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GENERAL INFORMATION

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
March 19, 2018 (Advance Review Deadline: January 31, 2018)

GRANT AMOUNT: See below

Partners in Excellence Grants (PIE) strengthen Nevada’s arts infrastructure by supporting general operations of cultural organizations and institutions throughout the state. Together, NAC and the arts organizations it supports have increased access to and participation in the arts across the state – through quality arts programming, arts education initiatives and cultural leadership. PIE Grants reflect and enhance this important partnership. Two tiers of PIE Grants offer funding determined by organizational budget size that supports professional salaries, artistic fees, marketing costs and other expenses consistent with the mission of the grantee.


ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS


Nevada 501(c)3 nonprofit arts/cultural organizations.

  • Tier 1: Level 1, applicants may use a Fiscal Agent while in the process of establishing nonprofit 501(c)3 status (see page 7 of the Guidelines).

Applicants may apply for a PIE Grant in the category that corresponds to the organizational budget as described.

  • Applicant’s total operating budget may not include capital expenditures.
  • Applicants must base the grant request on the operating budget of the previous completed fiscal year.
  • Applicants must meet the administrative, financial and program criteria outlined.

REQUIRED MATCH


Requests for all levels of PIE Grants must reflect a dollar for dollar (1:1) cash match except in Tier 1: Level 1, which may be a mix of cash and in-kind contributions. NAC requires that grantees report all in-kind contributions of goods and services as they have a cash value and demonstrate a broad base of community support (page 43 of the Grant Guidelines).


ARTS LEARNING COMPONENT FUNDING


To support and expand arts education/learning programming offered by Nevada’s nonprofit arts organizations, the PIE grant category includes an Arts Learning Com¬ponent (ALC). This add-on funding opportunity of up to $7,500 (1:1 cash match) is designed to support arts organizations with existing arts education/learning programs and to encourage other arts organizations to establish an arts education/learning program as part of their portfolio of services. ALC application material is reviewed by the Arts Learning panel using the Arts Learning Scoring Rubric. If you intend to apply for PIE Arts Learning Component funding, we suggest that you contact Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Program Coordinator, at 702.486.3738 or email .

Beginning with the FY15 application cycle:

  • Nonprofit arts organizations that conduct arts education/preK–12 programming, but not as the primary mission, may apply for general operating support through a PIE Grant and, if applicable, PIE Arts Learning Component funding.
  • Nonprofit arts organizations with the primary mission of arts education, and/or a primary focus on arts education/preK–12 programming, may choose to apply for either:
    • General operating support through a Partners in Excellence (PIE) Grant or,
    • Project support through an Arts Learning Project Grant.
  • To eliminate the potential for funding the same programming with multiple NAC grants, the above mentioned nonprofit arts organizations may not apply for both general operating support through a PIE grant and Arts Learning Component funding.
  • In the application narrative, all applicants for PIE Arts Learning Component funding must clearly demonstrate how existing and/or proposed arts education/learning programming is directly related to organizational mission/goals.
  • Nonprofit arts organizations who conduct arts education/preK–12 programming, but not as the primary mission, may apply for general operating support through a PIE Grant and, if applicable, PIE Arts Learning Component funding.

PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE (PIE): TIER I


The three levels of PIE: Tier I address the operational needs of Nevada’s smaller budget arts organizations (under $30,000) to medium budget arts organizations ($30,000 to $100,000). With NAC funding, these grantees are encouraged to pursue organizational excellence, capacity building and potentially move up to higher funding levels.
GRANT AMOUNT FOR PIE TIER I: LEVEL 1
Organizations with budgets smaller than $25,000 may apply for $1,001 to $4,000. Grant request amount must be matched 1:1 by cash and/or in-kind contributions.

  • APPLICATION CRITERIA: One year of effective programming and a cumulative operating cash budget of at least $30,000 for the past two-year fiscal period. Arts organizations may apply for this grant using a Fiscal Agent if the applicant is in the process of obtaining IRS tax-exempt 501(c)3 status.

GRANT AMOUNT FOR PIE TIER I: LEVEL 2
Organizations with budgets up to $30,000 may apply for $1,001 to $6,500.

  • APPLICATION CRITERIA: Applicants must demonstrate two years of effective programming, and an annual cash budget of $35,000 for the past two-year fiscal period, and an operating cash budget of $25,000 in the last fiscal year.

GRANT AMOUNT FOR PIE TIER I: LEVEL 3
Organizations with budgets larger than $30,000 and less than $100,000 may apply for $1,001 to $8,000.

  • APPLICATION CRITERIA: Applicant must demonstrate three years of effective programming, including at least one year with professional staff (paid or unpaid), an operating cash budget at least $30,000 in the last fiscal year, and a multi-year plan.

PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE (PIE): TIER II


Two year grant applications submitted in even fiscal years. Applications for PIE:Tier II Grants are only accepted in the even fiscal year.

This category allows Nevada arts organizations that have established internal stability and sound budgets, and displayed strong artistic programming and consistency, to apply for a two-year grant in every even year. The grantee will receive the same grant amount, as recommended by the panel and approved by the NAC Board, for both years. Tier II-eligible organizations may only apply for a PIE: Tier I grant in the “off-year.”

GRANT AMOUNT FOR PIE TIER II: LEVEL 4 
Organizations with budgets larger than $100,000 and smaller than $275,000 may apply for $1,001 to $16,000.

  • APPLICATION CRITERIA: Applicants must have professional staff (paid or unpaid) and established programs and services. Applicant must demonstrate four years of effective programming, an operating cash budget of at least $100,000 in the last fiscal year, and a multi-year plan.

GRANT AMOUNT FOR PIE TIER II: LEVEL 5 Organizations with budgets larger than $275,000 and smaller than $750,000 may apply for $1,001 to $24,000.

  • APPLICATION CRITERIA: Applicants must have paid professional staff and established programs and services. Applicant must demon¬strate four years of effective programming, an operating cash budget of at least $275,000 in the last fiscal year, and a multi-year plan.

GRANT AMOUNT FOR PIE TIER II: LEVEL 6 Organizations with budgets larger than $750,000 may apply for $1,001 to $30,000.

  • APPLICATION CRITERIA: Applicants must have paid professional staff and established programs and services. Applicant must demonstrate five years of effective programming, an operating cash budget of at least $750,000 in the last fiscal year, and a multi-year plan. Applicants in this category are required to provide a copy of a Financial Review Statement as part of the Final Report Packet.

REQUIRED SUPPORT MATERIAL – ALL LEVELS


  • All required Support Material must be submitted using the NAC’s online grant system.
  • An organization that has not previously applied for NAC funding will be required to submit an IRS letter confirming legal nonprofit status and a copy of its current board list.
  • For specific Support Material required of applicants, please read Grant Guidelines.

NARRATIVE QUESTIONS — ALL LEVELS


Proposal Description

  1. Provide a concise description of your proposal (operating support, specific projects/programs). Please include when and where your proposed activities will occur, if they are ongoing programs or time-specific projects, and who your project/programming partners are, if relevant. What specific proposal elements will NAC funding support? (2000 characters)
  2. What is the purpose and goal(s) of the proposed activity(ies)? How does it relate to: (a) your organizational mission, and (b) to the cultural needs of your community? (2000 characters)
  3. Describe your target audience(s) for the proposed activities, whether one-time projects or ongoing programs. (2000 characters)
  4. List project personnel and briefly describe their responsibilities. If your proposed activity(ies) involves the selection of artists, please describe your selection process and include information about collaborations or block-booking activities if they are part of the selection process. (2000 characters)
  5. Why does your proposed activity(ies) deserve public funding (state and federal dollars)? (2000 characters)
  6. Please explain if your organization’s fiscal activity has increased or decreased by more than 20 percent, or has experienced significant administrative or organizational change in the past year. (2000 characters

Community Engagement and Planning

  1. Describe your community and include: (a) its location in the state, (b) relevant community characteristics, and (c) demographics of its population. If you cite census data, please relate it to your programming decisions. (2000 characters)
  2. Describe the particular constituencies that your organization serves. This answer should be more broad-based than Question 3. (2000 characters)
  3. Describe briefly your organization’s planning process. (2000 characters)
  4. How does your organization identify and engage new audiences in arts experiences? If you use the term “underserved,’” please provide us with your definition of the word as it relates to population(s) or region(s). (2000 characters)

Marketing

  1. What methods will you use to market and promote your project to the general public and to specific constituencies? Will this build your audience and make your organization more visible in the community and/or state? (2000 characters)

Evaluation

  1. Describe the methods used by your organization to evaluate project impact and measure its effectiveness. How do you determine if your goals were achieved? How does your evaluation process inform your planning process as described earlier? (2000 characters)

If you are applying for Arts Learning Component funding, please complete these additional questions:

Arts Education/Learning Plan

  1. Provide a description of your organization’s Arts Education/Learning programming. (2000 characters)
  2. Describe the goals and objectives of your Arts Education/Learning services and how they relate to your general programming and organizational mission. If your programming is designed for grades preK–12, how does it relate to the Nevada Department of Education’s Art Standards? (2000 characters)

Arts Education/Learning Component Proposal

  1. Provide a concise description of your proposed Arts Education project. Where and when will the project occur? What specific elements of the project will NAC funding support? (2000 characters)
  2. Which area of focus does your project address – arts education, arts integration or arts for social development? (2000 characters)
  3. Describe your target audience(s) for this project/program. Include your anticipated number of participating students/teachers/artists. Is any part of the project open to the general public? (2000 characters)
  4. List project personnel and their responsibilities, including project manager and teaching artists. Please indicate if you are using a NAC roster artist. (2000 characters)
  5. Explain how your teaching artists are selected. (2000 characters)

STAFF ASSISTANCE


  • Sierra Scott, Grants Specialist, 775-687-7104  Email
  • Vacant, Grants Assistant775-687-7102