Grants

Allied Arts manages a number of grant programs to help ensure a dynamic, sustainable cultural community in central Oklahoma.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Provide quality arts and cultural programming to the community
  • Be a nonprofit arts organization, tax-exempt corporation as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (have current 501(c)(3) status)
  • Be established and functional for at least three years
  • Have current financials and an active, volunteer board of directors
  • Have headquarters in central Oklahoma (defined by the 10-county area including the counties of Oklahoma, Kingfisher, Logan, Lincoln, Seminole, Pottawatomie, Cleveland, McClain, Grady and Canadian)
  • Have current registration as a charitable organization with the State of Oklahoma
  • Be self-identified as “Arts, Culture, and Humanities” using the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities system
  • Submit an evaluation report for previously awarded grant funding

If an applicant or grantee – or representatives of an organization – defames the name of Allied Arts, Allied Arts reserves the right to deny funding for a new request or pull funding from a previously-funded request.

Details related to each grant program can be found below including submission deadlines.

Arts Nonprofit Recovery Program

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OVERVIEW

The City of Oklahoma City Arts Non-Profit Recovery Program administered by Allied Arts recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of Oklahoma City’s economy, and that financial support is necessary to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the organizations that enhance quality of life for all.

DEADLINE

The application window opens on May 4, 2022. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are fully expended.

ELIGIBLE GRANT APPLICANTS

The following are the “Eligibility Requirements” for non-profits to be eligible for payment of Fiscal Recovery Funds under the City’s Arts Non-Profit Recovery Program:

  • The non-profit is a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19); and
  • The non-profit is an Oklahoma City arts or cultural non-profit meaning it provides quality arts and cultural programming in Oklahoma City; and
  • The non-profit must be established and functioning at the time of the application and for at least the three years prior to its submission of its application for funds; and
  • The non-profit must have current financials and an active, volunteer board of directors; and
  • The non-profit is registered as a charitable organization with the State of Oklahoma; and
  • The non-profit is self-identified as “Arts, Culture, and Humanities” using the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities system; and
  • The non-profit is headquartered in Oklahoma City; and
  • The non-profit has experienced “negative impact” or damages due to the COVID–19 public health emergency; and
  • This can be shown through decreased revenue or gross receipts (relative to pre-pandemic revenue), increased costs due to COVID, COVID mitigation measures taken (excluding facility expansion), or challenges covering payroll, rent or mortgage, or other operating costs; and
  • The negative impact was experienced during the period beginning March 3, 2021 and ending December 31, 2024.

First-time Allied Arts applicants are encouraged to apply.

ELIGIBLE GRANT REQUESTS

Funding will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Replacement of full-time, part-time and seasonal employee positions lost due to COVID-19 on or after March 3, 2021; and
  • Reimbursement of costs incurred between March 3, 2021 and December 1, 2024 for COVID-19 mitigation efforts; and
  • Reimbursement of costs incurred between March 3, 2021 and December 1, 2024 for technology to implement virtual programming; and
  • Reimbursement of costs incurred between March 3, 2021 and December 1, 2024 for remote working technology; and
  • A grant equal to the amount of lost revenues due to COVID-19 on or after March 3, 2021.

In order to be eligible, reimbursed or lost revenue cannot have already been covered (or will be covered) by government funding or private funding associated with government dollars, and proper documentation will be required.

MAXIMUM GRANT REQUESTS

  • Organizations with budgets of $100,000 or less can receive up to 50% of their organizational budget.
  • Organizations with budgets between $101,000 and $500,000 can receive up to 20% of their organization budget.
  • Organizations with budgets between $501,000 and $1,000,000 can receive up to 10% of their organization budget.
  • Organizations with budgets of more than $1 million can receive up to 5% of their organization budget.

This ARPA grant is a one-time funding opportunity.

Educational Outreach

Fall 2022 Deadline: August 12 (Application window to open in the summer)

The Allied Arts Educational Outreach program provides funding to nonprofit arts organizations working to impact the lives of youth through cultural programming and serving other segments of the community with arts outreach. The focus remains on providing arts experiences for underserved K-12 Oklahoma students with an expansion to include broadening outreach to groups outside of K-12 school-aged children including programming for veterans, hospitalized adults, developmentally disabled adults and the elderly. The Educational Outreach Program will also enhance access to meaningful, sustained arts experiences for youth with low socioeconomic status or who have historically lacked access to arts programs. Examples include paying teaching artists to conduct programming in low socioeconomic schools, libraries and community centers as well as covering operating expenses for organizations who strictly work with communities of color.

Cash grants and Hobby Lobby store gift cards are available. NEW: Organizations of all budget sizes can apply for up to $5,000 in cash grants. Hobby Lobby card distributions will be in addition to the cash award maximum amount.

Allied Arts member agencies as well as other nonprofit arts organizations are eligible for the Educational Outreach Program.

The Allied Arts 2021-2022 Educational Outreach program is made possible with the generous support of the following organizations:

  • ChappelWood Financial Services
  • Compellier
  • Dobson Family Foundation
  • Flogistix
  • Gannett Foundation
  • Hobby Lobby
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Kimray
  • Oklahoma Natural Gas
  • UMB Bank
  • UPS Foundation

For additional information, please email jennifer.bryan@alliedartsokc.com.

Capacity-Building Grants

Fall 2022 Deadline: August 12 (Application window to open in the summer)

The Allied Arts Capacity-Building program assists nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in building organizational capability to better serve their constituencies and fulfill their missions.

Organizations can apply for a grant not to exceed $5,000 with no matching component; Allied Arts will consider fully funding project requests. An organization with an annual operating budget of $500,000 or more is limited to one request per Allied Arts fiscal year. 

Examples of projects that have been funded include requests for organizational training, board development, volunteer management, strategic planning and professional development opportunities. Allied Arts understands that funding is also needed to meet the unique challenges related to navigating post-COVID challenges and will consider capacity-building requests, such as:

 Filling full-time, part-time, contract and seasonal staff openings lost to COVID
 Employing artists to conduct programming
 Equipment and tools to provide virtual/remote programming, events and activities
 Capital requests to conduct programming outdoors
 Modifications to facilities to conduct indoor programming safely

Allied Arts will also consider capacity-building requests related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, such as:

 Supporting collaborations between established cultural nonprofits and emerging groups
 Funding projects that address racial, social, gender injustice through the arts
 Operating expenses for organizations led by people of color and serving communities of color

Priority is given to projects that result in tangible, concrete results and efficiencies. Regarding professional development, priority is also given to opportunities within the state of Oklahoma and region.

Submission of a proposal does not guarantee funding. Funds are limited.

Allied Arts member agencies as well as other nonprofit arts organizations are eligible for the Capacity-Building Program. To be eligible, applicants must have an updated profile on Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s GiveSmartOKC.

For more information, please email jennifer.bryan@alliedartsokc.com.

Allocations

2022 Allocations Deadline – March 11, 2022 at 5 p.m. CST

Annually, Allied Arts distributes campaign funds to its member agencies through the allocations process. Agencies utilize these funds for a host of needs – from offsetting administrative costs to bringing world-renowned exhibits and performances to central Oklahoma. This program is only open to the 25 Allied Arts member agencies.

The application window will open on January 11, 2022.