Arts in Neighborhoods Community Event Mini-Grants

Fund for the Arts Community Event Mini-Grants support the implementation of short-term or one-time innovative and creative events that engage communities within specific neighborhoods of Greater Louisville. This grant program is part of the Arts in Neighborhoods initiative. 

What is the goal of Community Event Mini-Grants?

The Community Event Mini-Grants support arts organizations, businesses, and neighborhood associations, individual artists, groups of artists, non-arts nonprofits and community-based organizations with project expenses associated with presenting multi-disciplinary, multigenerational, free gatherings with arts components in communities.

Arts in Neighborhoods programs support asset-based community development, leveraging arts, artists, and arts organizations to unify and connect people, building deeper engagement with one another and celebrating the places where we live, work, and create. 

Who may apply?

Organizations and artists are eligible to apply for a Community Event Mini-Grant if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Are based in the Greater Louisville area, which includes the following counties: Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, and Spencer counties in Kentucky; Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties in Indiana. 
  • Applicants who are previous and/or current Fund for the Arts grantees must be compliant with all grant requirements and reporting in order to be eligible for this grant opportunity.  
  • Share Fund for the Arts commitment to access, equity, and inclusion.
  • You do not have to be a 501(c)(3) or be affiliated with a 501(c)(3) to apply for Community Event Mini-Grants. If you apply as an individual or as a non-tax exempt organization or group and are selected for a grant award, your grant award will be considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service.  
  • Are partnered with at least one additional organization as a secondary partner. Partnerships with local businesses or restaurants or with neighborhood associations are encouraged to ensure neighborhood alignment and integration. Preference will be given to applications that include a second partner from a different industry or affiliation than the primary partner. Examples might include:
    • Primary partner is a non-profit arts agency and secondary partner is a local business.
    • Primary partner is a non-profit and secondary partner is a neighborhood association or artist.

Eligible Requests

  • Event must contain an element that is artistic in nature, including either performance, exhibit, or creation and engagement in artistic exercise.
  • Event should include a physical, in-person event to happen in a specific neighborhood in Greater Louisville.  
  • Event budget should be reasonable and sufficient to execute the project within the project period. 
  • Event must be free and open to the public or have a component that is free and open to the public. 
  • Event should be multigenerational, to appeal to audiences of all ages. 
  • Applicant should be able to define the project’s target audience and have a plan for attracting this audience to the experience.  

Ineligible Requests

The following are not eligible for the Fund for the Arts Community Event Mini-Grants:  

  • General operating support.  
  • Fundraisers.
  • Re-granting.
  • Religious or primarily faith-based programs or organizations receiving a significant portion of their funding from a religious organization.  
  • Advocacy of specific political causes or candidates. 
  • Fund for the Arts will not award grant support to organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws, or practices, discriminate against a person or group because of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief. In doing so, we seek to promote respect for all people. 

Grant Awards

Grant awards will be made between $500-$5,000 (no more than 50% of the total event budget) for the proposed project. Most grant awards will likely be in the range of $500 – $2,500. Match can include cash and / or in-kind contributions. 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time during the year. An applicant may only submit one application per grant cycle.  If a grant is awarded, applicants will be required to wait for the next 3 grant cycles before applying again. Primary applicants can only be awarded 1 time in a 12 month period. Organizations serving as fiscal agents for another awarded project may apply for their own event during the 12-month period. Applications not receiving a grant award in one cycle will be carried forward to the next grant cycle if the event date has not passed. Applicants are not required to resubmit their application. If an application does not receive funding and the event date has passed, the applicant can apply for a new event at any time. 

Award Criteria and Determination 

Receiving a Community Event Mini-Grant is a competitive process. All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel consisting of community volunteers. Proposals will be scored as follows:  

  • Project meets the eligibility guidelines. 
  • Applicant is able to define the project’s target audience and has a plan for attracting this audience to the experience.  
  • The project budget is feasible and meets funding requirements. 
  • The project can be completed in the proposed timeline. 
  • Project aligns with Fund for the Arts goals to empower every person to see themselves as an artist and belonging to a City of Artists. 
  • Fund for the Arts will prioritize events that are accessible and provide an opportunity for meaningful participation for people of all abilities, and for underserved and under-represented populations.

Project Period and Deadlines

Community Event Mini-Grant applications may be submitted on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed quarterly, and awards made on the following timeline:  

 Round 1 Community Art Event Mini Grants:  

  • Application deadline: Monday, January 30, 2023 
  • Project period: February 1 or after  

Grants will be awarded by February 28, 2023 and can be used retroactively for events happening in February. 

  • Reports due: June 9, 2023 

 Round 2 Community Art Event Mini Grants 

  • Application deadline: Monday, March 13, 2023 
  • Project period: May 1 or after  

Grant announcements will be made by April 14, 2023. 

  • Reports due: September 1, 2023 

What is expected of me and my organization if our application is approved?

Reporting:  

  • Report the number of artists, or arts organizations who were paid through the grant award.   
  • Report attendance numbers with information on age and race. 
  • Share 1-3 stories of impact on the neighborhood and 1-3 photos/videos from your event.  
  • Report the primary neighborhood(s) (and council district(s) that your event impacted. 

Recognition:  

Include Fund for the Arts logo on any materials printed or distributed digitally, in accordance with event sponsorship guidelines. This may include marketing, advertising, signs, programs, or other materials. Fund for the Arts may ask you to display a banner or sign. If so, this will be provided to you.  

Application includes:

  • Primary & Secondary Applicant information (name, telephone, email, physical location, EIN). 
  • Description of the primary applicant’s business, mission statement, artist statement, and/or programs and services provided.  
  • Description of secondary partner and their role in the community event.
  • Description of the Community Event, including date, time, location, and intended audience. 
  • Basic budget for the event. This budget can include both direct and indirect expenses as well as in-kind expenses provided.  
  • Amount applying for. This can be between $500-$5,000. Please note that the total amount applied for must be no more than 50% of the total event budget listed. 
  • Attachments (IRS determination, existing marketing for event)  

Timeline and At-A-Glance Information

Grant Opportunity Announced  Monday, January 2, 2023 
Virtual Info Session   Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 7 pm 

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Rolling grant review and award periods for 2022-2023  Round 1 Community Event Mini-Grants:  

  • Application deadline: Monday, January 30, 2023 
  • Project period: February 1 – April 30, 2023 (community event must occur during this period) 

Grants will be awarded by February 28 and can be used retroactively for events happening in February. 

  • Reports due: June 9, 2023 

Round 2 Community Event Mini-Grants 

  • Application deadline: Monday, March 13, 2023 
  • Project period: May 1 – July 31, 2023 (community event must occur during this period)  

Grant announcements will be made by April 14, 2023. 

  • Reports due: September 1, 2023 
Award amounts  Community Event Mini-Grants range from $500-$5000. Total award can be no more than 50% of your total event budget. 
How many awards will be made in each project period?   That is dependent on the quantity of applications in a given period. FFTA anticipates 5-10 awards will be made each project period.  
How can I learn more?  

Information session: Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 7 pm  

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