Artist Grants

Professional Development Grants

Maximum Award: $1000
Purpose: to offset the costs of professional development opportunities

Examples of eligible activities would be master technique classes, enhancing business skills or attending professional conferences where development opportunities exist.

Artists working full time as teaching staff at a college or university are not eligible to apply.

You may not request more than the total grant amount of $1,000.

*Beginning with the 2017 grant cycle, Next Level Columbus and similar “self-help” courses will no longer be considered for AITC grant funding. Only opportunities specifically for and/or about the creative arts and artists will be allowed. If you are unsure if your program meets the requirements, please contact Grants & Services staff.

 

Supply Grants

Maximum Award: $500
Purpose: to offset the cost of supplies for individual artists to create new works

For example: filmmakers can use this grant to purchase film stock; visual artists can purchase paint or canvas; dancers can purchase music or specialty shoes, etc.

*Please note: Beginning with the 2017 grant cycle, supply grants may not be used to pay third party providers (I.E. the artist applying for the grant may not use those funds to pay another artist to create work for them).  If you are unsure if your project meets the requirements, please contact Grants & Services staff.

 

Performing Artist Travel Grants

Maximum Award: $1500
Purpose: to offset travel costs for paid performance opportunities

Examples of eligible expenses would be airfare, car rental/fuel, lodging, meals, etc.

Artists MUST show proof of invitation/offer to perform, as well as compensation to be considered.

Artists working full time as teaching staff at a college or university are not eligible to apply.

Opportunities that are “pay to play” situations will not be considered for funding.

 

The Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Memorial Fund For Research and Development

Maximum Award: $1000
Purpose: to offset the cost of traveling for research and development, can be conceptual or technical research

Research might include new art/craft techniques, processes, or modes of production.  This does not include conferences or group workshops which would qualify under GCAC’s professional development program.  Eligible travel expenses would include airfare, car rental/fuel, lodging, meals, etc.

Deadlines

The deadline is the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m NO EXCEPTIONS. All applications MUST be uploaded and submitted by the applicant.

Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and these funding categories will be suspended for the remainder of GCAC’s fiscal year when the funds have been expended.  These categories will re-open when additional funds are made available either during the fiscal year or at the start of the new fiscal year.

Project start dates may not precede payment dates. For example, if you were to receive a grant, after notification of grant awards, you will be sent a contract to sign and return by the 15th of the following month. Depending upon when the Arts Council receives the signed contract (before the 15th or after), payment will be processed on either the 15th or 30th.

Who May Apply

Applicants must be creative artists who work in the City of Columbus and have for at least one (1) year prior to date of application; or a resident of Franklin County and have been for at least one (1) year prior to date of application.

Artists who are enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program of any kind at the time of application or during the grant period are not eligible to apply under any category.

Artists working full time as teaching staff of a college or university may only apply for the Supply Grant.

*Please note: Beginning with the 2017 grant cycle, Next Level Columbus and similar “self-help” courses will no longer be considered for AITC grant funding. Only opportunities specifically for and/or about the creative arts and artists will be allowed. If you are unsure if your program meets the requirements, please contact Grants & Services staff.

How To Apply

Applications are accepted through GoArts, GCAC’s online application system. No paper applications will be accepted.

Project start dates may not precede payment dates. For example, if you were to receive a grant, after notification of grant awards, you will be sent a contract to sign and return by the 15th of the following month. Depending upon when the Arts Council receives the signed contract (before the 15th or after), payment will be processed on either the 15th or 30th.

Upon request, the Grants & Services staff will review and evaluate draft applications up to two (2) weeks before the grant application deadline. Requests must be received by 5:00 p.m., no later than one (1) week before the grant application deadline.

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