2020 Guidelines and Application
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 to non-resident artists and organizations working in the county. Past grants generally range from $100 to $7,000 and have provided support for individual artists, school programs, community performances and continuing education. For a complete list of past grantees and their projects click here.
- The Fund does not support political campaigns or religious activities, or projects that have been completed or taken place before June 2020, when awardees are notified. While we recognize the need for marketing and promotion, the committee considers these a low priority for funding.
- 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, and some may be partially funded.
- No member of the RAAC Board or Mitchell Fund committee, or members 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, 2020.
- All grant applicants will be notified of RAAC’s decision by email and postal mail by May 31, 2020.
- Awards will be announced in the Rappahannock News, the Blue Ridge Independent, RAAC’s newsletter, and on RAAC’s website in early June.
- Grant checks will be presented at a special event in June.
- Occasionally the RAAC Board and Mitchell Arts Fund 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
- Both new applicants and those who have applied before are encouraged to attend our Grant Workshop at the Library on Saturday December 14 from 10 am-noon. Members of the Mitchell Fund committee will walk you through the 2020 application, any changes to the guidelines, and answer your questions.
- 2020 Application is available here: Word or pdf.
- 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.
- 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 as pdfs. Rappahannock Public Library’s computers are available during regular library hours; staff and volunteers are available for limited assistance to applicants. Call the library at 675-3780.
- Emailed applications must be received by midnight on March 15, 2020.
- If a current grantee is applying for a 2020 grant, an interim or final report must be submitted by March 15.
- Work samples and all supporting materials should be in compressed format — JPEG for images and MP3 for audio —and identified with applicant’s name.
- 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 or RAAC Board who will be their point-of-contact for the grant year. Any questions or changes in a project 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 final report summarizing the project how the grant money was spent, what was accomplished, what was learned, and how the grantee and the community benefited. Please submit photographs, programs, and other relevant materials for possible use by RAAC in our newsletter or website.
- For inquiries, please email us at email@example.com or call 1-800-695-6075, extension 4.