GRANT PROGRAMThis program builds on the content and inspiration of SVCreates’ audience engagement conference, Engage.Next 6.0: Best Practices in Access, Inclusion, and Equity. It provides an opportunity for artists and nonprofit arts organizations to apply for funding to support special projects that strategically broaden or deepen connections and relationships with audiences. Eligible projects should go beyond ongoing strategies or programming.
Some examples of fundable projects include: pilot projects that engage audiences in the creation of new work; an audience participation activity in conjunction with a performance or exhibition; a new audience communication vehicle (print, online, or other); an audience feedback survey, etc.
While conference attendance is not required, preference will be given to applicants who attended the April 25th conference.
All funded projects must serve Santa Clara County.
AWARDSGrantees may apply for up to $4,000. Due to the competitive nature of the grant program, partial funding may be awarded.
- Project supports/advances organization mission or activities.
- Project strengthens audience engagement with new or established audiences through clearly articulated strategy and identification of target audience.
- Project time frame and budget demonstrate realistic planning to complete the project by June 2020.
- Proposal identifies what project success looks like and/or what you hope to learn through the project.
Eligible ApplicantsIndividual artists:
- You must live in Santa Clara County or an adjacent county, and your project must serve Santa Clara County.
- Your organization’s primary purpose must be the performance, production, or presentation of arts and cultural activities that are open and accessible to all.
- The home base of your organization (primary business office or performance/ exhibition venue/facility) must be located in Santa Clara County and the majority of your arts programming (performances/ presentations/exhibitions) must take place in Santa Clara County.
- Your organization must be classified as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service; OR, a nonprofit arts organization with an annual operating budget under $200,000 may use a fiscal sponsor.
- There are no budget size limitations, but preference will be given to organizations with annual operating expenses under $2 million.
- Fees to engage an outside consultant in order to assess and build audience engagement.
- Program or activity costs for the specific audience engagement project.
- Marketing or collateral costs for engagement activities.
- Cost for projects which have received funding directly from Applied Materials Foundation.
- Cost for projects that have received funding from another SVCREATES project grant. (Please note: organizations who receive Local Arts Grants funding for general operating support may apply for this project grant.)
- General operating expenses or funding to support ongoing staffing (but funding for additional hours for existing staff to implement the proposed project may be included.)
- Projects that have already been completed.
- Projects which support political or religious purposes, fraternal organizations, or institutions of primary and secondary learning.
- Capital improvements, endowment campaigns, or debt retirement.
- Real property.