As of Fall 2018, all applicants to the Organizational Grants Program are required to submit board-adopted statements, policies or plans that outline their commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access as part of their applications. To assist grantees with preparing for this requirement, the Department of Arts and Culture began offering free workshops for current and potential OGP grantees to help prepare for this requirement in March of 2018. These workshops are designed to help you either clarify and begin outlining your organization’s relationship to cultural equity and inclusion, or to deepen the policies you already have in place.
NOTE: Attendance at the CEII workshop does not count toward the OGP application workshop requirement for new applicants or applicants that did not receive funding the last time they applied.
Aligning Your Organization's Diversity Equity and Inclusion efforts with CEII
- Participants will be guided in reflecting on how their organization’s mission and core values align with and support the goals of the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative (CEII). All workshop participants will leave with a beginning draft statement, a building block to create a policy, and plan (required of OGP 3 + 4 organizations), as well as strategies for communicating with their boards to allow for adoption in advance of the fall Organization Grant Program application period.
- Attendees should bring a copy of their organization’s mission statement, and core values and any existing diversity, equity and inclusion or CEII statements (if applicable).
Who Should Attend?
- All current and prospective OGP grantees applying in fall 2020 are welcome to attend, particularly those that do not yet have formal cultural equity policies or plans, (as relates to staff, board, and/or programming) in place. Attendees should be individual(s) in leadership positions who have influence and ability to engage the organization’s staff and board in this work, and/or have a current role and responsibility related to the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion work. Teams from organizations, including board members, are strongly encouraged to attend.