021 grant cycle.
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--such as festivals, exhibitions, performances, artists’ series, and in-school arts programming--happening between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. 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 2021 Special Projects Grant Program Guidelines here.
2021 Key Dates
- First-time applicants must attend a free grant info session via Zoom on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from noon-1:15pm. If you were unable to attend this session live, please email email@example.com to request a recording that can be viewed in fulfillment of the attendance requirement.
- All organizations must submit an online Intent to Apply form by February 26, 2021 at 11:59pm EST indicating the proposed activities, the amount requested, and their nonprofit status. Culture Works and the MCACD will review all Intent to Apply forms for eligibility.
- In March, eligible organizations will receive in invitation to complete the online grant application by Friday, April 23, 2021 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 discuss applications and make funding recommendations at a virtual, public grant panel meeting on Friday, June 25, 2021. View a recording of the meeting here.
- Organizations selected to receive funding will begin receiving grant payments in July.
The deadline to apply for 2021-2022 Special Projects Grant funding has passed.
Grant panelists discussed applications and determined their funding recommendations during a virtual, public panel meeting on Friday, June 25, 2021. Applicants will receive formal notification of their funding status in July 2021.
FUNDING FOR ARTISTS
ARTIST OPPORTUNITY GRANTS
Congratulations to the 2021 Artist Opportunity Grantees!
14 Montgomery County artists have been awarded Artist Opportunity Grants to create new works and pursue professional development opportunities in 2021. Read about this year's grantees here.
Interested in applying? Culture Works will announce the dates for the 2021-2022 Artist Opportunity Grant cycle in summer 2021. Check back soon for more!
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 application is now closed.
Check back in summer 2021 for information about the next grant cycle.
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
How to Apply:
The deadline to apply for 2021-2022 Leonard P. Roberts Memorial Scholarships has passed. Applicants will receive notification of their award status in summer 2021. Dates for the next application cycle will be posted in the fall.