Q&A: Unrestricted Grants for Arts and Culture Groups
Britt Clampitt
Britt.Clampitt@charlottenc.gov
3/23/2022
Arts Grants Q and A

What eligible groups need to know about applying for up to $20,000 in unrestricted arts and culture funding.  

For how long must a nonprofit have been established to be eligible for grant?

There is no minimum time that a nonprofit must have been established in order to be eligible for this grant.  

If an organization is applying with a fiscal sponsor, will it be a problem if the fiscal sponsor is also applying for funding?

No, these will be treated as separate applications.

I have already submitted the application, but I did not include a 501(c)(3) letter from the IRS certifying my organization. How do I send you a copy of the letter?

If you have already submitted a complete application, you can email the 501(c)(3) letter to charlotte.lamb@charlottenc.gov.

I started the application, but I am waiting on budget and demographics information. Can I save what I've entered?

No, there is no way to save your progress. Once you have the information needed, simply start fresh on a new application. All incomplete applications that have been submitted will be removed.

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um one of our presenters will be a few minutes late but we're going to go ahead and get started so we want to be
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respectful of your time today so my name is charlotte lamb and i'm in the city manager's office
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i'm this effort uh and just you know some
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what's gonna happen today first we're gonna do a quick introduction to the arts and culture work that the city is
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doing uh as well as this grant and then they'll be open-ended q a at
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the end of the presentation so please leave your questions to the end if you do have a question you can look
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for the image of the hand to use the raise your hand function on your screen
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and we will call on you to ask your question you can also send a question in the chat
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just make sure you're saying the question to everyone so that all of our panelists can see it today
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and if you've joined by phone uh we'll ask for questions from call-in users
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at the end as well so this meeting is going to be recorded and the recording
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will be posted on public input where the application lives
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as well as an update of the frequently asked questions section and that will be live on
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monday so if you have a friend who you know is interested and missed it you can point them that way on monday thank you guys
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for joining us
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so this is a really quick recap of how all this came to be with the city of
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charlotte so in january of 2021 uh mayor lyles created an ad hoc committee of
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city council members with the task of developing policy parts and culture
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and in june they recommended an advisory board and
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city council approved that and so the arts and culture advisory board
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was established in july of 2021
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the infusion fund came to be and that was when the city increased its annual investment in arts and culture to six
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million per year and foundations of the carolinas led a fundraising campaign to
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match funding that the city had committed to for a three-year period so we've got how the board came to be
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and then how the funding came to be right there so in september of 2021 uh
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priya was um hired to be the first arts and culture
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officer for the city of charlotte and she'll be joining us later today and then in november 21 the advisory
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board members were brought on board so there are 18 members of this group
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three were tapped by the mayor six by city council and nine by the private
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sector and this board will work with the arts and culture officer and the community to
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allocate the funding that we've got so with that it's determining the allocation for the
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remaining fy 2022 budget which we've done and is where this grant came from
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uh it's determining the allocation for fiscal year 2023 and 2024 and as well as
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developing a comprehensive cultural plan for the city
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so here's an overview of how the funding has been allocated
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for 2022 um as you can see there are um 800 000
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for general operating or unrestricted grants and half of that is this grant
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program right here and the other half um is being administered by the arts and science council
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to artists and creatives so when we get to the faq today there's a lot of questions about
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eligibility and some of these might be better served through the program that
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arts and science council will be administering later in the spring so just keep an eye out for that as well
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so deadlines on monday we will have an update faq section that will reflect everything
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that we hear today and the presentation will be made available and then on the 23rd at 5 00 pm
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is where if you ask questions after that we're not going to be able to respond to them prior to the closing of the
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application window at least it won't be reflected in the faq section we'll try to
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send out emails at the ninth hour but it won't be reflected on that faq section page
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and on march 24 um at 11 59 pm the applications are due
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and this is a program that automatically closes so we don't have a lot of wiggle room with that so just really keep that
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in mind when completing it and then by april 30th all the applicants will be notified
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whether funded or not we'll make sure to get back to everyone who did complete a completed application
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and to get to that application it is public input dot com slash arts 2022
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eligibility so right now non-profit organizations
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with 501 c 3 status whose primary function is for arts and culture are eligible
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also groups or collectives of artists or creatives whose primary function
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is arts and culture are also eligible but this group if they don't have 501c3
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status we'll need to use a fiscal agent or fiscal sponsor that does in order to receive funds
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and these applicants need to provide a memo from their fiscal agent or sponsor
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showing proof of this relationship along with the information of from that fiscal sponsors
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501c3 letter applicants also must have not received
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other funding through the infusion fund during the 2022 fiscal year and that is july 2021 through june 2022 at the time
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of this award this includes funding through the arts and science council's fiscal year 2022
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cultural vision grants and artist support grants which were supported through the infusion fund
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fiscal sponsors or agents can have received infusion funds in fiscal year 2022.
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i guess just a little more insight on fiscal agents is they are really the ones um
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that the city would be writing the check to and would hold the money uh but if they're fiscal agent then they would be
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distributing it back to that organization to use so they they aren't getting double funds uh but are more
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holding it and working with you all to manage it properly so applicants also must be based in
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charlotte north carolina
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so here are some of the frequently asked questions that we've heard regarding eligibility
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so regarding for-profit created businesses are they eligible
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um right now they are not
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so this particular grant is for non-profits or groups or collectives using that
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fiscal agent and you know the advisory board is
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looking at how we might use the infusion fund in fiscal year 2023 and 2024
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and that might be a possibility um for expanding the buckets of money and how we're using
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them but not right now and as well as individual artists who
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are not affiliated with a group or collective they are not currently eligible for that grant for this grant
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but as we said some of our operating um grants are being administered by arts
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and culture advisory board or sorry by arts and science council and they will be distributing project
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specific funding um in the spring so please keep an eye out for that and um
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we will also be sharing that information on our own um website etc
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so the primary purpose for or function of the organization is not arts and
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culture but we do some arts and culture programming are we eligible uh unfortunately no this grant is for
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organizations and groups whose primary mission is based in arts and culture
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and um you know if there are specific examples
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feel free to get those to us and we can give you a um more specific answer but in general
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the answer is no there and then can art departments or clubs at
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public schools apply yes organizations and groups you know
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primary mission arts and culture we've really hit that home today are eligible to apply um but public schools are not
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considered a non-profit when it comes to their tax status uh so a public school applicant will need to work with a
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fiscal agent or sponsor parent teacher associations or booster
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clubs are normally 501 c 3 certified so you would want to
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work with your corresponding agent there to
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get a memo and get that out so
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geography will this grant program support organizations serving the greater
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charlotte region that are outside of charlotte city limits so this particular grant will not
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we are funding organizations that are based in charlotte and serve charlotte
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but they could certainly serve the greater region as well but this is also something that
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the board will be talking about when we look at 2023 and 2024 funding
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so things could could always change the future but right now this is how this specific grant is being administered
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and administration so how much funding can we request
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and um can it cover the whole operating budget for the year so
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applicants may request up to twenty thousand dollars however it's recommended not to request more than one
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third of the annual operating budget for example if you had a five thousand
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dollar annual budget uh you would request up to fifteen hundred dollars
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how can my organization use these funds are there any restrictions on how the funds are used
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so recipients can use the money at their discretion for purposes related to arts
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and culture so this could be renting space or rehearsal art making performance
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skills training professional career development paying artists and other personnels but
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ineligible expenditures include the purchase of alcoholic beverages personal use items
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any political or public policy campaigns
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non-partisan voter registration is permitted though if that was to uh be included in some way that's always a
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little asterisk we have so if an organization is applying with a fiscal sponsor will it be a problem if
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the fixed fiscal sponsor is also applying for funding nope uh these will be treated as separate applications
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because like we said the fiscal sponsor will not be dipping in to to your funds
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do we need a 501 c 3 irs letter if our fiscal agent is mecklenburg county
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facility like parks and rec so this is very similar to the public school question that we got earlier and that
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governments are not nonprofits in their tax status uh
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it's just a little different so they would need to work with a fiscal agent and you know it could be partners for
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parks that we have in charlotte um or a similar friends of group
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that might be around partnership parks is just the one that i'm most familiar with but i'm sure there are other
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opportunities there and with that specific example too
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parks and recreation is such a big organization i would think that maybe you have a division
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or similar that is focused on arts and culture and it could be
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the application to be focused on that as opposed to the much larger organization
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so technology we had a few technical issues here but uh the application link
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doesn't work one will be open so i can apply so the application is open
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but you'll need to scroll to the bottom of the application information and faq
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page and select continue to move on to that application
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how do i send a copy of the 501 c3 letter from the irs
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so at the bottom left of the question this is a
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that gets at your non-profit status you can select the plus add files button
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and you can add multiple files that way but thank you for asking this question we add some clarifying language in the
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question to help make sure that's highlighted to everyone else who comes across it
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also is there a way to save the application and come back
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no there's not a way to save your progress but all incomplete applications will
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just be removed uh so once you have the information needed just start fresh on your application and you know the half
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filled out ones won't be counted against you or anything they'll just be cleared from
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our portal system so feel free to just start fresh with a new application
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so we've gotten some questions in the chat box and also priya has joined us so
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priya can you see the chat box could you introduce yourself and then uh attempt to get at some of these
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sure thanks charlotte um and hi everyone i'm sorry i wasn't on right at the
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beginning i had to enlist the help of our it guru to help
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us help me get online so um glad to be with you and welcome to um to this
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webinar um so for uh for those of you i haven't met before i'm priya serkar and
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i'm the arts and culture officer with the city of charlotte and i work with our team here um and with the
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arts and culture advisory board to oversee the infusion fund um
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uh allocations of funding as well as uh the um community-wide cultural planning process
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that will soon be beginning i never miss a moment to plug that so hopefully you'll all be
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involved in that engagement process once we begin later in spring um
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thank you for your interest in this program i'm sure
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charlotte has already covered the the basics so let me know if not charlotte but i am glad you guys got started
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without waiting for me any longer um so um
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i will go ahead and um kind of dive into a few of these
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questions or i guess all the questions but we've gotten maybe three or four i think here
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so yeah i'll do my best to answer these and i think on some of them uh i think we will need to just get some um
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confirmation and so we'll do our best to do that and get back to you and put that on the faq
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once we update that following this uh webinar one of the questions uh
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uh comes from scott uh and it says does a fiscal sponsor or of a group or
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collective have to be a primary purpose of arts and culture no i would say no because really their
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function is that there are 501c3 and they are as charlotte described essentially um
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you know holding that and distributing that those funds to you for your use and so
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um yeah as long as you have a primary purpose of arts and culture that should
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be fine uh the next question
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comes from chris uh can our fiscal sponsor be from outside charlotte our collective is
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charlotte based but we use a fiscal sponsor who's based in chicago um this is one of those i would want to
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just get a double you know i would want to get confirmation of unless um charlotte and
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juni julia if you know the answer to this because my my answer would be i think that's fine um but i would
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want to make sure with the foundation for the carolinas because actually in this case with the infusion fund the
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foundation for the carolinas uh cuts the checks and so um i uh would love to
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confirm with them that there's no issue with the um fiscal sponsor being elsewhere but julia or charlotte do you
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happen to know for sure that you know the answer to that for the for the foundation's perspective
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uh my gut reaction is that i don't believe it'd be a problem but you're right that that is something that
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we have to double check since uh we don't live in procurement world
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i see you not in julia so um okay yeah so so thanks for that question chris again we don't think that
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would be an issue but we'll double check with the foundation and um and we will
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uh post the answer in our faq when we update it with these questions
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um next question comes from hector um how will equity and funding
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play a role in funding decisions some demographic groups are funded more often than others that's a great question and
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i think that is a question that is kind of broader um you know applicable to
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both this um this uh funding opportunity as well as the work of the infusion but in general
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um so you know the infusion fund the opportunity or excuse me the arts and
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culture advisory board has adopted um guiding principles which uh you know
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recently have had some conversations with folks that have um you know
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indicated to me that it's going to be helpful for us to post those guiding principles we've been talking about them in each of our recent meetings and um
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we'll be uh putting those um uh and we talk about them in the in the
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meetings um so some of you who've been tuning in might have seen them but we can add them we will add them to our
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website so those are clear and equity has is one of the um one of the guiding principles so
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um you know some of the things that this advisory board and we as a team have been talking about are what are ways
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what are the things that have been barriers to access for um for funding you know um
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one of the things that we are trying to do
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to lower those barriers or eliminate barriers an example of it is actually
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this particular this funding opportunity um you know whereas uh
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previously um you know some groups um have received uh gen
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unrestricted um funding and general operating funding um this opportunity
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right now with this open call was uh is is a chance to open up the access to
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that type of funding beyond groups that have um received it you know in the past
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year over year so we're trying to make this unrestricted operating funding available to more folks
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um so that's one way um another way is uh that we're trying to be mindful of
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how folks might apply and so one way is that for example accepting
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applications in various languages is something that we're doing with this open call
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currently the application itself is available online in our you know the two most spoken
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languages in charlotte english and spanish but as we've also said um that is if anyone is interested in
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applying for this grant in another language that is their um first language that we will work with them to have to
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to have that application um as part of this process so to um so that's another
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um way that we're working to achieve equity in funding and this is going to be an ongoing
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conversation among the arts and culture advisory board and our team as we look
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at future funding see
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go to the next question which comes from tracy it says you can only apply for a third of your annual budget what if this
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is a new collective art project that doesn't have an established annual budget that's a great question um
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so again i would say that that this is um
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this there's a couple kinds of um funding i guess that the infusion fund
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so far is um supporting um you know there's project funding
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which the advisory board is looking at how to offer that one way is something that
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is an opportunity fund which you probably saw on an earlier slide that um charlotte shared which is one of the um
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we're calling them buckets which is meant to support project programs and initiatives
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um and that really is just very fledgling and we're working on um
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developing guidelines and process for that that we'll be um sharing once we have worked through that
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with the advisory board uh and so that's project funding and then in this
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charlotte shared this grant opportunity is in sort of another category which is
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general operating funds so these are not project you know not not really meant
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for say a project but meant for kind of ongoing
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um funding needs or expenses that you might have in the ongoing work of your
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organization or group um and so i guess if if there's if there's not an
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annual budget for this for your group's work um if if the
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work is really structured more around a project then i it may be that this particular grant
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isn't the right grant for you it might be that a project specific grant is
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actually the right grant so that's something where it might make sense to reach out to charlotte you know
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with some more yeah you know to kind of delve into the specifics of
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what your group situation is and if it's a particular project and then maybe um charlotte and we can you know put our
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heads together as well to um assess whether you know this
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funding mechanism is a fit or if a different a different opportunity would actually be a better fit if it's a
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project and not a group that has ongoing kind of activities and operations
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let's see the next question comes from
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uh tori it says can a group of artists with llc status apply with a non-profit
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fiscal sponsor so um my gut reaction i definitely want to
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hear from charlotte and julia as well if you have a different perspective but as i interpret this an llc status is
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essentially a for-profit status it's a limited liability corporation and so that would be
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i would consider that to be for-profit a for-profit company and therefore not
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eligible for this particular grant but charlotte and julia do you have a
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different perspective on on that question
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no i'm saying no no no okay thanks
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um let's see
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looking for okay so i'm gonna i get it i get i i see a i see a ditto to tracey's
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question from megan i i want to ask it because i actually am interpreting it in a
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slightly different way um so megan asks did it chase tracy's question we are a new 501c3 and don't have an annual
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budget yet so i would ask whether
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this might be an opportunity for you to develop your annual budget
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you know as a new organization um it sounds like you're not necessarily um
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you know because i know some groups get together specifically around a certain project right um they they don't
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necessarily um have a 501c3 status or they haven't um kind of solidified as a group that um
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does ongoing activities together beyond the scope of one project or program and
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so if you're a new 501c3 it sounds to me like you might
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um be planning to have ongoing activities you know throughout the year beyond one
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project and if that's that's the case um then you might be you know having
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your you know your first annual budget that you'd be developing so um that again i would encourage you to you know
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reach out to us um and reach out to to um charlotte so that
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we can hopefully address your particular situation um but uh
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i i would think this actually you know if you're a group that you you definitely know you're going to be
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having operations throughout this upcoming year um you know if you're
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just because you're a new group and you haven't yet fleshed that out this could be an opportunity where you would be
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able to flesh that out and get a feel for what you think it's going to take for you to operate over the course of
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this year coming activities and and you know again but this one is if you've had a chance to check out the application
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you can see that it is a pretty streamlined um application that doesn't
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have you know we're not requesting a budget we are asking what kind what are the things that you plan to use the the
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funds for and there will be a simple and straightforward um report eventually um
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but um again this is i i think could be a great um opportunity for
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um you know some unrestricted funds uh for organizations you know regardless of how
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long you've been around um we just wouldn't be funding the entirety of the operation as uh charlotte explained
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let's see next question
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does a podcast consider as art and culture program it is yes it is an art
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arts and culture program i'm not sure this is sorry this question is from kaiwen i hope i'm pronouncing that your
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name correctly um the so the podcast is an arts and culture program um i guess
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um i i'm not sure and this is where reaching
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out to us directly what might be helpful um so we can look at your particular
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situation that sounds to me more like i don't know if it would be as you said a pro a
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program or project so that may not be a fit for this um but if there's an organization
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that is or a group that is doing you know ongoing activities
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um then this grant might be might be a fit so let me if i can uh sure
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go for it so we are a staying organization supporting
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students then we are initiate a portion of the organization
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to dedicate to create a podcast for the student to learn how to produce
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and broadcast reporting but they are reporting the subject of science
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so is is a the main function of the organization
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so we are still talking about whether we want to spin off make it out become two five one c three
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or we remain one and one supporting this new program and
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we just have a lot of students interested in the marketing and the arts and broadcasting type of
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activity that we are doing to support a stem program today so we just want to initiate it create this new
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podcast is solely dedicated to producing and solely dedicated for the student who
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want to eventually go into the broadcasting and reporting domain
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but the subject is science thing science is the science technology engineering
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and math the stem program extend careers but the program itself what i practice
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what i do is broadcast okay thank you for explaining that yeah
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um the to me that sounds like that's a project that is a new project or program
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and it's not um then the organization's main
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function isn't arts and culture but it is an arts and culture program and so if the funding is for the program then
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i don't think that that would be a fit for this particular grant but that a project specific grant would be more
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appropriate
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but if we if if it's helpful to um to connect and talk it through further then i i think it would be great if you would
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reach out to us and we can you know have a follow-up conversation sure
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apologies i was just gonna say that we have gotten some uh technical questions
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in the chat so before we uh hit some more of these eligibility questions um could i share my screen and
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just address some of those sure thanks shirley that sounds great of course
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hi everyone so if you go to public input.com
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arts 2022 this is the page that you'll see
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and if you scroll down to the bottom here's the overview
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information about the session you're on right now an area to collect questions
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and then this frequently asked questions section which will be updated based on what we've gotten today from you all
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uh so if you select continue it will actually bring you to the application portion
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so everything with a star is a required question you can type in your name
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of organization group collective comment it out and then this is the question where you
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can add files so if i hit the add file button
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and click the drag and drop area i can add
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a pdf i can add powerpoint
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[Music] let me grab a word one too i can add a
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faq my faq word document in preparation for this
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meeting so it'll take a few different types and a few different files uh so
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then you just you know click and oh maybe i have to comment to make sure
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they got in
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awesome and at the bottom
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we hit submit survey and i'm going to stop sharing just to make sure that i didn't lead you guys astray
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and that all those files were available on the other end but i just
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don't want to show you everyone's applications so far so give me one second
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this platform does work best on google chrome
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and i did see someone say that this should be available in different languages and we
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do have a spanish version of this form and we'll drop that in the chat for you all
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and i would just add that if there's so we we went with um we provided in the um
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the languages that are the the most spoken but also recognize that
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there are other languages that our folks prefer languages and so we talked about is that um as i as i mentioned earlier
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if you know if you know of a group or with a group that would be interested in applying but their preference would be
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to apply in a language other than english or spanish please reach out to us reach out to
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charlotte or ask them to reach out and then we will work with them to
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be able to receive their application and their in their language of choice and then we can
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work on our end to have it translated and be able to have it in the mix
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and uh we did get all those attachments that i added so it doesn't do a great job of
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saying you know congrats we received your attachments when you submit them but everything that you upload there
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does get included so
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now we can get back to the other questions
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thanks charlotte um so i'm gonna keep going because we've got more um we've
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got more questions that have been submitted in the chat so what is can this is from anshu um what is considered
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arts and culture and what is not particularly for underserved awana organizations
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that is a great question and very broad so um i think that you know for arts and
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culture we um generally would take a kind of um a broader view of what is
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considered arts and culture without knowing kind of if there's something in particular that um you have in mind um
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it would it would be i would again encourage you to reach out to charlotte and um you know we can
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answer the question for you know your specific um situation oh i don't know if
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my wi-fi is breaking up and if you guys heard the end of that but um but i think that
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that's one where we can um you know address on a case-by-case basis but i would say generally speaking i
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think that this this arts and culture advisory board is taking
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you know kind of a broader view a broader view of um you know what's
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arts and culture and we can address and address it on a you know case by case
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basis if there's a question see
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please explain more about demographics requirements um we don't have requirements um but
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what we're trying to understand with asking you to describe whom you're serving is um just get more of an
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understanding of um you know who you know who are your
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you know audiences and participants and how would you describe whom you're um trying to serve so we don't have a
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particular demographic requirement um and i think for us it's it's getting a better understanding
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of your work and who you're um working with and serving um and it is gonna be helpful information for this arts and
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culture advisory board going back to the question on equity as we were um
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as we um talked about a little bit earlier one of the questions was about that and so part
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of the process of you know thinking about equity and and how we can address that
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is to get a better understanding of who
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who all you are serving in your arts and culture work
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have a question from nyla um that uh it says i'm on the
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front main page but do not see the continue button at the bottom of the page to go to the application oh sorry
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is this one is the question that you answered earlier charlotte or i hope so okay okay
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great thank you for addressing that
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let's see does an outreach program to a disability group that includes creative arts as
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well as education and employment opportunities to meet the requirements
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so i think there for me the key is that it's a program so
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and this isn't a program program-specific grant so this is an unrestricted general operating funds for
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an organization and so because it's unrestricted and it's general operating that's why it needs to be going to an
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organization or group that or um that where the primary function is arts and
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culture um so um if if the funding is sought for a
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specific program where the rest of the activities of the organization or group are not arts and culture then i think
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this particular grant wouldn't be the right fit and it would a project or program specific grant
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sounds like it would be um a better fit for that but again this that's one where
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it would probably be helpful to have a conversation so if you want to reach out to us and reach out to charlotte that might be that might be good
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let's see if you have received this uh question is
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from nina i don't know if i'm pronouncing your name correctly so sorry if i'm not if you received a grant from the arts
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and science council but it was through a different fiscal sponsor is that okay i'm not sure if that grant was supported
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through the infusion fund so i think this is one where it would be helpful to reach out to us um and with
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if you have the specific information because i think it we would need to know what was the grant that you received if
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it's a cultural vision grant um or an artist support grant that was within
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this fiscal year the 2021-2022 fiscal year then it likely was supported
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through the infusion fund um but again if if you're able to reach out to us with
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the specifics of that grant and the timing of the grant we actually also have a list of
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the recipients of grants that were supported through the infusion fund that were done through the arts and
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science council then we would be able to answer you know answer your question um
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you know with confidence
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okay this is a question from indira does internal re-staffing and capacity
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building and external inclusion programs with a focus on access to arts and diversity and the farts
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in the diversity in the arts both qualify um yes i think meaning i i'm guessing if
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you're asking about the types of uses of the funding those are fine i think um
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using using the funds for those types of things are eligible for
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these unrestricted friends so in terms of eligibility for the grant itself it really just comes down to
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what's the um the primary function or purpose of the organization or group but
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these types of um expenditures uh are perfectly fine with
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the type of grant
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so this comes from amber we conduct our work in charlotte and serve the
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charlotte community but our address is listed in huntersville are we eligible to apply unfortunately for this um for this grant
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it would be no because this particular grant is for within the
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charlotte you know the city of charlotte organizations and groups based in the city of charlotte um so i know there are
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organizations that are located in various places that serve the charlotte community as well as other community
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communities and um as charlotte lamb said um the arts and culture advisory board is looking at
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at that kind of um question on a broader scale you know for fy23
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funding um but for this particular grant it's restricted to the city of charlotte
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another question is from caroline my question is about eligibility we are a 501c3 nonprofit based in charlotte
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however the writing community we service from all parts of mecklenburg um
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i think that that that's actually fine because you're based in charlotte and serving i would assume you know charlotte um
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folks and your the writing community is also elsewhere from outside of charlotte but you're
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based here and you're a 501c3 and the primary purpose sounds like it's arts
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and culture and so um that sounds like to me you would be eligible for this opportunity but again
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if there are some more specifics that around that that it would be helpful to talk through then please do reach out to
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us another question
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[Music] is from scott it says if the nonprofit uses its
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discipline above and beyond in addition to entertainment creativity
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and imagination example trauma healing social emotional education and real world skill building
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might be eligible for this funding um you know what i'm not sure i think
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that one is probably going to require kind of more of a conversation scott in order to um just better understand the
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work and kind of the mission of the organization or group um so i would encourage you to reach out
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to charlotte and um that way we have a better understanding of what is the um primary mission and focus um but it
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sounds like it could be eligible but um just um would be
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easier to um figure out in a conversation
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okay there's another question from unshoot there are 38 groups who get annual funding because they've been
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funded before what makes them eligible for annual funding other than previous support if we get funding with this grant does
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that allow us to be considered for annual funding so that's a good question
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um they're they're they're funding the funding of those
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groups through the infusion fund for general operating support nothing else made them eligible beyond
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the fact that they had received previous support because part of the purpose of the infusion fund was to try to
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continue to have support that would help to stabilize the sector which included those groups
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and when the infusion fund was set up the um funding partners didn't want you
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know they knew that they would take time to get a board in place and to get an arts and culture officer hired and so
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they did not want for um those groups that were you know would typically have gotten funding at
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the beginning of the fiscal year to not be able to um to operate because they would have no
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funding um so this particular um this grant opportunity right now the
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point of it is to make exactly the same kind of funding so again those organizations get i have gotten
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unrestricted operating grants previously it was from asc and this year is through the infusion fund and this
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uh this grant opportunity right now is meant to also make that kind of
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funding available to other groups who typically have not gotten it through asc and also did not get it through the
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infusion fund at first and so it's actually the same type of funding um and
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this is being done through an open call and i think there was a second part of your question
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um which had to do with if we get funding with this grant does this allow us to be considered for annual funding
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so i guess one thing i would say is annual funding you know i think whether it's annual is
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an open question that is up to the advisory board as they
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look ahead to um fy 23 funding but the
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i think that you know the the reason they were funded annually or or
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to me the term annually funded simply refers to that most of those groups but not all of them
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um received operating grants you know annually um and and did so you
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know each year but they um again for the time period of the
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infusion fund the advisory board is um considering how they want to allocate grants um for fiscal year 23 and then
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they'll look ahead at fiscal year 24. so um we we don't know right now what their
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decisions going to be about um providing oh
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i think i froze saying i was just saying that we don't know yet what the advisory board is going to
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want to do with their fiscal year 23 funding with regard to unrestricted operating
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grants but we just did know that you know this for the funds that we still had remaining in fy 22 we wanted to
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make sure that this type of funding was open to more organizations and groups beyond the
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38 who had previously received it so we don't know what the funding
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relationship will be with if you're funded through this round you know how will that relate to the fy 23 funding
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we're not sure yet because the board is just now starting to look at what they might do for fy23
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let's see if we have more questions um i've already submitted our
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application but did not log in how can i edit the application based off
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of today's conversation clarifications charlotte could you answer that question please yeah um
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i would submit a new application and if we get two from the same organization
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we'll take the one that is the most complete or the one that was submitted closest to the deadline
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thanks charlotte can you give examples of the types of
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things that can be funded um so i think charlotte you talked a bit about this but if you wouldn't mind
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maybe talking you know kind of just revisiting that question and giving some examples
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certainly yeah anything that um your business would generally need to
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function so is that renting space is that materials for a project
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or is it um [Music] getting your accountant on board or whatever is needed to get that 501c3 so
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that you know next time when these opportunities come you don't need a physical sponsor uh so it's
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professional development uh things that you need to operate uh pretty pretty open-ended uh but it is
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not buying alcoholic beverages and i know that might seem way over here but we've
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seen you know gallery openings and such where they've got complimentary wine and you know that's an example of something
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that this can't fund as well as any personal use
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um things so that's you know
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going on vacation i guess or um you know your
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non art related car uh needs a new tire but maybe if it's your truck that you
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move all your supplies around we could figure it out um but the other thing is anything
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oh you can't donate to a political campaign but you can do voter registration
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should that be close to your mission
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thanks charlotte oh sorry go ahead oh i'm just going to read these
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questions so someone said what about food specific to a culture so if you are purchasing food for
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um an event that revolves around artsy culture that is good to go
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if you're producing food and that is your thai culture i'll let priya
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answer that one yeah i mean if it's about i'm not sure i
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guess i'm not sure if the question is about purchasing food like as a use of funds
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or if it's about like mission and purpose of the organization um
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so i'm not sure if i i don't see that
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question or well i'll just answer from both perspectives so if it's about
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purchasing food like that that's fine if it's i think i'm having a lot of wi-fi
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issues can you guys hear me okay charlotte can you hear me okay yeah thank you for anything okay great
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so another question we got is my group will be applying for funds to go towards rental facilities for an
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annual creative arts conference which happened in charlotte would this qualify oh yeah that's awesome um
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keep us updated definitely up our alley as well
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yeah that definitely falls within the type of expenses that are fine for unrestricted funds
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um quick question charlotte so john is asking saying i did not see the add file
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option in the application but already submitted can can they can he go into his submit
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application or should he just um apply just resubmit and attach the file this
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time um you know i also don't want to make you guys so frustrated that this becomes
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a much more of a taxing task than it needs to be if you've submitted a complete
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application without your attachments you can just email me the attachments just be very clear in your
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email the organization that these correspond with
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and my email is in the chat as well thanks charlotte
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um can an org that has previously received an infusion fund grant strip as a fiscal sponsor yes i think charlotte
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you may have touched on that but yes that's fine um
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and does the physical sponsor have to be based in charlotte i think we mentioned we'll be getting back to you guys on the
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faq with that one we think that should be okay but we'll confirm with the foundation
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um there's a question from douglas do all projects need to begin after april 30th or can the funding be used to
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assist with the project that began prior to april 30th also is there a deadline the project needs to be completed on
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banks in advance um so again this isn't for projects so you
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if you want to use the funding for something that's um is in progress that's totally fine um
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the period of the grant is one year so basically you would have um a year from the date of the award
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letter and also i'll just note again when these are distributed
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um it will be by the foundation for the carolinas and so you you'd get an award letter from them and it'll save the
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amount and the the date and so you have a year from then to use
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the funds toward you know the whatever you want to use it for based on you know the guidelines
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that charlotte just shared so um yeah again the the grant is not for a particular
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project but you can use it for things that are in process
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see i think we've answered the next few
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we've got some kind of repeats um
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yeah um thank you guys and there's the question box on
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the application also email and uh
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reach out see any closing words no just again thank you so much for
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joining this webinar for your interest in this opportunity we're excited about it again because as i said we're trying
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to um provide more of this unrestricted operating type of funding that can be so
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difficult to come by to more organizations and groups that have not necessarily had access to those funds
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previously in previous years so thanks for reaching out and yeah please please uh email you can
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see charlotte's email address there and let us know if you have other more specific questions
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that might be um best you know discussed in a conversation and we'll definitely do our
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best to to get back to you as quickly as possible
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thanks everyone and have a wonderful weekend