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The Ohio Arts Council is accepting grant applications for the Building Cultural Diversity program.


The Building Cultural Diversity (BCD) program provides grants to Ohio’s culturally diverse arts organizations whose mission, activities, staff and board are rooted in culturally specific communities. BCD grants can be used for continuing programming or project support, or for the short-term professional development of arts administrators within those culturally diverse organizations. The OAC supports this work by providing current information and resources when appropriate; maintaining a searchable database of screened consultants; and remaining as flexible as possible with our assistance. Members of the OAC staff are available to assist grant applicants throughout the application process.


All BCD grants require a 50 percent match of the OAC request, half of which may be from allowable, appropriate in-kind donations. Applicants should discuss the source of their in-kind donations with Pat Henahan prior to submitting their application to make sure the in-kind support is appropriate and listed correctly.


Culturally diverse arts, cultural, community-based and social service organizations doing
arts programming whose mission, programs, staff and board are representative of the Black/African, Appalachian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, or other culturally specific populations may apply to this program. All applicants must have nonprofit status or nonprofit intent.

Applicants to the BCD program must have:

* At least 50 percent of their staff and 50 percent of their board comprised of individuals from one or more culturally specific populations, AND
* A focus on the arts and culture of one or more culturally specific populations.



Deadlines are June 1, September 1, December 1, and March 1 - or until all funds are expended.


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