Fifteen percent (15%) of funds generated by the one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) sales and use tax levied within Washington County effective April 1, 2015 to fund Recreational, Arts, and Parks (the "RAP Tax") have been designated by the County Commission for support of cultural activities. The County Commission has established a RAP Advisory Board to oversee the process of receiving applications for funding and making recommendations to the County Commission for approval of disbursements from these funds. These Guidelines have been approved by the County Commission for use by the RAP Advisory Board to administer the funding of cultural organizations throughout the county via the RAP Tax.
|Types of Activities:||Art, music, theater, dance, cultural arts, or natural history|
|Types of Organizations:||Either non-profit organizations/institutions having as their primary purpose the advancement and preservation of the types of activities listed above, or a Municipal or County Cultural Council having as its primary purpose the coordination of the county or respective municipalities’ efforts to advance and/or preserve the types of activities listed above.
Non-profit organizations/institutions must submit a copy of the IRS letter of determination of 501(c)(3) status or similar IRS letter for whatever entity is serving as their financial sponsor for the purposes of qualifying for 501(c)(3) status.
A Municipal or County Cultural Council must be created by Washington County, or a municipality located within Washington County, and must provide documentation from the County or respective municipality of their cultural council status.
|Uses of Funds:||RAP funds may be requested for either operating expenses or capital projects. Funds may be requested for either specific standalone projects or supplements to the organization's annual operating budget.|
|Guidelines/Application Available Online:||Wednesday, August 8, 2016|
|Deadline for submission of funding requests:||Friday, September 23, 2016|
|Recommendations from RAP Advisory Board to County Commission:||Tuesday, December 20, 2016|
|County Commission Authorization to Fund Approved Projects:||Tuesday, January 17, 2017|
|Disbursement of Funds for Approved Projects:||Projected end February of 2017 subject to funds' availability|
Note: The schedule above projects a single annual application cycle for the current year's RAP funding requests, with applications due by September 23, 2016. A subsequent opportunity may be extended to apply for smaller project grants to fund emergent opportunities not necessarily identified in time to submit as part of this annual cycle.
Download and complete the following PDFs as clearly and concisely as possible:
Attach the files along with supporting material in an email to Cheyenne Bentley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or print out and deliver hard copies in person to:
Questions concerning the application request should be directed to: Cheyenne Bentley (435) 986-3349. For reference, please download the Funding Guidelines.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Credit must be given to Washington County Recreation, Arts & Parks (RAP Tax) in brochures, news releases, programs, publications, banners, other printed materials and internet/web page recognition.
Grantees must use the RAP logo. Narrative or audio credit may be used as follows: “This project is supported in part by Washington County Recreation, Arts & Parks (RAP Tax)”. Failure to credit the RAP Tax could result in ineligibility for future funding.
All organizations who receive funding must submit a completed Grant Report Form. Please return or mail to the following:
Forms must be mailed or delivered prior to September 23, 2016. If a grant report form is not submitted the organization will not be eligible to apply to receive further funding.