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**PLEASE NOTE ~ NDCA grants are currently unavailable until late July/August due to our transition to a new Online Grant System. Check back often for updates to application open/availability dates!**

NDCA has updated the Artist in Residence, Community Arts Access and Presenter Support grant applications (due April 1, 2015); and the Individual Artist Fellowship application (due May 1, 2015). These updates are due to National Endowment for the Arts federal reporting guideline changes. The Special Projects and Professional Development grant have been updated as well.

Welcome to the North Dakota Council on the Arts' (NDCA) CultureGrants Online (CGO) Grant Program! Please read the following information and instructions carefully prior to creating your profile and applying for any NDCA grant program.

In order to apply to programs using the North Dakota Council on the Art’s CultureGrants Online grant system, you must have an e-mail address. If you do not have an e-mail address, establish a free account with Google, Yahoo! or Hotmail.

**Please note, all organizations must provide an FEIN/Tax ID number and a DUNS number. Please list the Congressional District as 1 (one).

To apply to the grant programs, you must create a profile in the North Dakota CultureGrants Online grant system. Your profile will allow you to apply to one or multiple grant programs each year. To create a profile, click "New User, Register Here." Complete the profile form. The username and password you entered will be the username and password you will use to access your NDCA grant applications each year. For help with starting, and completing an online application, please view the online application detailed instructions pdf file here.

There is a SAVE WORK button at the bottom of each application page. Each time you click on SAVE WORK the page will refresh and you will return to the top of the page. You MUST save your work before viewing the pdf file, advancing to the next section or returning to a previous section! Please remember to SAVE your work often! Do not go to your Internet browser's File drop down menu and select save. When you select save from the File menu, the Web page you are viewing will be saved as an HTML document and your work in the application database will not be saved. Click on the "Tech Tips" Icon located at the top of this page for further instructions.

**Need help with your program evaluations? Getting Started with Program Evaluation: A Guide for Arts Organizations is a valuable resource for any organization funded through a state or federal grant. This information will help you understand, and assist you in your program evaluations. This document was produced by, and is courtesy of, the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

Child windows, often called pop-up windows, are used to provide additional and supplemental information for a Web site. Many users disable these windows to avoid unwanted advertisements. Disabling pop-up windows will block the CultureGrants Online grant system from performing properly. You must allow child windows to appear in order to use the CultureGrants Online grant system successfully. Click on the "Tech Tips" Icon located at the top of this page for further instructions.

Cookies must be enabled to work with the CultureGrants Online grant system. A cookie is a small file that a Web site temporarily stores on your hard disk. The CultureGrants Online grant system cookie logs which application you wish to access so your Internet browser can save and display your application information correctly. When you log off the CultureGrants Online grant system, that cookie is automatically deleted. CultureGrants Online grant system requires cookies. If you have disabled cookies in your browser you must enable them prior to the application process for unimpeded access to the system. Click on the "Tech Tips" Icon located at the top of this page for further instructions.

It is advisable that you craft your narrative text responses for grant application questions in a word processor before entering the information into the CultureGrants Online grant system. Use the document to edit your text and count characters. Save the document for your records. The following instructions are for Microsoft Word users only. 1) Compose your narrative in Microsoft Word. Use the spell-check and character-count tools in Word. Note that the character/word count feature in word processors varies. The character count in the CultureGrants Online grant system will be the definitive number of characters allowed for your application. 2) Do not bold, italicize, underline, bullet, number, indent or use any other formatting options available in Microsoft Word. Formatting will not transfer into the CultureGrants Online grant system and will cause your text to become illegible. Save the document. 3) Highlight the text that you want to copy into the text box within the online application by clicking your cursor at the beginning then dragging it over remainder of the required text to highlight it. 4) Go to the EDIT menu then select COPY. 5) Before pasting to the online application you must make sure that you are logged in. If so, place your cursor in the desired text box of the narrative page, click to the EDIT menu in your browser then select PASTE. 6) Save your work in the online application by clicking the SAVE button at the bottom of the page. Do not bold, italicize, underline, bullet, number, indent or use any other formatting options available in Microsoft Word. Formatting will not transfer into the CultureGrants Online grant system and will cause your text to become illegible.

The system was designed to allow more than one person to work on a grant application. For example, one individual can focus on a specific section of the application (e.g., the NARRATIVE) while another person focuses on another section (e.g., the BUDGET). It is very important for each user to save their work frequently. To avoid losing work, ensure that only one person is working in a given section at a time. Otherwise, the last person to save in a given section will overwrite anything that has been previously crafted. We recommend that multiple users communicate frequently with one another to ensure that data is not lost or overwritten.

The PREVIEW PAGE button found at the bottom of each application section allows you to not only preview your work but also print your work. To preview the page and print, you must have Adobe Acrobat. To download this software at no cost, go to Adobe.com. The preview page will open a new window in your browser. The new window will have save and print tools on the top menu bar. Use these tools to print your application. If you return to the application and make changes, and then return to the preview page, make sure you hit the REFRESH or RELOAD button to update the application preview. Only information entered into the application will appear. Unanswered questions will be blank in the application preview.

Before submitting your grant application, make sure that you have printed a paper copy and fully reviewed the data. Make sure that there are no spelling or text errors and that all the information has been completed and entered. Make any corrections necessary in the online application and save your work. Click the SUBMIT APPLICATION button at the bottom of the application page. Your information will be sent directly to the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

NDCA will automatically receive your grant application once you click the submit button. You will receive an e-mail confirming that we have received it. At this point, you will no longer be able to change your application. Your application status will show as "Received" and you may not alter your application in any way. You will have access to print your application from a PDF file at any time. If you accidentally submitted your application, please call NDCA at 701-328-7590 for assistance.

One of the many benefits of this online grant application is that once you complete an application, all your data will be stored. If you choose to apply for the same grant every year, the time spent entering data will be reduced.

Temporary files can be useful when you want to store information on a web site, such as amazon.com or ebay.com. You may want to delete these temporary files when you use the CultureGrants Online grant system if you outdated information appears in your application. Click on the "Tech Tips" Icon located at the top of this page for further instructions.

You assigned yourself a username and password when you created a profile for NDCA. Use this username and password to access your grant applications. If you forget your username and password, click the "Forgot username and password" link from NDCA's CultureGrants Online home page.

The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) is a service and program agency of the state, established in 1967 by the State Legislature to develop the arts and to promote and support the arts in North Dakota. Grant funds are made available by the National Endowment for the Arts and appropriations from the state of North Dakota.

Questions? E-mail amschmid@nd.gov or call 701-328-7594.
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