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 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 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
Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Special Projects Grantees!
Read about the 22 Montgomery County organizations awarded Special Projects Grants to complete 2021-2022 arts and cultural projects here.
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.
FUNDING FOR ARTISTS
ARTIST OPPORTUNITY GRANTS
Now accepting applications for 2021-2022 Artist Opportunity Grants!
Montgomery County artists can apply through October 8, 2021
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. The MCACD is providing $40,000 for the 2021-2022 cycle, and grants will range from $500 to $3,000.
The project or opportunity for which an applicant seeks funding must take place between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. If the grant is to complete a project already in progress, it must culminate with a completed work in 2022. Projects anticipated to not be completed by December 31, 2022 will not be considered. Click here to read the full 2021-2022 Artist Opportunity Grant Guidelines.
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.
Monday, August 9, 2021 - Application opens.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021, noon - Virtual Artist Opportunity Grant Info Session for first-time applicants via Zoom. Watch a recording here.
Friday, October 8, 2021 - Deadline to apply, 11:59pm EST
Mid-November 2021 - Virtual public panel meeting. Applicants will receive notification of their initial award status following the meeting. The panel's funding recommendations must then receive final approval by the MCACD board.
January 2022 - Funding distributed to grantees.
December 31, 2022 - Projects must be completed.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Culture Works is now accepting applications for 2021-2022
Artist Opportunity Grants.
The deadline to apply is Friday, October 8, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.
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.