In 2020 Red Olive explored granting opportunities for groups / collectives / organizations embedded in communities not within an established “cultural district” based in the South & South East. Our goal was to infuse the existing groups / collectives / organizations with funding that will allow them to execute a specific project. It was not meant to cover a portion of the project, or funds towards a larger project—increasing the likelihood that the project might not happen or the scope change based on other folks buying into it.
- Organization, group, or collective (not individuals) working within a community not within the established boundaries of a cultural district or embedded within a larger cultural institution (some exceptions: if the larger institution is providing fiscal sponsorship, but otherwise the group can independently make programmatic decisions, and the majority of the programming happens not with or within the cultural institution);
- Access to a 501c3 not required, but evidence of a long-standing relationship with the community (partnerships for example) are required, and evidence of prior work
- The project for which you are requesting funds needs to be able to be fully executed with the funds. Grants range between $500 – $2500. Please allocate a portion of the costs to pay project coordinators and other folks “doing the work”. Funds can be used to purchase tools or technology that will allow you to carry forth the project beyond our initial funding. You will need to submit a budget with the request.
- The project for which you are requesting funds needs to be already planned out, partners identified, location scouted, etc. Our goal is to leverage resources to get you to the finish line!