Greater Denton Arts Council

The Greater Denton Arts Council has served the arts and artists of our community for over 45 years. Since 1980, the Arts Council has provided over $1.5 million in assistance to Denton’s non-profit arts organizations. This spring, as part of the Arts Council’s new initiative to celebrate both established and emerging artists and encourage artistic innovation, we are pleased to announce exciting new improvements to GDAC’s Arts Grants Program process and expansion of grant opportunities to include COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS and ARTIST MICROGRANTS.

COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS

Serving the non-profit arts organizations of Denton, Community Arts Grants are available to registered 501c3 arts organizations or non-profit educational institutions providing arts programming for the community.

Purpose
As part of the Arts Council’s continuing mission to the support the arts, COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS are intended to make arts opportunities available and accessible to area residents and visitors and to strengthen and increase the artistic and administrative capabilities of Denton’s arts organizations and institutions.

Eligibility
To be eligible for COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS applicants must be:
•            In receipt of the Internal Revenue Service designation of 501 (c) 3 nonprofit status or be a non-profit educational institution or unit of government
•            A Greater Denton Arts Council Organizational Member in good standing. To become a member, visit dentonarts.com/membership

First time applicants are strongly urged to consult with Arts Council staff regarding eligibility of an organization or proposal in advance of the application deadline. To arrange a meeting, please contact admin@dentonarts.com

Individuals or collective applicants that are not identified as non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for the Arts Council’s new ARTIST MICROGRANTS program.

COMMUNITY ARTS GRANT Guidelines
A maximum award of $5000 will be awarded per grant. Projects and programs must be art or art oriented, occur in Denton or Denton County and must benefit residents and/or visitors to the greater Denton area. Projects for this year’s grants cycle must fall within the dates of July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.

In keeping with the goals of the Texas Commission on the Arts, projects that encourage or enhance cultural diversity and/or serve underserved populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Funds will NOT be awarded for the following:

  • Maintenance or repair of facilities
  • Capital improvements and brick and mortar improvements
  • Scholarships or tuition to institutions of higher education
  • Deficit reduction
  • Cash prizes or awards
  • Political or sectarian activities or for organizations that prohibit accessibility.

Each organization may submit only one grant application per granting year. There may be multiple events included in the project.

Matching Funds Requirement
In keeping with best practice guidelines set forth by the Texas Commission on the Arts, COMMUNITY ART GRANTS requests may not exceed 50% of the total project or program costs. Up to 50% of an applicant’s match may be in-kind.

Umbrella Organizations
Eligible organizations may apply for grants on behalf of an unincorporated organization and serve as its umbrella. In such cases the umbrella organization is treated as the applicant and, if funded, takes on the contractual obligations of the grant, including the reporting and evaluation process. In addition to the required attachments, such application requires a letter stating that the Board of Directors of the umbrella organization will accept the contractual, financial, and reporting responsibilities for the grant. It is strongly advised that any umbrella grants are discussed with GDAC staff well in advance of the application deadline.


ARTIST MICROGRANTS

Purpose
GDAC’S new ARTIST MICRO-GRANT program will award individual artists of various disciplines up to $500 per grant to complete a creative project. Designed to encourage the many musicians, actors, poets, visual artists, actors, writers, and designers of our community, artists of all artistic backgrounds and practices are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility
To be eligible for ARTIST MICROGRANTS, applicants must be:

  • 18 or older
  • A resident of Denton County
  • An artist working in any media including musical and performing arts
  • A Member or Artist Member of the Greater Denton Arts Council in good standing. To become a member, visit dentonarts.com/membership

Collective applicants must name one point of contact and check recipient. Individuals or collective applicants that are registered as non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for the Arts Council’s COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS.

ARTIST MICROGRANTS Guidelines

A maximum grant award of $500 will be awarded per artist or collective. Projects and programs must be art or art oriented, occur in Denton or Denton County, and can be applied to general expenses associated with artistic practice, including, but not limited to: studio rental, production costs, exhibition related expenses or supplies, or other materials needed to complete an arts project.

Projects for this year’s grants cycle must fall within the dates of July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.

In keeping with the goals of the Texas Commission on the Arts, projects that encourage or enhance cultural diversity and/or serve underserved populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Funds will NOT be awarded for the following:

  • Fundraising initiatives or for-profit events
  • Medical expenses or deficit reduction
  • Capital improvements and brick and mortar improvements
  • Political or sectarian activities or for organizations that prohibit accessibility
  • Scholarships or tuition to institutions of higher education

Artists or collectives may submit only one grant application per granting year.


how to apply

Organizations and Artists applying for COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS and ARTIST MICRO-GRANTS are required to participate in an online training workshop and complete a brief survey prior to submitting an application. This process should take no longer than 30 minutes and can be completed as applicants’ schedules allow. Organizations or collectives are encouraged to view the training with those who will be completing the grant application.

Online training and grant applications will be available online beginning March 1. Full details of required attachments and supplemental materials are outlined in the application forms. See below for for all required documents.

The current grant application cycle for 2015 is now closed.
Completed grant applications and supporting materials must be emailed to admin@dentonarts.com or be delivered to the Greater Denton Arts Council at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory, Denton, TX 76201 by April 29, 2016 at 5 PM.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

grant review process

The Grant Review Committee, consisting of community representatives at large, will evaluate and review applications. Funding recommendations to the GDAC Board of Directors will be based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality
  • Goals & results of the proposed project
  • Community impact
  • Accuracy and completeness of application

Community Arts Grant applicants must participate in a 5-10 minute with the Grants Review Committee at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Applicants will be contacted with a specific time for interviews.

Artist Micro-grant applicants may be contacted with additional questions or request for interview with the Grants Review Committee.

The GDAC Board of Directors will make final decisions concerning funding. All grant applicants will be notified of acceptance/denial by Friday, May 27, 2016. Contracts will be sent out the following week.

Successful grant applicants will be honored with a grantee awards celebration at the Greater Denton Arts Council on Friday, June 3 at 6 PM.

payment of monies

Grants awards will be distributed July 1, 2016 via mail or can be available for pick up at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center if requested in advance.

evaluation + final report

An Arts Grants Program evaluation form and summary report is required to be completed 30 days after the completion of the funded project, including receipts accounting for all expenditures made with GDAC funding. Organizations in receipt of grants who do not submit a complete evaluation form by June 1, 2017 will be ineligible to receive funding in the following grant year cycle.

IMPORTANT DATES

March 1, 2016
Grant workshop training and applications available online

April 29, 2016, 5 PM
Complete applications due; application period closes

May 27, 2016
Applicants notified of acceptance/denial

Week of May 30, 2016
Grant contracts distributed by email/ mail

June 3, 2016, 6 PM
Grant recipient and artist celebration

June 27, 2016
All signed grant contracts must be received by this date

July 1, 2016
Grant checks distributed

2016 evaluations and grant reports due 30 days after completion of project; no later than June 30, 2017

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please contact the Greater Denton Arts Council staff at admin@dentonarts.com or 940-382-2787.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Arts Grants Program Guidelines
Available for download March 1

Online Grant Workshop – REQUIRED
Available for download March 1

Application – Community Arts Grants (Non-profit Arts Organizations)
Available for download March 1

Application – Artist Microgrants (Individuals and Collectives)
Available for download March 1

Past Grant Recipients

2015 Grant Recipient Final Report


SUPPORT THE ARTS

Grants are possible due to the generous support of Texas Commission on the Arts, The Arts Guild, the Pops Series, The Bearded Monk, 35 Denton, and the support of generous community members. 

Join us in supporting the arts. 100% of your generous donation to the Arts Grants Program directly benefits the artists and arts organizations of our community.