ORBI Grants

2015 ORBI Grant Application

The on-line application form for the 2015 ORBI annual grant program is now available.

Click here to download the 2015 form using Adobe Acrobat Reader.  The application form includes all of the grant program guidelines and criteria.

You will not be able to save your completed application on your computer unless you have the complete Adobe Acrobat program.  For the narrative sections of the application, you should create a draft in your word processing program and copy and paste your final text into the grant application form.  When your application is complete, print it out.

The application form includes complete program guidelines and instructions.  The 2015 application deadline is Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

You can download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader by clicking here.

Accessibility Mini-Grant

The Accessibility Mini-Grant program is open to arts organizations and other organizations that present arts programs in the counties that touch the West Virginia/Ohio border.  The program is intended to allow organizations to jump start or try out accessibility innovation and is not intended to provide support for existing projects.

Grants of up to $1000 will be awarded for new projects for:

•    Minor physical plant improvements such as hand rails, ramps, door alterations
•    Sign and visibility improvements for people with vision limitations
•    Assistive devices for hearing or visually impaired people
•    Signers and other assistive service providers
•    Accessibility improvements for Web sites to improve use by the visually impaired
•    Direct outreach activities to people with disabilities in the applicant’s community

Applicants must be designated tax exempt charitable organizations by the IRS and must be arts organizations or other community organizations that offer arts programming.  Applicants must also be based in any of the following counties: in West Virginia – Wayne, Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Wetzel, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke, Hancock; in Ohio – Lawrence, Gallia, Meigs, Athens, Washington, Monroe, Belmont, Jefferson, Columbiana.
For complete guidelines and an on-line application click here.  If you have questions, contact the ORBI Project Director at 304-655-8255.

You can download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader by clicking here Get Acrobat Reader.

ORBI Artist Fast Track Grant

The Artist Fast Track program grants are designed to help artists increase access to audiences and venues, develop new skills and insights, or investigate new artistic ideas and approaches.  The program is limited to artists and craftspeople who live in Ohio’s Appalachian counties or the counties that touch the West Virginia/Ohio border.  You can apply for up to $500.  There is no requirement that the applicant match the grant amount.  There is no set deadline, except that applicants must submit an application more than 60 days before the start date of the applicant’s project.

Fast Track grants may be used to fund:

  • Professional and artistic development for attendance at workshops, conferences, seminars, master classes, exhibits, exchange programs
  • Presentation opportunities – preparation of portfolios and slides, printing of brochures or marketing materials and demonstration tapes
  • Rental expenses for rehearsal or studio space for time periods of less than one month
  • Shipping and crating of art works for a show or exhibit
  • Lodging and transportation costs for a training session, workshop, conference, or exhibit
  • Rental of equipment or purchase of supplies required for showing and displaying art works

Click here to get program guidelines and a fill-in grant application form for the Artist Fast Track grant program. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print the guidelines and application.  You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader by clicking here Get Acrobat Reader.

To get a final report form that you can print and return when your project is completed, click on the following links:

For West Virginia artists

For Ohio artists

4 Responses to ORBI Grants

  1. Celia Wetzel says:

    Dear ORBI Arts Network,

    Are there still Fast Track grants available for 2012?

    Thank you,
    Celia Wetzel
    Onion Creek Art,
    Albany, OH 45710

    • Bill says:

      Ms. Wetzel,

      Because you live in Ohio, the Ohio Arts Council would review your application. You should call Dan Katona at OAC at 1-888-243-8622 to find out what OAC’s Fast Track budget situation is.

      Bill Howley
      Project Director

  2. Celia Wetzel says:

    Dear Mr. Howley,

    Thank you for your quick reply!
    Celia Wetzel

  3. Hello,
    I am looking ahead to an April 2013 unveiling of a collaborative mixed media installation. Ten artists have a had a hand in the development of this concept. Some are considering applying to the artist fast track program for their envisioned portion of this installation. What is your fiscal year? And is it possible for as many as 6 of these artists to apply?
    Geoff Schenkel

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