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Collaborative Project Support (CPS)

Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for
Arts Activities Benefiting Underserved Communities

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Arkansas Arts Council

Deadline Date:

01/10/20 11:59 PM CST


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to Arkansas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and higher education institutions for collaborative arts projects that reach underserved communities. Projects must involve the establishment of an open community arts-based event or the expansion of an existing arts projects that reach an underserved group.

Collaborative Project Support (CPS) grants are designed to encourage collaboration with two or more community organizations and to assist the tax-exempt lead applicants with the contracted cost of art activities that have an outreach to an underserved community group.

The grants assist with the cost of arts activities, such as presenting or sponsoring separate individual artists or arts companies selected by the applicant collaborators, subsidizing fees for technicians hired for the project, or underwriting special expenses for projects that involve the collaborators’ own artists.

A Collaborative Project Support grant may be used only for contracted administrative or artistic expenses related to the proposed event. It may not be used for general administrative expenses incurred by the applicant or any of the collaborators—which include administrative salaries/benefits, capital expenditures, or general marketing costs—or to cover artistic and technical staff salaries/benefits for the applicant or any collaborator.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176216

Estimated Size of Grant:

Collaborative Project Support applicants may request up to $10,000. The minimum award request is $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards for Fiscal Year 2021 are made for Collaborative Projects occurring between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Applicants may request funding no more than two additional years for expansions of the original project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A Collaborative Project Support applicant must be a certified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that does not receive operational support from the Arkansas Arts Council. Auxiliaries, guilds, or other groups directly affiliated with arts organizations which receive operational support from the Arkansas Arts Council are not eligible.


Be a federal, state or local government or governmental unit; a 501 (c)(3) certified church or convention/association of churches; a hospital, hospital service organization or medical research affiliate; a public school or institution of higher learning.


Be proposing a collaborative arts project that involves some form of community outreach. The Collaborative Project's outreach should involve one or more underserved community groups as defined by the Arkansas Arts Council:

An underserved community is one in which individuals lack access to arts programs due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, physical challenges, or age.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due January 10, 2020. The Arkansas Arts Council makes it easy to apply for a grant online.

Grant funds are supplementary to the budget of any grantee. Applicants are encouraged to secure and demonstrate broadly based financial commitments for the proposal submitted. Grant awards are based on anticipated Arkansas Arts Council revenues and can be reduced at any time during the grant period.

A Collaborative Project Support request must be matched 1:1 by cash from sources other than the Arkansas Arts Council, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, or the National Endowment for the Arts. Other portions of the proposal not involved in the specific Arts Council request and its match may be funded by government sources.

Matching funds that are anticipated at the time of application must be received and obligated no later than June 30, 2020.

In-kind contributions may not be used as matching funds on an application, nor counted as matching funds on final reports. They should, however, be included in applications as evidence of the commitment of other resources to the applicant.

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas