Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

Grant applicants must be non-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations.

The primary sectors AE&E focuses on are the arts and education. Special emphasis is often given to projects and grants addressing social justice topics and to those serving a wide range of socio-economic groups. Examples of AE&E funding in each area include:

Arts:

  • Visual arts – underwriting exhibits or exhibit documentation

  • Performing arts – sponsoring choreography

Education:

  • K-12 private, charter and public schooling – scholarships, programming, curriculum development, professional development

  • Internship support during high school, college and post-collegiate periods

Do you have a minimum grant amount?

There is no official minimum grant amount. Typical grants range from $2,500 to $15,000 with select long-term commitments totaling more.

What types of grants do you support?

AE&E will consider a wide range of grant requests. Common grant areas include:

  • operating funds

  • annual funds

  • special projects

  • scholarships

Occasionally AE&E will contribute towards capital campaigns. This happens only with organizations that have a long-standing history of engaging with AE&E’s founders.

AE&E does not typically support endowment campaigns, preferring instead to contribute an amount to operating and have its impact magnified during a 3-7 year period vs tapping into the 5% draw typical of endowment funds that last in perpetuity.

What information do I need to provide and what evaluation criteria are considered when making a decision?

AE&E uses multiple criteria to evaluate applicants. Criteria may include:

  • the need for the program/project in the specified community

  • artistic or educational quality

  • how the project is connected to the community

  • access to the product/service for the community

  • how the project challenges diversity and the emotions of the audience

  • progress towards overall budget

What are your deadlines for applying?

AE&E awards grants two times a year. The calendar for the award cycles are below. Please note that if additional information is required, this may impact the timeline for grant approval and funding.

Spring Grant Cycle:
- Application due by April 1st
- Notification by May 15th
- Funding by June 30th

Fall Grant Cycle:
- Application due by October 1st
Notification by November 15th
Funding by December 31st

*Dates may be subject to change. Any grant applications received after a deadline will be considered for the next grant cycle.

Can I submit more than one application a year?

We limit grant awards to one per year per organization. If an initial grant request does not receive funding, it is possible to submit a second request within the same calendar year.

If I applied last year, can I apply for the same grant this year?

We welcome you to apply once annually. AE&E is unlikely to fund commitments at the same organization for more than 3 consecutive years without a 1-2 year break.

What happens after I submit my grant application?

All applications are reviewed by AE&E personnel. If we have additional questions, you may be contacted for more information before a decision is made. If your grant is approved, you will be invited to submit a Formal Grant Proposal.

How will I receive notification of my grant status?

All grant notifications will be sent via email to the email address on file submitted with AE&E’s online grant application form.

Do I need to report on my grant?

Yes. Grant reporting is greatly valued by AE&E as it offers grantees the opportunity to share their successes and how our contribution was able to impact individuals, communities, and more. Additionally, it enables AE&E to continuously refine our grant-making efforts.

When are grant reports due?

Any awards directed towards an event with specific dates should submit their grant report within 6 months of the close of the event; if an award does not coincide with a specific event, grant reports should be submitted within 6-8 months of an award being dispersed. Our Grant Reporting Form can be found here and any additional materials you’d like to include (such as photos) can be sent to contactus@aeefund.org.