Project Support

Project Support Q1 Grant Cycle is Open.
Application submission deadline is January 17, 2017
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Please be sure you review full guidelines and register in GoArts. Here is the workshop PowerPoint with some information on grants & GoArts. Project Support Presentation January 2017

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If this is your first time submitting for a GCAC Project Support grant, please contact Alison Barret at abarret@gcac.org or 614-221-8406 to discuss eligibility before beginning your application.

Project Support provides funding for the numerous short-term cultural activities that give Columbus its vitality. Project Grant deadlines are offered quarterly, accessible to both planned activities and newly discovered opportunities. We welcome the opportunity to support new organizations and new projects. Supporting the ever-changing potential of talent in Columbus benefits all types of art and culture in our community.

The Arts Council defines projects as activities with specific implementation dates, budgets, objectives and evaluation plans. These activities may be a single activity or a recurring presentation. Organizations may request funding up to 25% (not to exceed $30,000) of the expenses budgeted. Items can include but are not limited to personnel, outside fees and services, artists’ payments or fees, performer or musician compensation, space rental, production expenses, travel fees, marketing and promotion and costs related to audience or fundraising development.

Read the 2017 Guidelines for complete information about this program, support materials and application and review criteria.

What the Program Supports

The Arts Council supports non-profit organizations involved in arts and cultural programming and events such as festivals, art exhibitions, performances, etc.

Projects are defined as activities with specific implementation dates, budgets, objectives and evaluation plans. These activities may be a single activity or recurring presentations.

Organizations that present seasons, concert series or other multiple activities, such as exhibitions, are encouraged to apply once for the body of activity. This maximizes the funding request and minimizes paperwork. Additionally, this allows the organization to plan long-term and demonstrate a healthy and stable operation.

Arts education opportunities may only be supported through the Project Support program as a public component of a larger artistic project. The Arts Council currently supports arts education through its support of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education programs – Artists-in-Schools and Art in the House (after-school and summer arts programming).

Operating Support recipients with budgets under $5 million may apply for Project Support for new programs, initiatives or collaborative projects that are not part of their normal programming.

Application Deadline

Applications with accompanying support materials are due by 5:00 p.m. on the dates listed below:

  • January 15: Projects between April 1 and September 30, 2017
  • April 15: Projects between July 1 and December 31, 2017
  • July 15: Projects between October 1, 2017 and March 30, 2018
  • October 15: Projects between January 1 and June 30, 2018

If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day.

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 two (2) weeks before the grant application deadline.

Who May Apply

Eligibility restrictions outlined in the General section apply.

In order to apply for funding through Project Support, an organization must be:

  • A non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose primary focus is arts and culture;
  • Based in and/or providing service to the city of Columbus;
  • Able to provide dollar-for-dollar match to GCAC funds;
  • Provide required financial and support documentation; and
  • Demonstrate compensation to all artists involved in the project.

Individual artists may apply for project support with an organizational fiscal sponsor*.  See Appendix 5 – Fiscal Sponsor Partnerships for more information.

University or college departments may apply for project support so long as the activity meets the eligibility requirements (for example, obtain a fiscal sponsor, public component reaches beyond the college community, etc.) and does not result in student credit or is considered part of the required curriculum.

Organizations receiving Operating Support may not apply to this program, except as noted earlier.

*See Glossary for more information.

How to Apply

Interested first-time applicants are encouraged to meet with Grants & Services staff, attend an application workshop at least six (6) weeks prior to application deadline and submit a draft application for review. This ensures the application is well-developed to increase the applicant’s chance of receiving funding.

Applications are accepted through GoArts, The Arts Council’s online application system. No paper applications will be accepted.  Applications open approximately sixty (60) days before each deadline.

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 two (2) weeks before the grant application deadline.

Late applications will not be accepted.

2017 Grantees