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 and Funding Opportunities
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Although our grant programs and dates are subject to change with funding cycles, we strive to offer the following grants, pending available funding:
Sustaining Impact General Operating Grants: New three-year Cycle beginning in Fall 2022
Catalyzing Impact: Annual Projects (February)
Circle's African American Arts Grants: Annual Capacity Building (June)
ArtsWave Pride Project Grants
Young Professionals Project Grants
Black and Brown Artist Project Grants
For more information, see below. For up-to-date information, please sign up for our Grant newsletter in the upper left side of this page.
FY2022 Grant Programs (9/1/21-8/31/22)
SUPPORT FOR ORGANIZATIONS
ArtsWave Fall 2022 Mini-Grants will support the implementation of short-term or one-time innovative and creative events that have unique potential to augment or supplement the official BLINK® festival and its theme, “where the community comes together to play.” Projects must take place between October 13-16, 2022.
NOTE: ArtsWave has no role in determining the art installations and events curated in the official BLINK® festival. Therefore, local projects funded through the Fall 2022 Mini-Grants Program will NOT be promoted as part of the official BLINK schedule. Instead, they will be part of ArtsWave’s supplementary, local marketing efforts through ArtsWave Guide, the region’s arts calendar, and in paid social media. In partnership with BLINK organizers, ArtsWave intends to build and grow a “BLINK fringe” (name tbd)-type ancillary experience that showcases the uniqueness of the region’s arts and culture organizations and artists.
Applications are open July 15-August 2, 2022 (5:00 p.m. deadline).
NOTE: This is a one-time grant offering and will not be offered in the future.
Recorded Information and Q&A Session
The Circle's African American Arts grants program 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.
FY2022 Circle's African American Arts grants are opening June 20-July 29, 2022 until 5 pm.
For more information, please download and review the grant guidelines below. Also please review our Circle Grant Overview Workshop below.
FY22 Circle's African American Arts Grants Overview Recording
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. 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, and after two years of awards, applicants must take at least one year off.
The FY2022 Catalyzing Impact Grant is now closed. Final reports are due by January 31, 2023. Please log in to your Submittable account to complete your final report when project is complete.
We anticipate our next round of Catalyzing Impact grants to open in February 2022, pending funding.
ArtsWave will distribute up to $2 million of its ARP Act funding to help rebuild Hamilton
County’s arts sector in the wake of $140M+ in lost revenue and a year of
shuttered venues (“Program”).
The ARP Hamilton
County Arts and Culture grant program is now closed. Final reports will be due
in December 2022. Please log in to your Submittable account to complete your Final Report at any time.
ArtsWave will distribute up to $1 million of its ARP funding to help rebuild Cincinnati's arts sector in the wake of $140M+ in lost revenue and a year of shuttered venues through offering free, live outdoor arts and cultural events within the City of Cincinnati.
All ARP City of Cincinnati Performance and Event grant programs are closed. Final reports will be due in December 2022. Please log in to your Submittable account to complete your Final Report at any time.
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 FY2022 ArtsWave Pride Grant is now closed. Final Reports are due by July 29, 2022. Please log in to your Submittable account to complete your Final Report at any time.
We anticipate opening the FY2023 Pride Grant in September 2022, pending funding. Note: Applicants must take at least one year off from applying after receiving two consecutive grants.
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 2021 ArtsWave Community Campaign.
The FY2022 Young Professional’s Grant is now closed. Final Reports are due by July 29, 2022.Please Log in to your Submittable account to complete your final report at any time.
We anticipate opening the FY2023 Young Professional Grants in September 2022, pending funding, Note: Applicants must take off at least one year after receiving two consecutive Young Professional Grants.
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.
Funded by City of Cincinnati, ArtsWave, Duke Energy, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, and Macy's
ArtsWave, City of Cincinnati, Duke Energy and Macy's announce the second year of a joint grantmaking program for Black and Brown artists. Artists of any artistic discipline are invited to propose projects on the theme of “truth and reconciliation” that help lead the community toward a more just and equitable future. Eligible artists can apply for up to $15,000.
The FY2022 "Truth and Reconciliation" Project Grants for Black and Brown Artists is now closed.
We anticipate opening our FY2023 Black and Brown Artist grants in Fall 2022, pending funding. Note: Applicants must take at least one year off after receiving two consecutive Black and Brown Artist grants.