Community Foundation of Greater New Britain: 2020 Catalyst Fund (United States)
The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is accepting grant applications with requests of up to $3,000 each to be awarded to small to mid-sized arts organizations with incomes of $500,000 or less.
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The Catalyst Fund is a giving circle of donors interested in helping to improve the quality of life in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, and Southington. Each year, members select an area of focus and award a grant in the chosen focus area. For 2020, the topic is Supporting Arts Organizations Affected by COVID-19. A grant from the Catalyst Fund does not prevent an organization from applying for or receiving funding through other CFGNB initiatives or through the Community Response Grant process.
The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on arts and cultural organizations has been devastating. Statewide, millions of dollars have been lost in revenue from events, programs, and fundraising, leaving many small to mid-sized arts organizations struggling to survive. The Catalyst grant will focus on helping organizations to adapt their business model and practices in order to continue successful operations in the current climate.
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Awards will be made in September 2020; the total amount to be allocated by the Catalyst Fund in 2020 is $12,500.
Catalyst will entertain proposals of up to $3,000 per organization; funds to hire outside consultants to develop and implement successful and enhanced strategies is permitted.
Applications that achieve one or more of the following are encouraged:
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Pivoting Your Services or Program to a Virtual or Hybrid Model: Funds can be used to develop and/or fund the creation of online or reimagined programming to continue operations and implement a “new normal” mode of conducting business within your physical and/or virtual venue.
Marketing Assistance: for activities, materials, social media, newsletters, websites that help increase visibility and maintain a connection with donors, patrons, audiences, and others.
Fundraising: to develop and implement creative and effective strategies to maintain income without live events, visits, ticket sales, and another fundraising.
Collaborations: The Foundation will support collaborations between local arts organizations and other community providers that provide programming on location or online to residents of four towns.
Planning Grants: Fund can be requested to support strategic planning, business planning, or program planning to help strengthen your organization’s ability to navigate this difficult time.
Other: Perhaps you have another idea not listed that will help your organization function successfully in the current Covid environment and beyond.
Grants for operating support are not a priority but will be considered for organizations that can demonstrate development and implementation of efforts to adapt to a new way of operating as a result of the pandemic and that could benefit from general funding to help with staffing, overhead and other expenses.
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Applicants must be small to mid-sized arts and cultural organizations providing a significant portion of their services in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, and/or Southington with an income of no more than $500,000.
For more information, visit https://cfgnb.org/requests-for-proposal/