Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New OAC Project Support Program

The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) has created a Project Support program to provide a funding category to a broad range of organizations that present arts programming. Arts, cultural, community-based and social service organizations that have received FY2010/20011 OAC Sustainability funding with budgets under $1.5 million may apply to this program. The deadline to apply to this program is April 1, 2010.

“One way we felt the OAC could respond to the changing economic conditions was with a more flexible funding category,” said Julie Henahan, OAC executive director. “This Project Support funding will be useful for organizations wanting to respond to unforeseen opportunities, one-time special events or initiatives, or changing community conditions.”

In FY2011 (July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011), the Project Support program will serve as a transition program to a more broadly defined project category that will be in place for FY2012 (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012) and beyond.

Proposed projects can address a variety of artistic and civic aims that may include: the production of new or innovative works of art; use of cultural assets as an economic development tool; cultivation of new audiences for the arts; forming strategic partnerships that further artistic and community priorities; or increasing cultural tourism.

Organizations must demonstrate excellent artistic, educational and cultural value, responsiveness to their community, credible planning and evaluation strategies, and rigorous financial and management accountability. Attention to these qualities ensures that funded organizations are prepared to advance their artistic missions and make significant contributions to their community’s health and vitality.

For more information on how to apply, visit the OAC Guidelines at

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.