These grants are designed to complete projects and develop community-wide participation at the local level. Grants are awarded on an annual basis and may support the following kinds of needs:
- Securing an engineering and/or architectural team to provide final planning and budgets.
- Completing an overall preservation project or repurposing of a related structure, either a phase or other important improvements according to a study and planning process.
- Completion of a multi-year preservation plan or a long-term preservation plan for an historic structure.
- Acquisition of a historic property or related properties.
- Acquisition of real property or construction. Project may include renovation/alteration of property in order to comply with Section 504 of the 1974 Rehabilitation Act and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Purchase and installation of equipment such as assistive listening access, seating, listening devices, staging, sound equipment, lighting equipment, and projection systems that will expand accessibility and availability of programming.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate and rank applications for these grant funds:
- Historical significance of the resource.
- Physical condition of the property.
- Proposed use of the site and quality of the interpretive program.
- Quality of the preliminary planning or contract documents, including credentials of the project team, feasibility of the budget, and work schedule.
- Appropriateness of the project to meet the needs of the resource.
- Ability of the applicant to match the funds requested and to complete the proposed work, maintain the property, administer the grant funds, and develop programs to sustain and interpret the property.
Applicants may apply for grants starting at $50,000 to upwards of $250,000.
Multi-phased projects may apply for funding for three consecutive years not to exceed $500,000 during this three-year period. Organizations receiving funding of $250,000 or above are not eligible to re-apply for three years. Reapplication may only be made for a new project that demonstrates its importance or benefits beyond the achievements of the earlier project.
Guiding Criteria for All Applicants and Applications
Applicants should be able to speak to the following:
- The historic significance of the property to be assisted and evidence of community support.
- The need for funding and the urgency of the project or the long-term objectives or impact of the project.
- Increased cultural and/or economic impact for the community.
- Involvement of collaborations and partnerships that leverage additional public and private investment.
- The adequacy of plans to meet the current needs and for the future care and maintenance of the theater or the continuation for the activity for which grant support is requested.
If grant support is awarded, the following conditions will apply:
- Awardees are required to sign a contract agreeing to the conditions of the grant.
- Matching funds are required.
- Applicants must be capable of matching the grant amount dollar-for-dollar or more if there is potential to do so. Grant funds will be disbursed upon proof that matching funds have been secured or pledged formally.
- Matching gifts may come from private or public sources, or from earned income (special events, fundraising activities, etc.).
- Donated materials and services and organizational overhead costs can be eligible sources as matching funds if they directly underwrite the project budget and are the result of the Institute’s challenge grant.
- Grant projects must begin within six months of award date – otherwise, the grant award is subject to review.
- Periodic reports are required and specific to each form of grant support. These requirements will be detailed in the grant contract upon award notification.
- Within one year from the grant disbursement date, a final report of the project and financial accounting of the expenditure of the grant must be submitted. If the project is not completed in accordance with the contract, the parties will need to negotiate continuing or returning grant funds.
- Organizations may submit applications for more than one Urgent or Emergency Needs grant per cycle.
- Organizations may apply for support only once per grant cycle in the following categories:
- Historic Structures Studies or Planning
- Periodic Technical Assistance and Services
- Preservation Grant
- (Organizations may apply for Urgent or Emergency Needs grant support in addition to one of the categories listed above.)
How to Apply
The Fox Theatre Institute suggests an initial phone call or meeting to review your project, the needs, and to obtain guidance on your grant application. The following items are required for your application submission:
- Completed copy of appropriate application form, narrative, and enclosures as follows.
- Signed Certification form.
- Up to ten high resolution digital images (minimum 300 dpi) with caption and credit information. Applications must include at least one overall view of the property. Images should be saved as individual files. No Word or PDF images will be accepted.
- A list of the applicant organization’s current board, including officers and professional and civic affiliations.
- Applicant’s IRS determination letter of tax-exempt status or sponsor. If tax-exempt status has not been fully approved by the IRS, please provide evidence of filing.
- Resumes of any consultants, project managers, or personnel administering the project.
- One sample of promotional material for your organization.
- Three letters of endorsement.
- Budget breakdown that outlines proposed expenses and revenue for the project.
- One or two historic property planning documents or research if available.
For more information, questions, or other assistance, please contact: FTI Community Engagement Manager Maggie Fuller (Maggie.Fuller@foxtheatre.org or 404-881-2023)