THE LITTLE CITY C.A.T.C.H. FOUNDATION, INC.
The Little City C.A.T.C.H. Foundation Inc. (TLCCF) was created in September 2012. The By-Laws were approved by the Board of Directors of TLCCF in November, 2012.
Goals of the Foundation
The purpose of TLCCF is to support activities, programs, events and strategies that encourage arts, history, cultural education and strengthen the vitality of these efforts in the City of Falls Church and serve as a catalyst in the greater community.
Goals of the Grants Program
Consistent with TLCCF overall mission, grant funds will be awarded to support programs, events or activities that achieve one or more of the following goals:
1. Stimulating excellence in an area of the arts, theatre, culture and/or history;
2. Encouraging full cultural and ethnic diversity;
3. Enhancing the quality of life:
-Stimulating economic development
-Supporting educational advancement
-Making the arts accessible to all
-Appealing to the widest audience.
Eligibility and Grant Fund Availability
Applicants must be a 501c3 organization or be sponsored by a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Only grants for non-profit organizations or activities that are consistent with program goals will be considered for approval by TLCCF. The Foundation has limited resources with which to support its mission. A successful applicant is one that meets the most criteria in significant ways, and has a thoughtful, comprehensive plan to achieve the goals of their grant request.
It is the TLCCF policy to award grants annually in a cumulative amount not to exceed the annual revenue available for this purpose. Grants or donations received by TLCCF for specific purposes or earmarked as such will not be included in the total discretionary grant funds available through TLCCF.
Grant Application Process
Don’t miss the August 1 deadline for this year’s Arts and Humanities Grants!
The City of Falls Church welcomes applications for eligible non-profit organizations that support the arts, culture, theater and history based within the City of Falls Church. The application deadline is Tuesday, August 1, 2017 and funds must be utilized before May 15, 2018.
Applications may be submitted for project grants or operations support grants. Applicants may request up to $5,000 in project grants with a total of up to $20,000 available provided by the City and up to an additional $4,500 matching funds provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Applicants may request up to $15,000 in operations grants with a total of $25,000 The application and details on eligibility can be found at www.fallschurchva.gov/Grants.
Past grant include producing a set of audio tours about the history of the area by the Tinner Hill Foundation; providing a free community orchestral concert by Washington Sinfonietta; support for creating an original musical at Creative Cauldron; and outfitting a new gallery for Falls Church Arts.
After an initial review by the Recreation and Parks Department to ensure eligibility, the application will be reviewed by the Arts and Humanities Grant Review Committee. The committee will submit a recommendation to the Recreation and Parks Department which will present the recommendation to the City Council for final approval in a public session of council.
After final review and approval by City Council, copies of all applications will be archived with THE LITTLE CITY C.A.T.C.H Foundation.
For more information, please visit www.fallschurchva.gov/Grants.
The grant awards will be considered by the City Council to allocate grant funds in approximately 60 days. The approved grants are for reimbursement once completed.
The Little City C.A.T.C.H. Foundation Grant Evaluation Guidelines
Evaluation and Selection Information
Grant recipients and award amounts will be evaluated and determined on the basis of the
- The demonstrable or measurable extent to which TLCCF grant support will involve local charitable arts, education, history organizations or events or benefit these organizations directly.
- Describe how the grant supported activity acts as a catalyst to improve financial or intellectual investment in the arts, history, culture and education to the city?
- Is the application for funding complete and is the need for TLCCF grant support clearly stated?
- How does the activity utilize the TLCCF cultural message specifically as it relates, to Arts, Theatre, Culture and History?
- Is the activity ongoing, annual, or one-time only?
- Will TLCCF be the primary source of funding?
- Are details provided for the full funding picture, including contributions, business donations and attendee fees (if applicable)?
- Does the applicant intend to seek TLCCF funding support annually?
Application Form and Reporting Requirements
The applicant is required to submit the completed application form and supplemental
information to TLCCF no later than the date specified on the advertised announcement to be considered.
The application must total no more than 10 pages and include the following information to be considered:
A cover page with the sponsoring organization name and application title, contact information for follow-up by Grants Review Committee (include name, phone numbers, emails ). Application cover page must include the date. The 501c3 information/certification or that of the sponsor should be attached to the application. Please indicate the grant which you are applying for: Small Grants $1500 or less; Major Grants $1501 – $5000, and City Heritage Grants up to $2000. (see attachment)
A narrative summary of the project and the amount requested;
The project’s objectives and how they will be monitored and documented;
A line item budget for the total project including other sources of income, which explains details of the proposed grant-supported uses and overall expenditures;
A description of how grant funds will achieve one or more of the grant program goals and how the applicant will measure its achievements in a post- grant report;
A description of how results in achieving the objective of the project will be determined;
Where the project or program is part of a continuing effort, a plan for the future of such events and efforts to make it self-sustaining;
Background information about the applicant organization and any partners, and its capacity to undertake the program/activity(ies).
Reimbursement and Post-Grant Report
In most cases, grant funds will be paid on a reimbursement basis. The grant recipient
must submit documentation to the Foundation in the form of itemized receipts and expenditures consistent with the award amount. TLCCF Board reserves the right to release a grant award payment in advance of expenditures under special circumstances.
The post-grant report detailing the measurable achievements of the grant-supported
activity(ies) shall be submitted at the same time reimbursement is requested. Should
grant funds be paid in advance, expenditure receipts and the post-grant report must be
submitted no later than 60 days after the conclusion of the activity(ies). Both a before and after budget must be submitted – before (planned expenditures) with Grant Application, and after (actual expenditures) with Post-Grant Report
Attached is the form!
For additional information, please contact the The Little City C.A.T.C.H Foundation, P.O. Box 686, Falls Church, VA, 22040-0686 or email TheLittleCityCATCHFoundaton@gmail.com.
Revised July 2017