Multi-year Grants to support Arts & Culture Organizations – United States
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is inviting proposals for Multi-year grants programme to support qualifying organizations with a primary mission of art and culture in Cuyahoga County.
The purpose of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s General Operating Support (GOS) program is to strengthen the community by deepening its access to arts and culture through meaningful, multi-year core support grants to arts and cultural organizations based in and serving Cuyahoga County.
CAC strongly encourages applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)-led and serving organizations, as well as others that have been historically excluded or marginalized.
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An organization’s ability to meaningfully and authentically engage its community to achieve its mission.
Artistic & Cultural Vibrancy
An organization’s ability to create quality, mission-driven work that inspires and challenges its community.
An organization’s ability to successfully manage resources to their best use now and for years to come.
To be eligible for the GOS grant program, organizations must meet all the following criteria:
Have a primary mission to produce, present or create programs or activities in areas directly concerned with arts or culture heritage (as defined by the Ohio Revised Code) for the general public.
Have a permanent and viable base in Cuyahoga County for at least three years prior to June 3, 2021. Applicant organization must have a business address in Cuyahoga County and conduct the majority of its local programs and services in Cuyahoga County for the residents of Cuyahoga County and visitors to Cuyahoga County.
Exist as a 501(c)(3) organization for at least three years or be a successor to an arts or cultural organization that had been a 501(c)(3) organization for at least five years prior to June 3, 2021, and be verified as a 501(c)(3) by GuideStar’s Charity Check Service.
Check service Employ for a minimum of two years prior to June 3, 2021, at least one paid, professional cultural/artistic and/or administrative staff person working a minimum of 20 hours per week (or 1,040 hours per year) at or above the state-designated minimum wage. This staff person must receive an IRS Form W-2 from the organization reporting wages and withheld taxes and must have approval from the organization’s Board of Directors to sign for financial transactions and grant-related documents.
Provide independently certified audited financial statements for FY18, FY19, and FY20 if its FY20 total expenses are $750,000 or more; or provide either independently certified audited or reviewed financial statements for FY18, FY19, and FY20 if its FY20 total expenses are less than $750,000.
Complete an IRS Form 990/990-EZ (Required for all budget sizes) Be incorporated and authorized to do business in Ohio as verified by the Ohio Secretary of State Meet minimum income threshold of $100,000, as determined by a financial review/audit or 990 for fiscal year 2020 Have previously received and successfully completed at least two Project Support grants from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
For more information, visit https://www.cacgrants.org/grant-programs/general-operating-support/