Strategy Sampler: State Arts Agency Grant Trends This document reviews tactics used by state arts agencies to adjust their grants to new budget realities. It outlines strategic, long-term questions for state arts agencies to consider when revisiting their guidelines, programs and services.
Members can request custom benchmarking reports that compare their agency's funding and grant making over time and/or against their peers. These reports provide an overview of the SAA and are useful for council meetings, strategic planning sessions and legislative testimony. Reports are created on demand and are customized to meet the unique needs of each SAA, such as for Washington and Rhode Island.
Grants Almanac This Excel file provides a 10-year history of state arts agency grant making. In addition to summary statistics, the almanac provides state-by-state information about grants for arts education, individual artists and general operating support as well as a breakdown by discipline. Custom data tables and visuals can be built on request.
National Standard Reference Center SAA/RAO grantmaking is reported using the National Standard for Arts Information Exchange. Consult the reference center for federal grants reporting instructions, training materials and examples of how the National Standard can be used for grant-making analysis.
Arts in Rural Communities
Fact Sheet: Support for Arts in Rural Communities The arts help to address some of the unique challenges faced by rural communities, including geographic isolation, infrastructure limitations and population flight. This fact sheet provides statistics and visualizations describing state arts agency grant making in rural communities. The fact sheet also provides a narrative overview of several important ways that state arts agencies serve these areas.
General Operating Support
GOS Program Profiles Operating support practice in 10 state arts agencies is summarized in this report, prepared originally for the Maryland State Arts Council.
Fact Sheet: General Operating Support These flexible, unrestricted grants are provided by almost all state arts agencies. This national overview provides trends over time, breakdown by artistic discipline and organization type, and a summary of related services.