Technical Assistance Grants

We get that behind the scenes logistics are deeply embedded in the outward success of your organization. Technical Assistance Grants give time and resources to those inside systems that need updating and strengthening. You can build your capacity and transform your operating efficiency, so don’t wait any longer.

What is the Program Purpose?: Technical Assistance Grants support capacity building opportunities that improve an organization’s management, develop audiences, strengthen fundraising and/or achieve operating efficiencies. We wish to encourage staff and board development at all levels of the organization.

Who is eligible? Any Mecklenburg County-based not-for-profit organization with a primary mission of arts, science, history or heritage. Public and Independent Schools, after school programs, and camps are not eligible.Generally, this program supports opportunities within organizations previously funded by ASC.

What is eligible? A Technical Assistance Grant may be requested to support a capacity building opportunity that will improve an organization’s management, develop audiences, strengthen fundraising and/or achieve operating efficiencies. Applicants should be prepared to discuss in their application how the proposed opportunity falls outside of routine annual planning/budgeting and is a one-time strategic opportunity.

What is the Support Period?:
FY17 Technical Assistance Grants will support opportunities occurring between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Eligible activities must begin at least 30-days after the date of request and must be completed by June 30, 2017.

How much may I request? Is there a matching requirement? Grants of up to $10,000 are available. Generally, ASC will limit an organization to one award during any given fiscal year and may provide partial support to any grant request. Applicants are required to cash match ASC’s investment dollar for dollar. Note: Applications may not list salaries or benefits as eligible expenses or as part of the match requirement. Costs associated with contracted staff that will specifically support the funded project are eligible.

Are there Ineligible Expenses? These funds are not intended to supplement ongoing operating expenses. As a result, ASC will not entertain requests to support the following:

  • Staff salaries or benefits
  • Ongoing programs, staff or operating costs
  • Multi-year requests
  • Capital improvements or the purchase of any item(s) that must be depreciated on financial statements
  • Annual product licenses, membership fees, web hosting fees, etc.

What is the deadline? Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning July 1, 2016.  ASC staff will accept, review and approve requests as long as funds are available. Generally applicants will be notified within three weeks. The application form must be received by our office no less than 30 days prior to the date of the opportunity in order for the request to be considered eligible.

How do I apply? All applicants are required to apply through our online application system. To request access to the online application form, please contact ASC VP of Cultural & Community Investment at 704-335-3036.

What is the Required Reporting? Most important to ASC is learning how your Technical Assistance Grant helped improve or change the organization. All grantees will be required to submit a final report that describes the impact and outcome of the project. Final reports must be filed through the online process within 30 days of the activity’s completion.

Other questions? If you have any questions, please contact the Cultural & Community Investment office at 704-335-3036.

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