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The City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission Grants are an investment in the arts that spur economic growth and contribute to a more vibrant community. Room tax funds are awarded each year to non-profit arts and cultural organizations to produce community events and innovative programming that draws tourism to the city as well as serves local citizens. These grants make meaningful impacts in our community by expanding access to the arts and culture across the city for residents and visitors alike.


Arts and Culture Grants 2020/2021

Fiscal Year 2019/2020 grant applications closed on February 8, 2019.

If you are a grantee and need to submit your final report, you can do so through the online grants system.

 

The RACC has shifted the grants program to challenge arts and culture nonprofits to serve Reno's traditionally under-invested populations and youth programming. The RACC will also support one award of up to $10,000 for the creation of a new work of art. The grant applications ask organizations to demonstrate social impact beyond a traditional audience experience as well as a plan to reach diverse and under-served populations.

The Fiscal Year 2020/2021 grant applications will open on November 18, 2019 and can be accessed through the online grants system.

Grants descriptions are below.

Mandatory Grants Workshops 

Fiscal Year 2020/2021 grants will open on November 18, 2019. Anyone applying for a grant must attend a mandatory grant workshop. Grants workshops will be held at McKinley Arts & Culture Center boardroom. Please make sure you or someone from your organization who will be involved in the grant writing and management are able to attend one of these sessions. There will be no alternative sessions. Dates for workshops are below.

Arts and Culture Commission log with schedule of grants workshops


All sessions will be held at McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, Reno, NV 89503.

  • Thursday, November 21st at 10:00 am
  • Tuesday, December 3rd at 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 18th at 11:00 am
  • Monday, January 13th at 9:00 am

If you would like assistance in Spanish or to attend a Spanish language grants workshop, please contact staff at (775) 326-6333.*

*Si desea asistencia en español o para asistir a un taller de becas en español, comuníquese con el personal al (775) 326-6333.

Eligibility

Nonprofit organizations or public institutions under chapter 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or qualified educational institutions. Grants will not be awarded to individuals. Locations for eligibility require that the project take place in the City of Reno.

If you have questions about eligibility or for more information, contact Megan Berner at 775-326-6333 or bernerm@reno.gov.

Elegibilidad

Organizaciones sin fines de lucro o instituciones públicas bajo el capítulo 501 (c) (3) del Código de Impuestos Internos o instituciones educativas calificadas. No se otorgarán becas a particulares. Las ubicaciones para la elegibilidad requieren que el proyecto se lleve a cabo en la ciudad de Reno. Si tiene preguntas sobre la elegibilidad o para obtener más información, comuníquese con Megan Berner a 775-326-6333 o bernerm@reno.gov. 

 

Timeline 

Grant applications will be due by 5:00 PM on February 14, 2020. Project and Event Grants programming must take place from July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. (Final reporting must be submitted through the online system by July 31, 2021).

Project Grants

Arts Access Project

This category is open to arts and non-arts nonprofit organizations. Awards support projects that engage at least one of Reno's traditionally under-invested populations in unique, creative activities or artmaking. Under-invested populations may include one or more of the following: seniors, ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American), differently-abled, new Americans, low-income, veterans and LGBTQ. Projects funded in this category will encourage participation in the visual arts, craft, media, music, theater, dance, folk, history or literary arts through events, performances, exhibits, classes/workshops and other arts programs. Expenses that qualify for funding include artist fees, public performance and exhibition costs, project-related promotion and marketing, arts consultants, guest teaching artist fees, materials, supplies, etc. Applicants can receive up to fifty percent of eligible program costs, not to exceed $7,000. Requires a 1:1 cash match.

Youth Arts Project

This category is open to arts and non-arts nonprofit organizations that provide programming for youth under the ages of 18 years old. Projects funded in this category will encourage participation in the visual arts, craft, media, music, theater, dance, folk, or literary arts though events, performances, exhibits, classes/workshops and other arts programs. Projects must be lead by an artist(s) who has experience working with youth and be guided by an approach or process for teaching and/or presenting art. Expenses that qualify funding include artist fees, public performance and exhibition costs, project-related promotion and marketing, arts consultants, guest teaching artist fees, materials, supplies, etc. Applicants can receive up to fifty percent of eligible program costs, not to exceed $7,000. Requires a 1:1 cash match. 

Event Grants

The City of Reno Arts & Culture Events Grants are awarded to arts and culture and non-arts nonprofit organizations for one-time arts & culture FREE events. The events funded by City of Reno Arts & Culture Event Grants may be anywhere within the Reno city limits and must be free and open to the general public. Events should be designed to attract the maximum number of people, as appropriate for the event and site. Funds may be used to support community festivals, special performances, exhibitions, concerts, workshops, and other events. Applicant can receive up to $7,000 of eligible event costs. Requires a 10% cash match.

A competitive application will demonstrate social impact beyond a traditional audience experience as well as a plan to reach diverse and underserved populations.

  • Engages participants through a variety of means
  • Project times, locations, facilities, and technology are accessible to the public
  • Understands the community it serves (geographic, cultural, economic, racial, educational relevance)
  • Utilizes partnerships to effectively serve specific communities
  • Collects participant feedback and uses the results to improve community-focused programming
  • Demonstrates social, educational, cultural and/or economic relevance for the community

Creation Project Award

(This grant is offered on a 1.5 year cycle and will open January of 2020.)

This category is open to arts and non-arts nonprofit organizations to support projects that grow artistic capacity through the creation of an original work. Original work is something that has not been previously completed, performed, or exhibited. The work can be any artistic genre and must include collaboration between individual artists and arts organizations. The applicant must commit to making the finished work accessible to the general public. Expenses that qualify for funding include artist fees, public performance and exhibition costs, project-related promotion and marketing, arts consultants, guest teaching artist fees, materials, supplies, etc. Applicant can receive up to seventy-five percent of eligible program costs, not to exceed $10,000. Only ONE Creation Project Award will be granted. Requires a 25% cash match.

Final Reporting 

Grant funds will not be dispersed until final reporting is complete. Organizations must submit a final budget for the project to show total expenses and revenues and demonstrate that the match was met. They must also fill out a final report that includes whether the project/event met the anticipated goals, outline the total number of personnel that worked on the project/event, whether any identify as a person of color, the total number of volunteers on the project/event, an example from the project/event that strengthens the case for increased funding in the arts, and three photographs from the project. There is an audience survey component that is required this year. Forms will be supplied to organizations for audience survey. 

Other Resources

Download our Grant Writing Tips PDF.

Download the Grant Review Guidelines and Scoring.

Continuum of Impact: Guide to Defining Social & Civic Outcomes.

US Census data, Reno.

 

If you have any questions about the Arts & Culture Grants, please contact Megan Berner at (775) 326-6333 or bernerm@reno.gov.


Serve as a Grants Panelist

The Reno Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) is currently looking for panelists to serve on our Grants Committee for FY 2020/2021 grants.

RACC's peer review panel process is designed to ensure transparency of our granting process. Panelists will review grant applications and meet in a publicly accessible setting to discuss, score, and make funding recommendations to the Commission.

RACC seeks panelists based in a western region encompassing Nevada, Northern California, Idaho, Oregon, and Utah who are deeply knowledgeable about the arts, arts education, cultural equity, best practices of nonprofits, and community engagement. We look for panelists who are artists, engaged in the arts as a profession, have a background in understanding non-profit financial and event budgets, and/or strongly rooted in fields related to arts & culture and cultural equity. Former panelists who have not served in two or more years should consider reapplying.

Staff does due diligence to ensure that the makeup of our panels is equitably representative of Reno's demographics and the specific applicant pool at hand in terms of diverse representation as well as equitable representation of artistic disciplines and organizational expertise.

If you are interested in serving on the Grants Committee, please complete the online application here.

For more information, contact Megan Berner at 775-326-6333 or bernerm@reno.gov.

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