RACIAL EQUITY & INCLUSION GRANTS

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The Racial Equity and Inclusion Grant Program is designed to cultivate greater and more consistent efforts and outputs related to racial equity, justice, inclusion, and liberation for nonprofits in our arts and culture sector.

All interested applicants to the Racial Equity and Inclusion Grant are encouraged to attend one Virtual Grant Program Orientation sessions. Orientation sessions are closed.

Click Here to View the Grant Program Orientation
Click Here To View 2023-2024 Grant Program Guidelines
Click Here To View Grant Application Questions

Please note, we acknowledge that this Grant Program is complex and intimidating. We aim to alleviate as much anxiety as possible for all interested applicants and we encourage you to reach out to us directly should you have questions or concerns about this program!

OVERVIEW

We aim to distribute approximately $75,000 to an undetermined number of arts/culture-based nonprofit organizations whose primary business location is within the proper city limits of Salt Lake City before June 30, 2023. Grants will be made in the following three amounts; $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000. The amount funded is based on request and the application’s score in accordance with the Funding Priorities and Evaluation Criteria. Applicants are encouraged to write their project in close relation to the Funding Priorities and Evaluation Criteria whenever possible to maximize their score.

GRANT PROGRAM PURPOSE 

The Racial Equity and Inclusion Grant program was designed to cultivate greater and more consistent efforts and outputs related to racial equity, justice, inclusion, and liberation for Salt Lake City-based nonprofits in our arts and culture sector. 

As the Salt Lake City Arts Council, we acknowledge that systemic racism and racial inequities have consistently and pervasively plagued our creative industry’s history and is an injustice which continues to be an issue today. Further, we acknowledge that Black, Indigenous, and/or other racialized persons have persisted through even greater challenges stemming from the COVID-19 Global Pandemic as well as the violence of this prolonged systemic racism and inequities which exist in our industry and society at large. Thus, we are committed to addressing these systemic inequities by providing this grant opportunity.

This grant program will aid in Salt Lake City’s phased economic recovery efforts and provide necessary financial resources to incentivize arts-based nonprofit organizations in our creative sector. The Racial Equity and Inclusion Grant Program will directly contribute to a more expeditious and equitable recovery of Salt Lake City’s thriving creative economy. 

ABOUT OUR FUNDING PARTNER
In November, the National Endowment for the Arts announced American Rescue Plan Grants for Local Arts Agencies. Salt Lake City Arts Council is one of these 66 organizations and the only organization in the State of Utah to be awarded a grant in the amount of $500,000 to subgrant to individual artists and nonprofit organizations. With these funds, we will support several grant categories, including this program.  

ABOUT OUR CITY ARTS GRANTS PROGRAM

For decades, the Salt Lake City Arts Council has administered the City Arts Grants Program, distributing millions of dollars to countless arts and culture organizations and individual artists. The City Arts Grants program is designed to provide financial support for arts programs and projects in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Racial Equity and Inclusion Grant program was first released in 2021 and distributed $10,000 to 5 grants to nonprofit organizations. In 2022 we were able to distribute $79,500 to 12 nonprofit organizations. Our City Arts Grants Program will continue to amplify the Racial Equity and Inclusion Grant using this once-in-a-generation investment from our federal partners. 

Please read the Program Guidelines thoroughly as substantial changes to this program have been made.  

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Applications for Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Racial Equity and Inclusion Grant Program must be submitted and administered by a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization who meets all of the following Eligibility Criteria at the time of submission:

  1. Be a registered 501(c) 3 entity in good standing with all appropriate state and federal laws and regulations guiding nonprofit operations and activities. NOTE: All applicants will be verified through GuideStar Charity Check and must have a proper Salt Lake City;
  2. Organizations are required to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) that reflects the organization’s legal name and current, physical address.
  3. Demonstrate continued nonprofit operations for a minimum of three (3) years prior to submission; 
  4. Have a mission, vision, or values statement which clearly identifies core functions and language related to arts and culture activities and/or operations. I.e. you must be an arts/culture-based nonprofit organization;
  5. Demonstrate a high level of artistic excellence/artistic merit; 
  6. Conducts primary operational activities within a physical space anchored in the boundaries of Salt Lake City, Utah. Applicants must check their address using the tool found here.
  7. Is able to develop and implement a project within the boundaries of Salt Lake City which is open to the public between Jul 1, 2023 and Dec 31, 2023.

FUNDING LIMITATIONS 

Funds cannot be expended for the following activities and/or expenses: 

  1. Expenses incurred outside of the grant timeline (Jul 1, 2023 through Dec 31, 2023);
  2. Expenses incurred for the purposes of debt reduction; 
  3. Expenses incurred outside of the State of Utah must be approved in writing (including online purchases), items made in America should be prioritized whenever possible per the Buy America Act
  4. Expenses which are sub granted in any way. Subcontracting is a permissible use which must be approved in writing;
  5. Projects which occur outside of the city limits of Salt Lake City, Utah. Please verify the address of your proposed project using this tool;
  6. Activities and/or expenses which would be classified as a capital campaign, such as building renovations, additions, scholarship campaigns, etc.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The funding for this grant is through the NEA and uses Federal Funds which require additional requirements. It can seem overwhelming, but the Salt Lake City Arts Council will assist you along the way to make sure you are in compliance with additional requirements. 

If funded, Additional Requirements must be met before final approval and disbursement of your grant funds. At this time, these may include:

  1. Adherence to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and/or the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) during project development and implementation, if applicable. The Salt Lake City Arts Council may conduct a review of your project to ensure that it is in compliance with NHPA/NEPA;
  2. Adherence to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended. The Salt Lake City Arts Council may conduct a review of your project to ensure that it is in compliance with Section 504/ADA;
  3. Cooperation with the Salt Lake City Arts Council in conducting a Risk Assessment for noncompliance with federal statutes and regulations.

Additional eligibility and/or limitations may be added at any time with written notice to funded projects. 

GENERAL FUNDING GUIDANCE

The Salt Lake City Arts Council aims to fund Racial Equity and Inclusion Grants which are innovative, transformative, and engaging. We envision these funds will be utilized in ways which allow nonprofit organizations to build capacity and increase alignment with values related to racial equity, justice, empowerment, and inclusion with regards to their organization’s outward facing efforts related to these values. As such, we are encouraging applicants to this grant program to detail how additional funds for their current or upcoming programs will stabilize and/or expand efforts which adhere to the above principles and press the boundaries of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.

Applicants are encouraged to request funding on projects which adhere to the Eligibility Criteria and Fund Limitations listed above. Potential fund usage can be, but is not limited to, the projects listed below:

  1. Projects which present a minimum of one public performance of the following artforms: dance, visual art, music, theater, performance, new media (film/video/digital/web based/archives etc), social practice art; or transdisciplinary artistic media. Examples include: opera, busking, DJing,web based work, illusions, and any other craft which is creative in nature;  
  2. Projects which present a minimum of one public engagement opportunity grounded in creative industry and aimed at demonstrating racial equity and inclusion in one or more of the following activities; workshops, festivals, symposiums, showcases, webinars, web archives, markets, fairs, panels, service projects, and educational courses;
  3. Projects which develop and place one or more physical object(s), grounded in an artistic discipline and aimed at demonstrating racial equity and inclusion, within a designated space accessible to the public. The object may be temporary or permanent, but must adhere to all relevant city code and permits; 
  4. Project that focuses on a restricted audience who is racially and/or ethnically diverse and  has a significant impact on that population including but not limited to; hospitals, prisons, schools, rehabilitation centers, and other such locations.

FUNDING USAGE

Every funded application must result in a public programming of some kind. Funding usage for your project must adhere to the following: 

  1. All Funding Limitations and Additional Requirements listed above;
  2. Allowable costs include, and are limited to, the following: 
    • Salary support, full or partial, for one or more staff positions;
    • Fees/stipends for contractual personnel to support the services they provide for specific activities. 
    • Facilities costs such as rent and utilities, e.g. electric, phone, gas bills. Note: Costs related to home offices, upgrades to HVAC/ventilation systems, and other capital improvements are unallowable;
    • Cost associated with health and safety supplies for staff and/or visitors/audiences (e.g., personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, etc.);
    • Indirect Costs – this is an approved indirect cost rate negotiated between the subrecipient and the Federal Government;
    • Costs associated with marketing, promotion, and applicant/grantee technical assistance.
    • The above list of allowable costs is definitive; these are the only costs that are allowable.
  3. This project cannot include project costs that are supported by any other federal funds or their cost share/match, including costs that may be included in applications submitted, or grants received, by partner organizations or presenters. It is your responsibility to ensure that any future requests made on your behalf carefully consider the sources of the program’s funds.

APPLICATION KEY DATES

  • Application Opens: Wednesday, Mar 1, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.  
  • Virtual Grant Program Orientation:
    Monday, Mar 13, 2023 at 1:00pm
  • Application Closes*: Friday, Mar 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
    *No application submitted after this date will be accepted. Absolutely no exceptions will be made. 
  • Salt Lake City Arts Council Committee Review Process: Apr 3, 2023 through Apr 28, 2023
  • Salt Lake City Arts Council Board Meeting*: Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.
    *This meeting is a public meeting where committee recommendations will be submitted to the Board of directors for approval. Attendance is not required. 
    • Written Grant Notification: Friday, May 19, 2023 before 5:00 p.m. 
    • Grant Agreement Form Acceptance: Friday, May 26, 2023 before 5:00 p.m. 
    • First Grant Distribution of 50% of award: Friday, Jun 16, 2023
  • Final Grant Distribution: Date to be determined based on completion and approval of Final Report.
  • Final Public Project/Program Release: Jul 1, 2023 through Dec 31, 2023 Specific date(s) to be determined by the Organization.

EVALUATION CRITERIA 

All applications will be scored in accordance with our scoring rubric, found here

There will be a total of 106 points available for this grant program, however, all final point considerations will be weighted based on a total of only 100 points

Applications will be reviewed by the Grant Subcommittee of the Salt Lake City Arts Council Board of Directors. Our board consists of community members that represent a diverse group of artists, professionals and patrons of the arts from the seven Salt Lake City Council Districts. Applicants may listen in on the review process at the public board meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.

The breakdown of available points is as follows; 

Core Criteria: 80 Points Available
Budget: 20 Points Available
Total Weighted Points: 100 Points Available

Additional Funding Priority Criteria:   6 Points Available*

*Priority Criteria represents available points for applications who are considerate of our Funding Priorities as outlined above. These points should be viewed as “extra credit” and are intended to provide supplementary points for applicants who choose to align their project proposals with our Funding Priorities. There is not an expectation that applicants attempt to receive all supplemental points. Rather, applicants should consider how our Funding Priorities and the goals and objectives identified within their project align and clearly demonstrate accordingly within their submission.

Total Weighted Points: 100 Points Available
Total Funding Priority Points: 6 Points Available
Grand Total Points Available: 106 Points

FINANCE AND BUDGET INFORMATION 

All applicants must submit a detailed budget using the provided budget template, HERE.

All budgets must balance. Meaning, expenses may not exceed income. We acknowledge that this budget represents an estimation of income and expenses. As such, funded applicants will have opportunities throughout the grant program to submit change requests which better align with current economic conditions. All applicants are encouraged to submit budgets which thoughtfully consider rising inflation of materials and supplies, and to adhere to all Funding Limitations, Additional Requirements, and Funding Priorities outlined above.

The grants staff is available to provide support with creating budgets.

All questions or concerns regarding this grant program should be submitted in writing. Once submitted, please allow 2 business days for a response. Additionally, all questions and answers will be released for any applicant to see, unless such release includes sensitive personal information.

All questions and answers will be updated here as necessary.

What does Artistic Merit/Artistic Excellence mean?

  • Artistic Excellence
    • Artistic excellence is evaluated based on the program description; a clear and concise description of the project, the goals, and the relevance to the audience or communities being served.
  • Artistic Merit
    • Importance and appropriateness of the project to the artist, audience, community and/or constituency.
    • Ability to carry out the project based on such factors as the appropriateness of the budget, the quality and clarity of the project goals and design, the resources involved, and the qualifications of the project’s personnel.
    • Potential to serve and/or reach individuals whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability, as applicable.
    • Evidence of direct compensation to artists, and/or art workers.

Does intern pay need to be at the MIT Livable Wage Calculation?

  • Interns are not required to be paid at the MIT Livable Wage Calculation.

FUNDING PRIORITIES

The following represents priorities as identified by the Salt Lake City Arts Council which align with several strategic initiatives of Salt Lake City, including the Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Strategic plan, the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Work Plan. We acknowledge that it is highly unlikely that any single application will adhere to every priority listed below. However, we encourage the applicant to carefully consider how our Funding Priorities and the goals and objectives of your prospective project might align, and clearly demonstrate that alignment accordingly. The following Funding Priorities apply to this Grant Program:

  • All arts/culture-based nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply, however a portion of funds will be prioritized for and subsequently granted to applicants with leadership, on both staff and board, who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or other racialized persons;
  • Applicants with programming that already exists that is ran by and for Black, Indigenous and / or other Racialized Persons
  • Applicants that have clearly demonstrated credibility, trust, and authentic connections with communities historically marginalized, and have a track record of partnerships rooted in working “with and by” not “to and for” Salt Lake City’s diverse communities
  • Applicants who foster cultural equity and provide a positive social impact;
  • Applicants who cultivate and build healthy partnerships in the community;
  • Applicants who demonstrate a public project which is considerate of our environment and sustainable in both the development and implementation phase;
  • Applicants whose public project that address issues important to the Thrive in Place initiative
  • Applicants whose public project occurs in Council Districts 1 and 2. Please verify the Council District of your proposed project using this tool;
  • Applicants who demonstrate a substantial commitment to accessibility for persons with disabilities and adherence to Section 504 and the ADA (as described above); 
  • Applicants whose project demonstrates a large impact in the community either through estimated attendance, community involvement/engagement, and/or disciplinary uniqueness and innovation;
  • Applicants whose public project is either free or low cost for attendees;
  • Applicants whose public project includes innovative art-based or creative technology or represents a substantial effort to advance arts and culture industries as a creative entrepreneur;

All questions or concerns regarding this grant program should be submitted through email, . Once submitted, please allow 2 business days for a response. Additionally, all questions and answers will be released for any applicant to see, unless such release includes sensitive personal information. All applicants are encouraged to view our Frequently Asked Questions before submission, found on this page.

From March 1, 2023 to March 28, 2023, three (3) days before the deadline, applicants are encouraged to schedule one (1) thirty (30) minute appointment. The purpose of this meeting is to ask questions which are not answered in the Program Guidelines or Frequently Asked Questions. We are happy to help you with any additional technical or adaptive questions or concerns you may have, as well as answer specific questions you might have regarding your materials or application. We are administrators of the Program and, as such, we have to maintain a level of fairness to all applicants. 

To schedule your 30 minute appointment with either grant administrator, please click here

Glossary of Terms
Our staff are here to provide as much help and assistance for easing your application process as we can offer. If you have any additional questions about the language or terms on our guidelines, please contact Salt Lake City Arts Council Community Investment and Development Manager, Susan Campbell or Salt Lake City Arts Council Grant Projects Coordinator, Cyan Larson at .

ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE
• Artistic Excellence is evaluated based on the program description; a clear and concise
description of the project, the goals, and the relevance to the audience or communities being
served.

ARTISTIC MERIT
•Importance and appropriateness of the project to the artist, audience, community and/or
constituency.
• Ability to carry out the project based on such factors as the appropriateness of the budget, the
quality and clarity of the project goals and design, and the resources involved, and the
qualifications of the project’s personnel.
• Potential to serve and/or reach individuals whose opportunities to experience the arts are
limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability, as applicable.
• Evidence of direct compensation to artists, and/or art workers.

ARTIST RESUME: A document outlining your artistic career. It may include your
achievements, scholarships, shows, performances, completed body of works, education, history.
Click here for a guide.

ARTISTIC INQUIRY: Researching or investigating through or on behalf of furthering an
artistic practice.

CURRENT FISCAL YEAR (FY23 OR 2023-2024): the organization’s present, active fiscal
year at the time of application. Current year financial figures are estimated amounts based on
active budgets.

DIVERSITY: (Who’s at the table?) Recognition and representation of individual or group
differences encompassing race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, ability,
socioeconomic status, age, religion, and other areas of identity.

DISCIPLINE: the primary focus of an arts activity as defined among the following eight fields:
dance; design arts; folklife; literature; media; music; theater; visual arts and crafts. See also
Multi-disciplinary and Inter-disciplinary.

EMERGING ARTIST: an individual with a career commitment to an art form, but lacking an
extensive resume or body of work.

EQUITY: The fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the
same time identifying and eliminating barriers that have prevented the full participation of some
groups. Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the protocols,
processes, practices and policies of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of
resources. Confronting and tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes
of disparities within our society. Equity is closely tied to actions and results to address historical
disparities.

EXPENSES (EXPENDITURES): costs required to implement a project or programming.
FISCAL YEAR: any 12-month period used for financial record-keeping and reporting suited to
the organization’s operating cycle or programming season.

INCLUSION: Embracing differences by creating environments in which any individual or
group can feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. While an
inclusive group is diverse, a diverse group isn’t always inclusive. To achieve inclusiveness,
recognition of implicit or unconscious bias is necessary.

INCOME: present or anticipated funds and resources required to accomplish the proposed
activities (for example, revenues which are earned income, support which is unearned income,
such as cash contributions and grants).

INDIRECT COST (REI): A term used by the National Endowment for the Arts. This is a cost
rate that has been negotiated with a Federal Agency.

LIVABLE WAGE: The wage for a standard workweek by a worker in a particular place
sufficient to afford a decent standard of living for the worker and/or their family. Elements of a
decent standard of living include food, water, housing, education, health care, transportation,
clothing, and other essential needs including provision for unexpected events.

PERSONNEL – ADMINISTRATIVE – employees receiving payments for salaries, wages,
fees and benefits specifically identified with the project. Examples include executive and
supervisory administrative staff, program directors, managing directors, business managers,
clerical staff, bookkeepers, etc.

PERSONNEL – ARTISTIC – employees receiving payments for salaries, wages, fees and
benefits specifically identified with the project. Examples include, artistic directors, curators,
dance masters, composers, choreographers, designers, video artists, sculptors, film makers,
painters, poets, authors, graphic artists, actors, dancers, singers, musicians, teachers,
puppeteers, etc.

PERSONNEL – FULL-TIME – employees or volunteers who work at least 35 hours per week
for at least 48 weeks per year.

PERSONNEL – PART-TIME – employees or volunteers who work fewer than 35 hours per
week.

PERSONNEL – TECHNICAL/PRODUCTION – employees receiving payments for salaries,
wages, fees or benefits specifically identified with the project for technical management and staff
services. Examples include, technical directors, wardrobe, lighting and sound crew, stage
managers, exhibit preparers, video and film technicians, etc.

SUBCONTRACTING: employing a business or person outside one’s organization to do (work)
as part of the project. Under the provisions of Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA),
contractors or their subcontractors must pay workers who qualify under DBRA no less than the
locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits paid on projects of a similar character.

TANGIBLE OUTCOMES: Regarding the outcome of the project, including definite evidence
for completion of the project. Tangible outcomes for projects might include, but are not limited
to: a presentation of artworks or a performance, a certificate/letter of completion, creation of artworks/recording/etc.

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QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions first.

If your question is not answered please contact Salt Lake Arts Council Community Investment & Development Manager, Susan Campbell or Grants Projects Coordinator, Cyan Larson at