Grant Details

Building Cultural Diversity Program (Ohio)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Ohio Arts Council


    The Building Cultural Diversity program supports new and emerging organizations whose mission, programs, staff, and board represent culturally diverse communities. Awards support arts programming and projects that celebrate communities' unique arts and culture or preserve a culturally significant artistic tradition or practice. These awards help ensure a vibrant range of arts and cultural experiences are shared with residents, visitors, and communities, both today and in the future.

    Funds may be used to support general operating and programming costs, with other allowable expenses including artist fees, training or workshop costs, marketing, and planning and evaluation costs.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Building Cultural Diversity grants are one-year or six month awards for activities representative of a culturally diverse community. Funds may be used to support general operating and programming costs, with other allowable expenses including artist fees, training or workshop costs, marketing, and planning and evaluation costs. The budget section of the Building Cultural Diversity application provides a full list of allowable expense areas. Organizations may receive only one Building Cultural Diversity grant per year. 

    For additional information, please contact the Ohio Arts Council at the information provided in the contact section of this posting.


    Jim Szekacs

    Jim Szekacs
    30 E. Broad Street, 33rd Floor
    Columbus, OH 43215-3414
    (614) 728-4449

  • Eligibility Details

    • All applicants must possess nonprofit status or nonprofit intent, but need not be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Additional eligibility requirements for Building Cultural Diversity include:
    • Organizations must be representative of the American Indian/Alaskan Native, Appalachian, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or other culturally specific population.
    • Applying organizations must be authentically representative of the population they serve, as evidenced by the following:
      • At least 50 percent of staff and board combined is made up of individuals from a culturally specific population
      • Arts and culture programming focused on and reflective of that population
    • Applicants may be: 1) arts and cultural organizations in any arts discipline (literature, performing arts, visual arts, traditional arts, multidisciplinary arts, etc.); or 2) other organizations providing arts programming (government entities, social service agencies, etc.) that demonstrate a commitment to arts programming in a larger community setting.

    Deadline Details

    Applications must be submitted by June 1, annually (for activities taking place August 1 - June 30) or December 1, annually (for activities taking place January 15 - June 30).

    Award Details

    Awards range between $1,000 and $3,000 each. Awards last for 6 months or 1 year. Cost matching of 50% is required. Up to 25% of the match may come from allowable in-kind donations.

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