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What is a Project?

A project is a collaborative endeavor that is carefully planned and designed to achieve a particular aim within an identified community, and is either:

a)  not more than three years old (this means that the project itself must have been in existence for less than three years, not that the project has received WAB funding for less than three years)


b)  a newly expanded dimension of an existing project (this means that the grant application must be for support of those new elements).

A project should be distinct from the organization's regular, ongoing programs/services.

Examples of Eligible Activities

  • A community center presents a series of participatory arts activities for adults and/or youth.
  • A neighborhood organization organizes a summer arts festival.
  • A school plans a three week artist residency wherein the artist (a potter) works with students in their chemistry class, their world history class, and their literature class, as well as in the art studio.
  • A local museum or historic society programs performances and workshops on and with local folk and ethnic heritage arts and artists.
  • A heritage organization develops a focus on foodways as a new theme for their annual festival.

Types of Activities Not Funded

In general, the Arts Board does not fund the following nor can the match for Arts Board funds be used for these expenses:

  • Capital equipment (items costing more than $5,000 with a useful life of more than one year) or capital expenditures, e.g., renovation of existing facilities;
  • Benefit/fundraiser activities;
  • Prizes or awards;
  • Competitions;
  • Deficits incurred from past activities;
  • Individual tuition;
  • Activities for which academic credit is given;
  • Out-of-state travel;
  • Hospitality expenses, i.e. entertainment, refreshments or food at receptions, parties, gallery openings;
  • Activities that have already been completed by the beginning of the grant period;
  • Activities that have a religious purpose;
  • General operating expenses;
  • Curriculum expansion;
  • Activities not open to the general public (Activities conducted in public schools are considered to be public).



Updated:  Wednesday, December 18, 2013