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Grants and Services of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts

West Virginia Division of Culture and History

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Application Deadlines and Timeline for Notification

All applications must be postmarked on or before the deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the application must be postmarked on the next working day.

Ongoing:
Fast Track ADA and Emergency Grants. Reviewed by WVCA. Notification within 6-8 weeks.
Mini Grants and Travel and Training Grants. Must be received at least six weeks prior to the event. Notification within two weeks of application receipt.

July 1st:
Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources Grants. Reviewed by a panel in August. Recommendations go to the WVCA in September. Notification in October.

July 1st:
Challenge America WV State Partnership Grants. Reviewed by a WVCA panel in September. Notification in October.

September 1st:
Fellowships for Individual Artists. Reviewed by a panel by year end. Notification in February.

October 1st:
Professional Development Grants. Reviewed by a panel in November. Recommendations go to the WVCA in December.
Notification in January.

December 1st:
Letter of Intent to Apply Deadline for all first-time applicants and the following program areas: Long-term artists in residence, Organizational Planning and Development, Community Connections, and Staff Support.

February 1st:
Professional Development Grants. Reviewed by a panel in April. Recommendations go to the WVCA in June.
Notification in July.

March 1st:
Major and Mid-Sized Institution Support, Community Arts Project Support, Arts in Education grant programs.
Reviewed by panels in May. Recommendations go to the WVCA in June. Notification in July.

To receive application forms, for assistance in developing a project or filling out forms, or additional information on programs, please contact:

West Virginia Division of Culture and History
West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA)
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
304-558-0220 TDD: 304-558-3562
FAX: 304-558-2779
www.wvculture.org
Staff email addresses are available on the website

WVCA/Arts and telephone extensions
Director of Arts 145
Community Arts, Peer Assistance Network Coordinator 714
Arts in Education, Accessibility Coordinator 717
Individual Artist Program Coordinator 148
Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources Coordinator 152
Grants Officer 154
Secretary, Mini Grants Coordinator 155

All publications and application forms are available in alternate formats. Contact the Accessibility Coordinator at 304/558-0240, ext. 152 (voice), 304/558-3562 (TDD).

Information for First Time Applicants

Through our long range planning process, the Arts Section Staff of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH), on behalf of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA), worked closely with artists, communities, arts organizations and arts educators to identify arts needs of West Virginians. With direction from the Governor and the West Virginia Legislature, the WVCA has adopted a number of programs to address those needs.

The programs exist to provide arts experiences to West Virginians. Through these programs grant support and technical assistance is provided to large and small cultural institutions and local arts councils, arts in education programs, individual artists, community groups and a variety of special projects. You will find program descriptions and guidelines within the following pages.

If you are a first time applicant, your first step should be to contact the Arts Staff. We are anxious to talk with you about your ideas and programs. The more we know about you and your project, the more we can help you prepare.

In order to assure that first time applicants have a clear understanding of the application process, the WVCA suggests that all first time applicants submit a letter of intent to apply. A sample letter is available from staff or on the agency website at www.wvculture.org. Your letter should describe your organization and the projects for which you are seeking support. It alerts the Arts Staff and enables them to work more closely with your organization as you move through the application process. Staff may set up a phone interview or site visit to begin working with your organization.

All publications and application forms are available in alternate formats. Contact the Accessibility Coordinator at 304/558-0240, ext. 145 (voice), 304/558-3562 (TDD).