At ArtsWave, we want everyone in Greater Cincinnati to experience the positive benefits of the arts – a more vibrant regional economy and more connected communities.  In fall 2015, ArtsWave released the Blueprint for Collective Action in the Arts which outlines five community goals, a roadmap for their achievement, and a framework for ArtsWave’s community investment strategy and grant programs for the next ten years.

All applicant organizations are asked to demonstrate how their work aligns to one or more of these five strategic areas. We strongly recommend downloading and reviewing this document to familiarize yourself with this framework before applying for ArtsWave support.

ArtsWave presents arts performances and activities at CVG Airport throughout the year.  Use this form to apply to participate in this program. Learn more about ArtsWave Presents at

https://www.artswave.org/impact/events/artswave-presents

ArtsWave Grants for African American Arts – Program Guidelines


ArtsWave believes that diversity in arts and cultural expressions creates a more inclusive and dynamic region. This belief aligns with the Blueprint for Collective Action’s goals of deepening the roots of residents and bridging cultural divides through the arts. To provide more resources and build audiences for diverse cultural expressions, in 2020 ArtsWave announces a new African American Arts grantmaking initiative and a new performance series, Flow, featuring nationally and internationally renowned Black artists. 

Cincinnati has a rich history of contributions by Black artists to the city’s creative community and its thriving neighborhoods. New in 2020, ArtsWave Grants for African American Arts are meant to connect local Black arts and cultural innovators with access to resources and opportunities to grow and thrive. Grants will be funded and determined, in part, by donors in ArtsWave’s Circle of African American Leaders for the Arts.  


Purpose

ArtsWave Grants for African American Arts will strengthen the capacity for arts presenting, producing, programming and instruction at organizations led by or predominantly serving Black Cincinnatians. The program is one way that ArtsWave is working to increase the sustainability of organizations that focus on the preservation and advancement of Black arts and culture. Eligible organizations have a mission related to the African American experience and a majority (51%+) of annual expenditures dedicated to arts and cultural activities.


Who May Apply

To be eligible for the FY2020 African American Arts Grant Program, an organization must meet all the following requirements:

  • Have a 501(c)3 designation, be non-profit in nature, or have a non-profit fiscal agent (for-profit businesses are ineligible for grant funding);
  • Have a mission related to the Black or African American experience and/or one or more Black artists in leadership roles;
  • Have a majority (51%+) of the organization’s annual expenditures dedicated to arts and cultural activities.
  • Be based in the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN MSA, which includes the following counties: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties in Ohio; Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton Counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn, Ohio, and Union Counties in Indiana.
  • Has completed successfully all previous grant requirements if a current ArtsWave grantee.
  • Share ArtsWave’ s commitment to access, equity, and inclusion.


NOTE: Applicants new to ArtsWave must schedule an introductory phone call at least one week prior to the application deadline. Please contact Krista Bondi at 513-632-0103 or Krista.Bondi@ArtsWave.org.

  

Eligible Requests

The ArtsWave Grants for African American Arts Program provides project funding that aligns with at least one Blueprint Goal (see Appendix A) and fits within one of these two categories: 1) capacity-building or 2) impact expansion. Applicants will be asked to explain how their project will further one of these objectives:

  1. Capacity-Building - Capacity-building projects are meant to strengthen the organization’s ability to serve its community in a sustainable and impactful way with high quality arts and cultural programming and services. Projects can be related to personnel, financial management, fundraising, board development, audience development, marketing and promotion, programming or infrastructure (including small capital improvements or purchases). An example of a capacity-building project: Consulting help for a start-up arts studio in creating and managing its annual budget, plus financial management software with multiple cloud-based licenses to enable the director and board chair to remotely monitor the organization’s finances. A new laptop was also purchased to replace an outdated desktop computer. These investments enabled the organization to more quickly, accurately and transparently manage expenditures and send more timely invoices to its clients – resulting in greater financial stability and positioning the organization for growth.
  2. Impact Expansion - Impact expansion projects are meant to help the organization increase the impact of already established and successful programming or services. Examples of expanded impact may include: 1) serving a new or expanded geography, 2) serving a new or expanded audience or 3) expanding program themes or content. Strategic planning projects are also eligible. Projects can be related to personnel, marketing and promotion, collaborations and partnerships, travel and transportation, or infrastructure (including small capital improvements or purchases). An example of an impact expansion project: Increased resources for teaching artists allows an after-school visual arts program to triple the number of its classes, expanding to three local schools which would otherwise lack arts programming; mileage reimbursement is provided for the artists to travel between locations; a budget increase in arts supplies allows the organization to meet the needs of larger numbers of youth engaged in creative activity.


Eligible expenses for either category can include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Artist or production fees
  • Staff salary support
  • Consultants
  • Training and professional development 
  • Materials and supplies
  • Advertising
  • Digital tools and technology 
  • Cultural Facilities

In most cases, expenses should not have occurred prior to January 1, 2020. 


ArtsWave will not award grant support to organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws, or practices, discriminate against a person or group because of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief.


Grant Amounts

Grant requests cannot exceed $25,000. Grant awards will likely be made in the $5,000-$10,000 range.

Up to 20% of the grant request can be allocated to general administration and overhead. The total project budget should not be more than 25% of the total annual operating budget.

  

Application Instructions

All application materials must be submitted via Submittable, ArtsWave’s online grantmaking system. We strongly recommend that you begin your online application well before the due date to familiarize yourself with the online grantmaking system and to address any technical concerns. While completing your application, remember these tips: 

  • Be brief, clear and direct, focusing on what is most important. 
  • Review panelists may have little or no prior knowledge of your organization. Create a stronger application by: 1) not assuming reviewers have extensive knowledge of all artistic disciplines; 2) explaining acronyms; and 3) explaining the characteristics of your community or audience as needed.
  • We recommend that you prepare your responses offline in a word processing program and then copy and paste them into the appropriate sections of the online application.
  • Limit the use of bullets and other formatting in text fields.
  • Add Impact@ArtsWave.org to your safe senders list to ensure that you receive all communications from the online grantmaking system.
  • Use one of the following compatible browsers: Microsoft’s Edge browser, Google’s Chrome browser, Mozilla’s Firefox browser, or Apple’s Safari browser

All application materials must be submitted through the online grantmaking system by 5:00 pm EST on May 1, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. Funding decisions will be made on or after June 19, 2020.


Contact ArtsWave

Additional application questions may be directed Krista Bondi, Grant Programs Manager, at (513) 632-0103 or krista.bondi@artswave.org.

Working Capital Bridge Loan Guidelines


Purpose

The purpose of the Working Capital Bridge Loan is to provide a useful, no-interest financial tool to address demonstrated, short-term cash flow needs of small and mid-sized arts and cultural heritage organizations in Greater Cincinnati. The Working Capital Bridge Loan Fund, first established through a private gift, was expanded in 2009 by a donation from the Weathering the Economic Storm Fund, a collaboration of Cincinnati funders. 


Who May Apply

To be eligible for a Working Capital Bridge Loan, an organization must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have a 501(c)3 tax status for a minimum of three years
  • Have a primary mission to provide programs or activities in areas directly concerned with arts or cultural heritage for the general public
  • Be based in the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN MSA, which includes the following counties: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren Counties in Ohio; Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton Counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn, Ohio and Union Counties in Indiana
  • Have at least one FTE of paid or contracted staff
  • Have received funding from ArtsWave in the past 3 years
  • Have an annual operating budget of less than $2M
  • Does not have an outstanding Working Capital Bridge loan or other overdue grant requirements
  • Loan requests to ArtsWave for more than 3 consecutive years are unlikely to be considered without proper justification from the organization’s leadership.


Terms of Loan

Working Capital Bridge Loans will be interest-free and will not exceed $10,000. Loans shall be repaid in full within 12 months. Organizations delinquent in paying the full loan back within 12 months will not be eligible to apply for support for support from ArtsWave for one year after the loan is repaid.


Application

All application materials must be submitted via Submittable, ArtsWave’s online grantmaking system. While completing your application, remember these tips: 

  • Be brief, clear and direct, focusing on what is most important. 
  • We recommend that you prepare your responses offline in a word processing program and then copy and paste them into the appropriate sections of the online application.
  • Limit the use of bullets and other formatting in text fields.
  • Add Impact@ArtsWave.org to your safe senders list to ensure that you receive all communications from the online grantmaking system.
  • Use one of the following compatible browsers: Chrome® v.22+, Firefox® version v.27+, Internet Explorer® v.8-10 (if enabled), Internet Explorer v.11, Safari® v.7+, or Edge®.


The application consists of the following sections:

A. Organization Information

  1. Tax ID
  2. Organization Contact Information
  3. Organizational Leadership
  4. Contact for Loan

B. Loan Request

  1. Reason loan is needed (up to 300 words)
  2. Loan amount requested
  3. Date when funds are needed
  4. How loan funds will be used (up to 125 words)
  5. Source of funds to be used for repayment of loan (up to 125 words)

C. Financial Information

  1. Contact information for individual responsible for financial reporting and management
  2. Availability of financial statements

D. Attachments

  1.  ArtsWave Working Capital Bridge Loan Financial Report Form (attachment, can be accessed via the Apply for Funding page) - Provide a one or two page financial report for revenues, expenses and operating bottom line which includes actuals for your most recently completed fiscal year, year-end projections for your current fiscal year, and a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The percentage change columns between each of the years should also be included along with explanations for variances of 10% or more for total revenue, total expenses and total operating bottom line.
  2. Working Capital Bridge Loan Signature Page (attachment, can be accessed via the Apply for Funding page) - an authorizing official will certify that s/he is authorized to submit the application on behalf of the organization and that the information submitted in the application is true and correct to the best of his/her knowledge.


Repayment Schedule

No payments will be due the first six months of the loan. Six monthly payments of 1/6 of the total loan amount will be due on the 1st day of the month beginning the seventh month of the loan.


Key Dates

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Review: As quickly as possible
  • Funding Decision: Within 2 weeks of submission
  • Repayment Due: Within 12 months

Emergency Response Grants for Arts & Culture Organization Guidelines


Purpose

Greater Cincinnati’s arts and cultural organizations were among the first to be impacted by COVID-19 as mass public gatherings were banned. ArtsWave recognizes the immediate loss of income you are facing and the unprecedented disruption to your creative practices as a result of the cancellation or postponement of arts, cultural and community events.

ArtsWave is working rapidly to respond to and address the needs of the arts and culture sector in our region.

To the extent that funding is available, the ArtsWave Emergency Response Grants for Arts & Culture Organizations program will make fast-tracked grants of up to $20,000 available to small and mid-sized organizations facing extreme threat to their viability and sustainability due to the coronavirus outbreak and resulting cancellation of events.


Who May Apply

To be eligible for the FY2020 Emergency Response for Arts & Culture Organizations Program, an organization must meet all the following requirements:

  • Have a 501(c)3 tax status, be non-profit in nature, or have a non-profit fiscal agent (for-profit businesses are ineligible for grant funding);
  • Have a majority (51%+) of the organization’s annual expenditures dedicated to arts and cultural activities;
  • Have an annual operating budget (across three-year average of FY17, FY18, and FY19) of $3.5 million or less;
  • Employ at least 1 FTE paid and/or contract professional and/or administrative staff (full time is defined as an average of 30 hours per week);
  • Have received some form of funding support (either through grant program, sponsorship, and/or contracted funding) from ArtsWave within the last four of ArtsWave’s fiscal years (four-year period = Sept. 1, 2015 – Present);
  • Be based in the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN MSA, which includes the following counties: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties in Ohio; Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton Counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn, Ohio, and Union Counties in Indiana;
  • Share ArtsWave’ s commitment to access, equity, and inclusion.

ArtsWave will not award grant support to organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws, or practices, discriminates against a person or group because of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, citizenship, or religious belief. In doing so, we seek to promote respect for all people.


Eligible Requests

ArtsWave is accepting applications from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky arts and cultural organizations that have been directly impacted by the Coronavirus. Applications should detail unexpected loss of revenue and/or unexpected increases in expenses as a result of this pandemic. 


Criteria for support

Funding in this program is limited. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding. Requests will be assessed by ArtsWave based on the immediate severity of threat to the organization’s sustainability and threat to its ability to impact our community’s economic vibrancy and social connectivity in brighter days, as shown by required financial disclosures and description/estimation of losses/expenses and threat to mission in the application.


Grant Amounts

If your application is determined to be advanced for Emergency funding, the grant amount will be determined based on the organization’s averaged operating budget over the last three fiscal years (FY17, 18 and 19).

Budget Size -- Grant Amount

  • Less than $100,000 -- up to $2,500
  • $100,000 - $300,000 -- up to $4,000
  • $301,000 - $500,000 -- up to $5,000
  • $501,000 - $1,000,000 -- up to $7,500
  • $1,000,001 - $2,000,000 -- up to $10,000
  • $2,000,001 - $3,500,000 -- up to $20,000

If this level of emergency funding will not meet your anticipated need, you may be eligible to apply for ArtsWave’s Working Capital Bridge Loan program as well. Click here to view the guidelines.


Key Dates

Round 1 

Rolling Application Deadline: March 23 - March 27, 2020, 5PM EST

Anticipated Funding Decision: April 1, 2020

Round 2

Rolling Application Deadline: March 28 - April 8, 2020, 5PM EST

Anticipated Funding Decision: April 15, 2020


Contact ArtsWave

Additional application questions may be directed to Krista Bondi, Grant Programs Manager, at krista.bondi@artswave.org

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