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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.


NEA CARES Act Subgranting Applications Now Open!

The City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission (RACC), with support from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, has developed a program to help secure jobs and keep the doors open to the hundreds of art and culture organizations in Reno that add value to the City’s economy and bolster the creative life of our communities. The RACC has designed a plan to expedite the distribution of critical funds. The Relief Funds program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. 

These funds are to be used for three main purposes:
A. Salary support (full or partial) for one or more
B. Fees for artists and/or contractual personnel
C. Facility costs, such as rent and utilities

The RACC intends to make awards that will impact a broad constituency. This application is mainly scored on need to support our most vulnerable arts and culture nonprofit organizations. Applications will also be scored on an applicant’s ability to submit the application in a timely manner, completeness of the application and the number of applications received. The maximum request is $10,000 with no match requirement.

To apply to the program, please complete the Word document application. Submit the application no
later than June 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm via email to: publicart@reno.gov . Subject line: RACC Relief Funds Application.

For complete details and eligibility, download the application form.

For questions, please email Megan Berner at bernerm@reno.gov or call 775-326-6333.

Arts and Culture Grants 2020/2021

Fiscal Year 2020/2021 grant applications closed on February 14, 2020.

If you are a grantee and need to submit your final report for FY19/20, 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.

Grants descriptions are below.

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 closed 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 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.

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