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.

ROUND 2: This application is for events occurring between November 1, 2021-August 31, 2022. You may only receive one ARP Performance and Event grant in total.


Purpose
The City of Cincinnati has received  American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to combat the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in the community. Many non-profit arts and cultural organizations had to cease operations or had their operations severely diminished due to Ohio’s mandated closures. As such, the City of Cincinnati has allocated up to $1 million of its ARP funding to help rebuild Cincinnati's arts sector in the wake of $140M+ in lost revenue and a year of shuttered venues through offering free, live outdoor arts and cultural events within the City of Cincinnati (“Program”). The Program will be administered by ArtsWave, pending completion and terms of contract with the City of Cincinnati. With input from the City of Cincinnati, ArtsWave will make the final determination on award and award amounts. In addition, all payments will be made directly by ArtsWave to the organization.
This opportunity provides grant funding up to $50,000 for outdoor arts performances and arts events with the potential to restore vibrancy to the city’s neighborhoods and downtown. Projects should draw residents and tourists to Cincinnati’s restarted, dynamic arts scene and nearby businesses, jumpstarting the positive benefits of arts and culture on Cincinnati’s economy. Funding for eligible organizations in this category will be awarded on a competitive basis based on review by a volunteer panel.


Grant Workshop
ArtsWave will hosted  an online webinar to go over the ARP Performance and Event Grant Program Guidelines. The recording is available at artswave.org/apply.
For complete grant guidelines, visit ArtsWave.org/Apply.
All application materials must be submitted through the online grantmaking system by 5:00 pm EST on September 16, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.


Who May Apply
ArtsWave shall ensure that all grantees in this category meet the following eligibility criteria and comply with the following requirements:
· Event must occur between November 1, 2021-August 31, 2022.
· Event must occur in the city of Cincinnati
· Event must be presented at no cost to audiences and or participants
· Applicant must have a history of providing services for city of Cincinnati residents
· Applicant must be a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization (or partner with a nonprofit fiscal agent) with a primary mission is to provide arts and cultural programming that is open and accessible to the general public
· Applicant must have been in existence as of March 1, 2019 and can show proof of operating revenue and expenses prior to March 1, 2020 IN THE CITY OF CINCINNATI
· Applicant must be registered with State of Ohio Attorney General’s Office: https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Publications-Files/Publications-for-Business/Online-Charitable-Registration-Information-Sheet
· Applicant must have a DUNS number prior to being awarded grant funding. A DUNS number can be requested here: https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do
· Applicant must be registered at SAM.gov and provide a current CAGE number
· Applicants must be currently in compliance with all state laws and treasury regulations, including those applicable to its status as an organization recognized as a tax-exempt entity under I.R.C. 501(c)(3) and a non-profit organization under Ohio law
Ineligible Service Providers and Programs
The following entities are NOT eligible to apply for ARP funding from the Program:
1. Organizations whose primary mission is not arts related (e.g. social service, religious, education, science, parks, nature, or health organizations)
2. Social clubs and membership only organizations
3. Arts or cultural programming entities that are not free, open and accessible to the general public
4. Arts or cultural programming entities located outside the City of Cincinnati city limits
5. Events that charge a fee for entrance or participation
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 ARP Arts and Cultural Performance and Event Grants Program provides funding for arts or cultural events that target restarting and regrowing the arts in the City of Cincinnati. An event is defined as a specific, connected set of activities with a start date, end date, and explicit goals and objectives (see Appendix A for more application definitions). Projects with multiple components and/or event dates must show a cohesive theme that ties the entire project together.
Eligible project requests may include a new event or an existing event that can demonstrate a restart or regrowth to the arts in the City of Cincnnati.
Receiving an ARP Arts and Cultural Performance and Event grant is a competitive process. Organizations proposing an event should be prepared to demonstrate how the proposed work will aide in restarting and regrowing the arts. Examples may include:
· Providing a free event
· Activating an arts or cultural space
· Serving a targeted geography within the City of Cincinnati
· Serving and inviting a new or expanded audience (e.g., age or culturally specific)
· Expanding exposure to an existing project (e.g., already scheduled summer programming, annual events, etc.)
· Using the arts to encourage Cincinnatians to rediscover the city and to bring people together after a year-plus of social isolation
· Taking place in an outdoor, accessible location in the city of Cincinnati between August 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021
· Presenting an event that
o has a reasonable and attainable budget, and allows for free admission
o engages and compensates diverse local artists
o has the clear potential to attract audiences and demonstrate Cincinnati’s renewing vibrancy and dynamism
o has the clear potential to stimulate ancillary economic activity, including patronage at nearby businesses
o has a plan to adhere to relevant safety protocols
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.
Organizations may only submit one application per deadline. Organizations may only receive one ARP Arts and Cultural Performance or Event grant in total.
Grant Agreement: Allowable Uses of Grant Funds and Conditions:
For each awarded applicant, ArtsWave shall enter into a grant agreement outlining the terms of the grant. The grant agreement for each grantee shall comply with the following:
· Grant funds may be used for any expense that the recipient deems to be necessary for the proposed event that restart the arts in the City of Cincinnati
· No more than 10% of the project budget may cover indirect costs
· Grant recipients must agree to employ as many local artists and staff as is financially responsible
· Grant recipients must agree to participate in ArtsWave’s ‘restart the arts’ umbrella promotional campaign “Bring You,” including using campaign logo and credits and entering all event data in www.artswave.org/Guide so that the public can discover and re-discover all of Cincinnati’s arts experiences
· Grant recipients must submit a final report form by December 1, 20212
Process for Determining Award Amounts
Award amounts will be determined based on the individual scores, event request amounts, and the total applicant pool. Final determination will ensure that a variety of neighborhoods, audiences, art forms and artists, and dates on the calendar are served through this program.
Applicants should consider the impact the project will have in restarting and regrowing the arts, particularly the number of artists and arts staff employed, the diversity of programming and audience, and the overall economic impact of the community in which the event is presented.
Following the close of the application period, based on the number of applications received, ArtsWave, with City input, will make a final determination on the size of grants set forth.
ArtsWave
For questions related to eligibility or eligible expenses, please contact Sam Cribbet, Vice President of Finance, at samantha.cribbet@artswave.org.
For questions related to the grants portal, please contact Ray Gargano, Vice President of Community Investments, at ray.gargano@artswave.org.

Purpose
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 FY2022 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, 2021*
  • Embody ArtsWave’s commitment to access, equity, and inclusiveness

*Proposed projects that have been funded already through the FY2021 or FY2022 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 FY2022 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, 2021 (see note in previous section)

Proposed programming must take place between September 1, 2021-July 15, 2022 and not be completed by grant award notification.


**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 October 8, 2021. 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 by March 31, 2022 (for projects completed by March 1, 2022) or July 29, 2022 (for projects completed between March 1-July 15, 2022) 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: October 8, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Funding Decision: October 27, 2021
  • Project needs to occur between September 1, 2021-July 15, 2022, not be completed by grant award notification, and those that start outside of this timeframe may be deferred to a future application deadline

 
Questions?
Additional application questions may be directed to Lori Burkhardt, Coordinator, Grant Programs at lori.burkhardt@artswave.org. NOTE: First time applicants to ArtsWave must contact Lori Burkhardt to schedule an introductory phone call prior to applying.

Purpose
The attraction and retention of young professionals to our region is a top priority for Greater Cincinnati. Compared to our peer regions across the country, Cincinnati is seeing slower growth in this key demographic. Maintaining a workforce that is diverse in age is vital to a thriving, growing community. Business and civic leaders, including the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, are focused on finding ways to build awareness among young professionals about Cincinnati and to engage more deeply those that are already here.
ArtsWave’s research on arts engagement in our community revealed the power of the arts to attract, engage, and retain residents. Community members who reported a high level of arts engagement also showed high levels of civic engagement, reported a growing circle of friends, and had a higher opinion of the quality of life in Greater Cincinnati. The arts deepen roots in the region. As part of the Blueprint for Collective Action, ArtsWave’s 10-year action plan, we are being intentional about creating and funding more arts activities and programs that target young professionals and help them to become more deeply rooted in Greater Cincinnati.
The ArtsWave Young Professionals (YP) Grant Program began in 2016 and is an initiative that provides funding to support programming that engages young professionals. The funding to support the FY2022 YP Grant Program will come from donations made by young professionals to the 2021 ArtsWave Community Campaign.


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 FY2022 Young Professionals 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.
  • Does not currently have an active Young Professionals Grant with ArtsWave and has successfully completed all previous Young Professionals grant requirements. 
  • Embody ArtsWave’s commitment to access, equity, and inclusiveness

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
ArtsWave recognizes there is a lack of resources dedicated to programming specifically for young professionals. 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.

To be eligible for the FY2022 YP Grant Program, the proposed programming should: 

  • Be participatory, social, and recurring
  • Encourage personal investment in the organization and/or community
  • Seek to increase engagement among young professionals who are already engaged
  • Strive to reach young professionals that are not already engaged
  • Have a plan for long-term sustainability

Proposed programming must take place between September 1, 2021-July 15, 2022 and not be completed by grant award notification.  Interim Report presentations will take place on March 10, 2022 at 12:00 pm.  Final reports will be due July 29, 2022.


Grant Amounts
Grant awards will be given up to $15,000. There is no matching funding requirement for this grant; however, priority will be given to proposals that have a financial commitment from other sources (including in-kind).

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 October 8, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

Determination of Grant Amount
All applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of community volunteers and ArtsWave staff. Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Programming is participatory, social and recurring.
  • Programming encourages personal investment in the organization and/or community.
  • Programming seeks to increase engagement among young professionals who are already engaged in the arts community.
  • Programming strives to reach young professionals that are not already engaged.
  • 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.
  • Programming has a plan for sustaining the program beyond the grant seed funding.

 Requests may be funded in full or in part.

Grant Requirements
Upon notification of award, grant recipients must submit a grant acceptance form. A single grant payment will be issued once the grant acceptance form has been received.

In order to receive funding from ArtsWave through this grant program:

  • The proposed programming must begin no earlier than September 1, 2021 and end by July 15, 2022, and must not be completed before grant award notification.
  • The organization must have a plan to acknowledge ArtsWave in all marketing materials and provide advanced notification to ArtsWave for all events funded by the grant.
  • The organization must present a status update to the ArtsWave YP Committee on March 10, 2022 at 12:00 pm.
  • The organization must submit a final report, summarizing the program and documenting how the grant funds were spent. The report form will be available on the online grantee portal and be due by July 29, 2022.
  • An organization 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: October 8, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Funding Decision: October 27, 2021
  • Project needs to occur between September 1, 2021-July 15, 2022, not be completed by grant award notification, and those that start outside of this timeframe may be deferred to a future application deadline

 
Contact ArtsWave
Additional application questions may be directed to Lori Burkhardt, Coordinator, Grant Programs, at lori.burkhardt@artswave.org. NOTE: First time applicants to ArtsWave must contact Lori Burkhardt to schedule an introductory phone call prior to applying.

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
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