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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.  In fall 2015, ArtsWave released the Blueprint for Collective Action in the Arts which outlines five community goals, a roadmap for their achievement, and a framework for ArtsWave’s community investment strategy and grant programs for the next ten years.

All applicant organizations are asked to demonstrate how their work aligns to one or more of these five strategic areas. We strongly recommend downloading and reviewing this document to familiarize yourself with this framework before applying for ArtsWave support.

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Grant Programs for FY20 (September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020) are as follows:

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.

The deadline to apply for funding has passed. Grant decisions for this cycle will be announced on June 19, 2020.

Emergency Response Grant Program

Greater Cincinnati’s arts and cultural organizations were among the first to be impacted by COVID-19 as mass public gatherings were banned. ArtsWave recognizes the immediate loss of income you are facing and the unprecedented disruption to your creative practices as a result of the cancellation or postponement of arts, cultural and community events. ArtsWave is working rapidly to respond to and address the needs of the arts and culture sector in our region as best we can.

To the extent that funding is available, ArtsWave Emergency Response for Arts & Culture Organizations will make fast-tracked grants of up to $20,000 available to small and mid-sized organizations facing extreme threat to their viability and sustainability due to the coronavirus outbreak and resulting cancellation of events.

The deadline to apply for funding has passed. 

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.
The deadline to apply for funding has passed.

Technology Advancement Program

Technology Advancement Grants up to $7,500 are available through ArtsWave on a competitive basis for organizations with budgets less than $750,000.

The deadline to apply for funding has passed.

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 deadline to apply for funding has passed. 

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 2019 ArtsWave Community Campaign.

The deadline to apply for funding has passed.

Working Capital Bridge Loan

โ€‹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.