Monday, June 25, 2012

Ovation, innOVATION Grant Program

“Cities and towns across the country are inviting arts and culture to the table  to define and address civic problems; to inspire, challenge, imagine, and build new civic futures; to boost image and identity; to drive revitalization and economic growth. Projects, with art at the center, that are both authentic and fresh, are creating jobs, re-activating old spaces, connecting neighbors, increasing tourism, and offering hope as communities look forward. It is time to publicly recognize the best examples of these efforts. Ovation is  providing that opportunity.”      - Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO Americans for the ArtsOvation has developed the innOVATION Grant Program to fund and recognize the impact of artists and the arts in communities’ revitalization efforts.
Three $25,000 innOVATION grants and two $10,000 innOVATION grants will be awarded through a panel review process. In addition, communities can compete for a "Viewers' Choice Award" of $15,000 at
Total funding available for the innOVATION Grant Program is $110,000!
Applications will be reviewed and the innOVATION grants will be awarded by a panel comprised of representatives from Ovation and Americans for the Arts, with the exception of the "Viewers' Choice Award," which will be chosen by voting members of the public via In addition to funds, recipients will gain national visibility for their stories across Ovation's various media platforms (TV, online, VOD, and TVE).
Eligibility (At the Time of Application)
Eligibility (At the Time of Application)
  • Applicants must be Americans for the Arts Organizational Members.(Not a Member? Join Now.)
  • Only one submission per community will be accepted.
  • All applicants will be eligible to compete for the Viewers’ Choice Award.
  • A community revitalization program, with the arts at its core, and a demonstrated record of success already in place.
  • Applicants must be willing to be featured in various Ovation electronic media and print publications.
  • Applicants must be nominated by an elected official (Mayor, County Executive, etc.).

Eligibility (At the Time of Application)
  • The creativity and innovation of the revitalization project.
  • Evidence that the community has made artists and the arts central to their community revitalization strategies.
  • Evidence that the project has contributed to community revitalization and economic development.
  • Evidence that the project has directly benefitted the arts and artists in the community.
  • Specific plans for future arts-based revitalization OR specific plans for how the grants funds will further arts revitalization efforts in the community.

Eligibility (At the Time of Application)
Organizations are required to submit all of the following supplementary materials in support of their applications:
  • One-page letter of support from an elected official. (Mayor, County Executive, etc.)
  • One to three images relating to the project in jpg or png format

Eligibility (At the Time of Application)
innOVATION Grants
June 18, 2012 - Application Process Opens
July 31, 2012 - Deadline for Submissions - 5:00 p.m. (EST)
September 10, 2012 - Applicant Review Process Completed and Grantees Selected
October 2012 - Grant Winners Announced
Click Here to submit your grant application

Viewers' Choice Award
October 15, 2012 - Viewers' Choice Award Nominees Posted and Public Voting Begins at
December 31, 2012 - Viewers' Choice Award Voting Closes
January 2013 - Viewers' Choice Award Winner Announced
To be considered for the "Viewers' Choice Award," applicants must visit and submit a project description, and images or video relating to the project.
Program requirements, funding requirements, or the timeline: Theresa Cameron or call 202.371.2830.
Americans for the Arts organizational membership: Anette Shirinian or 202.371.2830.

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