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Catalyzing Impact Grant Program

Matching Grants to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Nonprofits
for Arts and Culture in the Cincinnati-Middletown Area

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

02/27/19 5:00 PM EST


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Matching grants of up to $10,000 to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana nonprofit organizations for arts and cultural projects in the greater Cincinnati-Middletown area. Applicants must schedule a consultation with program staff at least one week prior to the deadline. Funding is intended for new or expanded arts or cultural heritage projects that support one of the goals of the Blueprint for Collective Action.

A project is defined as a specific, connected set of activities with a beginning and an end and explicit goals and objectives. Projects with multiple components and/or event dates must show that there is a cohesive theme that ties the project together.

Eligible project requests may include a new project (brand new project that has not occurred before) and/or received ArtsWave funding before), or an existing project that demonstrates an expansion of impact (this may also include projects that have not received ArtsWave funding before).

Receiving a Catalyzing Impact grant is a competitive process. Organizations proposing existing projects that have been funded through the Catalyzing Impact program in previous fiscal years should be prepared to demonstrate how the proposed work is expanding impact. Examples may include:

- Serves a new or expanded geography (e.g., neighborhood, municipality, or county);
- Serves a new or expanded audience (e.g., age or culturally specific); or
- Deepens impact within an existing project (e.g., expanded themes, content, or timeframe)

Organizations with missions that are not directly concerned with arts or cultural heritage are encouraged to apply for support of arts or cultural heritage programming.

Special focus in FY19:

Thanks to special funding from Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., ArtsWave seeks to award Catalyzing Impact grants in FY19 that address the Blueprint Goal ‘Fueling Creativity and Learning’ through projects that combine STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) with the arts in engaging and creative ways for youth.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175914

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will be made up to $10,000 or 50% of the total expenses for the proposed project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the FY2019 Catalyzing Impact Grant Program, an organization must meet all the following requirements:
- Have a 501(c)3 tax status or be non-profit in nature.
- 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 not received a Sustaining Impact or Capital Grant in FY2019.
- Does not currently have an active Catalyzing Impact Grant or Capital Grant with ArtsWave and has completed successfully all previous Catalyzing Impact or Capital 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.

Catalyzing Impact Grants cannot be requested for any of the following:
- General operating support
- Fundraisers
- Re-granting
- Advancing or inhibiting a religious ideology
- Advocacy of specific political causes or candidates

Pre-proposal Conference:

ArtsWave will provide an overview of how to apply for funds within the Catalyzing Impact grant program. Attendance at this workshop is not mandatory to submit a grant but will be helpful in answering questions around the process.

When: Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: William E. Durr branch of the Kenton County Public Library

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Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Applications due by 5:00 PM EST September 19, 2018 for late October 2018 funding decisions for projects that begin in winter/spring.
- Applications due by 5:00 PM EST on February 27, 2019 for early April 2019 funding decisions for projects that begin in spring/summer.

All application materials must be submitted through the online grantmaking system by 5:00 PM EST on February 27, 2019. Funding decisions will be made in early April 2019, for spring/summer start dates.

First time applicants must contact ArtsWave to schedule an introductory phone call at least one week prior to the application deadline.

All application materials must be submitted via the online grantmaking system. It is strongly recommended to begin your online application well before the due date to familiarize yourself with the online system and to address any technical concerns.

Match Requirements
Grants received through the Catalyzing Impact Grant Program are matching grants through which applicants are expected to leverage ArtsWave funds to secure support from outside sources. The grant program requires a 1:1 match by the applicant. Up to 50% of your organization’s matching dollars can come from in-kind contributions. Matching funds do not need to be secured at the time of application, but documentation of the source(s) of matching funds will be required in the final report. For purposes of determining the value, volunteer time should be calculated at $24.14 per hour (Independent Sector, 2018).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For questions and to schedule a pre-application meeting, contact:
Kara Shibiya

Danielle Martin, Grants Coordinator

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20 East Central Parkway, Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Dearborn, Ohio, and Union Counties;   Kentucky: Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton Counties;   Ohio: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties