Thrive: Grants for Art Organizations and Art Collectives in Ohio

The Greater Columbus Arts Council is accepting applications to support art organizations and art collectives led by and serving people of color through unrestricted funding and resources.

Donor Name: Greater Columbus Arts Council

State: Ohio

City: Columbus

Type of Grant: Grant

Type of Entity: Nonprofit Organizations or Art Collectives

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 10/03/2022

Size of the Grant: $25,000

Details:

This program is intended to address disparities in inequitable funding in the arts and its impact on arts and cultural organizations led by and serving people of color. Thrive will provide unrestricted funding and resources to organizations of color that have historically experienced barriers to capital and resources.

In 2022, eligibility is expanded to include art collectives that do not currently have nonprofit status but have experience presenting public events.

Funding Information

Up to three organizations will be selected annually to be part of a three-year engagement program. Grantees are awarded an unrestricted $25,000, payable over three years.

  • Year One:
    • Grantees are awarded an unrestricted grant of $10,000.
    • Grantees are connected to helpful business resources and subject matter experts in the community and at the Arts Council.
    • Grantees will gather as a group for peer exchanges.
  • Year Two:
    • Grantees are awarded a second disbursement of $10,000 following the submission of a progress report.
    • Grantees are given an opportunity to work with a consultant paid by the Arts Council (up to $5,000 value) on an assessment, strategy or specific plan, as identified by their board.
  • Year Three
    • Each organization has the option to serve as a mentor to a new group awarded Thrive and will receive a $5,000 stipend for their time.

Eligibility Criteria

Nonprofit Organizations

  • Be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • The organization:
    • Have a mission that is focused on arts and culture;
    • Serve the city of Columbus through the majority of events/programs hosted within city limits;
    • Demonstrate at least one year of arts programming open to the general public; and
    • Engage and compensate local professional artists.
  • Organizations must be led by and serving BIPOC/ALAANA communities. Both acronyms are inclusive of race and ethnicity.
    • Definitions:
      • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color)
      • ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American) is an acronym used nationally by arts sector leaders like Grantmakers in the Arts and Americans for the Arts.

Art Collectives

  • A community art collective that has experience presenting art events/performances to the broad public. In essence, this collective/group practically operates like a nonprofit but without the IRS designation.
    • Nonprofit status is not a requirement at the time of the application but should be a goal to attain status by the end of the three-year engagement period.
  • The collective must:
    • Have a mission that is focused on arts and culture;
    • Serve the city of Columbus through the majority of events/programs hosted within city limits; and
    • Engage and compensate local professional artists.
  • Collectives must be led by and serving BIPOC/ALAANA communities. Both acronyms are inclusive of race and ethnicity.
    • Definitions:
      • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color)
      • ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American) is an acronym used nationally by arts sector leaders like Grantmakers in the Arts and Americans for the Arts.

For more information, visit Thrive.