Arts Work Fund seeking THINK Grants for Arts Organizations in US

Arts Work Fund seeking THINK Grants for Arts Organizations in US

Deadline: 30-Sep-20

The Arts Work Fund is seeking applications for its Think grants that give arts organizations the time and space to think through a question, analyze challenges and opportunities, and develop plans or small tests of change.

1000 new grants and donors
Challenges identified for support can be managerial, production, technological, fiscal planning, and artistic. (If you are seeking a grant for an artistic project, the project should be in service of the organization as a whole, versus in support of a specific piece of work, and have a social engagement goal or address a community issue or need). The goal is to cultivate unconventional thinking to address the immediate challenges of COVID-19 and devise more effective ways for arts organizations to meet their desired outcomes.

Funding Information

Arts Work Fund’s THINK grants will allocate up to $15,000.
Eligibility Criteria

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The applicant for Arts Work Fund’s THINK grant organization must have an arts-based mission.
A current IRS 501(c) (3) public charity designation determination letter.
Annual operating expenses under $800,000, as reflected in the most recently filed I.R.S. Form 990 or audit.
Located in and serving Chicago and Cook County.
If a former Arts Work Fund grant recipient, the applicant must have submitted a final report for previous grant activities.
Ineligible Costs:
Debt retirement; Endowments, Capital campaigns; Lobbying activities; Purchase of computers, software, equipment, furnishings; Website and database upgrades; Annual audits; Conference/workshop fees; Printing/general material costs; Reimbursement for work completed before a grant award.
Criteria for Arts Work Fund Think Grants:
Clear identification of the question to be addressed.
A case for why the question is important to the organization right now.
A clear and appropriate plan for exploring potential answers to the question and quickly test possible solutions.
Appropriateness of the proposed budget.
A system for assessing the effectiveness of the project, with effectiveness defined by the organization.
The potential impact on the organization(s).
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