The Sudden Opportunity Support category provides funds for arts and humanities projects which could not have been foreseen in advance of the regular granting cycle. Grant awards to eligible applicants may be awarded for up to $2000 and are contingent on the availability of Norman Arts Council funds.  Check with the NAC office for availability of funds and to ensure eligibility for your project before submitting a SOS grant proposal.  

SELECTION CRITERIA:  The NAC is seeking applications for projects that:

  • are of high quality
  • are educational, informative or entertaining
  • will be able to be successfully carried out by applicant
  • will attract visitors to Norman
  • will positively impact the community.

 Applicants will not be disqualified for not meeting all of the criteria. It is encouraged, however, to try to meet as many as possible and to address the criteria directly in the proposal.

FUNDS MAY NOT BE REQUESTED FOR: 

  • Fund-raising events
  • Grants to pay existing debts
  • the purchase of capital improvements or equipment
  • Projects not accessible to the general public
  • Projects performed in conjunction with a religious service
  • Indirect costs
DEADLINE:  The NAC Grants Committee meets to evaluate and review grant proposals prior to the monthly NAC Board of Directors meeting.  The NAC Board meets the third Friday of every month. In order to be reviewed that month, SOS grant applications must be received within the first week of the month or the application review process may be delayed until the next month.

COMPLETE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. In addition to completing the online narrative, applicant will be required to upload the following support materials:

  • Budget worksheet (download from http://www.normanarts.org/grants/sudden-opportunity-support/)
  • 501(c)3 exemption letter
  • Last annual financial statement or tax return (pages 1-3 of IRS 990)
  • Current annual budget
  • Current list of board of directors and officers
  • Current organization bylaws
  • Copy of OU Departmental description as found in the University Handbook (OU applicants only)

 NOTIFICATION:  Applicants will be notified within one week following the NAC Board of Directors meeting.

This grant provides limited funding for management training on organization issues including: board development, financial management, resource development, marketing and public relations, strategic planning, personnel development and management, and technology.  This training may be done on-site or off-site using training selected by the organization.  The training format may be attendance at a seminar, individual consultation or group consultation.  These grants are available in addition to the Arts Project Grants and/or Operational Support.  Awards will be granted up to $1,000.  A brief report subsequent to the training is required.

This grant is designed to provide limited funding for management training on organizational issues including: board development, financial management, resource development, marketing and public relations, strategic planning, personnel development and management, and/or technology. 

In addition to completing the online application and proposal narrative, applicants will be required to upload the following support materials:

  • 501(c)3 exemption letter
  • Current organization bylaws 

This form must be submitted to request awarded grant funds. 


Your organization may request up to 60% of the funds awarded within 90 days of the project start date. 


A mid-year report is due by December 31. Once received, that Norman Arts Council will release the first 60% of your Operational Support Funds. If extenuating circumstances make it impossible for an organizations to meet this deadline, the organization must receive approval from the NAC in advance. 

Your final report is due 45 days after completion of the training or activity funded. Organizations that do not submit a final report on time may not be allowed to apply for future Norman Arts Council funding. If extenuating circumstances make it impossible for an organization to meet this deadline, the organization must receive approval from the NAC in advance. 


Your final report is due 30 days after completion of the project. Remaining award funds will automatically be forfeited by any organization that fails to submit the COMPLETE Final Report by the deadline.Organizations that do not submit a final report on time may not be allowed to apply for future Norman Arts Council funding. If extenuating circumstances make it impossible for an organization to meet this deadline, the organization must receive approval from the NAC in advance. 

DO NOT FORGET TO SUBMIT YOUR CASH REQUEST AS WELL!!
Your final report is due by July 31st. Remaining award funds will automatically be forfeited by any organization that fails to submit the COMPLETE Final Report by the deadline. Organizations that do not submit a final report on time may not be allowed to apply for future Norman Arts Council funding. If extenuating circumstances make it impossible for an organization to meet this deadline, the organization must receive approval from the NAC in advance. 
Your final report is due 30 days after completion of the project. Remaining award funds will automatically be forfeited by any organization that fails to submit the COMPLETE Final Report by the deadline. Organizations that do not submit a final report on time may not be allowed to apply for future Norman Arts Council funding. If extenuating circumstances make it impossible for an organization to meet this deadline, the organization must receive approval from the NAC in advance. 

DO NOT FORGET TO SUBMIT YOUR CASH REQUEST AS WELL!!

Any potential 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk street performer must fill out this online application to set up to perform within the 2nd Friday footprint (200 W. Main to 300 E. Main blocks / Jones to Depot / Gray Street from Jones to Porter). Only street performers are permitted to setup on downtown Norman sidewalks.


APPLICATION IS REQUIRED FOR EACH 2ND FRIDAY YOU PLAN TO SET UP.  
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: 11:59 p.m. on the first Friday of the month

Locations will be limited and assign by Norman Arts Council. 

  • Location preference may be requested
  • Brick & mortar businesses may work with NAC to facilitate performances outside their businesses, but a permit is still required
  • We will work to accomodate all requests to the best of our ability

No equipment or electricity will be provided. 

NAC reserves the right to refuse any Street Performer Application, and refunds will be issued in this case.

Ends in 2 days, 20 hours $25.00
$25.00

John Banas | Improving your Life with Comedy: The Art and Science of Humor
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2019

Everyone likes to laugh, but fewer people have considered how humor can improve their lives. This workshop will explore humor from both the social scientific and creative perspectives. We will discuss first create a new way to understand and perceive humor, followed by discussing the empirical support for some benefits of humor, and we will conclude by exploring ways to increase laughter in our lives (e.g., improv, stand-up comedy).

Banas is an Associate Professor in the Communication department at the University of Oklahoma. One of his research interests, and the subject of one of my most popular and highest-rated courses at OU, is humor. This class distills that course into a seminar-length workshop. Humor for Banas is not merely an academic pursuit; he’s been performing stand-up comedy for several years. 

Norman Arts Council