Arts & Culture Grants: Lightning Round


Arts & Culture Grants

The Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) has a small pool of funding remaining in the Arts & Culture grant cycle for FY2017. In order to distribute this funding, the SRAC is hosting a lightning round application period to provide funding support or program assistance for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that are members of the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Applications are due Thursday, June 22 by 5pm.

Proposals will be accepted from either existing or emerging, community focused arts or cultural agencies which, for purposes of eligibility, are defined as newly formed or existing organizations. Member agencies that have previously received Arts & Culture grant support may re-apply, however agencies that have received an award in this current cycle are not eligible.

Qualifying agencies must have 501(c)3 or similar faith-based or government IRS non-profit status.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available to SRAC-member arts or cultural organizations on a competitive basis, regardless of operational budget size, for sustainability strategies, collaborative partnership opportunities, or program assistance. Grants will require up to $1,000 in matching funding, which can be inclusive of in-kind support by the requesting organization.

Proposals should provide “best practice” examples for program assistance requests or, for sustainability or collaborative partnership requests, substantive supporting references that illustrate successful growth strategies for similarly-sized arts or cultural organizations.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

· The effectiveness of existing programming or demonstrate potential for success for new programming through previously successful program outcomes.

· The impact of the request on organizational sustainability, audience or board development.

Examples of eligible projects may include, but not limited to:

· Continuing to build the community of artists and supporters of the arts.

· Funding and capitalizing arts and cultural development.

· Stabilizing and strengthening strong and healthy arts and cultural organizations through collaboration, leadership, training, and communication.

· Providing leadership for regional arts and cultural development.

· Demonstrating and increasing the awareness of the economic impact of the arts as one of the foundations/building blocks of overall economic and community development.

· Contributing to the further creation of a vibrant Center City enriched by arts and culture.

· Increasing both resident and visitor interest, participation, and support in and for the arts and cultural events throughout the Springfield region.

· Strengthening efforts for lifelong education, accessible to all ages and encompassing partnerships in higher education as well as pre-schools, schools, and the general community, with education provided in and through the arts.

To apply, email a word or PDF document with the following information to

· Amount requested

· Name of Submitting Organization

· Contact Person’s Name and Contact Information (Phone, Email)

· Organization’s Address

· Organization’s EIN

· What is the organization’s Federal Tax Status? (501 (c)3, other?)

  • Give a brief program description and explain how your proposal would address a need in your organization. Please be as specific as possible.
  • What are the expected program outcomes and how will these outcomes be measured? Please be as specific as possible.

· List your budgeted expenses for this project.

· Attach a copy of the organization’s Federal tax status letter

Applications are due Thursday, June 22 by 5pm.

Questions should be directed to Leslie Forrester, SRAC Executive Director, at .