Technical Assistance Grants

ASC supports organizations seeking to enhance their operations. FY21 Technical Assistance Grants will prioritize the organizational work of anti-racism and enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The culture, history, policies, and practices—both formal and informal—of an organization affect the way we engage with the community, our audiences, stakeholders, and patrons. Technical Assistance Grants can provide resources to support organizations engaging in this critical work of cultural equity.

What is the Program Purpose? Technical Assistance Grants support capacity building opportunities that improve an organization’s understanding of its own environmental culture, the history and legacy of white supremacist structures, the ways in which individuals and organizations play a role in maintaining or disrupting these structures, and create concrete plans of action to embody equity in their work. Technical Assistance Grants may also support BIPOC / ALAANA led organizations seeking to improve their 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, colleges and universities, 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 significant learning opportunity that will provide training and/or enhanced capacity to address historic and current inequities within an organization, honestly assess the culture of the organization, build shared meaning around equity, diversity, and inclusion directly related to the organization’s work, and provide board and/or staff members the skills and tools to accomplish their work through the lens of anti-racism. It is expected this work will be conducted in partnership with experienced BIPOC facilitators/trainers. 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.

BIPOC led organizations working to recover from historical inequities may also request support aimed to improve the organization’s management, develop audiences, strengthen fundraising and/or achieve operating efficiencies.

What is the Support Period? The FY21 Technical Assistance Grants support period is now open. Applications will be received on a rolling basis and considered until available funding has been awarded.

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, though exceptions will be considered for organizations with operating budgets under $1 million. 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:

  • Existing 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? Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. ASC staff will accept, review and approve requests as long as funds are available. Applicants will be notified within three to four weeks. The application form must be received by our office at least 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 email holly.whisman@artsandscience.org.

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 email holly.whisman@artsandscience.org.

 

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