Greater Columbus Arts Council: Grants for Organizations & Professional Artists (U.S.)
The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) is seeking applications for its grants program to support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus.
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The Arts Council receives funding through annual contracts with the city of Columbus and the Franklin County Board of Commissions for the purposes of expanding cultural services and community enrichment, primarily through grants.
Types of Grants
Grants for Organizations
Annual Seasons Purpose: Provide unrestricted financial support for arts organizations presenting a full season of public activities.
Events, Festivals, Short Series Purpose: Provide support for a broad range of arts and cultural projects, events, festivals and short series.
Purpose: To support organizations led by and serving communities of color through unrestricted funding and resources.
Purpose: Provide an unrestricted source of financial support for core arts and cultural organizations that are well-managed, firmly established, have significant impact and broad community engagement
Grants for Professional Artists
Purpose: Assist artists in making new art, growing artistic skills and marketing to a broader audience.
Purpose: Assist groups of artists creating together on a permanent basis in making new art, growing artistic skills and marketing to a broader audience.
Purpose: Uplift artist ideas and projects that bring art to the public.
Project Support: Events, Festivals, Short Series (w/fiscal sponsor):
Purpose: Provide support for a broad range of grassroots arts and cultural projects, events, short series and festivals.
Climate Fund to alleviate energy poverty in Developing Countries
This Request for Applications is open to strengthening the Economic Development Efforts
Grants for African CSOs to implement activities in SGBV, SRHR, HP, and VAWG
Small Research Grants for the improvement of education
This grant-making trust inviting Charities to help Socially Disadvantaged Groups during COVID-19
Support available for NGOs working on social innovation, inclusiveness and sustainability
Advocacy grants to strengthen the voice of communities and grassroots activists
USD $250,000 to $2 million funding available for each selected partner to address Covid-19 impact in select countries
Endowment Funding of € 25,000 for young people fighting for freedom
Small Grant Fund for protecting endangered animal species
Grant program for transforming women’s lives for hard to fund projects
Seed Funding for Youth-led Organisations: Invitation to Submit Proposals
Grant Opportunity to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and Future Pandemics
Submit Inspiring Projects that drive Long-term Economic, Social, and Environmental Sustainability
The maximum award is $25,000.
What will not fund
The following activities, organizations, or expenditures will not be supported through the city of Columbus and Franklin County funded grants program:
Units of government;
Organizations that are not tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
Independent projects that do not have an eligible Fiscal Sponsor as a collaborative partner;
Instructional/educational programming, when not part of a larger project;
Elimination or reduction of existing financial deficit;
Previously completed activities.
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Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to apply for Project Support: Annual Seasons.
Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is arts and culture;
Note: Operating Support grantees are NOT eligible to apply.
Be active and presenting arts programming for the public at least 6 months out of the year;
At least 75% of annual activities take place within the city of Columbus
Demonstrate compensation to professional artists involved in the project; and
Be open and promoted to the broad public (free or ticketed).
Temporary or permanent public art installations as the focus of the season
Educational programs (including workshops) or youth programs as the focus of the season
Arts therapy programs or projects that use the arts as a tool to raise awareness
Projects that do not demonstrate a significant benefit to the broad public
Projects that primarily feature, support or fund one individual artist
For more information, visit https://www.gcac.org/grants-services/guidelines/