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General Operating Support (GOS) Program

Grants to Arkansas Arts Nonprofits and
Agencies for Operating Expenses

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Grants of up to $75,000 to Arkansas nonprofit local arts agencies and arts organizations to support general, non-programmatic operating expenses. Applicants must consult with staff and submit an LOI before applying. Eligible expenses may include administrative staff salaries, facility rental and maintenance, general marketing and fundraising costs, utilities, and staff travel.

Grants are made to established nonprofit local arts agencies or single discipline arts organizations. For purposes of the General Operating Support program:

  • A local arts agency is a community organization that has a permanent administrative facility, a representative board, at least a part-time executive or artistic director, and that provides financial support, services, or other programs for a variety of arts organizations and/or individual artists and the community as a whole
  • A single-discipline arts organization is a producing/presenting agency in one art form primarily with a permanent administrative facility, a representative board, and at least a part-time executive or artistic director.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176391

Estimated Size of Grant:

General Operating Support applicants may request a percentage of the adjusted operating Total Income of their last completed fiscal year. The amount of percentage is based on budget size:

-$50,000 - $149,999 - 12 %
-$150,000 - $499,999 - 10 %
-$500,000 - $999,999 - 7 %
-$1 million or more - 5% of the average of the last three completed years' total incomes (2016 - 2017, 2017 - 2018, and 2018 - 2019) not to exceed $75,000.

For example, if the calculated total income at the end of GOS organization’s FY19 is $235,000, it would be eligible to request an FY21 GOS grant of 10 percent of that amount, or $23,500.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards for FY21 will be made to help coordinate projects, programs, and activities occurring between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization is eligible to apply for General Operating Support if it:

-Received a GOS award for FY20 as a 501(c)(3) arts organization with a total operating budget equal to or greater than $50,000, or has been approved as a newly eligible GOS applicant after filing a Letter of Intent by December 6, 2019;

-Employs a full-time executive director if its annual budget total is $150,000 to $999,999, or employs at least a part-time paid executive director if its annual budget is $50,000 to $149,999.

-Has a copy of the independent audit of its most recently completed fiscal year sent to the Arkansas Attorney General on file with the Arkansas Arts Council if its annual budget is $500,000 or more, or has an IRS tax form 990 on file with the Arkansas Arts Council if the annual budget is less than $500,000.

These funds may not be used for artistic or technical staff, or for contracted administrative or artistic costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Potential new or previous GOS applicants who were not funded in FY20 and wish to return to the program must submit a Letter of Intent application by December 6, 2019.

All Letter of Intent organizations applying for a General Operating Support grant must first consult with the Arts Council's Grant Programs Manager, and then submit the FY21 General Operating Support (LOI) application.

Organizations will be panel reviewed for General Operating Support in the first year of a three-year rotation cycle. Years 2 and 3 will be staff reviewed.

The deadline for the final application is January 24, 2020.

GOS requests for administrative support must be matched 2 : 1 by the applicant’s expenditures on artistic programming. For more details about matching funds, see the Guidelines.


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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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Jess Anthony, Grant Programs Manager

Arkansas Arts Council
1100 North Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

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