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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes for Arts Projects to Benefit Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

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Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant

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


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #198804

Grant Description

Grants of up to $50,000 to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes for arts projects to benefit military service members, veterans, and their families. Funding is intended to improve the quality of life in military-connected communities. The goal of the funding is to support non-clinical arts engagement programs taking place in healthcare, community, or virtual settings. The grants will be awarded in two tiers, emerging and advanced, which reflect the capacity of the project at the time of the application.

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.

Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant Program projects should engage military-connected individuals through experiences of art or art-making with one or more of the following participant outcomes in mind:

  • Creative Expression: Participants have a better understanding of themselves and others by creating or engaging with art.
  • Social Connectedness: Participants have supportive relationships in their life and a sense of belonging to a community.
  • Resilience: Participants feel they can rebound from stress, unexpected events, or life’s challenges.
  • Independence and successful adaptation to civilian life: Participants have both an individual and shared sense of purpose, as well a positive self-worth, that supports adapting and readjusting to civilian life.

This grant program also seeks to advance the capacity of the applicant and its partner(s) in one or more of the following ways:

  • Networked Organization: Grantees build networks and partnerships that support the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs for participants leading to stronger outcomes for participants.
  • Strengthened Capacity: Grantees build their capacity to design, implement, and evaluate programs that meet the need of participants
  • Increased Value of the Arts: Grantee partnerships and activities lead to an increased understanding of the value and impact of the arts across local participating networks and communities.

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 Tier information can be found at https://www.maaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/FY24.CFCEG-Guidelines.docx.pdf#page=4.

Project Eligibility Requirements can be found at Grant Tier information can be found at https://www.maaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/FY24.CFCEG-Guidelines.docx.pdf#page=6.

Information about project types can be found at https://www.maaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/FY24.CFCEG-Guidelines.docx.pdf#page=8.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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.

The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply:
- Organizations whose primary purpose is to channel resources (financial, human, or other) to an affiliated organization if the affiliated organization submits its own application. This prohibition applies even if each organization has its own 501(c)3 status. For example, the “Friends of ABC Museum” may not apply if the ABC Museum applies. Furthermore, academic departments of colleges and universities are not eligible to apply, but the department’s parent institution is eligible, and
- State and jurisdictional arts agencies (SAAs) and Regional Arts Organizations (RAOs) are not eligible to apply or serve as partners in Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant Program projects.

Types of project activities and/or expenses that are not eligible for consideration can be found at https://www.maaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/FY24.CFCEG-Guidelines.docx.pdf#page=8.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Program Timeline:
- Grant Guidelines Available: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
- Application Form Available: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
- Application Submission Deadline: Thursday, January 19, 2023 by 11:59 p.m. CST
- Advisory Panel Reviews Underway: February 2023
- Award Notification: April 2023
- Project activities must occur after July 1, 2023.
- Final Report Form due within 45 days of the project’s conclusion.

Have a budget that reflects a 1:1 dollar-for-dollar match for the grant amount requested. This may be a combination of cash or in-kind contributions so all funding, procured or pending, should be included in the budget. Federal and other M-AAA grant funding procured or pending for the project must be included in the budget. Federal funding cannot be used to meet the 1:1 match requirement.

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.

Applicants may schedule a 30-minute appointment with a member of M-AAA’s staff. To access the calendar: https://calendly.com/mattmaaa/creative-forces-community-engagement-grant-office-hours-request?month=2022-11

FAQs:
https://www.maaa.org/faqs-for-creative-forces-community-engagement-grants/

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

MAAA will award approximately thirty-five matching grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000

Term of Contract:

Be implemented on or after July 1, 2023.

Contact Information:

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

Direct questions to M-AAA staff at creativeforces@maaa.org.

2018 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108

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