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Interested in applying for funding from ArtsWave?

At ArtsWave, we want everyone in Greater Cincinnati to experience the positive benefits of the arts – a more vibrant regional economy and more connected communities. We know that the more people who participate and engage in the arts, the greater the ripple effect of benefits for all who live here. We also believe that growing community arts engagement in alignment with broader community goals can catalyze new resources for ever-greater impact.

By supporting a wide variety of art forms, and providing strategic leadership for the arts sector in the broader community, ArtsWave creates an environment where the growing impact of the arts is felt and celebrated by the entire community.

In early fall, ArtsWave will release the Blueprint for Collective Action in the Arts which outlines five community goals that will be the focus of ArtsWave’s impact-based grantmaking and initiatives moving forward.

ArtsWave’s current funding programs are described below. All applications and reports due on or after September 1, 2015 will be submitted online.

Types of Grants


ArtsWave offers four types of grants: General Operating Support, Project Support, Capital Support and Interest Free Loans.

All applicant organizations must be based within the Cincinnati-Middletown, OK-KY-IN MSA, which includes the following counties: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren Counties in OH; Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton Counties in KY; and Dearborn, Ohio and Union Counties in IN.

General Operating Support 

Requests will be accepted every three years beginning April 1, 2016, by invitation only from organizations that meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

            - Is an arts organization with 501(c)3 tax status
            - Is based in the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN MSA
            - Was incorporated five or more years ago if you are a community-based organization of any size or a regional organization with an annual budget of less than $1M
              OR was incorporated ten or more years ago if you are a regional organization with an annual budget of $1M or more
            - Has at least 1 FTE paid or contract staff
            - Has received funding support from ArtsWave in at least three of the past five years 
            - Has a balanced budget across the past three years
            - Aligns with at least two of the five goals outlined in ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action in the Arts

Grants will be 3-year awards contingent upon campaign and organizational performance. Reporting requirements will include annual year-end reports and, depending on the size/type of organization, monthly or quarterly activity reports.

First-time applicants will be required to submit a Letter of Interest.


Letter of Interest Due


Application Deadline


Proposal Review and Presentation


Funding Decision


October 15, 2015


April 1, 2016


May 2016


Mid-June 2016


Please follow these steps when applying for General Operating Support:

Step 1: Review Blueprint for Collective Action
Step 2: Review the General Operating Support Guidelines
Step 3: Complete Eligibility Quiz
Step 4: Submit an LOI

To complete the Eligibility Quiz and submit a Letter of Interest, click here {Access available beginning September 2, 2015}

Project Support 

Project Support is for one-time events or activities that complement or expand upon the regular cultural programming of the applying organization. Requests will be accepted three times per year on September 1st, December 1st, and May 1st from organizations located in the region that are non-profit, or non-profit in nature, and have a demonstrated commitment to offering quality arts programming.

Projects must align with
at least one of the five goals outlined in ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action in the Arts.

Awards usually range from $1K to $10K and may not exceed 50% of the proposed project expenses. Project Support recipients may not receive General Operating Support or Capital Support from ArtsWave during the same fiscal year.

A final report is due within 30 days of the project’s completion.

First time applicants must contact ArtsWave to schedule a brief interview at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. Please call Heather Hallenberg at 513.632.0128 or email her at heather.hallenberg@theartswave.org.

*Deadline for submission by 11:59 pm


 Application Deadline* 


Proposal Review


Funding Decision


Project Start Date

             
September 1, 2015

             
Late September

             
Early October 2015

             
Winter

             
December 1, 2015

             
Late December

             
Early January 2016

             
Spring/Summer

             
May 1, 2016

             
Late May

             
Early June 2016

             
Fall

Please follow these steps when applying for Project-Based Support:

Step 1: Review Blueprint for Collective Action
Step 2: Review the Project Support Guidelines
Step 3: If first time applicant, schedule interview
Step 4: Submit Application

To apply for Project Support, click here

Capital Support 

Requests will be accepted annually on March 1st from 501(c)(3) arts organizations based in the region. Generally, these requests are for seating, lighting, sound equipment, or other needs important to continued operation of the organization.

Awards usually range between $1K and $10K and may not exceed 50% of the proposed expenses. Capital Support recipients may not receive General Operating Support or Project Support from ArtsWave during the same fiscal year.

A final accounting of expenditures is due within 30 days after the project’s completion.

First time applicants must contact ArtsWave to schedule a brief interview at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. Please call Heather Hallenberg at 513.632.0128 or email her at 
heather.hallenberg@theartswave.org.

 
     Application Deadline     

        Proposal Review        

       Funding Decision       

March 1, 2016


Late March

Early April 2016


Please follow these steps when applying for Capital Support:

Step 1: Review the Capital Support Guidelines
Step 2: If first time applicant, schedule interview 
Step 3: Submit Application

To apply for Capital Support, click here {Access available at the beginning of January, 2016}

Interest Free Loans

ArtsWave offers loans of up to $10K to 501(c)(3) arts organizations based in the region and with budgets less than $2M. These loans are for demonstrated short-term cash flow needs and must be repaid within 12 months.

Loans are available year-round on an as-needed basis.

Please follow these steps when applying for Interest Free Loans:

Step 1: Review the Working Capital Loan Fund Guidelines 
Step 2: Submit Application

To apply for an Interest Free Loan, click here.