Mission Support Grants from ArtsGreensboro

Mission Support is competitive single-year program for mature arts organizations with unrestricted operating revenue exceeding $500,000 annually for the past three (3) consecutive years. Applicants must have a demonstrated record of success in creating or presenting programs of the highest artistic merit and regional significance and further all three of ArtsGreensboro’s strategic priorities.  Mission Support Grant program is funded by foundations, corporations, and individual donors.

Grant Guidelines

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Application Deadline:
December 19, 2018 5:00 P.M.

Support Period:
January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

ArtsGreensboro Overview
Thanks to businesses, foundations, and thousands of arts enthusiasts, ArtsGreensboro financially supports more than 50 arts organizations and projects each year, connects the public to arts and entertainment, and financially supports the area arts scene through grants, marketing support, advocacy for state and local funding, and other important initiatives and services.

ArtsGreensboro advocates for the arts in a variety of ways on both local and state levels. In partnership with the High Point Area Arts Council, we advocate for arts in education, and support from city, county and state support for the arts in our community.

Founded in 1960 by community leaders as Greensboro’s arts council, ArtsGreensboro has invested nearly $22 million as direct financial support into Greensboro’s arts economy through grants. But the organization has always contributed much more than grants alone. Through the years, the arts council saved the historic Carolina Theatre, created Center City’s Cultural Arts Center, produced the exciting City Stage Festival, and as it has for more than 40 years, operates the Sternberger Artists Center with 16 studios on Summit Avenue in the historic Sternberger House.

With an annual budget of approximately $3 million, ArtsGreensboro is a catalyst for innovation to build recognition and support for the arts. Through its Annual Campaign-supported grant programs, the Van Dyke Performance Space and other opportunities including the North Carolina Folk Festival, ArtsGreensboro is driving the health and vitality of our community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming.

Mission Statement
The purpose of ArtsGreensboro is to lead and serve our creative community both as a financial resource and catalyst toward innovation, excellence, and sustainability – in order to harness the transformative power of the arts to educate and inspire, connect people across all cultures to build a stronger community, and make Greensboro a vibrant and healthy place to live and work.

Strategic Priorities
1. ACCESS: Increase community access to the arts to touch the lives of everyone in the community, and ensure rich diversity, sustainability, and growth of arts resources.
2. ECONOMIC VITALITY: Support economic vitality and promote Greensboro as a cultural destination through innovative programming with artistic merit.
3. ARTS EDUCATION: Provide educational experiences for all ages that result in increased knowledge and skills in the arts.

Mission Support Grants
Through competitive grant programs, ArtsGreensboro invests in high-quality arts experiences that further its strategic priorities. Mission Support Grants are intended to support:
• The creation and/or presentation of programming with high artistic merit—including visual arts, music, dance, theatre, and other performance, instructional and/or creative arts programs or art forms. Priority is given to the arts experience itself (typically we do not fund expenses associated with endowment-building, capital projects, fundraising, debt reduction, the acquisition of equipment, or training programs).
• Programs with high artistic merit that demonstrate defined and measurable outcomes, including impact on the community.
• Programs that increase access to the arts, engage the community, and enrich the varied cultural vitality of Greater Greensboro.
• Arts education experiences that inspire and engage students (including life-long learning), enhance curriculum, and result in increased knowledge and skills in the arts.

Mission Support is competitive single-year program for mature arts organizations with unrestricted operating revenue exceeding $500,000 annually for the past three (3) consecutive years. Applicants must have a demonstrated record of success in creating or presenting programs of the highest artistic merit and regional significance and further all three of ArtsGreensboro’s strategic priorities. Mission Support Grant program is funded by foundations, corporations, and individual donors.

Eligibility
An organization is eligible to apply for a Mission Support Grant if it meets all of the following criteria:
• Produces or presents the arts to the public in the Greater Greensboro region through ongoing arts programming;
• Has its principal office in the Greater Greensboro region for at least the last three (3) consecutive years;
• Can demonstrate nonprofit 501(c)3 tax exempt status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and a current charitable solicitation license from the State of North Carolina;
• Has operated as an arts organization with unrestricted operating revenue exceeding $500,000 annually for the past three (3) consecutive years; and
• Is governed by a board of directors in compliance with Chapter 55A, Article 8 of the North Carolina Non Profit Corporation Act.
Organizations must confirm eligibility to apply with staff prior to submitting an application.

Grant-making organizations, and entities that receive a majority of their operating budget from a unit of government, or college/university programs are NOT eligible to apply for Mission Support and Project Grants.
Organizations receiving or applying for a Mission Support Grant may not apply for Project Support Grants.

Review Criteria
All Mission Support Grant applications will be evaluated on the extent to which the application addresses the following three criteria:

Artistic Merit
• Demonstrates high artistic merit through program quality and work samples
• Demonstrates evidence of success of prior programs
• Programs are aligned with organization’s mission
• Programs are relevant for the audiences for whom they are intended

Organizational Effectiveness
• Employs an organizational structure (staffing, volunteers, etc.) appropriate for the size and scope of the organization
• Demonstrates evidence of evaluation and planning
• Demonstrates sound financial management and budgeting
• Employs fundraising and/or earned income strategies appropriate for the size of the organization and the community served

Service to the Community
• Demonstrates an understanding of the community being served
• Demonstrates how the organization’s programs support all of ArtsGreensboro’s Strategic Priorities.
• Access: Presents programming which increases community access to the arts, touching the lives of everyone in the community and ensuring rich diversity, sustainability, and growth of arts resources.
• Economic Vitality: Presents programming which supports economic vitality and promotes Greensboro as a cultural destination through innovation and artistic excellence.
• Arts Education: Presents arts education experiences for all ages that result in increased knowledge and skills in the arts.

Application Process
Application Deadline: December 19, 2018 at 5:00 P.M.
Please refer to the Review Criteria as you prepare your narrative and other required documents. All materials should tell the same story and represent your organization at its best. Grant review panels look for evidence of your commitment to your mission and artistic merit, as well as sound governance, management and operations, based on your strategic planning. The panels also look for evidence of your organization’s understanding of, and responsiveness to, its community. During the panel meeting, panelists discuss and rate your application based on how your organization demonstrates that it meets the Review Criteria.

Support Period
2019 Mission Support Grants support arts activities taking place between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

Financials and Governance
Financial information is an essential part of your application. You must submit the following documents:
• Projected FY 2019 Organizational Budget
• Current Balance Sheet (as of the end of the most recent period available)
• Current Income Statement / Statement of Activities (for the most recent period available)
• Organizational audit performed by a formal independent CPA
• IRS tax-exempt determination letter
• List of your current Board of Directors with their affiliations, contact information, and email addresses.

Support Materials
Some of the panelists may not be familiar with your work. This is why good supporting materials that showcase your organization are an essential part of the application. Applicants must provide evidence to demonstrate their ability to deliver a high-quality artistic product. Samples should represent your best work. Formats may include:
• PowerPoint presentations or PDFs: Up to 3 files
• Photographic materials: Up to 30 photographs in JPG format
• Video and/or audio materials: Up to 10 minutes total

Samples must be provided in digital format. See Application Submission section for instructions.

Application Submission
Applicants are required to complete and submit all application contents by electronic means through ArtsGreensboro’s online GoSmart grant application portal. The deadline for submission is 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Accessing GoSmart
You may directly access ArtsGreensboro’s online GoSmart grant application portal at this link.

You will also find a link to the portal on ArtsGreensboro’s website on our Mission Support grant page at “https://www.artsgreensboro.org/grant-programs/mission-support-grants/”.

GoSmart Account
When you arrive at ArtsGreensboro’s GoSmart portal, you must create a new account by choosing a username and password. Be sure to select “ORGANIZATION” as your applicant type when you create your new account.

Note: The GoSmart system is used by many other grantmaking organizations. Each organization manages its own individual GoSmart portal, so when you access ArtsGreensboro’s portal for the first time, you will need to create a new account. If you attempt to login with the credentials you use for other GoSmart portals, you will not be able to access ArtsGreensboro’s unique portal.

Application Review

Staff Review
Staff will review applications for completeness and adherence to these Guidelines. Applicants will be notified if their application is incomplete and if additional information or corrections are necessary, and they’ll be given a specific deadline in writing to provide any revisions and or other necessary information. Applicants must meet all of these specified deadlines for completing/providing revisions and information or the application will be considered withdrawn.

Panel Review
ArtsGreensboro utilizes a peer Grants Review Panel to aid in its decision-making. Grant review panels meet formally as a group and to evaluate applications according to the Review Criteria.

Applicants will be required to attend a 15-minute interview with the Grant review panel on deliberation day (Date TBD).

Grant Recommendations and Approval
After the staff and panel reviews are completed, recommendations are presented to ArtsGreensboro’s Grants Committee. Following this review, the Grants Committee presents the funding recommendations to the full ArtsGreensboro Board of Directors. The Board meets in mid-January to review the recommendations and reach funding decisions.

Notification
All applicants will receive notification by mail or email of their grant award or denial in January 2019.

Grant Awards
Funds granted annually will generally not exceed 8% of organizational unrestricted operating budget, or $100,000, whichever is less. Mission Support Grants generally range between $20,000 and $100,000, depending on available funding. Support is contingent on ArtsGreensboro meeting annual funding targets, and is subject to change based on annual review.

ArtsGreensboro reserves the right to make a final decision on an organization’s funding.

Reporting Requirements
If awarded a Mission Support Grant, recipient organizations must file semi-annual financial statements, along with a final report by deadlines specified by ArtsGreensboro staff. The final report requires narrative and financial information on arts activities conducted during the Support Period. Failure to submit reports by the specified deadlines may jeopardize current and/or future ArtsGreensboro grants being received by the organization and may result in requiring repayment of grant funds.

Applicants must effectively track data needed by the ArtsGreensboro to fulfill reporting requirements of ArtsGreensboro funders. Information includes ethnicity of participants, number of seniors, veterans, women, disabled, and students on free and reduced lunch programs. This information will be requested in the final report.

As stakeholders in the outcome of ArtsGreensboro’s community-wide ArtsFund campaign, grant recipients are expected to actively support the campaign in the spirit of partnership.

Payments
Grant contracts are prepared and mailed in January or February 2019 to those who have been awarded funding. The contracts must be signed and the grant recipient must meet all reporting requirements before grant funds are disbursed. Funds are distributed in four parts.

All grants are conditional upon ArtsGreensboro meeting annual funding targets.

Matching Requirements
Funding must be matched dollar-for-dollar in cash by the applicant. Public funds, restricted funds, or in-kind gifts may not be used to match a Mission Support Grant.

Grant Limitations
Funds may not be used for private functions, fundraising events, receptions, food or beverages. Priority is given to the arts experience itself. ArtsGreensboro does not fund expenses associated with endowment-building, capital projects, fundraising, debt reduction, the acquisition of equipment, or training programs.

Questions?

Contact Chip Berry, Grants Manager at grants@artsgreensboro.org.

Reports and Documents

Past Grants Awarded:

FY 2018 Final reports are due by 5 P.M. on July 13, 2018.

FY 2018 Mission Support Final Report