Potential applicants should carefully review the follow requirements to determine their eligibility:
- With rare exception, only Santa Fe-based organizations will be funded.
- Generally, only organizations whose mission includes the arts will be funded.
- Projects must take place in the northern portion of Santa Fe county (i.e. Madrid/ Galisteo to northern boundary of county)
- Organizations must be a federally recognized nonprofit with an IRS 501(c)3 status; a public agency (as defined in NMSA Section 11-1-1 or any county, state or education institution specified in Article 12, Section 11of the NM Constitution.); or apply through a fiscal agent. (See “Using a Fiscal Agent” below.)
- Organizations must have a State of New Mexico Incorporation Certificate as a domestic or foreign nonprofit corporation and be in good standing with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC).
- Organizations must have had their nonprofit status and State of New Mexico Incorporation Certificate for at least two years prior to the application deadline or apply through a fiscal agent. (See “Using a Fiscal Agent” below.)
- Organizations must have a current City of Santa Fe business registration number.
- City of Santa Fe-operated programs are not eligible.
Using a Fiscal Agent
An organization that does not have its nonprofit status and/or NMPRC Certificate, or has had either for less than two years, may apply through a fiscal agent, provided the fiscal agent meets all the eligibility requirements. The fiscal agent becomes legally responsible for the completion of the project, submission of all reports, as well as receipt and proper management of Arts Commission funds.
The fiscal agent’s role is strictly administrative; it is not a partner or collaborator in the programmatic or artistic content of the project. The donation of goods or services by the fiscal agent (such as in-kind space rental or administrative services) may be included as part of the applicant/fiscal agent relationship. In instances where the relationship between applicant and fiscal agent extends beyond these parameters, the eligible organization must submit the application for funding under its own name.
All Arts Commission funding must support the project’s public component; we do not provide general operating support. Examples of public presentations include performances, productions, exhibitions, art markets, fairs and festivals (i.e. indoor or outdoor community celebrations of the arts), and workshops or conferences. All public presentations must be open and accessible to the general public.
The City of Santa Fewill celebrate its 400th Anniversary during the 2009 and 2010 funding cycles. While not a requirement to receive funding, applicants are encouraged to consider programming which relates to the anniversary and contributes to this important community-wide celebration.
The Arts Commission cannot fund certain projects and project elements. These include:
1) Demonstration and master classes
2) Scholarships and fellowships
3) Closed subscription series
4) Projects which are part of a post-secondary academic degree program
5) Awards (ribbons, trophies, prizes, etc.)
6) Deficits and debt reduction (including finance charges, loan fees, etc.)
7) Meals, catering, lodging or transportation
8) Capital expenses (including the purchase of equipment or real property, labor or materials costs for renovations, remodeling or new construction, etc.)
9) Tuition assistance for college, university or other post-secondary formal course work
10) Fund-raising (events, personnel, merchandise, etc.)