These grants are designed to support arts projects focused on serving North Carolina’s military service men and women, veterans, and their families.
North Carolina has the fourth largest military population in the U.S. with over 130,000 active duty service men and women stationed at five military bases, a military ocean terminal, and a coast guard base. North Carolina's veteran population is over 775,000, ranking eighth highest in the nation. Four federal VA medical centers and 14 state veteran service centers are the foundation of support for veterans in the state, and other resources are available through universities and community colleges, and non-profit organizations.
In addition to the intrinsic value that the arts possess to enhance the quality of life for all citizens, they provide important support for the unique needs of service men and women, veterans and their families. For these military audiences engaging in arts activities:
Organizations that provide high-quality artistic programs designed to serve audiences on the military continuum are eligible to apply. Projects that grow out of a strong collaboration between arts organizations and military bases, VA medical centers, or veterans service providers will receive priority in funding. Community arts organizations such as theaters, symphonies, and choral groups may apply for programs involving professional artists. University-based programs must focus on audiences outside the university community and be part of an overall effort to reach audiences outside the university.
An array of arts projects with an emphasis on serving military and veterans audiences are eligible for support. Examples include:
All projects must include appropriate outreach activities. Additionally, projects that contribute to the development of this field of work through technical assistance are eligible for support. Programs must take place between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.
Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $15,000. Organizations may not apply for more than 10-percent of their prior-year cash operating expenses. Organizations with prior-year expenses between $20,000 and $50,000 are eligible to apply for $5,000, the minimum grant award. Grant funds may be used for artist fees, marketing, interpretive materials, contractual fees (including contractual personnel) and other related costs. All grants to organizations must be matched dollar for dollar except those serving rural, low-wealth counties designated Tier 1, which are eligible for 75 percent to 100 percent funding. Organizations must make a strong case for financial need if the cash match is less than one-to-one.
The 2020-21 deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020. The application will be available online on January 7, 2020. Applicants will submit the form electronically through the GO Smart portal (https://ncarts.gosmart.org). Make sure that the information you provide addresses the evaluation criteria.