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In alignment with ArtsWave’s intention to promote and celebrate all the ways that the region is diverse, and to create inclusive arts experiences that are also exciting and innovative, the ArtsWave Pride Grant Program requests proposals for projects that may appeal to or have relevance to the broader LGBTQIA+ community.

Who May Apply

ArtsWave believes that strong arts create strong communities and actively seeks to promote access, equity, and inclusiveness in its grantmaking. To be eligible for the FY2021 ArtsWave Pride Grant Program, an organization must meet all the following requirements:

  • Have a 501(c)3 tax status or  be non-profit in nature with an established fiscal agent.
  • 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 a primary mission to provide programs or activities in areas directly concerned with arts or cultural heritage for the general public.
  • Provide programs or activities that celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Does not currently have an active ArtsWave Pride grant and has successfully completed all previous ArtsWave Pride grant requirements.
  • Have not received funding through another ArtsWave project grant since January 1, 2020*
  • Embody ArtsWave’s commitment to access, equity, and inclusiveness

*Proposed projects that have been funded already through the FY2020 African American Arts, FY2021 ArtsWave Catalyzing Impact, or FY2021 Young Professional grant programs are not eligible to apply. A recipient of any of those grant programs is still eligible to apply but must propose a different project for the ArtsWave Pride grant program.

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. In doing so, we seek to promote respect for all people.

Eligible Requests

The ArtsWave Pride Grant Program provides funding for arts or cultural heritage projects that promote and/or celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, advancing Cincinnati’s reputation as a welcoming and inclusive community through the arts. A project is defined as a specific activity with explicit goals and objectives. Projects with multiple components and/or event dates must show a cohesive theme that tie the entire project together.

This grant program is designed to provide both seed funding to support the development of new programming, as well as short-term operating support for existing programming with a demonstrated impact of inclusivity.

To be eligible for the FY2021 ArtsWave Pride Grant Program, the proposed programming should:

  • Be participatory and social**
  • Align with one or more goals of ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action
  • Engage and/or celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Not have received funding through another ArtsWave project grant since January 1, 2020 (see note in previous section)

Proposed programming must begin before September 1, 2021.

**While participatory and social programs have typically included in-person activities, virtual programs are also eligible for funding. We encourage organizations with proposed virtual or digital programs to apply.

Grant Amounts
Grant awards will be made up to $5,000.

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: Chrome® v.22+, Firefox® version v.27+, Internet Explorer® v.8-10 (if enabled), Internet Explorer v.11, Safari® v.7+, or Edge®.

All application materials must be submitted through the online grantmaking system by 5:00 pm EST on December 14, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

Determination of Grant Amount

Applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of community volunteers and awarded by the ArtsWave Board of Directors using the following criteria:

  • Programming is participatory and social.
  • Programming is in alignment with the selected goal(s) in the Blueprint for Collective Action.
  • Programming promotes and/or celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community within our region.
  • Programming engages members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the development, implementation, and marketing of this program.
  • Programming can be achieved in the proposed timeline; or, if delays must occur due to COVID-19, the project can be revived and completed successfully at a future point in time.
  • The project budget is reasonable and sufficient to execute the project.

Requests may be funded in-full or in-part. If a request is partially funded, it will be funded at no less than 50% of the requested amount.

Grant Requirements

Upon notification of an award, grant recipients must submit a grant acceptance form through the online grantmaking system. A single grant payment will be issued once the grant acceptance form has been received.

If your program extends beyond 3 months, you will be required to provide a brief midterm update via e-mail outlining current successes, challenges and bright spots.

A final report summarizing the program and documenting how grant funds were spent will be due within 30 days after the project’s completion and should be submitted through the online grantmaking system. Applicants will be ineligible to apply for funding if a previous final report for any grant program is outstanding.

Any organization receiving ArtsWave funding must fulfill all grant requirements outlined in the grantee handbook for the duration of the grant period and accurately represent its organization and its activities in all documents submitted to ArtsWave.

Key Dates

  • Application Deadline: December 14, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Funding Decision: January 22, 2021
  • Project Start Date: Before September 1, 2021


Additional application questions may be directed to Krista Bondi, Grant Programs Manager, at krista.bondi@artswave.org. NOTE: First time applicants to ArtsWave must contact Krista Bondi to schedule an introductory phone call prior to applying.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.