ArtsWave's Community Investment Strategy
At ArtsWave, we want everyone in Greater Cincinnati to experience the positive benefits of the arts – a more vibrant regional economy and more connected communities. ArtsWave's Blueprint for Collective Action in the Arts outlines five objectives for arts organizations looking to create that greater vibrancy and connection: building the region's ability to attract employees and businesses through distinctive arts offerings; deepening the roots of residents through arts engagement; bridging cultural divides through diverse and inclusive programming; enlivening neighborhoods with art; and fueling creativity and learning in all kids. We ask grant recipients to help us realize these important community benefits through their own programs.
All applicant organizations are asked to demonstrate how their work aligns to one or more of these five strategic areas. We recommend downloading and reviewing this document to familiarize yourself with ArtsWave's Blueprint before applying for support.
Grant Programs & Funding Opportunities
FY2021 Grant Programs (9/1/20-8/31/21)
ArtsWave Grants for African American Arts will strengthen the capacity for arts presenting, producing, programming and instruction at organizations led by or predominantly serving Black Cincinnatians. The program is one way that ArtsWave is working to increase the sustainability of organizations that focus on the preservation and advancement of Black arts and culture. Eligible organizations have a mission related to the African American experience and a majority (51%+) of annual expenditures dedicated to arts and cultural activities.
Details on the next round of funding will be announced fall 2020. Be sure to sign up for ArtsWave's Grants & Resources email list to receive updates on this grant program.
The purpose of the ArtsWave Pride Grant Program is
to promote, celebrate, and create inclusive arts experiences that may
appeal to or have relevance to the broader LGBTQIA community. ArtWave Pride
grants will provide funding for arts or cultural heritage projects that advance
Cincinnati’s reputation as a welcoming and inclusive community through the arts.
The application and details for this next round of funding will be released in December 2020. Be sure to sign up for ArtsWave's Grants & Resources email list to receive updates on this grant program.
The purpose of the Catalyzing Impact Grant Program is to encourage a breadth of programming through arts and cultural heritage projects that support the goals of ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action. ArtsWave will have two rounds of Catalyzing Impact funding this year. Grant awards will be made up to $10,000 or 50% of the total expenses for the proposed project. Organizations may only submit one application per deadline, and organizations may only receive one Catalyzing Impact Grant in a single fiscal year.
The Round 1 Catalyzing Impact grant application is now closed. Funding decisions will be announced on October 30.
More information regarding Round 2 will be available in early 2021.
Additional application questions may be directed to Krista Bondi, Grant Programs Manager, at email@example.com.
The Hamilton County CARES Arts and Culture Organization Relief Program will cover costs of necessary expenditures incurred by Hamilton County arts and culture organizations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency between March 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020. Eligible applicants that are located in Hamilton County and that have arts and cultural programming as their core mission must submit their materials through ArtsWave’s website by October 23.
The application is now available. Use the link below to access the online application form. All application materials must be submitted through the online grantmaking system by 5:00 pm EST on October 23, 2020.
Please see the guidelines below for more information about the relief program and for assistance in your application.
The Eligible Expenses Summary Template and Hamilton County Vendor Form are required attachments for your application.
The Grant Agreement document will only be required if your application has been approved.
For questions related to eligibility or eligible expenses, please contact Sam Cribbet, Vice President of Finance, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions related to the grants portal, please contact Krista Bondi, Grant Programs Manager, at email@example.com.
ArtsWave YP grants provide both seed funding to support the development of new programming, as well as existing programming with demonstrated impact in engaging young professionals. Grants are made possible by the donations of young professionals to the 2020 ArtsWave Community Campaign.
The application is now available. Use the link below to access the online application form. All application materials must be submitted through the online grantmaking system by 5:00 pm EST on November 2, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
Please see the guidelines and template below for more information about the grant program and for assistance in your application.
Additional application questions may be directed to Krista Bondi, Grant Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: First time applicants to ArtsWave must contact Krista Bondi to schedule an introductory phone call prior to applying.
ArtsWave offers interest-free loans up to $10,000 for demonstrated short-term cash flow needs for eligible arts or cultural heritage organizations. There is no deadline to apply.