Posted on: July 26, 2017

Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grants

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Call for Entries for FY 2017-18

Great news -- the Neighborhood Public Art (NPA) mini-grant program has regained funding for FY 2017-18.  The grants are designed to stimulate arts and culture in the Richmond community, help emerging artists of all ages and ethnicities, and fund local art projects.

Description: NPA Mini-Grants enable participants to learn basic artistic skills by working with professional artists. Teaching artistic skills to novices is a condition of the grant. Since 1997 the NPA program has engaged hundreds of community members in art projects all over Richmond. NPA is sponsored by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC), and  an art commissioner will work with each project manager.

Award Amounts: Grant allocations: $5,000 to $10,000 each. Total amount to be granted to the community: $65,000. The grant limit is $10,000 per application, and no less than $5,000. Applicants present their proposals to the art commission, which makes the final award decisions. Grantees may receive less than their proposed amount, but not more. Once awarded, recipients will enter into a contract with the City, and then they will receive their grant allocation to begin the project.

Eligible Art Forms:  Visual arts (media, painting, graphics, ceramics, mosaic, crafts, or sculpture); performing arts (spoken word, music, dance, theater); and literary arts. Applicants may apply as individuals, with partners, or as an arts organization. If you are already doing a creative project and need additional funding, you are eligible to apply for a Mini-Grant.

Important Dates:

  • Call for Entries: Opens July 24, 2017 – Closes September 22, 2017
  • Mandatory Grant Application Workshop: Saturday, August 26th from 1 – 2:30 pm at City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond Conference Room, at Barrett and 27th Street. The workshop will help you with the application process and any NPA program questions you may have.
  • Application Deadline: September 22, 2017 
  • Send your applications to: Michele Seville, Arts & Culture Manager, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804 or email them to: Michele_seville@ci.richmond.ca.us. (There is no application fee.)
  • Applicant Presentations: Presentations to the art commission will be on Thursday, September 28th & Thursday, October 5th, 2015. Applicants may state their preferred date when they apply, and must attend their assigned RACC meeting date prepared to present their proposal. The meetings will be at City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond Room, main floor. They will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. Allocated presentation time: 10 minutes. Please notify us if you will be including audio/visual elements in your presentation.
  • Grant Duration: Once the grantees have been decided, contracts will be awarded. The grant project will go from about December 2017 to August 30, 2018, or 9 months.

To apply, please fill out the Application Form as directed. All applicants must attend the Mandatory Grant Application Workshop on Saturday, August 26th. You will find it very helpful.  If you cannot attend, please send someone in your place.

The application deadline is September 22, 2017.

For questions, please call Michele Seville at (510) 620-6952 or email Michele_seville@ci.richmond.ca.us.

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