What We Would Like to Fund
We welcome projects that may include:
• The development of new work
• Arts-related events
• The interpretation of existing work
• The presentation of new work or collection of works
Examples of eligible expenses
• Professional development of an artist (e.g. workshop, conference, residency)
• Rental or purchase of materials that further the applicant's project
• Promotional and marketing materials (i.e. design and printing of posters, flyers, programs, etc.)
Examples of ineligible expenses
• Tuition and cost-of-living expenses for matriculated students in any degree program
• Projects in which fundraising is a primary purpose
• Paid advertising (e.g. newspaper, radio, broadcast tv, social media, etc.)
Public Benefit Requirement
The Arts Commission receives its funds from the City of Ellensburg. Because of this, artists funded through this program must provide some kind of public benefit to the citizens of the City of Ellensburg. The following are examples of services that meet the public benefit:
• Free/discounted admissions to project event: performances, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, readings, etc.
• Free distribution of resources and publications to residents of the city of Ellensburg.
Applications are reviewed by the Ellensburg Arts Commission for eligibility, accuracy, and comprehensiveness. The Ellensburg Arts Commission, comprised of seven Commissioners, will select and recommend the most highly qualified projects for funding based on the following criteria:
• Artistic merit, excellence or innovative quality of the project as determined by the Ellensburg Arts Commissioners
• Access and public benefit for the City of Ellensburg
• Artistic excellence demonstrated in the work samples provided
• Feasibility and applicant's demonstrated ability to accomplish the project based on a resume of experience
• Relevance of the funding request and project feasibility demonstrated in the budget.
Once accepted, recipients receive funds through reimbursement. To apply for reimbursement a recipient must submit an invoice, originals of receipts, and an IRS W-9 with tax ID or social security number. At project’s end, a final report is required clearly stating how funds were spent and assessing the success of the project. Funds must be spent and invoiced by December 31, 2019 in accordance with the details outlined in the award agreement.