Regional Partnership Grant Program Description
Regional arts organizations (RAOs) were created by state arts leaders, in partnership with the Arts Endowment and the private sector, in order to transcend state boundaries and give the public access to a greater and richer variety of arts experiences. RAOs encourage the development of the arts and support arts programs at the regional level. They respond to the special needs of each region and assist the Arts Endowment and other funders in distributing programs nationally. One of their roles has been to make excellent dance, theater, musical theater, opera, visual arts, media arts, music, and literature presentations available in underserved communities. As private, nonprofit organizations that are supported by the public sector, regional arts organizations are able to attract corporate and foundation contributions and to generate earned income for arts projects.
RAOs are comprised of member state arts agencies. NEA's investment in RAOs supports the RAOs' own activities as well as their programs and services for their state members. Federal support to RAOs complements the support provided by member state arts agencies.
As with the State Partnership grants, the planning process that each RAO engages in is at the core of this program. Planning is inclusive and responsive, reflecting the goals and activities identified as priorities for its region. Evaluating performance in relation to the RAO plan, conducting a cost effective operation, and employing efforts to strengthen and diversify revenue sources are all required of organizations that receive Regional Partnership support. In addition, each RAO is expected to have a clear and realistic mission and extend its resources through partnerships and other means.
The RAOs work cooperatively with the SAAs and the Arts Endowment to achieve common goals and outcomes. With the Arts Endowment's grant making organized around the outcomes below, Partnership Agreement funding enables the RAOs to address priorities identified at the regional level as well as NEA outcomes:
To support elements of a regional arts plan that provide Americans of all ages with arts learning opportunities across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines and geographic locations. These activities should focus on the acquisition of knowledge or skills in the arts, thereby building public capacity for lifelong participation in the arts. The NEA anticipates that the RAOs will be able to address this outcome through:
Livability: American communities are strengthened through the arts.
To support elements of a regional arts plan that provide support for and otherwise encourage activities that incorporate the arts and design into strategies to improve the livability of communities. Livability consists of a variety of factors that contribute to the quality of life in a community such as ample opportunities for social, civic, and cultural participation; education, employment, and safety; sustainability; affordable housing, ease of transportation, and access to public buildings and facilities; and an aesthetically pleasing environment. The NEA anticipates that the RAOs will be able to address this outcome through support for activities that focus on the development of plans for cultural and/or creative sector growth and stability; the enhancement of public spaces through design or new art works; and other arts or design activities intended to foster community interaction in public spaces, enhance the unique characteristics of a community, or otherwise improve community livability.
Understanding: Public knowledge and understanding about the contributions of the arts are enhanced.
To support elements of a regional arts plan that increase public knowledge and understanding of the various ways in which the arts contribute to positive outcomes for individuals and communities within a particular state or region. The NEA anticipates that the RAOs will be able to address this outcome through activities that include: recognition and promotion of artistic achievement; research and communication about the arts' contributions to social, civic, economic, and/or other outcomes; impact analyses of arts and cultural programming; recognition of professional arts workers as a key sector of American industry; efforts by the RAOs to nurture and promote innovation; collaborations with other state, regional, or national entities to explore or enhance the role that the arts can play in their programming; activities promoting cultural diplomacy with other countries; and hosting or sponsorship of related convenings, information exchanges, and reports.
The RAOs are vital partners in the NEA's ability to gather and promote evidence of the value and impact of arts and culture to the American people. The NEA seeks to fully and accurately capture the myriad ways in which funds provided to RAOs for this purpose result in projects that enhance “public knowledge and understanding about the contributions of the arts.” The NEA will revise data-collection requirements from RAOs so that this information can be tracked regularly, with results that are transparent to all stakeholders -- the NEA, other RAOs, and the American public.
All applicants must submit their applications electronically through Grants.gov, the federal government's online application system. The Grants.gov system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on October 1, 2012. The Grants.gov Contact Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Awards will support activities that are scheduled to begin on July 1, 2013, or any time thereafter.
Partnership Award Amounts
Funds will be allotted based on base amounts, and the strength of plans and accomplishments in relation to the review criteria. Funds for activities that strengthen regional support of the folk & traditional arts are awarded competitively and generally range from $20,000 to $45,000.
All awards must be matched at least 1 to 1.
In order to enter into a Partnership Agreement with the National Endowment for the Arts, a regional arts organization must:
Regional arts organizations that subgrant must:
Eligibility Requirements for Nonprofit Organizations Cooperating with their Regional Arts Organization
Nonprofit organizations working in cooperation with their RAO are eligible for support designed to strengthen regional support of the folk & traditional arts. In order to be eligible, such organizations must:
All applicants must have a DUNS number (www.dnb.com) and be registered with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR, www.ccr.gov) and maintain an active CCR registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award.
Requirements Concerning State Membership
For the purposes of this category, a state arts agency may participate in a regional arts organization of which it is not a member. However, a state arts agency may not designate more than one regional organization to receive funds on its behalf.
Any shift of a state from one regional organization to another or any proposal for a state to affiliate with or leave a regional organization must be preceded by at least one full year of planning by all of the agencies involved and the Arts Endowment.
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