Season Grant program is intended to provide access to quality arts experiences
for the people of Durham
by supporting the activities of arts organizations that provide a range of
professional and amateur arts opportunities. The Season Grant Criteria define
the qualities of a strong grant application. The panel will also consider to
what degree the full slate of recommended grant applications fulfill the intent
of the grant program.
Who may apply?
arts organizations based in Durham
County or who conduct the
majority of their programming in Durham
County are eligible to
apply. Applicant must be non-profit with tax exempt
status under section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended,
allowing contributions made to them
to be deductible under Section 170 or apply under a fiscal agent other than the
Durham Arts Council.
are a new applicant
you must review your proposal with Margaret DeMott,
Director of Artist Services, (919-560-2720, firstname.lastname@example.org)
before submitting your application. If you applied last year and would like to
know your scores from last year’s review, you are also encouraged to call Margaret DeMott.
All applications must be submitted through Submittable.com by 9:00 PM Monday, March 31, 2017. Once you have started your application you will have 21 days in which to complete it. You may return to your application as often as you want within those 21 days.
What activities are
You may apply for support for a single project
or for general operations. The activity must occur between July 1, 2017 and
June 30, 2018. Season Grants are not awarded to fundraising activities.
What can I apply for?
You may apply for cash and/or for use of space
in the Durham Arts Council building. You may request up to $12,000 in cash. For FY 2016-2017 the average cash grant
awarded was $3,720, with cash grants ranging from $600 to $9,000.
2016-2017 space grants included ongoing use
of office, meeting, rehearsal, exhibit and performance space and short term,
project specific performances and meetings.
The Durham Arts Council building is a 52,000
sq. ft., city owned, community arts center that contains spaces for dance,
theater and music rehearsals, meeting rooms, offices, exhibit and performance
spaces. As part of your Season Grant request you may ask for use of these
spaces for a particular project or for on-going operations. There are fees associated with use of
granted space in the building.
What is required of
Season Grant Recipients?
Season Grant recipient will:
the Season Grant contract and submit to DAC with appropriate attachments.
the DAC logo and grant acknowledgment line in all relevant publicity, including
listing in print materials, email blasts, web pages, and news releases. (See
item 13 in the application.)
user fees (if receiving a space grant).
delegation for supporting state funding for the arts
5 volunteer hours for DAC events or programs
Criteria for Evaluating Grant Applications
final reports on the use of the grant.
The questions below are
intended to help applicants decide what aspects of their organization they may
wish to highlight in their narrative. Applicants are not expected to address
all the questions under every criterion.
Each application will receive a
numeric score for each of the criteria ranging from 1 to 5 (1 being lowest, 5
quality of proposed project or programs
impact of project or programs
to plan and implement project
and fiscal responsibility of the organization
of more than one racial/ethnic group
Criterion 1: Artistic quality of proposed project or
- Do the
primary artists (includes directors, designers, conductors, instructors, as
well as performers or visual artists) have the skills and experience necessary
to create a quality art presentation or experience?
- If the proposal is to support
the creation and/or presentation of art (in most cases a performance or
exhibit open to the public), is it likely to be a quality experience for
the audience, given the credentials and past experience of the artists
- If the proposal is to support an
activity—on-going rehearsals, classes, critique sessions, improvisation
sessions—is it likely to be a rewarding experience for the participants,
given the credentials and past experience of the artists participating and
leading the activity?
Criterion 2: Community impact of project or programs
- Who will benefit from the
project and how? What percent of these people are from Durham?
- Is this activity already provided
elsewhere in Durham?
Is there a community audience/need for this program?
- Is it open to the public in some
way? Are members of the public invited to buy tickets, audition, become
members, volunteer, enroll?
- Is the primary audience people
who attend the event or people who participate in the event?
- Does the event have a ripple
effect, where the benefit might spread beyond the immediate audience?
- Will it bring a new audience
into the DAC building? Will it develop a new audience for the arts in Durham? Will it
create a new partnership between agencies?
Criterion 3: Ability to plan and implement project
- Does this activity fit within
the mission of the applicant?
- Is the proposal realistic? Does
the applicant appear to have access to the resources necessary to carry it
out? Resources include people with appropriate organizational and artistic
skills and experience, cash, in-kind services and donations, facilities,
- Is the Season Grant the only
source of cash for this activity? If so, why?
- Has the applicant undertaken
this activity before? If so, with what success?
- Did they attract desired
- Was the actual income/expense of
past projects reasonably close to the budgeted income/expense?
- What has the organization
learned from past experience?
Criterion 4: Stability and fiscal responsibility of the
- Has the applicant conducted
programs or activities successfully in the past?
- Has the applicant been able to
maintain a positive fund balance?
- Is the applicant currently in a
deficit situation? If so, do they have a strategy for eliminating the
deficit? Have they successfully
implemented this strategy over more than one year?
- If the applicant has received a
grant from DAC in the past, have they been able to carry out the proposed
activity, have they submitted complete applications, contracts and final
reports by required deadlines?
Criterion 5: Involvement of members of more than one racial/ethnic group
- Which racial/ethnic groups or
communities in Durham
will this serve?
- Is the membership/participant
group racially/ethnically diverse?
- Is the audience
- Is their staff, board or
advisory group racially/ethnically diverse?
- Does their programming present
art created in different cultures?
- What specific strategies does
the applicant employ to foster and maintain this diversity?
- What specific strategies has the
applicant planned to increase diversity in any of these areas?