The Sustainability program supports ongoing arts and cultural activities in all genres. Awards support the largest and most administratively sophisticated organizations in the state's arts and cultural ecosystem. This funding supports a wide range of the state's arts providers as they make high-quality artistic experiences available to residents and visitors, positioning Ohio as a national leader in creativity, artistry, and cultural wealth.
Sustainability grants are four-year awards for organizational operating support. Funds may be used for a wide variety of expenses in the general operation of an organization. Many grantees use Sustainability funds to support general artistic or administrative expenses, and other allowable expenses include marketing, program planning, education, and evaluation.
Activities that Sustainability funds cannot be used for include:
For additional information, please contact the Ohio Arts Council at the information provided in the contact section of this posting.
Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Applicants may be:
Applicants must have received at least two OAC grants in the last four OAC fiscal years. Applicants' last fiscal year income must be greater than $50,000. For non-arts organizations – including college and university departments – the arts programming budget only, not an overall organizational budget, should be considered. Organizations must not receive operating support from the Ohio legislature through a line item or earmark in the state budget during the same fiscal year in which the organization receives operating support from the OAC.
Applications were to be submitted by February 1, 2019. Applications are due February 1 of every fourth year. The next deadline is anticipated in February, 2023.
Award amounts vary. Cost matching of 1:1 is required in cash. College and university applicants must demonstrate broad
financial support including a non-university-based cash match.