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Lakeland Mayor's Council on the Arts


2020 Grant Application

Deadline for Application Submission: August 19, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.

The primary mission of the LMCA Grant is the enhancement, promotion, and support of Lakeland’s arts community and its associated creative economy. Artistic enterprises headquartered within the Lakeland city limits are eligible to apply for funding through this process. Depending on the number of award recipients and total funds available, individual grant awards will consist of up to 5% of each organization’s prior year operating expenses.


  • 2020-21 Lakeland Mayor’s Council on the Arts (LMCA) Grant Award Guidelines

    Application, exclusive of 990-EZ (Non-Profit) or 1099-MISC (Self-Employed), may not exceed three pages (1500 words). Any application exceeding three pages (1500 words) will not be scored.  There are a number of free word count tools online or within Microsoft Word and Google Docs, should you need access to one.


    The primary mission of the LMCA Grant is the enhancement, promotion, and support of Lakeland’s arts community and its associated creative economy. Artistic enterprises headquartered within the Lakeland city limits are eligible to apply for funding through this process. Depending on the number of award recipients and total funds available, individual grant awards will consist of up to 5% of each organization’s prior year operating expenses.

    Grant submissions may include operating expenses and specific program areas or initiatives, which must be disclosed in the application.

    The scoring matrix (LMCA 2020 Grant Scoring Matrix) used by our LMCA judges (located in the next accordion menu) will help ensure that awards are distributed fairly and consistently. Applications are to be scored on a 1-100 scale as to overall community value. Reviewer scores will be averaged to determine the amount of eligible funding for each organization. An application must meet the minimum score of 60 to be considered for any award amount. For applications that score in the 60 - 64 range or lower, LMCA application judges must state their rationale for assigning the score and provide recommendations for future improvement in the grant-writing process for the respective organization.


    Score Award Amount
    95-100 Up to 100% of max eligibility amount
    85-94 Up to 90% of max eligibility amount
    75-84 Up to 80% of max eligibility amount
    65-74 Up to 70% of max eligibility amount
    60-74 Up to 60% of max eligibility amount


     

  • LMCA 2020 Grant Scoring Matrix

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    This page is for reference only and displays how LMCA judges tally applicant scores.

    ORGANIZATION NAME:

    0 – 5 POINTS

    0 – 5 POINTS

     0 – 5 POINTS

     0 – 5 POINTS

    SECTION SCORE

    Briefly summarize your core programming:

    Is the enterprise part of the creative industries or the arts community? (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 0 – 5.)

    Does the enterprise benefit the community through their mission? (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 0 – 5.

    Does the enterprise further the LMCA goal of growing and enriching the arts community of Lakeland? (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 0 – 5.)

    Does the enterprise help establish Lakeland's reputation as a destination for the creative industries and the arts? (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 0 – 5.)

     

     

     

     

     

    /20 POINTS

    Briefly summarize any and all special programming for which this grant application is also intended:

    Is the purpose of the event, series, or initiative a contribution to the creative industries and/or the arts community in Lakeland? (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 0 – 5.)

    Does the event, series, or initiative benefit the community through its purpose? (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 0 – 5.)

    Does the event, series, or initiative further the LMCA goal of growing and enriching the arts community of Lakeland? (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 0 – 5.)

    Does the event, series, or initiative help establish Lakeland's reputation as a destination for the creative industries and the arts? (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 0 – 5.)

     

     

     

     

     

    /20 POINTS

    Briefly explain the last three years of your history in the Lakeland area and any financial support existing for your organization:

    How has this organization contributed to the Lakeland creative industries and arts community within the last three years? (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 0 – 10.)

    How has this organization fostered collaboration with other members of the Lakeland creative industries and arts community? (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 0

    – 10.)

    How has the financial status of the organization changed over the last three years? (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 0 – 10.)

    How has your organization continued to engage your audience during the pandemic, COVID-19? (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 0 – 10.)

     

     

     

     

     

    /40 POINTS

    Please describe and provide examples of the metrics used to evaluate the success of your event, series, or initiative:

    Examples do not address or inadequately address success metrics for the event, series, or initiative. (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 0 – 5.)

    Examples minimally address success metrics for the event, series, or initiative. (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 6 - 10.)

    Examples adequately address success metrics for the event, series, or initiative. (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 11 - 15.)

    Examples are thorough and fully describe metrics as they relate to the LMCA Grant Application for the event, series, or initiative. (Please note the points earned below on a scale from 16

    - 20.)

     

     

     

     

     

    /20 POINTS

     

     

  • LMCA Contact Info

    Questions regarding completion of the grant application may be directed to admin@sterlingcreativeconsultants.com

    Online submissions of the grant application will be delivered to Debbie Cason, Deputy City Clerk, at Deborah.Cason@lakelandgov.net. Please designate in the subject line, “LMCA Grants Application” for inquires.

  • Glossary of Terms

    Arts Community
    Cultural non-profits, organizations contributing to and operating within the creative economy, and artists with a shared appreciation for the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. 

    Creative Economy
    Artists, cultural nonprofits, and organizations that produce and distribute cultural goods and services, generate jobs and revenue and enhance the communal quality of life.


LMCA Grant Application

Eligibility: Open to members of the Lakeland arts community, within Lakeland city-limits, exclusive of for-profit organizations and educational institutions.


Please see the LMCA 2020 Grant Scoring Rubrik/Matrix above for details on the scoring of each question in the application and how the final award amount will be determined.
40-word maximum.
SCORED Responses
20 Points
20 Points
40 Points
20 Points
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