We aim to distribute approximately $75,000 to an undetermined number of arts-based nonprofit organizations before June 30, 2022. Grants will be made in the following amounts; $2,500- $15,000 and will be distributed based on adherence to the Funding Priorities, as well as the Evaluation Criteria. We anticipate a high number of competitive submissions to this program. Applicants are encouraged to adhere 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 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 Persons of Color (BIPOC) 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.
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 5 grants to nonprofit organizations, ranging from $1,000 – $3,500. Our City Arts Grants Program hopes 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.