Arts Grant Opportunities
The Arts Council identifies funding opportunities then “connects” them with our creative community. We believe that more financial resources in support of advancing the arts benefits creatives and our community.
Like many local and regional arts councils, Arts Mon/Arts Council of Greater Morgantown with Your Community Foundation award grants to organizations to help fund general operating expenses, or, more commonly, project-specific goals. Arts Mon/ACGM themselves also apply for and receive grants. In any case, grant funding may come from the government, or public sector, as well as the private sector, including businesses, foundations, and individuals.
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is Section 324 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. Following are answers as of Jan. 27, 2021, to frequently asked questions about the program. These will be updated as new information comes available and additional program details are finalized
The Greater Morgantown Organizational Arts Grant Program is made possible by funding from the City of Morgantown and the Monongalia County Commission through a collaborative effort between Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc. (YCF) and the Arts Council of Greater Morgantown. Funds from other sources may also be granted through this process. The mission of the Organizational Arts Grant program is to broaden base support for the arts, promote excellence in the arts and ensure that arts and cultural organizations provide a variety of arts programs for our community. Application and grant guidelines may be found at the link below
Many types of public and private organizations are involved in grantmaking for the arts including:
The following information is provided by the AMERICANS for the ARTS website
While grants can take all shapes and sizes, there are four common grant types for artists and organizations.
General Operating Support (GOS) Grants assist arts organizations with administrative and/or artistic expenses and are frequently the most difficult type of grant to obtain. Organizations may use GOS funds for general operating expenses as well as leverage for other public and private funding. GOS grants are most commonly given specifically to arts organizations within the same community as the grantmaker and are based on organizational operating budgets. In most cases, GOS funds need to be matched with cash (at least one to one) by the organization.
Project Grants assist organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts programming to communities. Project Grants are awarded to assist with the costs of connecting artists (or their artistic work) with communities. In most communities, project grants can be given to non-arts organizations like schools and social service organizations. Most commonly, organizations are required to match eligible project costs at least dollar for dollar.
Discretionary Grants may have a limited lifespan. These grants can range from arts education programs to audience development support to a one-time grant to organizations for special opportunities that are not part of the applicant’s annual budget, regular programming, or annual events.
Artist Grants/Fellowships are made to help artists move their work and career forward. Artist grants/fellowships are also diverse in their nature to support individual artists in a community.
For more information, please visit the AMERICANS for the ARTS website
Grant Program Guidelines, Application and Final Report Forms
The mission of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History is to identify, preserve, protect, promote and present the ideas, arts and artifacts of West Virginia’s heritage, building pride in our past accomplishments and confident future.