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Shot from the stage left wing, musicians stand on a small stage playing traditional instruments and singing into standing microphones. An orange light bathes the stage and monitors line the front edge of the stage.
Photo: The Delaware Friends of Folk (Dover, DE) presented ILYAIMY at the Delmarva Folk Festival with support from the Special Presenter Initiatives. Credit: John Kidd.

SPECIAL PRESENTER INITIATIVES APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

HOW TO APPLY
Go to midatlanticarts.smartsimple.com and create an account (or login if you have an existing SmartSimple account.) After logging into SmartSimple, click “Funding Opportunities” under “Available Applications.” Then, select “Apply Now” under the program description for Special Presenter Initiatives to begin your application.

The Special Presenter Initiatives program provides funding to small and mid-size presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and the Native nations that share this geography. The program supports presenting projects with professional touring artists and ensembles from anywhere worldwide. The supported projects include performances as well as community engagement activities that enhance the performance experience and offer meaningful exchanges between touring artists and a presenter’s community. 

Nonprofit presenters can request matching grants for up to two projects per annual cycle. Presenters in DC, DE, and WV can request up to $2,000 per project, and up to $5,000 per project for presenters in the U.S. Virgin Islands, plus additional support to cover project expenses. 

2022-2023 Special Presenter Initiatives Timeline: 

  • April 4, 2022: timeline and program guidelines released 
  • April 25, 2022: Special Presenter Initiatives application live  
  • May 3, 2022, 12pm: Special Presenter Initiatives informational webinar. Click here to register for the 2022-2023 Special Presenter Initiatives webinar. 
  • May 24, 2022: Special Presenter Initiatives final application deadline  

Project period for Special Presenter Initiatives supported projects: September 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

For more information about Special Presenter Initiatives, please see program guidelines.  

Questions? Contact Sarah Lewitus, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at slewitus@midatlanticarts.org.

The Special Presenter Initiatives program is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program. Additional support for Delaware organizations is provided by the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Guidelines

Please review FY23 Special Presenter Initiatives guidelines and preview application narrative questions below.   

For presenters based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and the Native nations that share this geography: 

GUIDELINES 

Download 2022-2023 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download 2022-2023 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

APPLICATION NARRATIVE PREVIEW QUESTIONS  

Download a preview copy of Special Presenter Initiatives Narrative Preview Questions as a PDF (link opens in a new window) 
Download a preview copy of Special Presenter Initiatives Narrative Preview Questions as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

An informational webinar for the 2022-2023 Special Presenter Initiatives program was held on May 3, 2022 at 12pm EST.

*Clarifying note from the Special Presenter Initiative webinar Q/A: confirming that applicants may not use in-kind contributions, in part or in whole, to meet the 1:1 match to granted funds. Applicants may, however, include in-kind contributions in the budget section of the application to share the actual costs and income of the proposed project. 

HOW TO APPLY

Go to midatlanticarts.smartsimple.com and create an account (or login if you have an existing SmartSimple account.) After logging into SmartSimple, click “Funding Opportunities” under “Available Applications.” Then, select “Apply Now” under the program description for Special Presenter Initiatives to begin your application.  

Current Grantees

2021-2022

Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.

Delaware

District of Columbia

U.S. Virgin Islands

West Virginia

Manage Your Grant

COVID-19 Coronavirus: As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation, and we recognize the need to be flexible.  We recognize that out of an abundance of caution, grantees may need to cancel grant-supported engagements or activities. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of Operations, Phillip Harmon, or the Mid Atlantic Arts program officer handling your specific grant program or activity to discuss your concerns or options. You can find staff contact information here.  Please be assured we will not penalize grantees for canceling grants due to COVID-19 coronavirus considerations and will be as flexible as we can within the limits of our own funder limitations.

Virtual Engagement Guidance

As arts presenting organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies during this time. While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we are also open to adaptive approaches that will ensure continued access to these arts experiences. Therefore, we are glad to announce the following policy for virtual engagements as an option for our grantees to fulfill their public performance and community engagement activity requirements.

Please read the full guidance document to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a virtual presentation. We have also included links to a few resources that may help you guide your decisions around virtual presentation.

Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as an accessible Word document (Click link to download)

Changes in Project Proposal

Any changes in the content, schedule, or budget of your project as proposed must be submitted in writing for approval prior to being implemented. Requested changes must be submitted to Phillip Harmon, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage Details
The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts logo MUST appear in all programs, websites and press releases produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project. In addition, the following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts logo should be included whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary, in all flyers and postcards, email communications, season brochures, social media posts and calendars, and any other print or electronic promotional and publicity materials produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project.

  • This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way.

This engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible through the Special Presenters Initiative program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Website Link
Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts website at https://www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with Mid Atlantic Arts. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in Mid Atlantic Arts’ logo.

*Delaware Grantees: Projects are also supported by the Delaware Division of the Arts. Please refer to the specific crediting requirements and language in your Grant Award Agreement to ensure you provide proper crediting for your project.

Final Reports

Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit B of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts’ eGRANT system at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the application for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.