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Burlington City Arts

Burlington City Arts Community Fund Requirements and Eligibility

THE 2019 DEADLINE HAS PASSED. GRANTS FOR 2019 HAVE BEEN AWARDED!

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST PROJECTS
Alissa Faber $3000
To support Peer Public Art, which will bring Burlington and Winooski middle school students together explore the ideas of belonging, culture, public space use and community that results in creating public art. 

Michael Kellogg $1500    
To support a storytelling project engaging participants at the Champlain Senior Center that results in recordings and a public presentation at Main Street Landing.

Jen Berger $3000
To support Who are the People in Our Neighborhood? a People’s History project, documenting the known and unknown long-term residents of the community of the Old North End, using stencil, vinyl, and paint murals. 

Mindy Wong $2400
To support the Writing on the Rooftop series at Karma Birdhouse and provide writing workshops for high school students. 

Gahlord Dewald $1300
To support AM Frequency, A concert series of experimental, contemporary classical, and improvised music in an ADA accessible and an alcohol-free environment.

Bhutanese Nepali Cultural Heritage Dance Group of Vermont $3000
To support the work of the Bhutanese Nepali Cultural Heritage Dance Group of VT which teaches folk & modern Nepali dance to 30+ youth from the Burlington area’s Bhutanese Nepali refugee community and  shares their cultural heritage with a diverse audience through performances at public schools, arts centers, and multicultural events.

Sloan Collins $2900
To support the presentation of a series of interactive art walls featured at popular local art events in Burlington. 

Lydia Kern & Corrine Yonce $3000
To support Voices of Cambrian Rise, in partnership with the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and Champlain Housing Trust, resulting in a series of visual art tiles guided by the audio stories of incoming low-income residents.

Omega Jade Williams    $800
To support local hip hop and comedic artists through the Rhyme And Unreason Show performed monthly at the Swan Dojo. 

Matthew Kelly     $3000
To support a documentary tracing the history of the Pierre Hardy mural, 'Everyone Loves A Parade,' from its inception to the recent acts of vandalism. 

ORGANIZATIONS
Girls Rock Vermont    $3000
To support development and outreach for Burlington-based summer camps and programs.

Vermont Performing Arts League    $3000
To support Global Burlington International Event Series to bring people together to appreciate other cultures, gain knowledge of ethnic groups sharing our neighborhoods, and take part in the preserving and sharing of traditions

The Ramble    $3000
To support “The Ramble”, an annual, all-day arts festival celebrating the creative culture of The Old North End on the last Saturday in July. 

Illuminated Maker Space    $2100
To support a collaborative artwork developed through mentorship in new technologies in Burlington’s South vides support for an “interoperable” live music community calendar platform.
 

2019 Timeline

Application available online February 15, 2019
March 14, Q&A session for potential applicants, BCA Center, 5pm
Applications will be due on April 15, 2019
Announcement of awards June 15, 2019 (estimated)
Funds available July 1, 2019 
Projects completed between July 1, 2019—June 30, 2020 

Purpose

The BCA Community Fund was created to foster a robust, healthy, creative community, to encourage social innovation through the arts, and to support artists and organizations that contribute to the public good through a competitive grant process. The City of Burlington contributes $35,000 to the program, and BCA raises additional funds to augment the program through private sources. 

2019 Guidelines

The Burlington City Arts Community Fund will provide one-year funding of up to $3000 for Burlington-based practicing artists, creative professionals or small arts organizations to develop projects that engage the community and address community needs, challenges and priorities through the arts. 

Applicants are asked to address diversity, equity and inclusion in their proposals, and grantees will be required to evaluate their project the level of the project's success in these areas.

All proposed projects must have a public component or include a Burlington-based public “presentation” of the work (ie. performances, exhibitions, classes, workshops, presentations, installations, showings, publications, happenings). This public component must occur within the grant period; therefore, it is advised that applicants propose projects with a confirmed public presentation component.
 

Grants are divided into two categories. Selection is based on the criteria established for each.
1)    Grants to individual artists/informal artist groups 
2)    Grants for small arts organizations 
 

Individual Artists

The goals for supporting individual artist projects are to:

  • Support Burlington artists interested in practicing community-based art
  • Encourage new ideas and community connections through any artistic media
  • Expand access to arts experiences throughout the City
  • Build cultural competence within the community through the arts 
  • Encourage projects that trigger deep inquiry and build cross-cultural understandings 

Review Criteria:

Overall quality and clarity of application narrative and budget: 25%
-    Project, goals and outcomes are clearly described in the narrative and relate to the funding priorities for Individual Artists
-    Project budget is clear and represents reasonable costs for proposed project activity
-    Work samples are of high quality and are selected to support proposed project

Demonstrated Community Benefit: 25%
-    The impact of the project for the intended audience is clear and compelling
-    The project engages or creates access for multiple community members through an artistic process 
-    The public presentation of the work is well planned and clearly described 
-    The project addresses community needs, challenges and priorities

Builds Cultural Competency: 25%
-    Project will connect people to new art forms and experiences and connect communities and/or artistic disciplines
-    Project design is inclusive of people with diverse backgrounds, identities and abilities

Feasibility: 25%
-    Artistic outcome is attainable—participants confirmed, budget and timetable are realistic
-    The public will have an opportunity to experience the work, and the plan to create the opportunity is clear and achievable
-    The applicant bio and work samples provide examples of ability to complete a project and evaluate its success
-    Plans for promoting the project are defined and attainable within the budget

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be able to submit a W-9 form with an individual’s social security number to accept funding 
  • Be a practicing artist 18 years or older with a visible track record of creating art work
  • Designate one primary contact if applying on behalf of a group.
  • Be a resident of the City of Burlington or have a rented/owned art space within the City of Burlington with a valid street address as a location identifier for a minimum of the last 12 months (P.O. boxes will not be accepted as a location identifier but can be accepted as a mailing address).
  • Demonstrate that at least half (at least 51%) of programming occurs within the City of Burlington.
  • Work in any of the following disciplines: Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theater, Performance Art, Literary Arts, Design (includes fashion, industrial, graphic, theatre, architecture, etc), curatorial projects, media arts/film, or transdisciplinary.
  • See more on eligibility.

Arts Organizations

The goals for supporting small arts organizations are to:

  • Support small arts organizations with budgets of $300,000 or less
  • Support programs that benefit the Burlington community and its multidisciplinary artists
  • Encourage efforts to build more diverse, equitable and inclusive arts practices and programs among local arts organizations

Review Criteria:

Overall quality and clarity of application narrative and budget: 25%
-    Project, goals and outcomes are clearly described in the narrative and relate to the funding priorities for the organization
-    Project budget is clear and represents reasonable costs for proposed project activity
-    Work samples are of high quality and are selected to support proposed project

Demonstrated Community Benefit: 25%
-    Impact for the intended audience is clear and compelling
-    Increases access to the arts for diverse (social, geographic, economic) populations reflective of the community, including those with limited access to the arts
-    Supports a broad artist community and/or artistic discipline

Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion: 25%
-    Organization is advancing efforts to expand cultural competency internally and incorporating new voices and ideas in its leadership, planning and execution
-    Includes outreach and promotional plan that will increase access, participation and exposure to the project 

Feasibility: 25%
-    Artistic outcome is clear and attainable—participants are confirmed, budget and timetable are realistic
-    The public will have an opportunity to experience the work, and the plan to create the opportunity is clear and achievable
-    History of the organization’s impact with artists and community members, breadth of leadership, and work samples provide confidence that the organization will be able to complete  and evaluate the project 

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be an arts organization with a primary mission to create art, produce art, present art, or support arts and culture services for the public.
  • Be capable of submitting a W-9 with an EIN number (not a social security number) to accept funding
  • Have an annual operating budget under $300,000 during the most recently completed fiscal or calendar year. 
  • Be headquartered in the City of Burlington for a minimum of the last 12 months (P.O. boxes will not be accepted as a location identifier but can be used as a mailing address).
  • Demonstrate that at least half (at least 51%) of programming occurs within the City of Burlington.
  • Present programming in any of the following disciplines: Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theater, Performance Art, Literary Arts, Design (includes fashion, industrial, graphic, theatre, architecture, etc), curatorial projects, media arts/film, or transdisciplinary.
  • See more on eligibility.

Community Fund FAQs

What the BCA Community Fund Will Fund

  • Artist fees
  • Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the project
  • Expenses associated with production of the arts project (i.e., space and equipment rentals, professional services)
  • Marketing/publicity and other outreach costs

What the BCA Community Fund Does Not Fund

  • Contingency funds
  • Capital improvements or depreciable equipment
  • Operating expenses of privately owned facilities (i.e., mortgage or rent or utilities for homes, studios) 

What Amounts Can Be Requested
Grant requests may be up to $3000, and the request amount should be commensurate with the project description (i.e. smaller total budget=smaller request; larger total budget=larger request). Projects may be funded completely by the BCA Community Fund or have a budget larger than $3000 and be funded in part by the BCA Community Fund. Applicants must use the project budget template to describe their budget.

When Do Projects Need to Take Place
Projects must take place between July 1, 2019—June 30, 2020.

How Is Funding Decided
All projects will be reviewed and awarded by a grants panel that is selected annually based on the criteria outlined for each category: 
For individual artist grants, panels will be comprised of residents and/or business owners from Burlington, including non-submitting art professionals from different disciplines and community members. Panelists are selected annually by BCA staff based on experience in their artistic discipline and geographic location, with representation from throughout the City.
For organizational grants, panels will be comprised of individuals with experience working in the arts and nonprofit organizations from the Greater Burlington area. Panelists will be selected annually by BCA staff. 
Nominations for panelists may be made here.

Reporting Requirements and Distribution of Funds

  • Grantees will be required to submit a final report within 30 days of completion of the funded project that describes and evaluates the project, provides participant demographics, and outlines actual funds expended.
  • Funds will be dispersed according to a contract facilitated by Burlington City Arts.
  • Grantees will receive a payment totaling 75% of the award upon signing the contract and submitting W9 form, and the remaining 25% upon submission of the final report.

What other resources are available from BCA?

  • BCA grants in-kind space through a process separate from the Community Fund. Unless in-kind arrangements have been made prior to submission, applications should include the cost of renting space as a line item in the application budget.
  • BCA presents exhibitions via a curatorial process separate from the Community Fund. Main exhibition spaces at the BCA Center are typically organized one to two years in advance by the BCA Curator and should not be included in applications unless confirmed with BCA’s curatorial staff prior to submission.

Will BCA promote my project?

  • Grantees should plan to include promotion in the budget as BCA will not be responsible for promotion of projects. 
  • BCA will amplify projects as staff time allows. 

Grant Recipient Responsibilities

  • Sign a contract stating the scope and terms of the funded project and submit a w-9 form for payment.
  • Keep BCA informed of any significant changes in the project as proposed in the original application 
  • Make the public aware of your project, following through on the terms of your approved marketing strategy.
  • The following credit language is required on all publicity and printed and e-media materials and websites associated with the funded project: “This project is supported by the Burlington City Arts Community Fund” as well as a BCA logo.
  • Provide timely notification of your public presentation to BCA for PR and outreach purposes.
  • Ensure that events/venues associated with the project are accessible.
  • Submit a final report within 30 days of completion of the funded project that includes information on the demographics of participants.

    Eligibility

    Details of eligibility are described within each category.

    Further, the following are not eligible to apply to the Burlington City Arts Community Fund:

    • Religious institutions
    • Social service or educational organizations
    • Public or governmental agencies
    • Schools, school districts, and universities/higher education institutions
    • Athletic teams, social organizations, fraternal organizations
    • Organizations that receive other funding from the City of Burlington
    • Staff and board members of Burlington City Arts
    • Current year Burlington City Arts Community Fund panelists
    • Individual youth under the age of 18 (Youth organizations with a primary mission in the arts ARE eligible to apply)
    • Students enrolled in a degree program
    • Past Community Fund recipients who have failed to complete a project or are delinquent in submitting a final report.

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    Cultural Competence Definition:The process by which individuals and systems respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, languages, classes, races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, spiritual traditions, immigration status, and other diversity factors in a manner that recognizes, affirms, and values the worth of individuals, families, and communities and protects and preserves the dignity of each (definition from the National Association of Social Workers, Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice, 2015).