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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes to Develop and Provide
Arts-Based Programming to Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families

Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA)

Conf. Date:

11/10/21

Deadline Date:

12/15/21 11:59 PM CST

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, agencies, and tribal entities to develop and provide arts-based programming for military-connected populations. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. This grant program aims to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military service members and veterans exposed to trauma as well as their families and caregivers through experiences of art or art-making.

Creative Forces seeks to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military service members and veterans exposed to trauma, as well as their families and caregivers, by increasing knowledge of and access to clinical creative arts therapies and community arts engagement. Since 2017, Creative Forces has invested in community arts engagement projects in order to advance understanding of the benefits and impacts for military-connected populations who have been exposed to trauma.

These Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants are intended to support non-clinical arts engagement programs taking place in healthcare, community, or virtual settings. Creative Forces-supported community programs have involved a range of arts activities, including visual, written, and performing arts offered through single events, drop-in programs, and ongoing engagement led by artists in residence, teaching artists, or creative arts therapists.

Grant Tiers:

  1. The emerging grant tier is for the development and implementation of new or emerging non-clinical arts engagement programs for targeted military-connected populations or for small organizations providing non-clinical arts engagement opportunities for targeted military-connected populations. For more information, see https://www.maaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Creative-Forces-Community-Engagement-Grant-Program.Brand_.Access.Final_.4.pdf#page=4.
  2. The advanced grant tier provides support to organizations for established community-based arts engagement and/or non-clinical arts engagement projects for targeted military-connected populations.  For more information, see https://www.maaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Creative-Forces-Community-Engagement-Grant-Program.Brand_.Access.Final_.4.pdf#page=5.

For project eligibility requirements, see https://www.maaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Creative-Forces-Community-Engagement-Grant-Program.Brand_.Access.Final_.4.pdf#page=5.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199214

Number of Grants:

Approximately thirty-five

Estimated Size of Grant:

Emerging grant tier: The maximum grant amount is $10,000

Advanced grant tier: $10,000–$25,000 for 1 year, up to $50,000 for 2 years

Term of Contract:

Emerging grant tier: Projects must be completed within the course of one year to be implemented on or after July 1, 2022, and concluded on or before June 30, 2023.

Advanced grant tier:
- For projects completed during one year implemented on or after July 1, 2022, and concluded on or before June 20, 2023.
- Projects that take place over the course of two years are to be implemented on or after July 1, 2022, and concluded on or before June 30, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Applicant Organization must:

1. Be a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3, U.S. organization, a unit of state or local government, or a federally recognized tribal community or tribe located in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories as well as the Native nations that share that geography);

2. Have either a minimum of three years’ experience:
- programming for/with military communities or
- presenting/producing arts-based projects;

3. Have completed a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline. Programming is not required to have taken place during consecutive years. If your programming was affected or suspended due to COVID-19, you may reference 2020 or 2021 programming that was canceled or reimagined due to the pandemic. Virtual programming, planning, and COVID-19 recovery activities are considered to be programming. You may also choose to list arts programming from a recent year other than 2020 or 2021. For the purpose of defining eligibility, “three-year history” refers to when an organization began its programming and not when it incorporated or received nonprofit, tax-exempt status;

4. Compensate all professional artists or supporting professional personnel at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation in accordance with Part 505 of Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

5. Apply directly on their own behalf. Applications through a fiscal sponsor/agent are not allowed;

6. Have a unique entity identifier (UEI), created in the System for Award Management [SAM.gov],

7. Be in good standing with M-AAA, the NEA, and all other federal agencies, with no delinquent reports and/or grant documents;

8. Commit to M-AAA’s Grantee Assurance of Compliance and Federal Suspension and Disbarment Policy; and

9. Agree to acknowledge M-AAA and the NEA in all programs and press materials related to the project if funded.

For ineligible applicants, see https://www.maaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Creative-Forces-Community-Engagement-Grant-Program.Brand_.Access.Final_.4.pdf#page=4.

For ineligible expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Community Outreach and Partnership Strategies Webinar: October 27, 2021, 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET
To Register: https://arts.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=89efbb25926cd429420ee7351&id=fb43f76a42&e=0e906bd6ca

Insights on How to Serve Military and Veteran Populations Webinar: November 10, 2021, 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET
To Register: https://arts.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=89efbb25926cd429420ee7351&id=7fee9a67fd&e=0e906bd6ca

Online Office Hours: Tuesdays, October 26–November 30, 2:00–3:00 p.m. CST
To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-forces-community-engagement-grant-program-office-hours-tickets-170362476754

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Grant Guidelines and Application Form Available: September 15, 2021
- Finalize your SAM.gov registration and submit early to allow time to resolve any issues you might encounter during the submission process. No later than December 1, 2021
- Application Submission Deadline: December 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST
- Application Panel Reviews: December 2021–March 2022
- Anticipated Grant Award Announcement: April 2022
- Earliest Start Date for Awarded Projects: July 1, 2022

Application LImits:
- Limit one Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant Program application per applicant organization per fiscal year.
- Limit one Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant Program application per project per fiscal year.

The project must have a budget that reflects a 1:1 dollar-for-dollar match for the grant amount requested.

Grant Funding for projects with a one-year period of support will be distributed 75% upon return of signed Grant Agreement and 25% upon successful completion of the Final Report. Funding for projects with a two-year period of support will be distributed in three payments. 50% upon return of signed Grant Agreement, 25% upon successful completion of an Interim Report at the end of the first year of support, and 25% upon successful completion of the Final Report Form within 45 days of the project’s conclusion or at the end of the second year of support, whichever comes first.

FAQs: https://www.maaa.org/faqs-for-creative-forces-community-engagement-grants/
Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants Webinar: https://youtu.be/dDNF55Gaguk

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://www.tfaforms.com/4894399

For technical difficulties concerns about this grant program, p[please email M-AAA staff at CreativeForces@maaa.org.

Mid-America Arts Alliance
2018 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108

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