Criteria for Funding

HeARTS for the ARTS Program



  • High artistic merit as perceived by peers, critics and others as appropriate
  • Innovation and creativity in programming and artistic content
  • Vision and leadership of artistic staff
  • Activity furthers applicant's stated artistic mission
  • Responsiveness to community art needs


Community Involvement

  • Evidence of efforts to reach a diverse population, i.e. audience make-up
  • Evidence of leadership and representation by a variety of different social, economic, and racial groups on board
  • Innovation in programming to reach new and special audiences, including collaborative programs with other groups
  • Evidence of legitimate efforts to involve minority individuals on artistic, technical administrative, policy and audience levels
  • Evidence of intiative in promoting arts aducation within appropriate discpline


Administrative and Fiscal Responsibility

  • Evidence that organization has a continuing history of growth, stability and vision
  • Evidence of long and short range plans
  • Evidence of leadership of administrative staff
  • Evidence of organization's ability to accomplish proposed goals
  • Evidence of efficiency and effectiveness of organization
  • Evidence of effective board/staff interaction
  • Accuracy and completeness in financial reporting
  • Evidence of effort to secure financial support from both private and public sectors
  • Diversity of funding sources, earned and unearned


Distribution of Funds and Amount of Funding Available

  • Evidence that artistic programming is not a duplication of other local efforts
  • Evidence that the applicant's financial resources are experiencing appropriate growth in relation to Council funding


(Peer review panelists rate each application on these four criteria)