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Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our region and beyond. Our Artistic Innovations Grant Program encourages the spirit of experimentation and exploration, exclusively engaging in-region artists and art-based organizations in the creation of new, original works for audiences in our six-state region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, or Texas).

This grant program is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
. M-AAA offers up to $15,000 in support of expenses incurred in the art-making process and premiere of these endeavors. All project must occur between July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025, and include at least 2 public-facing engagements that occur in M-AAA’s six-state region: 
      1. a premiere or feature presentation; and 
      2. an educational or outreach activity.  

M-AAA awards will be made to at least 2 grant recipients per state across the six-state region. This program will disburse 1:1 matching grants of up to $15,000 to no less than 12 grantees.

Click here to learn more about the Artistic Innovations Grant Program.

 

For questions about this grant program, email us at: innovations@maaa.org.

Eligibility Questionnaire for Individual Artists

There are up to 10 questions, each answered by selecting “Yes” or “No”. These questions will determine if the applicant and project are eligible for consideration. This questionnaire will take about 5 minutes to complete.
















Sorry, you are not eligible for this grant.

We appreciate your interest in the Artistic Innovations Grant Program!


Unfortunately, the answers provided in the questionnaire determined that the applicant or project are not eligible for consideration.

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For questions about this grant program, email us at: 
innovations@maaa.org.

Congratulations, you and your project are eligible for consideration!

Thank you for your interest in the Artistic Innovations Grant Program!

The answers provided in this questionnaire determined the applicant and project are eligible for consideration. Scroll down to the application form to tell us more about the applicant and project. The application deadline is 5:00p.m. CST on Friday, February 23, 2024.

The latest version of Google Chrome (Firefox or Safari) is the recommended web browser to use when working in the online application form. While draft application forms can be saved online, technology is not flawlessly reliable. Unfortunately, our platform does not support file types saved in Mac Pages or Numbers.

We encourage applicants to use the Application At-A-Glance document to support them with preparing answers in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or similar note taking applications to ensure they have a backup for reference. Click here for the Application At-A-Glance document.

Note: Applicants can request a deadline extension for their applications by clicking here to submit an Extension Request Form.

For applicants experiencing technical difficulties with submitting their applications, please email us immediately at: innovations@maaa.org.

Application for Individual Artists
1. Individual Artist's Legal Name
Individual artist applicants should provide their name as it appears on their social security card or tax documents.
 










Individual Artist's Street Address








Individual Artist's Demographics
Describe the demographics of the individual artist.









Second Contact Person (optional) 
3. Provide information about the second contact person. This should be an alternative person to whom questions should be addressed in the event the individual artist is unavailable.






Second Contact Person's Demographics (optional)
Select all the demographics that describe the person serving as the second contact. 












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Select your art practice in general, which may not necessarily be the same as that involved in the proposed project.

If the applicant does not have an artist statement, then describe what the artist makes, and how and why they make it. 



Upload Single Audit or Subpart F Audit in PDF or Microsoft Word format.


This includes but is not limited to practices the artist will carry out, partnership/contracts with accessibility providers for the projects the applicant provides and/or serves its audience. Read M-AAA’s Work in DEIA at: https://www.maaa.org/about/mission/addressing-equity/and the NEA's current regulations and resources at https://www.arts.gov/impact/accessibility.                                                                                    

Individual Artist's Accessibility Information
17. Provide information about the individual artist's accessibility efforts. Select a response to each of the following statements.

Applicants should seek technical assistance concerning accessibility from Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Centers, https://adata.org/find-your-region, partner organizations and venues.  







Project Information





This is the anticipated date of the first public-facing engagement.

This is the anticipated date of the last public-facing engagement.

A project timeline document is a required part of the application process to meet our eligibility requirements. A timeline must be realistic and include milestones or significant events associated with the proposed project and activities. Upload a timeline document in PDF or Microsoft Word or Excel format.                   

Describe the project and information about both the premiere feature presentation and the outreach activities.

Provide a short description of the project for use in M-AAA publicity materials, if the project is selected for funding. 

Describe the ways the project aligns with the spirit of the Artistic Innovations grant program. Define what innovation means to the applicant. What makes the project innovative, and extends M-AAA’s philosophy in the proposed project. Read M-AAA’s Mission, Vision, and Values at: https://www.maaa.org/about/mission/.           




Describe the ways the project addresses fair practices to access resources and an inclusive approach in the representation, participation, and creation of the artwork. Read M-AAA’s Work in DEIA at: https://www.maaa.org/about/mission/addressing-equity/and the NEA's current regulations and resources at: https://www.arts.gov/impact/accessibility.
Project Accessibility
29. Provide information about the accessibility of the project. Select a response to each of the following statements.

Applicants should seek technical assistance concerning accessibility from Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Centers, https://adata.org/find-your-region, partner organizations and venues.  






Feature Presentation Activities
30. Provide information for at least one premiere or featured presentation activity that is open to the public. 









Feature Presentation Venue Accessibility
Provide information about the accessibility of the venue where feature presentation activities will take place. Select a response to each of the following statements.







Outreach Activities
31. Provide information for at least one educational or outreach activity that is open to the public.








Outreach Venue Accessibility
Provide information about the accessibility of the venue where outreach activities will take place. Select a response to each of the following statements.








An organizational partner is an outside entity providing resources other than money to support the project. Funders are not excluded from being partners, but they must also provide other information capital, or actively participate in the project.                    

Upload a summary document in a PDF or Word format. Include each organizational partner, their contact information, websites and mission statements. Be sure to note the address in which they are incorporated in the six-state region.  Describe their involvement in the development of the project during the grant period of activities. Where they remain to be selected, describe the selection procedures that you plan to follow and the qualifications that you seek.

Upload a letter of support in a PDF or Word format. Describe the support your partner(s) will provide during the grant period of activities.


Upload a summary document about the lead artist in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Provide the name of the lead artist, a brief, current biography, and website address, if applicable. Be sure to note the city and state in which they reside in the six-state region. Describe their involvement in the development of the project to date or the support they will provide during the grant period of activities.  

Upload a letter of support in a PDF or Word format. Describe the support your lead artist will provide during the grant period of activities.

A résumé must demonstrate at least 3 years of engagement in a creative practice highlighting artistic endeavors or arts programming.

An individual partner is a person who will provide resources other than money to support the project.                                                                                                       

Upload any information (e.g., summary document) about the individual partner(s) in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Provide the names of each individual partner, a brief, current biography, and website address, if applicable. Be sure to note the city and state in which they reside. Describe their involvement in the development of the project to date or support they will provide during the grant period of activities. 

Work samples are a required part of the application process to meet our eligibility requirements. Applicants are urged to provide at least 5 and up to 10 high quality work samples within the last 3-5 years and relevant to the project and alignment of this grant program. Applicants can create their own work sample list document or utilize M-AAA’s Work Sample Template by clicking here. If you choose to use your own document it must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.                                                          

Upload up to 5 supporting documents in PDF or Microsoft Word format. These materials can include, but are not limited to artist contracts, venue rental agreements, letters of agreement and/or support from key individuals, partners, etc. 

Describe the applicant’s plans for promoting and/or publicizing the project. Be specific and provide any names of newspapers, radio stations, etc.

Who will benefit from the project and how? Include the applicant, key individuals, organizational partners and audience. Where relevant, describe the impact the project may have on the field. Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when applicable.

Describe potential risks in implementing the project. How does the applicant intend to manage these risks? 

How will the applicant measure the success of the project? Describe any plans for project documentation, evaluation, and/or any other specific performance measurements you intend to use.
Project Financial Information
Include budget information relevant to the project described in this application. Applicants must list dollar amounts for each category and include a project budget with details. 

Click for the Appendix in the At-A-Glance document here for general budget information that must be included in your detailed project budget and recommended budget line items. 
$
This is personnel hired specifically to work on the project including per diem.                $
These are other direct costs related to the project.                                                              $
This anticipated total dollar amount must be equal to the total income.                        $
Provide additional context for the dollar amounts noted as expenses as needed. Reflect all public-facing event expenses that will be incurred for the project during the grant period. 
The maximum grant request is $15,000.                                                         $
Maximum allowed: $15,000.
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$
$
Federal and other M-AAA grant funding cannot be used to meet the 1:1 match requirement for any applicant including NEA funds.                                                           $
This is the applicant’s reserves dedicated to the project.                                      $
$
$
$
These are donations from other individuals.                                                   $
This is from the applicant and/or partnering organizations.                                              $
This anticipated total dollar amount must equal to the total expenses.                       $
Provide additional context for the dollar amounts noted as income.

A detailed project budget is a required part of the application process to meet our eligibility requirements. A project budget must reflect all income and associated expenses that will be incurred for the project and all public-facing events during the grant period of activities. Applicants can create their own project budget or utilize M-AAA’s Budget Template by clicking here. If you choose to use your own budget document it must be in Microsoft Excel, Word or PDF format.  Click for the Appendix in the At-A-Glance document here for general budget information that must be included in your detailed project budget and recommended budget line items.                              
  
Certification








For all programmatic questions and/or technical support, email us at:  innovations@maaa.org.