Artful Aging Grants

Posted by Aroha Philanthropies on May 16, 2016

Aroha Philanthropies Issues RFP for Artful Aging Grants

Aroha Philanthropies has issued a Request for Proposals for its new national Seeding Artful Aging grants initiative.

As a subset of the broader field of creative aging, artful aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make, and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex, and socially engaging. Successful artful aging programs are led by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings.

The initiative is designed to support the development and expansion of successful artful aging programs, document their effectiveness, and share that information broadly. Through this initiative, Aroha aims to demonstrate the power and impact of artful aging programs to a broad national audience; encourage arts and cultural organizations to develop participatory arts education programs for older adults; encourage organizations that serve older adults to develop arts education programming; and disseminate program implementation models.

Up to fifteen nonprofit organizations will be selected to participate in this demonstration project through a two-part application process. Selected organizations will represent a broad range of communities so as to demonstrate the impact of the programs in a variety of situations. To that end, the selection of organizations will balance urban/rural communities, small/large organizations, culturally specific communities, and geographic locations across the United States.

Grant awards will range between $15,000 and $50,000 for programming that begins on or after January 1, 2017, and is completed by November 30, 2017. Grants may be renewed for a second year, depending on first-year program evaluation outcomes. As a result, potential total grants to each organization may range from $30,000 to $100,000 over the period of the initiative.

To be eligible, applicants must have 501(c)(3) status of their own (not a fiscal sponsor). In addition, applicants must have at least one full-time employee and an organizational budget of at least $150,000. Arts and cultural organizations with experience in conducting arts education programs for youth or adults are eligible to apply and are encouraged to partner with a community or senior-serving organization in developing and implementing their programs. Aging services and nonprofit senior housing providers interested in developing and offering arts education programs also are eligible to apply and are encouraged to partner with an arts organization in developing and implementing their programs.

See the Aroha Philanthropies website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.


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