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Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Fund

Proposal due February 28
Program type Arts, Culture, & Humanities
Area served CT
Restrictions Hartford, Connecticut
Grant history

Mission

The Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Fund was established in 1978 under the will of Miss Evelyn Wallace Preston. The Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Fund provides grants for music concerts during the months of June, July, August, and September in parks and other public places for the general public in the City of Hartford.

Guidelines

Applications will be accepted from nonprofit organizations such as arts organizations, social service agencies, senior centers, faith-based organizations, folk societies and cultural centers and colleges/universities. The Fund program will consider applications from individual artists working in partnership with a nonprofit organization or church serving as their fiscal sponsor.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to apply:

• Organizations must have an IRS Tax Determination letter 501(c)(3)
• Concerts to be held for the general public in the City of Hartford parks, or other appropriate open spaces or
  public locations
• 2 or more instruments must be played to be considered a music concert

Applications will be accepted for recurring or new projects. Projects must meet the following requirements:

• Project activities must take place between June 1 and September 30
• The project must be promoted and available to the general public
• Project must take place in the City of Hartford
• Non-profit organizations can submit 1 application requesting support for their own project(s) including 1
   application
for the various project(s) they are sponsoring.
• Fiscal sponsors should only submit 1 application requesting support for all project(s) being sponsored.
• If applying as a fiscal sponsor, the project budget must show the fee or percentage charged to the artist(s) or
  group(s). Fiscal sponsors may have a say on project contents, budgets and amounts being requested by
  organizations or groups.

Funding Restrictions

• Under this program funding is not available for:
• Individual artists or groups
• For-profit organizations or promoters
• Choral groups without 2 or more instruments
• Public school districts, affiliates or components exclusively serving student audiences such as in-school and
  after-school programs
• Organizations requesting support for in-school arts-in-education programs
• City of Hartford agencies and departments
• Any organization previously funded with outstanding final reports to the Preston Fund
• Cultural activities restricted to an organization’s membership; eligible projects must be promoted, and remain
  available to the general public
• Proposals from educational, health or welfare institutions unless they can demonstrate a history of providing
  arts projects
• Arts projects that are solely socio-economic, recreational, rehabilitative or therapeutic in nature
• Purchase of equipment, fundraising events; or non-project-related administrative expenses
• General operating support
• Humanities projects
• Parades
• Projects must have a culminating event that is promoted, and available, to the general public of the City of
  Hartford
• No solicitation of financial donations may be made during a Preston-funded performance for any reason

Review process and criteria

A panel of artists and arts professionals will review projects using the following criteria:
• Artistic merit of the proposed project
• Clarity of project proposal
• Project feasibility, taking into consideration budget, timeline, and stated goals
• Evidence of applicant’s prior record of achievement, (if applicable)
• Appropriateness of the outreach plan to reach the proposed community

The criteria are not listed in order of priority; each is equally important. Please make sure that your application, taken as a whole, addresses these criteria. Applications should accurately describe the project, the target audience, and the project’s impact. Project budgets and budget narratives should be precise, reflect actual needs, and demonstrate the ability to raise funds from additional sources.

Bank contact

To discuss the application process or for questions about this foundation, contact us:

ct.grantmaking@ustrust.com

Please indicate the foundation name in the email subject line.

Detailed foundation contact information can be found in the Procedures.

Bank contact

To discuss the application process or for questions about this foundation, contact us:

ct.grantmaking@ustrust.com

Please indicate the foundation name in the email subject line.

Detailed foundation contact information can be found in the Procedures.