FY18 Artistic Innovations: Request for Letters of Intent


Request for Letters of Intent from the Artistic Innovations Grant Program

Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016. This opportunity is now closed. All applicants will be contacted with next steps or information.

The mission of Mid-America Arts Alliance is to strengthen and support artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our region and beyond. We achieve this primarily through our national traveling exhibition programs, innovative leadership development, and strategic grantmaking. We are especially committed to enriching the cultural life of historically underserved communities by providing high quality, meaningful, and accessible arts and culture programs and services.

Artistic Innovations projects encourage the spirit of experimentation and exploration, exclusively engaging regional artists in the creation of new, original works for audiences across the M-AAA region. This unique grant program underwrites the direct expenses related to the art-making process and premiere of new endeavors. Through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, M-AAA invites individual artists and arts-based organizations in Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas to submit a Letter of Intent for projects that meet the eligibility requirements listed below.

Program Objectives and Criteria

The grant program is designed to support new artistic works by in-region artists that culminate in both regional public outreach activity and premiere feature presentation between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. Public engagement includes, but is not limited to:

  • performance,
  • publication,
  • lecture/demonstration,
  • exhibition, and/or
  • workshop.

This grant program supports most direct costs related to the creation and premiere of new work. These costs include, but are not limited to commissioning fees, artists’ fees, rehearsal or studio expenses, promotion, audience development and production, or exhibition costs up to and including all outreach activities.

Artistic Innovations grant requests are limited to a maximum of $15,000 with a required 1:1 match. Organizational applicants must show evidence of a cash match, while individual artist applicants may meet this requirement through evidence of either a cash match or in-kind contributions.

For more information about what IS and IS NOT eligible, please visit this page.

Grant Program Timeline

  • Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016
  • Invitation to Submit a Proposal: Friday, November 18, 2016
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, January 20, 2017
  • Proposal Advisory Panel Convening: March 20–31, 2017
  • Award Notification: June 2017
  • Project Public Engagements must occur between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018
  • Final Report due within 30 days of the project’s conclusion.

A Letter of Intent is the first step in this process and is required of all applicants. Letters of Intent are screened by M-AAA staff to determine eligibility, after which eligible applicants are invited to submit a proposal. The Artistic Innovations Request for Proposal guidelines will be distributed at that time. Please note: Receipt of an invitation to submit a proposal does not infer, confer, or guarantee funding for any project.

Letters of intent are evaluated by M-AAA staff for eligibility as follows:

  1. Project is new and original, culminating in at least one outreach activity and one premiere feature presentation in the M-AAA region between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018;
  2. All applicants and artists involved in the project are residents of the M-AAA region; and
  3. The anticipated project budget reflects a 1:1 match for the grant amount request (max $15,000).

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, please use this checklist to prepare for the Artistic Innovations Letter of Intent online application form. Data typed in the online form can be saved for editing later by clicking “Save Draft” at the bottom of the application webpage. Limit one Letter of Intent per applicant per fiscal year.

M-AAA will only review Letters of Intent submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, October 28, 2016, through the following website: https://maaa.submittable.com/submit