Application Process

Application Workshops

New applicants, applicants applying in new categories, and schools are required to attend a workshop. Attending an application workshop is optional for current grantees unless staff requires that an organization attend. Staff recommends that any returning applicant with a new grant writer attend an application workshop. At these workshops, United Arts staff will assist applicants with the process by discussing eligibility requirements, grant requirements, and tips on how to submit a competitive application. Please review guidelines before attending a workshop.

Application workshops are held at the United Arts Council office.

Application Review Appointments

United Arts staff are available for individual appointments with applicants to review drafts of application materials and to provide feedback. Appointments will be held during the month of February in half-hour increments. 

Although any applicant may request an appointment, applicants applying in new categories are required to meet with staff. Staff may also request an appointment, attendance at which is mandatory. Applications will not be accepted from any applicant who does not meet with staff as required.

To give staff time to review draft proposals appropriately, applicants must submit a draft narrative and budget via email at least two working days before the appointment. 

Forms

Application

Each grant category has its own unique online application.  Applications can be accessed through the specific grant category in the orange navigation box on the right side of the page.

Interview

As part of the review process, applicants in the following categories will have a 15-minute interview with their grant peer review panel:

  • Arts for Municipalities
  • Cultural Access
  • School Planning and Innovation
  • School Projects
  • Youth Arts

Applicants’ executive and artistic directors, board president, treasurer, education/program staff and/or program participants may attend the interview. Individuals who can best speak to the applicant’s mission, programs, and finances are appropriate attendees, although no more than five individuals may attend the interview.

Applicants may not distribute handouts during the interview.

The interview will be a question-and-answer format. Questioning will begin with a request for information on changes to the proposed program since the proposal was submitted. Panel discussion and deliberation will occur after all interviews are completed.

A grant panel interview is a required part of the review process for the indicated grant categories. If the grant panel interview is missed, the grant process is incomplete and the applicant will be denied any appeals process. Failure to appear at the grant panel interview will result in the denial of a grant award unless United Arts is persuaded of a good faith effort to attend.

Exact times of interviews will be scheduled by United Arts, based on applicant availability as submitted on the online application. Applicants will be notified of their interview time via email in early April. Applicants are expected to be punctual for interviews; minutes late will be deducted from the 15 minutes allotted for each applicant. All interviews will be held at the offices of the United Arts Council.