2017 Mitchell Arts Fund Grant Guidelines
RAAC’S Mitchell Arts Fund awards grants to emerging and established artists of all ages, arts organizations, art programs within community-based organizations, collaborative projects, and especially to programs with a community focus.
Areas of Giving
- Grants are made in the visual arts, music, literature, theater, dance, and media/film/video, as well as projects combining more than one type of media.
- Grants are awarded to artists who reside in Rappahannock County or non-resident artists and organizations working in the county. Past grants have ranged from $100 to $5,000 and have provided support for individual artists, school programs, community performances and continuing education. For a complete list of past grantees and their projects go to raac.org or click here.
- The Fund does not support political or religious activities, or projects that have been completed or taken place before June 1.
- The Mitchell Arts Fund Committee, consisting of RAAC Board and community members, reviews grant applications once a year in the spring.
- We receive many more applications than we can award. Our review process is careful, deliberative and confidential, but please be aware that not all proposals will be funded.
- No RAAC Board member or member of their immediate family or household may benefit financially from a Mitchell Fund grant. RAAC’s definition of immediate family includes parents, spouses/partners, children and siblings, or any other individual living in the same household.
- Members of RAAC’s Mitchell Fund committee and RAAC Board recuse themselves from review of any grant if they identify any conflict of interest with the applicant or project.
- All grant decisions made by the Mitchell Arts Fund committee are reviewed and approved by the RAAC Board before awards are made.
- Deadline for applications is March 15, 2017.
- All grant applicants will be notified by email and postal mail of RAAC’s decision by May 31, 2017. Awards will be published in the Rappahannock News, in RAAC’s newsletter, and on RAAC’s website in early June.
- Grant checks will be presented at a special event in June.
- Occasionally the Committee may consider out-of-cycle grant requests to respond to unique, time-sensitive opportunities, as well as to initiate special projects.
- Quality of work
- Impact on the community
- Benefit to artist’s or organization’s development
How To Apply
- Please review these application guidelines carefully and provide all required information on the application form, plus all supporting materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review.
- New this year — All applications must be submitted digitally. While our strong preference is for typed applications, we will accept handwritten ones that are completely legible and have been scanned and sent by email attachment. Rappahannock Public Library staff and volunteers will be available for limited assistance to applicants. Call Dave Shaffer at the Library (675-3780) for an appointment or see Library volunteer Laura Skauge on Wednesdays from 12-4 pm.
- To download an application, click 2017 Mitchell Fund Application PDF or 2017 Mitchell Fund Application MS Word.
- Emailed applications must be received by midnight on March 15, 2017.
- Work samples and all supporting materials should be in compressed format — JPEG for images and MP3 for audio and identified with applicant’s name.
- Here’s a link to useful grant writing tips from our colleagues at the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. They also have compiled an excellent list of resources for non-profit organizations.
- It is expected that projects will be completed in one year from date of grant. Projects requiring multi-year funding must submit new applications for subsequent years.
- Once a grant is awarded, any substantial changes must be approved by the Committee before proceeding with the funded project.
- Each grantee will be assigned a liaison from the committee who will be their point-of-contact for the grant year. Any changes or questions should be addressed to the grantee’s liaison who will consult with the committee for a response.
- Grantees must credit RAAC’s Mitchell Arts Fund support in all written materials (programs, articles, etc.) and public announcements about their project, i.e. “This program was made possible by a grant from RAAC’s Mitchell Arts Fund”.
- At the end of the project, grantee must submit a brief report summarizing the project ‑ how the grant money was spent, what was accomplished, what was learned, and how the grantee and the community benefited. Grantee photographs, programs, and other relevant materials may be used by RAAC in our newsletter or website.
- For inquiries, please email us at email@example.com or call 1-800-695-6075, extension 4.