Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA)
12/01/18 11:59 PM
Grants of up to $5,000 to Alaska nonprofits, schools, tribes, and government agencies to develop arts programs in underserved communities or disciplines. Applicants must discuss projects with program staff prior to applying. Examples of supported projects include concerts, exhibits, festivals, dance performances, workshops, theater productions, and readings.
Grants will also be given to assist developing organizations in the area of arts administration such as board development, accounting systems and budget development. Priority will be given to those organizations that operate on a volunteer basis with no paid staff.
Community Arts Development Grants are designed to stimulate grassroots arts activity and encourage statewide public interest and participation in the arts. These grants help small Alaskan nonprofit organizations develop arts programs in underserved areas of the state, underserved art disciplines, and underserved art audiences.
Underserved communities or populations are defined as those whose access to arts programs, services or resources or whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, economic conditions, cultural demographic, sociopolitical circumstances, disability, age, or other demonstrable factors.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) represents, supports and advances the creative endeavors of individuals, organizations and agencies throughout Alaska. Programs and grants address the following goals, based on the ASCA 2015-2020 Strategic Plan:
-Build an Alaskan arts and culture sector for the future
-Illustrate the value of the arts through arts-integrated approaches
-Grow Alaska's creative economy and develop the workforce of tomorrow
-Enable all Alaskans to lead expressive lives
-Strengthen ASCA's role as a cultural policy leader in the state and locally
An application is evaluated based on how the proposed program helps develop arts in underserved areas of the state, underserved art disciplines, and underserved art audiences. Review criteria consider:
-Community need for arts development in the applicant's community
-Number of audience and participants to be served
-Completeness and clarity of community arts development outline
-Qualifications of the artist(s) or arts professional(s) involved with the activity
-Extent to which community lacks access to other arts programs, services, or resources due to: geography, economic conditions, cultural demographic, sociopolitical circumstances, disability, age, or other demonstrable factors.
GrantWatch ID#: 176238
Grant amounts will not exceed $5,000.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts operates on the State of Alaska fiscal year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30. All funds must be expended within the fiscal year the grant is awarded.
The Council awards funds to Alaskan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, schools, government agencies, Alaska Native tribes and individuals. If an organization has not attained tax exempt status they may be eligible for sponsorship by a qualified organization in select grant categories. The applicant organization must demonstrate a close working relationship with the sponsoring organization, and the sponsoring organization must agree to accept financial responsibility.
-Have nonprofit status;
-Be incorporated for at least one year prior to the application deadline;
-Provide proof of incorporation and a copy of an IRS letter showing tax-exempt status.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts and its grant recipients are required to abide by federal regulations which bar discrimination based on race, color, national origin or gender and require accessibility for persons with disabilities. Ethnic and cultural-based organizations are encouraged to apply to all grants programs.
A fiscal agent may sponsor an otherwise qualified organization that has not attained tax exempt status. The fiscal agent must submit the application and accepts any and all financial liability. Grants are awarded directly to the fiscal agent on behalf of the applying organization. A fiscal agent must be a 501(c)(3) organization that has a close working relationship with the applicant, endorses the project; and accepts financial and reporting responsibility for the applicant. The applicant organization must contact ASCA staff prior to submitting an application.
Conditions and Limitations:
Eligible organizations may receive one Community Arts Development grant per state fiscal year. Organizations already receiving ASCA annual operating support within the same fiscal year are ineligible for funding in this category unless serving as a fiscal agent for an otherwise qualified organization that has not attained tax exempt status.
ASCA will not fund more than 50% of the total cash expenses of a project. For example, if the project’s cash costs equal $10,000, the grant may provide up to $5,000. In kind contributions may not be used as match.
Applicants are required to contact and discuss their proposal with Alaska State Council on the Arts staff prior to submitting an application. Special assistance is available for applicants with disabilities.
Community Arts Development Grant applications must be submitted electronically before 11:59 PM on the following quarterly deadlines:
More information about the Community Arts Development Grant may be found here:
More information about the application process and eligibility may be found here: