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Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT): Folk and Traditional Arts Experiences Grants

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Funding Source:

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), Ohio Arts Council, West Virginia Folklife Program, and Virginia Folklife Program

Deadline Date:

09/30/22

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio nonprofit organizations, government units, Tribal governments, and individual artists and practitioners in eligible regions for folk and traditional arts projects and events. Applicants must be located in counties that are designated as Appalachian by the Appalachian Regional Commission or within Native nations that share this geography. In some cases, organizations and artists/practitioners that are located adjacent to but primarily serve communities in the designated counties will be considered as long as the proposed project serves communities in the designated counties and meets all other grant criteria.

Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT) is a multi-year program designed to promote the understanding, and recognition of folk arts and culture in Central Appalachia through a three-part program that invests in folk arts communities while seeding new folk and traditional arts experiences and honoring underrecognized practitioners of Central Appalachian traditions across the region. 

Folk and Traditional Arts Experiences

Mid Atlantic Arts’ Central Appalachia Living Traditions: Folk and Traditional Arts Experiences grants fund public-facing projects and events in ARC-designated Appalachian counties of Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia that bring community members together around folk and traditional arts practice and cultural knowledge. Funded projects will encourage broad public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of living traditions and/or grow and disseminate artistic skill and cultural knowledge within the community. Because this program intends to diversify and expand the types of folk arts and cultural activities available in communities throughout the region, applications must be for new projects or projects that expand and/or diversify existing programming.

Eligible project activities include but are not limited to hands-on learning experiences, workshops where traditional artistic practices are taught or demonstrated to the public or a group of peer practitioners, public art projects, exhibitions of folk and traditional art, a performance project or series, film/video, podcast, or archival collection or fieldwork with a significant public-facing component.

Priority will be given to projects that engage multi-generational participants as well as projects occurring in communities identified as under-resourced or marginalized, including the most geographically remote counties in the region. A diverse group of folk and traditional arts specialists, including folklorists, cultural workers, artists, practitioners, and culture bearers in Central Appalachia will serve as panelists and provide program feedback informed by their role in application review.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 205523

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants amounts range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Project activities will take place from January 1, 2023-December 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit organizations and folk and traditional artists/practitioners in the ARC-designated Appalachian counties of Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to apply.

In order to receive CALT Folk and Traditional Arts Experiences grants, applicants must:
• Be located in counties of Ohio, Virginia, or West Virginia designated as Appalachian by the Appalachian Regional Commission or within Native nations that share this geography. In some cases, organizations and artists/practitioners that are located adjacent to but primarily serve communities in the designated counties will be considered as long as the proposed project serves communities in the designated counties and meets all other grant criteria.
• Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a unit of state or local government, a Federally recognized Indian tribal government, or an individual folk and traditional artist/practitioner. Units of state or local government must provide a document on official letterhead to confirm status as a government entity. Individual artists/practitioners must complete a W9 and will be issued an IRS 1099 form for their grant.
• Be in good standing with Mid Atlantic Arts, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.

Grant Award Limitations
• Funding awarded by Mid Atlantic Arts is restricted to the specific, direct costs of the project and may not be used for indirect costs.
• Projects that have received funding from Mid Atlantic Arts for the same project in this fiscal year are ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

The next round of applications are due September 30, 2022.

Grant Award Timeline and Notification
• Applications will open August 15, 2022, and applications must be received by September 30, 2022
• Applicants will be notified of grant award approval by December 22, 2022.
• Project activities will take place from January 1, 2023-December 31, 2023.

CALT Folk and Traditional Arts Experiences grants do not require a match.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application Portal: https://midatlanticarts.smartsimple.com/

Questions? Contact Emily Hilliard, Program Director, Folk and Traditional Arts, at emily@midatlanticarts.org.

Grant Coverage Areas:

This program serves the counties of Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia designated as Appalachian by the Appalachian Regional Commission. For a full list of those counties click here: https://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/central-appalachia-living-traditions/#learn-more-about-the-central-appalachian-folk-and-traditional-arts-survey-and-planning-project-

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