Eastside Arts Initiative Grant Cycle 2017

Letter of Intent Due August 28, 2017, 5pm (NOW CLOSED)

Guidelines

The Eastside Arts Initiative (EAI) is pleased to introduce a new grant application process during the 2017 granting cycle. To be considered for a grant from the EAI, applicants must submit an online Letter of Intent (LOI). Only approved applicants will be invited to submit formal grant applications.

LOI’s may not exceed 750 words. The EAI’s LOI form provides applicants space for narrative information for up to 125 words for each item from one to six (see form below).

Approved LOI applicants will be invited by email to submit a formal grant proposal and will receive an EAI grant application as well as directions for completion.

The EAI competitive grant program supports NEW and INNOVATIVE initiatives benefitting communities in eastern Los Angeles County. While there are no specific creativity design mandates, the focus is on visual and performing arts programming such as music, theatre, poetry, cinema and cultural projects reaching a diverse, under-served and multi-ethnic audience base. LOI’s should clearly convey:

  • Innovative/artistic design and significance
  • Initiative goals
  • Initiative significance and intended community impact
  • Number of initiative participants, audience reach and neighborhoods impacted

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING AN LOI?

  • LOI forms are due by 5 pm, August 28, 2017
  • Approved LOI applicants will be notified via email by September 8, 2017, with instructions for submitting a formal grant application

FUNDING LEVELS?

  • $2,000 to $10,000: Non-match grants (may apply through a fiscal agent)
  • $10,100 to $50,000: Match grants (may not apply through a fiscal agent)

SELECTION CRITERIA?

Priority will be given to applicants whose LOI’s clearly convey innovative artistic design, significance, purpose, and goals:

  • 65% Innovation / Artistic distinction
  • 15% Specific and measurable outcomes demonstrating participant and community benefit; collaborations and outreach
  • 10% Geographic, demographic, program diversity; and efforts for tapping into existing or initiating artistic legacies.
  • 5% Fiscal viability
  • 5% Initiative evaluation and prospective sustainability

WHAT DOES NOT QUALIFY?

  • Grants are not available for office equipment or an organization’s annual operational expenses.
  • General funding that supports the organization’s operational budget, earned income or in-kind donations are not eligible to apply as matching funds.

WHO MAY SUBMIT AN LOI?

  • 501c3 non-profits with proof of good standing.
  • Applicants for $10,000 and under may apply through a fiscal agent.
  • Applicants whose grant initiative corresponds to the EAI’s mission of furthering the arts in Eastern LA County through new and innovative initiatives may apply irrespective of budget size or years in operation.
  • Applicants may apply as part of a collaborative, or in partnership with other arts non-profits, provided applicant serves as lead partner and establishes MOU’s with partners.
  • Applicants with evidence of match funding for the specific grant initiative, are eligible for matching funds of an equal amount. More than one source of funding may be presented, including crowdfunding (i.e., “online Go to Funding”).
  • Applicant organizations must have a diverse and active fundraising Board of Directors.

WHO DOES NOT QUALIFY TO SUBMIT AN LOI?

  • Applicants who have been an EAI grant recipient during the immediate previous EAI grant cycle.
  • Businesses or any other entity or individual not applying through a 501C(3) non-profit status.

WHAT WILL BE REQUIRED OF “INVITED” GRANT APPLICANTS AND APPROVED GRANTEES?

  • Invited grant applicants will be required to include the following documents along with the formal EAI grant application:
    • IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) and indicate whether a “public charity” (IRC §509(a)(1, 2 or 3) or “private foundation”
    • IRS Determination Letter
    • Detailed Organization Budget
    • Detailed Grant Initiative Budget, including other sources of funding (potential, conditional or committed)
    • Financial statements — including income and expense statements for the past two years (audited financials if available)
    • Board of Directors list with board member affiliations
  • Presentations to the EAI Council will be required for invited match grant applicants.
  • EAI grants must be used within one year from the award date and must be applied according to grant proposal and timeline. EAI must be notified in writing of any changes in either content, format, timeline or venue as it pertains to the execution of the grant initiative.
  • Grantees must include EAI and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes logos/mentions in all grant initiative promotional/communication materials.
  • Grantees are required to submit a report within four months upon completion of the grant, (according to reporting requirements that will be provided) to include a narrative detailing: 1. Overall results/outcomes, 2. Outcome of outreach goals, 3. Grant funding use, 4. Challenges and opportunities. 5. Quantitative and qualitative/anecdotal data of initiative participant and community impact outcomes, 6. Photographs and any promotional materials developed for the program