CANTON, OHIO (January 22, 2024) — ArtsinStark, Stark County’s Arts Council, is pleased to announce a new grant program for collaborative projects that will extend the reach of Stark County’s arts community into other sectors.
The ArtsImpact grant opportunity will open for applications on February 6, 2024, and is open to non-profit organizations and their partners, including individual artists, that meet established criteria set by ArtsinStark.
Beginning in 2022, ArtsinStark undertook a strategic assessment of its grant programs with the goal of unveiling new programs that better deliver upon the organization’s objectives. Working with Webb Mgmt, ArtsinStark researched best practices from arts and culture grants around the country, and conducted interviews with various stakeholders in Stark County to identify strengths and weaknesses of the current programs in order to make the best use of the annual campaign for the arts dollars moving forward.
The result of the strategic assessment was the creation of the ArtsImpact grants, for project-based support for cross-sector collaborations. A second grant program, ArtsBuild, designed for operating funds, was launched in the 4th quarter of 2023 and is currently in a review process.
“These grants will reward innovative and unique projects that will make an impact on our community,” said Emil Alecusan, interim president and CEO of ArtsinStark. “As we evaluate submissions, we’ll be valuing projects that align with our core pillars of Education, Well-Being and Vitality. We are excited to see the creativity our community has to offer.”
ArtsinStark recognizes the impact that partnerships have in addressing community challenges and improving individual and overall well-being. In its inaugural year, these grants will foster partnerships between the arts community and partners. Successful project collaborations will prioritize inclusion and equity and will also support ArtsinStark’s mission to make Stark County a thriving and vibrant region.
ArtsinStark has identified the following goals it hopes to achieve with the ArtsImpact grants:
- Support the arts in Stark County with programming that is aligned with the new ArtsinStark strategic focus areas: Arts & Education, Arts & Well-being and Arts & Vitality.
- Be responsive to community needs and interests.
- Reach and collaborate with other industry sectors within the Stark community to create support for the region.
- Increase transparency within the grants process.
- Balance stable funding with a competitive process.
- Implement inclusion and equity.
ArtsImpact Grant Information & Criteria
The ArtsImpact Grant fulfills ArtsinStark’s commitment to providing project-based funding for collaborations across Stark County. Funds will be available for partnership-based projects in the areas of Arts & Education, Arts & Well-Being, and Arts & Vitality, all areas related to ArtsinStark’s strategic plan.
Each proposal must include one nonprofit organization located in Stark County as the lead applicant and one partner. Partners will also be located in Stark County, and can include individual artists, small community-based arts groups and artist collectives and arts-related 501(c)3 organizations. Colleges and universities, social service organizations, historical and scientific organizations, economic development organizations, health services organizations and other non-arts not-for-profits are encouraged to partner with individual artists, community-based arts groups and artist collectives to develop a proposal.
Funding will be available for projects occurring in Stark County between July 2, 2024, and June 30, 2025. Grants will range from $2,500 – $7,500.
For complete ArtsImpact grant guidelines, visit artsinstark.com/grants.
ArtsImpact Grants important dates include:
- February 6 – Application opens
- February 12 – Online Zoom Information session at 4 p.m. – RSVP for Zoom Link
- February 27 – In-Person Information session at Louisville AHH Art & History Gallery
(120 E Main St, Louisville) at 8:30 a.m.
- February 27 – In-Person Information session at the Cultural Center for the Arts
(1001 Market Avenue N, Canton) at 4 p.m.
- February 28 – In-Person Information session at Massillon Museum
(121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon) at 8:30 a.m.
- March 21 – Application deadline (5 p.m. EST)
- June 10-15 – Panel Peer Review
- Late June 2024 – Award notification
- July 2024 to June 2025 – FY25 Grant Funding Period
ArtsImpact applicants will be evaluated by a panel of arts and community leaders in a competitive, peer-review process based on: impact on Stark County, organizational stability, accessibility, and clarity of proposal.
The application and full criteria for the grants will be available at artsinstark.com/grants. Members of the evaluation panel will be fully vetted for their independence and any potential conflicts of interest.
For more than 50 years, ArtsinStark, Stark County’s arts council, has used the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities. The organization represents over 900 cultural organizations, individual artists and makers who nourish Stark County.