Applying for Funding

ArtsWave offers two types of funding for arts organizations: Project Grants and Impact Grants.


Project Grants support special, one-time events that complement or expand upon the regular cultural programming of the applying organization. These one-year grants do not exceed $10,000.

Impact Grants are available to provide support to arts organizations in our region whose work aligns with ArtsWave’s community impact agenda. In 2014, these grants ranged from $12,000 to over $1 million and may be one-year or two-year commitments.

ArtsWave also offers interest-free loans up to $10,000 to small and mid-sized arts organizations for demonstrated short-term, cash flow needs. Loan must be repaid within 12 months.

To determine whether your organization is eligible to apply for funding from ArtsWave, please see the following chart. Click on a grant type to reveal its eligibility requirements.
 Upcoming deadlines and links to application forms are listed below.

*Prior Year Grant Ranges do not guarantee future award amounts in the same ranges.   

Project Grant Prior Year Grant Range*: $1K to $10K

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  • Nonprofit in nature and should have or be working towards tax exempt status
  • Based in the Region
  • Must have arts programming
  • May not be receiving impact funding from ArtsWave for the current fiscal year
Application Requirements
Reporting RequirementsSubmit final report at conclusion of grant period
Due Dates
  • January 6, 2015 - Grant Application deadline
  • Final Report due within 30 days of project completion

Impact Grant 2: One-Year CommitmentPrior Year Grant Range*: $12K to $40K

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  • Tax exempt organization based in the Region
  • Financially stable over a three-year period
  • At least three years of continuous operating history
  • Must have arts programming with differentiated target audience
Application Requirements
  • New applicants are not being accepted at this time
Reporting Requirements
  • Submit biannual reports
Due Dates
  • September 15, 2014 - Biannual report due
  • March 15, 2015 - Biannual report due

Impact Grant 1B: Two-year commitmentPrior Year Grant Range*: $40K to $405K

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  • 501(c)(3) based in the Region
  • Arts organization with distinctive arts programming and/or differentiated target audience
  • Financially stable over a three-year period
  • At least five years of continuous operating history
Application Requirements
  • New applicants are not being accepted at this time
Reporting Requirements
  • Submit quarterly reports
  • Submit interim report at end of year one
  • Submit financial data annually through the Ohio Cultural Data Project
  • Submit audits annually
Due Dates
  • September 15, 2014 - Quarterly report due
  • December 15, 2014 - Quarterly report due
  • March 15, 2015 - Quarterly report due
  • April 1, 2015
    • Interim report due
    • OCDP for most recently completed year end due
    • Audit for most recently completed fiscal year due
  • June 15, 2015 - Quarterly report due
  • Impact Grant 1A: Two-year commitmentPrior Year Grant Range*: $850K to $3M

    Minimum Eligibility Requirements
    • 501(c)(3) based in the Region
    • Arts organization with distinctive arts programming and/or differentiated target audience
    • Financially stable over a three-year period
    • At least ten years of continuous operating history
    Application Requirements
    • New applicants are not being accepted at this time
    Reporting Requirements
    • Submit monthly reports
    • Submit interim report at end of year one
    • Submit financial data annually through the Ohio Cultural Data Project
    • Submit audits annually
    Due Dates

     

  • September 15, 2014 - Monthly report due
  • October 15, 2014 - Monthly report due
  • November 15, 2014 - Monthly report due
  • December 15, 2014 - Monthly report due
  • January 15, 2015 - Monthly report due
  • February 15, 2015 - Monthly report due
  • March 15, 2015 - Monthly report due
  • April 1, 2015
    • Interim report due
    • OCDP for most recently completed year end due
    • Audit for most recently completed fiscal year due
  • April 15, 2015 - Monthly report due
  • May 15, 2015 - Monthly report due
  • June 15, 2015 - Monthly report due
  • July 15, 2015 - Monthly report due
  • August 15, 2015 - Monthly report due
  • Working Capital Loan FundInterest-free loan not to exceed $10K

    Minimum Eligibility Requirements
    • 501(c)(3) based in the Region
    • At least one full-time, paid staff
    • Annual operating budget < $2M
    Application Requirements
    Reporting Requirements
    • Organization must repay the loan within 12 months
    • Delinquent organizations will be ineligible to apply for ArtsWave support for one year after repayment
    Due DatesYear-round, on an as-needed basis