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The ArtSTART program provides flexible, accessible funding to help organizations complete short-term projects addressing a wide variety of goals and objectives. Most awards support the programming of new or emerging organizations, or first-time OAC applicants, including organizations in areas not served by other arts providers.
GRANT AWARDS: Applicants may request between $1,000 and $5,000. All awards require a 1:1 cash match.
ELIGIBILITY: All applicants must possess nonprofit status or nonprofit intent, but need not be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Applicants may be: 1) arts and cultural organizations in any arts discipline (literature, performing arts, visual arts, traditional arts, multidisciplinary arts, etc.); 2) other organizations that provide arts programming (government entities, social service agencies, etc.); or 3) educational organizations (public, private, charter, and parochial schools from pre-kindergarten through university level) that demonstrate a commitment to arts programming in a larger community setting. Organizations receiving support through the Sustainability or Arts Access program are ineligible to apply.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS: ArtSTART grants are one-year awards for organizational project support. Funds may be used for a wide variety of expenses in an organization’s overall operations, or in the execution of a given activity or suite of related activities. Many grantees use ArtSTART funds to support artistic or administrative expenses, but other allowable expenses include marketing, program planning, education, and evaluation. The budget section of the ArtSTART application provides a full list of allowable expense areas. Please refer to the Introduction and Overview for a list of activities the OAC cannot fund.
Sample activities might include:
• dance performances at a community arts festival
• exhibition costs for a seasonal visual arts show
• printing costs for a community theatre’s large print programs and sign language interpreter
• a weekly summer concert series
• production of a new literary journal
• an annual theatre production featuring local performers
• personnel costs to hire a local arts council’s first paid staff member
• the yearlong suite of arts programming of a non-arts organization