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ArtsWave Blueprint for Collective Action

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 recommend downloading and reviewing this document to familiarize yourself with this framework.

Grant Programs for FY19 (September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019) are as follows:

General Operating Grant Program

The purpose of ArtsWave’s general operating grant program is to provide general operating support to arts and cultural heritage organizations whose programming supports the goals of ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action to ensure their ongoing capacity to drive community impact.

**The deadline to submit Letters of Intent for general operating funding in FY20 has closed. Please check back in fall 2019 for more information regarding the next cycle of general operating support.  

 

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.

      


Who should apply?


Grant Award


Deadline(s) to Apply*

Eligible nonprofit organizations

Up to $10,000


February 27, 2019
  *due by 5pm EST on deadline day

This link is for new applications only. If you have previously started an application, use the grantee portal link at bottom of page.

Capital Grant Program

The purpose of the Capital Grant Program is to provide support to arts and cultural heritage organizations for the purchase and installation of moveable equipment important to the continued operation of the organization.

**ArtsWave will not be offering Capital Grants in FY19. We encourage any potential applicant in this category to considering applying for project-based support under the Catalyzing Impact program or revisiting this program in FY20.
 
 
 
 

ArtsWave Pride

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 for FY19 ArtsWave Pride requests has closed. Check back in spring 2019 for information on how to apply for FY20 Pride grants.

Young Professionals Grant Program

The purpose of the Young Professionals (YP) Grant Program is to provide funding to support programming that engages young professionals in the arts through creative and engaging ways.
 
**The deadline for FY19 requests has closed. Check back in spring 2019 for information on how to apply for FY20 YP grants.


Neighborhood Arts & Festivals Grant Program

The purpose of the Neighborhood Arts and Festivals Grant Program was to provide support for recurring neighborhood-based arts events that increased the variety and frequency of arts experiences in neighborhoods throughout the region and created an environment where all members of the neighborhood feel welcome.

**ArtsWave will not be offering Neighborhood Arts and Festival Grants in FY19. We encourage any potential applicant in this category to considering applying for project-based support under the Catalyzing Impact program.



Working Capital Bridge Loan

ArtsWave offers interest-free loans for demonstrated short-term cash flow needs.

 
         Who should apply?         

        Grant Award       

  Deadline(s) to Apply       

Eligible arts or cultural
heritage organizations

Up to $10,000

Rolling

This link is for new applications only. If you have previously started an application, use the grantee portal link at bottom of page.

Current Grantee Resources

Use this link to access grantee handbooks and final report forms.

ArtsWave Grantee Portal

Use this link to access in-progress and/or submitted applications. To apply for a new grant, use the program-specific links above.