Appendix B – Wichita Falls Case Study
The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture (The Alliance) is the designated arts grant-making agency for the City of Wichita Falls. Applications are received once a year, prior to the City’s Budget Planning Process Grants Program Overview Eligibility Requirements. 1. The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture accepts applications from 501(c)3 organizations that have arts and cultural programming at the core of their mission. Grants are not made to individuals. Individual Artists are encouraged to partner with eligible organizations to create new work, present projects or develop activities under the Innovation Grant program. 2. Applications are only accepted from 501(c)3 organizations. 3. Youth service organizations are only eligible to submit applications in the Innovation category. 4. Applicants must be based in Wichita Falls and are required to demonstrate a one-to-one match for all dollars awarded through this process. 5. Grantees will be required to submit a final report at the end of the project year. Failure to comply with this requirement will deem grantees ineligible for future funding. Evaluation: Through a competitive peer panel review process, support is awarded for projects that are designed to increase tourism, serve as a catalyst for economic growth, and encourage public participation in arts and cultural activities. Panel recommended are forwarded to the City Council by the Board of Directors of the Arts Alliance for final approval. Applications must be submitted to The Alliance through its online portal . Mailed or hand-delivered applications will not be accepted. Organizations may submit additional relevant support materials via mail or hand deliver to The Alliance office. Goals and Priorities The Alliance, has four primary funding goals and priorities for arts and culture grants: 1. Provide support to arts and culture projects and programs that stimulate audience growth and encourage participation in the arts by residents and visitors to our city; 2. Strengthen the organizational capacity of artists and arts organizations in an effort to offer high quality, innovative and diverse programming for the public; 3. Encourage collaborations and partnerships between arts organizations and/or non-arts public service organizations; 4. Preserve and promote the history, culture, and traditions of Wichita Falls.
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