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| What criteria are used to evaluative grant applications?
The Council, program staff and panelists use the following statutory requirements to evaluate all grant applications.
Service to the Public
As a public funder, NYSCA must ensure that its grants support a broad array of cultural activity that fully represents the diversity of the state and that the supported events are accessible to the broadest possible public in every region of the state. In addition, it must ensure that the organizations and events it supports comply with public safety and accessibility laws. The following are considered elements of service to the public. Applicants will be evaluated based on their strength in these areas.
Promotion and Outreach: an organization demonstrates that it makes significant efforts to reach a broad and diverse audience through marketing and public relations efforts.
Audience Development: the organization offers thoughtful and well-designed educational and interpretive activities that help build audience appreciation and understanding of the organization and its work.
Audience/Visitor Participation: the organizationís commitment to its programs and activities as demonstrated through attendance data (relevant to the population of the community served) as well as customer satisfaction surveys (if available and appropriate).
Safety & Accessibility: the activities and events that support is being sought for will take place in venues that are fully accessible to the public and comply with all safety and accessibility standards.
Diversity of Programming: programming reflects significant efforts to reach a broad array of artists and audiences.
Community Service: the organization brings value to its community through partnerships with local businesses and schools, free and low-cost events, and in other appropriate ways.
NYSCA believes in artistic excellence without boundaries, and its evaluation process embraces the widest variety of cultural and artistic expression being offered to the public in a broad array of settings and contexts, including classrooms and community centers, parks, open spaces, and traditional venues.
NYSCA considers four dimensions of proposals when evaluating applications:
Idea: the concept or artistic impetus behind the artistic work or services proposed.
Practice: the effectiveness of the artistic work and the impact it has on those experiencing it, or in the case of services, the effectiveness of the services in practice and their impact on the community served.
Development: the contribution the artistic work makes to the development of the artists involved, the art form, and the arts generally, or for services, the contribution the services make to the development of a vibrant arts and cultural community in the state.
Context: the context in which the work or services are being presented and the appropriateness of the work or services in that context.
As a public funder, NYSCA must ensure that funded organizations are capable of carrying out their proposals and will be ethical and effective stewards of public funds.NYSCA considers four dimensions of managerial competence when evaluating applicant organizations.
Mission: The organizationís activities must relate directly to its written mission statement. A mission statement should (1) define the organizationís purpose for being and core values, (2) determine its structure, functions and purpose, (3) be approved by the organizationís board, and (4) be reviewed regularly and updated when appropriate.
Governance: The organization should have a governing board of directors or trustees, and that group should be diverse and appropriate to the mission of the organization. The board should provide administrative, financial, and ethical oversight for the organization by:
Organizational Management: Organizational management will be assessed based on the extent to which the leaders of the organization comprehend their roles, advance the mission, and plan for the future. Responsible management hinges on the:
Financial Management: The organization will be evaluated based on whether it provides adequate human and financial resources to enable the organization to work toward fulfilling its mission and managing those resources appropriately..Successful financial management includes:
The nature and extent of the applicantís planned efforts to educate and orient the public about the proposed project or activities of an organization
The scarcity or availability of comparable services or activities in the geographic region in which proposed services or activities will take place
The nature and extent of the availability of other public and private funds to support comparable activities