The Individual Artist Project grant category supports Oakland-resident individual artists producing art activities in Oakland that culminate in a local public outcome for the benefit of the community. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, performances of dance, music or theater, visual art and public art projects, classes and workshops, exhibitions, and literary activities. The request amount is $4,999.
All arts and cultural activities for which FY 2019-2020 Cultural Funding Program support is requested must occur within the City of Oakland between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. If grant is awarded, an Oakland Business Tax Certificate (BTC) in the name of the Individual artist grantee must be obtained. It is not a requirement to have one to apply for this grant.
Please carefully review the following eligibility requirements. If you are a first-time applicant or have questions regarding eligibility, please contact the Cultural Funding Coordinator at (510) 238-7561.
Reside in Oakland at the time of application
Maintain residency during the grant period
Be 18 or older
Proof of residency is required and may be satisfied by submitting a copy of one of the following:
Artists that have received funds in the Individual Artist Project grant category for two consecutive years are ineligible to apply for one year (i.e., if you were awarded funds in FY17-18 AND FY18-19 you may not apply this year, FY19-20, but may submit an application next year for the FY 20-21 funding cycle.
REQUEST AMOUNT Individual Artist Project grant awards are set at $4,999. Your request may not be less or more than this amount. There is no matching fund requirement. Only one application per artist will be accepted.
Individual Artist Project grant funds must be used in accordance with the following guidelines:
Artistic and administrative personnel salaries, wages, and/or fees
Office, rehearsal or necessary rental space
General office supplies relating to the project
Marketing, promotion and publicity expenses
Activities occurring outside Oakland
Social functions, parties, receptions and/or fundraising events
Food and beverages
Out of state travel
Operating expenses for commercial facilities
Major equipment purchases ($750 and above)
Capital construction and/or acquisitions
Activities with a political or religious purpose
INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS: Once grant is awarded, the organization must show evidence of the following: 1) General Commercial Liability insurance; 2) Workers Compensation insurance (if applicable); 3) Auto insurance (if applicable); and 4) Abuse and Sexual Molestation insurance (if working with youth under the age of 18 or vulnerable populations. INDIVIDUAL ARTIST GRANTEES WILL BE COVERED ON THE DIVISION'S GROUP POLICY, BUT AUTO AND WORKERS COMPENSATION (if applicable) MUST BE COVERED BY THE GRANTEE.
EVALUATION AND SCORING
A qualified, review panel will evaluate applications based on the criteria listed below
1. Cultural Funding Program Goals & Objectives (20 points maximum)
Evidence of the organization’s programs advancing one or more of the following Cultural Funding Program goals/objectives:
Support activities that present forms of artistic expression which enhance understanding of and respect for diverse cultural traditions and heritages.
Support activities that are creative, innovative, and/or progressive in nature.
Encourage collaborations between neighborhood community programs, artists and/or arts organizations.
Encourage cross-discipline and/or cross-cultural collaborations among artists and organizations.
Enhance and stimulate economic development efforts throughout Oakland.
Provide economic support for professional artists.
Note: Applicants will not be penalized for advancing only one of the above goals/objectives. The score will reflect how applicant is performing in respect to the applicable goal(s)/objective(s).
2. Artistic Quality (30 points maximum)
Project consistent with stated artistic mission.
Qualifications of staff and artistic personnel directly participating in project.
Work sample, reviews, video, audio and/or other materials provided as demonstration of artistic integrity.
3. Implementation (30 points maximum)
History of consistent and successful execution of the same or similar projects.
Current capacity of organization to successfully produce the project within the projected timeline.
Appropriateness of requested amount to the budget and scope of the project.
4. Marketing and Outreach (20 points maximum)
Demonstration of organization’s ability and commitment to improve exposure to, understanding of, and respect for diverse cultural traditions and values by:
Identification of target audiences.
Comprehensive, appropriate and realistic marketing plan.
Potential impact of project to benefit the Oakland community (e.g. number of direct participants, number of audience served).
GUIDELINES & ONLINE APPLICATION After reviewing the guidelines and evaluation criteria, begin your application by clicking the SUBMIT RESPONSE button at the top right. This will allow you to begin working on your application. The application is formatted in web-based forms, and as you input your work it will be auto-saved by Screendoor.
You will be asked to provide your Applicant Registry Profile, the reach of your requested grant events to be funded, narrative, and budget. In addition, you will be asked to upload the following files:
Work Sample: 1 Video OR 1 Audio sample, up to 5 minutes in length, OR a Literary Sample of up to 5 pages in length, OR up to 5 image files
Resumes or bios of key artistic and administrative project personnel (Attachment A). Please combine these into one document
A list of Art Activities (Attachment B) that you produced last year, including name and location of activity
Any additional Supplemental Materials (Attachment C): This is OPTIONAL, but may be up to 4 pages, combined into one document.
A scanned Proof of Residency (Attachment D): Utility Bill, Bank Statement, or Rental Agreement or Mortgage documentation.
PLEASE NOTE: By submitting a grant application to the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program through this website, you acknowledge and accept that your application materials will become public records of the City of Oakland.
HOW-TO-APPLY WORKSHOPS for INDIVIDUAL ARTIST PROJECT APPLICANTS
Oakland City Hall-1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Hearing room 2 Monday, April 8; 12 noon Monday, April 8; 5:30-7pm
East Oakland Youth Development Center -8200 International Blvd. Oakland
Saturday, April 20, 2019; 11am-1:15pm
One-on-one assistance is ALSO available. Contact Cultural Funding Coordinator (510) 238-7561 email@example.com
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