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Thursday, December 9, 2010

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Research on Demand

General Operating Support

NASAA Director of Research Angela Han

As a national source of information on public arts funding, NASAA provides a knowledge network and fact base to help state arts agencies make informed policy decisions and put their own state's needs and experiences in context. Providing customized responses to member questions is a hallmark of NASAA. This column offers specific examples of the NASAA research services available and shows how they can be customized to meet your needs.

State Arts Agency Fact Sheet: General Operating Support

State Arts Agency
General Operating Support Grants
Fiscal Year 2009

Grant dollars awarded: $105,063,523
Share of all SAA grant dollars: 37%
Median grant size: $8,000
Number of grants awarded: 4,741
Share of all SAA grants: 19%
Number of communities receiving a general operating support grant: 1,457

Did you know that state arts agencies invested more than $105 million in general operating support last year? These types of grants are one of the most flexible sources of revenue for organizations and can be used to support activities and operations in accordance with their particular needs and circumstances.

Historically, state arts agencies have distributed more than one-third of grant dollars through operating support. Besides direct grants, state arts agencies also provide services aimed at strengthening the nonprofit arts sector, such as capacity building services, technical assistance, and networking and peer learning opportunities.

NASAA's new fact sheet, General Operating Support, provides a national overview of general operating support, including summary statistics and grant distribution by artistic discipline.

Members interested in further details or comparative information for their state can contact the NASAA research staff with their request.

Have questions or feedback about the fact sheet? Want to suggest a future topic? Contact us!