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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)

SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS

Cincinnati Arts Access Fund

a City of Cincinnati/ArtsWave COVID-19 artist relief grant program

ArtsWave is administering the Cincinnati Arts Access Fund (CAAF), which was established in October 2020 with funding allocated by the City of Cincinnati through the CARES Act for pandemic-related, arts-worker relief. Grants of $1,000 for an expected 200 individual artists who live in the city of Cincinnati will be distributed in two rounds, with all funds distributed before the end of 2020. Grant awards will be based on clear demonstration of lost work and financial hardship due to the coronavirus and are contingent on available funds. Awards will reflect the broadest possible range of diversity based on the applicant pool.

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 date of the deadline:

  • -November 20, 2020 - Deadline for Round 1 Applications (Award notification letters and acceptance agreements to be emailed on or around 12/4/20)
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  • -December 4, 2020 - Deadline for Round 2 Applications (Award notification letters and acceptance agreements to be emailed on or around 12/15/20)

Application Resources
Please see the guidelines below for more information about the program and for assistance in your application. The W-9 and Vendor Form are required attachments for your application. 

Questions?
Additional application questions may be directed to Krista Bondi, Grant Programs Manager, at krista.bondi@artswave.org.

Note: Artists who meet eligibility requirements for both the Cincinnati Arts Access Fund and Truth & Reconciliation Project Grants (details in the section below) are welcome to apply to both programs.

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“Truth & Reconciliation”: Project Grants for Black and Brown Artists

funded by City of Cincinnati, ArtsWave, and Duke Energy

ArtsWave, City of Cincinnati and Duke Energy announce $200,000 to be awarded through a new 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 $10,000.

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 December 1, 2020.

Application Resources
Please see the guidelines and webinar recording below for more information about the program and for assistance in your application. The Truth & Reconciliation Project Budget Form, W-9 and Vendor Form are required attachments for your application. 

Questions?
Additional application questions may be directed to Krista Bondi, Grant Programs Manager, at krista.bondi@artswave.org.

Note: Artists who meet eligibility requirements for both the Truth & Reconciliation Project Grants and Cincinnati Arts Access Fund (details in the above section) are welcome to apply to both programs.

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SUPPORT FOR ORGANIZATIONS

African American Arts Grant Program

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 early 2021. Be sure to sign up for ArtsWave's Grants & Resources email list to receive updates on this grant program.


ArtsWave Pride 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 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 December 14, 2020.

Application Resources
Please see the guidelines and webinar recording below for more information about the program and for assistance in your application. The ArtsWave Pride Budget Form is a required attachment for your application. 

Questions?
Additional application questions may be directed to Krista Bondi, Grant Programs Manager, at krista.bondi@artswave.org. 

NOTE: If you have never applied for ArtsWave funding before, you must contact ArtsWave to schedule an introductory phone call at least one week prior to the application deadline. Please contact Krista Bondi at Krista.Bondi@ArtsWave.org to schedule a call.


Catalyzing Impact 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.
 
Details on the next round of funding will be announced early 2021. Be sure to sign up for ArtsWave's Grants & Resources email list to receive updates on this grant program.


Hamilton County CARES Act–Arts and Culture Organization Relief Program

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.

We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

Application Resources
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.

Questions?
For questions related to eligibility or eligible expenses, please contact Sam Cribbet, Vice President of Finance, at samantha.cribbet@artswave.org.

For questions related to the grants portal, please contact Krista Bondi, Grant Programs Manager, at krista.bondi@artswave.org.

Young Professionals Grant Program

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 deadline has passed. Award decisions will be announced on the afternoon of December 4, 2020.

Working Capital Bridge Loan

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.