Gift of Freedom Winner’s Contract
The Application Form is available for downloading
- The application process for the Gift of Freedom
Award will include essays on the applicant's artistic life, an
example of the applicant's artistic expression, and questions involving
educational and employment history, as well as community service. A full
disclosure of financial assets will be required. The awarding panel will
be composed of members of AROHO's Board of
Directors, AROHO's Advisory Council, and volunteers
with particular expertise in the arts. The application is available for
dowloading from our web site.
- Four genre finalists will be chosen for excellence of craft.
- Each genre finalist will be notified of their finalist distinction and given instructions for submitting their Creative Project Plan for final judging. Submission of the Creative Project Plan, an adapted version of the recipient’s contract accompanied by a list of questions, will be the final step towards determining the winner of the Gift of Freedom. Each genre finalist will submit their Creative Project Plan and answer the accompanying questions in writing and in a phone interview.
- The winner of the Gift of Freedom will be selected, notified, and brought to meet with the board and select advisors. The remaining three genre finalists will be awarded their $5,000 cash prize and a relationship will ensue on a smaller scale.
- Each award will be customized to meet the needs and requirements of
the Gift of Freedom recipient. However, the maximum period for receipt of a grant from
AROHO will be two years, commencing the first day of the calendar year following the recipient's designation. There will be a formal
periodic review of a recipient's progress and individual mentoring by board
members, members of the Advisory Council and past recipients.
- AROHO will require ongoing reports, including
written quarterly reports, on the use of the funds and progress made by
the grantee toward achieving the purposes for which the grant was made.
Upon completion of the undertaking for which the grant was made, a final
report is required describing the grantee's accomplishments with respect
to the grant and accounting for the funds received under such grant.
- Where the reports submitted to AROHO or other
information (including the failure to submit such reports) indicates that
all or any part of a grant is not being used in furtherance of the purposes
of such grant, AROHO will investigate the grantee's
situation. While conducting its investigation, AROHO
will withhold further payments to the extent possible until any delinquent
required reports have been submitted.
- In cases in which AROHO determines that any
part of a grant has been used for improper purposes and the grantee has
previously diverted grant funds to any use not in furtherance of a purpose
specified in the grant, AROHO will: (1) take
all reasonable and appropriate steps either to recover the grant funds
or to insure the restoration of the diverted funds and the dedication
of other grant funds held by the grantee to the purposes being financed
by the grant, and (2) withhold any further payments to the grantee after
AROHO becomes aware that a diversion may have
taken place, until it has received the grantee's assurances that future
diversions will not occur, and required the grantee to take extraordinary
precaution to prevent future diversions from occurring.
- AROHO will retain records pertaining to
all grants to individuals. Such records will include: (1) all information
the foundation secures to evaluate the qualifications of potential grantees;
(2) identification of grantees (including any relationship of any grantee
to the foundation sufficient to make such grantee a disqualified person
of the private foundation within the meaning of Section 4946(a)(1) of
the Internal Revenue Code (hereinafter the "Code"); (3) specifications
of the amount and purpose of each grant; and (4) the follow-up information
which AROHO obtains in complying the preceding