Diversity/Arts Commission Grants

Diversity/Arts Commission Grants
Posted on 03/31/2021
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(Edmonds, WA) -  The City of Edmonds Diversity Commission and the City of Edmonds Arts Commission are partnering to offer small grants for the second half of 2021. The Diversity Commission’s small grants program is aimed at harnessing the power and enthusiasm of the local community by providing funding to help make possible community programs, events and/or activities that engage, educate or involve the Edmonds community in ways that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. The Arts Commission is augmenting the funds available in 2021 to support the goals of the Diversity Commission and encourage efforts to promote diversity and equity through art and expand access to the arts for all in our community.

Local not-for-profit groups, agencies, organizations or individuals are encouraged to apply for small grants of up to $500.  A total of $2,600 is available.

Grant applications may be submitted until 4:30pm, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 to Megan Luttrell by email to [email protected]. Questions regarding the program guidelines and application process may also be sent to that email address or to Arts and Culture Manager Frances Chapin at [email protected] if they are arts related. The grant application form: http://www.edmondswa.gov/diversity-commission-home.html

Grant applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee including Diversity Commission and Arts Commission members. Recommendations for funding will be provided at the respective  May Commission meetings, when grant award decisions will be made.  Award recipients will be contacted as soon as possible after May 10 in order to allow the recipients to proceed with the planning and production of their projects by the end of the year. 

Eligibility criteria are as follows: 

Projects must fulfill one of the stated “Purposes of the Grants Program” 
Projects must be located or take place within the City of Edmonds or must be proven to directly engage the Edmonds community (if located beyond the City limits)
Projects must not duplicate or supplant existing programs, events or activities 
While official nonprofit status is not required, grant recipients may not be for-profit entities 
Applicants must demonstrate how any grant monies will leverage other cash or in-kind contributions 
Projects must be completed by December 31, 2021 
Recipients must include acknowledgement of funding from the Edmonds Diversity Commission and/or Edmonds Arts Commission, including use of logos, on all printed or e-materials 

Eligible types of projects include such things as: 

Discussion groups
Visual art exhibits
Community gatherings 
Poetry Slam

Funds may be used for the promotion and/or production of the project. Expenditures that are ineligible include but are not limited to salaries; permanent capital acquisitions; food, drink, prizes or other give-aways. 

“By leveraging the creativity and energy of local resources,” stated Diversity Commission Chair Ardeth Weed, “we hope to extend the reach of the Commission’s mission and program more broadly throughout our community.”