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Cultural Facilities Grant

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits and Municipalities
for Facilities that Provide Cultural Programming

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Foundation / Corporation

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Vermont Arts Council

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 to Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities to create, expand, or improve existing facilities that offer cultural opportunities to public audiences. Applications will be judged on the basis of the organization’s commitment to cultural programming and need for funding.

Examples of projects eligible for funding include:
-Improvements to wiring, heating, lighting, and plumbing
-Accessibility features such as elevators, lifts, assistive listening systems, ramps, and bathrooms
-Stage improvements such as curtains, lighting, and rigging
-Permanent display panels or exhibit cases
-Fixed equipment expenses
-Wireless/broadband for enhancing programming capacity

Criteria for Selection and Expectations:

Applicants should provide a clear presentation of the project that is consistent with the organization’s mission and demonstrates:

A commitment to cultural programming and activities through (weighted at 30% of review):
-Well-planned ongoing and/or high potential for cultural activities open to the public
-Expanded or improved use of an existing public facility for cultural activities
-Response to community needs and interests

Facility needs and ability to manage the project with (weighted at 70% of review):
-Overall project quality
-A prioritized plan for facility improvements
-The preservation of significant historic features and consideration of community context when renovations are occurring in an historic building
-A reasonable and appropriate budget and grant request
-Strong fundraising efforts and a well-articulated case for need
-Maximized use of available funding and community resources
-Compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the ADA Amendment Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325) which became effective on January 1, 2009

Funding Requirements:

Work undertaken on historic buildings must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation Projects. Grant funds and matching funds may only be used for materials ordered or purchased and for work begun and completed after notification. Construction must be done in adherence to relevant building codes and guidelines i.e. 2010 Standards for Accessible Design.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179681

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards range from $1,000 to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Funded activities must be completed between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.

Multi-year projects are not supported.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Vermont municipalities or 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations incorporated in the State of Vermont that:
-Own and operate the facility
-Have or have applied for a Dun and Bradstreet Number

Ineligible Applicants:

Any organization or municipality that:
-Has an outstanding final report with the Arts Council
-Received a Cultural Facilities Grant of any value during the previous fiscal year
-Received a Cultural Facilities Grant of $15,000 or more in one of the past two fiscal years
-Received a grant from any of the other Building Communities Grants Programs in the same fiscal year in which they are applying for a Cultural Facilities Grant
-Has received $50,000 or more from the State Capital Appropriations Budget within the past three years
-Is a Vermont public school (PreK-12, state college or university)

Cultural Facilities Grants do not fund:
-Overhead, operating support, studies, surveys, engineering reports, or architectural fees
-Programming, temporary exhibits, performances, or activities
-Multi-year projects
-Routine maintenance, e.g., exterior or interior painting, carpeting
-Moveable furniture, rugs, or appliances
-Major structural repairs to foundations, roofs, windows, etc.
-New construction unless directly connected to accessibility improvements

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant seeker workshops are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, March 14
Brandon Town Hall, Lower Level
1 Conant Square

Wednesday, March 21
Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm
705 Main Street

Tuesday, March 27
Hebard State Office Building, Conference Room
100 Main Street

If any of the three scheduled workshops are cancelled due to weather, a workshop will be held March 28 in the Vermont Arts Council conference room at 136 State Street, Montpelier.

-1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Cultural Facilities program and application overview
-1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Historic Preservation program and application overview
-2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Preservation Trust of Vermont programs and services overview

All workshops are free of charge. RSVP by sending an email to Meredith Bell. You may also RSVP by phone.

More information about the workshops may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

Awards must be matched on a 1:1 basis. At least 50% of the match must be in cash. Up to 50% can be in well-documented in-kind materials and/or labor. Funds from other state sources may not be used to match a Cultural Facilities Grant.

Application deadline is May 1, 2018. Application must be submitted through the Council’s online granting system.

Notification will occur by August 1, 2018.

Funds will be issued only after the project work is completed and the required reports are submitted.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Michele Bailey

Meredith Bell

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont