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Urban Enhancement Trust Fund Application FY24-FY25

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Deadline: February 24, 2023, 5:00pm

Application Information Session

There will be one free information session to review the UETF FY24-FY25 application on Monday, February 6, 2023 at 4:00pm. The session will be a hybrid format so people can attend in person or over Zoom. The meeting will be held at 400 Marquette Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 in the DMD Executive Conference Room on the 7th floor. The conference room is the third door on the left, to the left of the main elevator bank.

Parking is available in the Civic Center Underground Parking Garage at 328 Marquette Ave NW. Please note that only parking for the Civic Center Underground Parking Garage will be validated by the Public Art Urban Enhancement Division.

Email [email protected] to sign up to attend and indicate whether you will be attending in person or via Zoom. Please include any questions in the email as well so they can be answered during the session. A recording of the meeting will be posted online for anyone who is unable to attend.


UETF Application Policy

Proposals for projects must be submitted by a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) arts and cultural organization or non-arts organizations nonprofits in partnership with an arts and cultural organization.

Fiscal Agent Endorsement: Applications using a fiscal agent must provide a letter of agreement acknowledging their role as the fiscal agent sponsoring the project and application, and the fiscal agents IRS letter of determination. Required fiscal agent endorsement documents must be uploaded at the end of the application form.

APS Endorsement: Applications which involve student participation at schools during regular hours or that require off site travel during the school day must include a letter of APS support that states the activity is constructive to or supplements the school's curriculum, that it will be welcomed at the selected or specified school(s) and that it meets COVID safe practices. APS Endorsement documents may include a Letter of Support from a representative of the administration of the proposed school partner, or a statement from the teachers whose classes will be involved. Endorsement documents must be uploaded at the end of the application form.

 

Statement of Cultural Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

To support a full creative life for all, the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund Committee has adopted the following statement of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion championing policies and practices that will utilize the following definition in all processes and procedures of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable community.

 

Definition of Cultural Equity

Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people--including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion--are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

The Urban Enhancement Trust Fund (UETF) strives to contribute to making Albuquerque a national role model among cities working toward equity and inclusion. We envision a city of people whose success, safety and health are not pre-determined by their race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, income, socioeconomics, immigration status, disability, and personal background. A city where all communities, artists, performers, writers, and cultural workers have the power, support, and monetary investment they need to share their own stories, practice their culture, and create art on their own terms.

The FY 2024-2025 cycle of the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund seeks to provide funding to projects that address the needs of the diverse communities that comprise the City of Albuquerque. This two-year funding cycle will prioritize projects that positively impact residents, neighborhoods and communities by providing direct access and increased opportunities for quality cultural activities and programming by, for, and about a broad representation of our city's population.

We welcome and encourage all arts and cultural organizations, and non-arts organizations nonprofits in partnership with an arts and cultural organization, to submit projects that are led by and serving a broad representation of Albuquerque's population to apply as long as their project enriches the city's cultural life or vitality in the area of visual art, music, theater, dance, history, or literature, and that have favorable economic or cultural impacts on the city.

 

How We Rate Applications

All applications are rated using a 100-point score system based on the following criteria and percentages. Applications must receive a final score of at least 65 out of 100 points to be eligible for funding.

Project Description - 20 pts
Organization Capacity - 20 pts
Impact on Community - 20 pts
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - 30 pts
Budget - 10 pts
Total: 100 pts

View the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund FY 2024-2025 Scoring Rubric.

 

Application

This online application has a total of 30 fields. The total cumulative word count for the fields are numbered 1-6 are not to exceed 2,000 words, excluding organization contact information, mission statement and budget. You may decline to answer any section of this application; however, incomplete responses will affect your total score.


Legal Name of Organization

Legal Name of Fiscal Agent, if applicable

Primary Contact Name

Primary Contact Email

Primary Contact Phone Number

Best mailing address for this organization

Name of organizational representative with legal capacity to sign agreement

Legal Representative Email

Legal Representative Phone Number

Website


1. Organization Mission Statement
Mission statement does not count against total application word count. If you are a fiscally sponsored project please include both the mission statement of the project organizer and of the organization serving as your sponsor.

 

2. Project Description (500 word limit - 20 points)
Describe the proposed project or activities.

 

3. Organization Capacity (300 word limit - 20 points)
A description of the section goes here. Please provide information that demonstrates the project or organization's ability to carry out the proposed project. Include information on the project's accountability measures, evaluation process(es), or self-identified metrics of success.

 

4. Impact on the Community (400 word limit - 20 points)
All projects should have a favorable economic, educational, or cultural impact on the city. Please include information about how the project will enhance the urban environment of Albuquerque, increase awareness of the creative economy, and promote Albuquerque as an artistic community. Additionally, please explain how a specific population(s) will be served by the project, how the organization has worked in the population(s) the project will serve, and how any members of your organization are part of the identified population(s) served.

 


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (two questions - 30 points combined)
The City of Albuquerque has identified racial equity as a priority goal to address longstanding, racially disparate economic and social outcomes. Local government dollars used for contracting, consulting and procurement should benefit broad representation of Albuquerque's population. Responder organizations must address how their project will contribute to addressing racial inequities.

 

5A: Values, processes, and protocols (300 word limit)
Describe how your project is committed to diverse, equitable engagement and outcomes at every level of the project. For example, have you adopted a policy on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access? How will you set goals and track outcomes related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access? What racial/cultural equity practices, programs or initiatives of the organization are you implementing to expand opportunities and encourage inclusivity to otherwise underserved populations?

 

5B: Leadership and populations served (200 word limit)
Describe: (1) the demographics of the leadership of your organization and/or project; and (2) the demographics of the proposal's beneficiaries as specifically as possible.

 

6: Key Personnel (200 word limit)
Description of up to two key Artist/Professionals and two key Administrative/Fiscal/Fundraising personnel and their role in the project. If using a fiscal sponsor/agent, include at least one bio of a key member of Fiscal Sponsor/Agent.

 

7. Project Budget (10 points)

 

7A: Budget Narrative (100 word limit)
The budget narrative should describe briefly how the UETF funds will be used for this project. Describe all other sources of cash funds and in-kind contributions for this project including city, county, state, and federal grants or contracts for services, other non-profit organizations' contributions, earned revenues and other community support.

The scope of all budget costs should be as complete as possible. Each cost should be a separate line item. Budget items should include:

1. The requested funding from UETF
2. Funding from other sources
3. Detailed descriptions of in-kind contributions
4. Possible additional expenses

 

7B: Budget Form
All applications must be accompanied by a budget form that can be downloaded here. Document size limit is 10mb.

 


Fiscal Agent Endorsement Statement
Attach file to the online application. Document size limit is 10mb. Applications using a fiscal agent must provide a letter of agreement acknowledging their role as the fiscal agent sponsoring the project and application.

 

Fiscal Agent Endorsement IRS Letter of Determination
Attach file to the online application. Document size limit is 10mb. Applications using a fiscal agent must provide the fiscal agents IRS letter of determination.

 

APS Endorsement Statement
Attach file to the online application. Document size limit is 10mb. Applications which involve student participation at schools during regular hours or that require off site travel during the school day must include a letter of APS support that states the activity is constructive to or supplements the school's curriculum, that it will be welcomed at the selected or specified school(s) and that it meets COVID safe practices. APS Endorsement documents may include a Letter of Support from a representative of the administration of the proposed school partner, or a statement from the teachers whose classes will be involved.

 

Application Agreement:
By submitting this Application for UETF funding, I acknowledge that the application will be evaluated as submitted, and agree that any proposed activities must adhere to the State of New Mexico COVID-19 safety guidelines until such time as the New Mexico Department of Health lifts or reduces pandemic restrictions.