2016 COMMUNITY ARTS AND CULTURE MINI GRANT GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA
A Focus on Community Arts and Culture
Community arts and culture offer meaningful and accessible ways for a wide range of Genesee County residents of all ages to take part in creative experiences and to connect with each other and the community. Community arts and culture programs seek to engage residents on issues that matter in their daily lives through education, dialogue, and action. They provide avenues to address serious social issues in productive new ways, give voice to those who are often silent, celebrate our diversity and unite us through a shared sense of community.
Funding Creative Programs with Mini Grants
Through the Mini-Grant Program, we will fund community arts and culture activities that are led by skilled artists and creative people working in the field, whose practices are rooted in the heart of community life. We seek projects that are initiated, designed and implemented with local residents. We are particularly interested in programs that expand arts and culture learning, that employ arts and culture for community change and that celebrate culture and heritage. We define arts and culture broadly to include all forms of arts and cultural expression.
Mini-Grant Program Goals
Goals of the Community Arts Mini-Grant Program are:
- To provide small grants through a streamlined application process and a quick turn-a-round approval process.
- To encourage new ideas from grass-roots arts and culture practitioners, and creative arts and culture educators, including those who don’t usually apply for grants.
- To support projects that educate and inform using the inherent power of arts and culture to address community issues.
- To enable people to create unique arts and cultural experiences that encourage collaboration and strengthen community engagement.
- To gain a deeper understanding of the support needed by artists and start-up organizations and the early indicators of success.
Mini Grant Guidelines
- Projects must feature community arts and culture activities focused on arts learning, arts and culture for community change and/or the celebration of culture and heritage.
- The maximum per grant is $5,000. There is no match requirement.
- Grants will be made for projects that take place between May 1, 2016 and October 31, 2016.
- Grant projects must take place in the City of Flint.
- Applicants may receive only one mini-grant each year.
- No one may receive a grant more than 3 consecutive years.
Grants are awarded to individual artists (must be 18 years of age or older) and arts/culture educators that are not already funded by Ruth Mott Foundation.
The deadline for Community Arts Mini Grants is 5:00PM TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016. Click the “Apply” button on the website to fill out and submit the three forms:
- Cover Sheet
- Budget Form *
- One-page narrative description of the project and its goals.
No supporting material is required. Questions about the application process should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Review Committee of community volunteers will evaluate the applications and determine the grant awards. Applicants will be notified late in April and required to attend a contract signing/sharing session early May. Projects must take place between May 1 and October 31, 2016. A final report will be due 30 days after the end of the project or October 31, whichever comes first.
* Please note to include in your expenses time allocated to complete your Final Report. Twenty-five percent (25%) of awarded funding is held until awarded the awarded recipient(s) final report has been reviewed. Seventy-five percent (75%) of your awarded funding is distributed upon receiving your signed contract at the signing/sharing session.
Applicants will be judged on how well they meet the criteria below as well as in comparison with other applications submitted. Competitive applications will include:
- Arts and cultural activities that engage learners and/or community members to participate in creating the project.
- Unique and creative projects that use arts and culture as a tool to address arts learning, promote community change and/or celebrate culture and heritage, and in so doing inspire hope and pride.
- Projects that make use of cross-sector partnerships and collaborations that are authentic and mutually beneficial.
- Budget that is appropriate to the project.
- The ability to oversee the successful completion of the project.
SHARE ART FLINT MINI-GRANT WORKSHOPS
1) Monday, January 18, 2016; 1:30pm
Greater Flint Arts Council
816 South Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48502
2) Monday, February 15, 2016; 10:00am
Hispanic Technology Center of Greater Flint
2101 Lewis Street
Flint, MI 48506
3) Monday, February 15, 2016; 2:00pm
The New McCree Theatre
2040 W. Carpenter Road
Flint, MI 48504
Please RSVP your intended attendance to 810-238-2787 or email@example.com.