Accessibility Statement

Rationale

There is a documented need for programs that improve health and well-being of service members, veterans, families, and caregivers, and community arts engagement programs are well-positioned to address these needs by providing opportunities to enhance creative expression, social connections, and resilience.

Locally-developed programs are best situated for identifying and addressing the specific needs of the local community.

Partnerships among key organizations/individuals, including program participants, arts organizations, and military-connected services/providers, are more likely to deliver high-quality, culturally-sensitive opportunities to engage in art.

Grantee Program Outcomes

The Community Grantee logic model has two sets of outcomes: Participant and Organizational outcomes.

The military-connected participant outcomes are:

  • Creative Expression: Participants have a better understanding of themselves and others by creating or engaging with art.
  • Social connectedness: Participants have supportive relationships in their life and a sense of belonging to a community.
  • Resilience: Participants feel they can rebound from stress, unexpected events, or life’s challenges.
  • Independence and successful adaption to civilian life: Participants have both an individual and shared sense of purpose, as well a positive self-worth, that support adapting to civilian life.


These outcomes were identified by The Creative Forces Community Engagement Task Specific Working Group and studies commissioned by Creative Forces as common outcomes across communities and demonstration projects. Since grantees and partners design their program around community needs, grantees might only target two or three of these outcomes.

Grantees will also strive to reach these organizational outcomes:

  • Becoming a Networked Organization that builds networks and partnerships to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs leading to stronger participant outcomes. Partnerships can be with veteran or military serving organizations, military clinics, other arts organizations, or social service organizations. 
  • Strengthening Capacity especially in the areas of designing, implementing, and evaluating programs. This includes increasing military cultural competency of organizations and teaching artists.  
  • Increasing the Value of the Arts for partners and communities to increase their understanding of the value and impact arts engagement has for participating networks and communities.


Organizational outcomes focus on building infrastructure, knowledge, and capacity that support the participant outcomes. Infrastructure outcomes reflect growth in an organization’s ability to sustain community arts programming for military-connected individuals.

Explore the Grantee Logic Model

The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grantee Logic Model is interactive to show details for each of the elements and how they connect.  Select a grant tier below to learn more. 

GRANTEE PROGRAM GOAL
Creative Forces Community Arts Engagement promotes the health, well-being, and overall quality of life for military and veteran populations exposed to trauma, and their families and caregivers, through support of arts engagement activities designed to cultivate creative expression, increase social connectedness, improve resilience, and support successful adaptation to civilian life.

Emerging Tier
Inputs
  • Funding
  • Program plan
  • Existing organizational assets
  • Funding
  • Program plan
  • Existing organizational assets
Funding:
  • Creative Forces Community Engagement grant funds
  • Matching funds
Program Plan:
  • Approved program plan
  • Technical assistance from Creative Forces
Existing Organizational Assets:
  • Existing organizational programming, policies, and practices 
  • Materials, space, staff (including teaching artists), and other resources
  • Existing partnerships
Activities
  • Develop and implement new or emerging arts engagement programs
  • Participate in technical assistance 
  • Develop and implement new or emerging arts engagement programs
  • Participate in technical assistance 
Program Development and Implementation:
  • Identifying needs in the local military-connected population
  • Establishing partnerships
  • Establishing referral/recommendation processes
  • Building an understanding of military culture
  • Building community and military understanding of the value of arts engagement
  • Building organizational capacity for effective implementation of future programming
  • Planning for post-grant sustainability of a project
  • Implementation of a non-clinical arts engagement project for a military-connected population
Participate in Technical Assistance:
  • Create logic model
  • Create locally responsive program plan
  • Data collection
Using any of the following:
Community Engagement Service Delivery Models (in-person, virtual, or hybrid):
  • Ongoing class/other ongoing engagement
  • Ongoing drop-in program
  • Single event
  • Participant cohort performance
  • Passive art engagement
  • Community building
  • Networking (organizational)
  • Other
Creative Arts Disciplines:
  • Crafts
  • Dance
  • Design Arts
  • Folk/Traditional Arts
  • Humanities
  • Literature
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Opera/Music Theatre
  • Oral Traditions
  • Photography
  • Theatre
  • Visual Art
  • Other
Key implementation strategies:
  • Personalized connections
  • A participant cohort
  • Participant leadership
  • Therapeutic support
  • Continuous, cohesive programming
Outputs

Data, documents, or materials reflecting:

  • Understanding of needs of the local military-connected community
  • Grantee capacity and partnerships
  • Understanding of military culture
  • Non-clinical arts engagement project and participant satisfaction
  • Community and military understanding of the value of arts engagement
  • Sustainability plan
  • Technical assistance

Data, documents, or materials reflecting:

  • Understanding of needs of the local military-connected community
  • Grantee capacity and partnerships
  • Understanding of military culture
  • Non-clinical arts engagement project and participant satisfaction
  • Community and military understanding of the value of arts engagement
  • Sustainability plan
  • Technical assistance
Local military-connected population needs:
  • Needs assessment
  • Outreach/recruitment plan
  • Number of/type of recruitment activities
  • Community advisory board
Grantee capacity building & partnerships:
  • Number of/type of partners
  • Partnership agreements
  • Number of/type of recruitment sources
  • Description of participant recruitment process and/or network
  • Referral/recommendation plan
  • Number of recommendations/referrals from partners and other organizations 
  • Acquired funding amounts & sources
  • Number of positions/hires/hours
  • Clinical support plan
Understanding of military culture:
  • Number of/types of trainings
  • Number of organizations/participants trained
  • Training satisfaction data
  • Assessments/surveys conducted by training organization
Non-clinical arts engagement project and participant satisfaction:
  • Number of/type of activities (creative disciplines, service delivery model)
  • Number of/types of participants
  • Attendance/participation levels
  • Key implementation strategies
  • Program satisfaction data
Community and military understanding of the value of arts engagement:
  • Change in number/extent of community and military partners
  • Community event feedback survey
Sustainability plan:
  • Plan for sustaining project post-grant
Technical assistance:
  • Logic model
  • Implementation plan (based on needs and target outcomes for local military-connected population)
  • Communications plan
Outcomes

Participant Outcomes:

  • Enhanced creative expression
  • Increased social connectedness
  • Improved resilience
  • Successful adaptation to civilian life

Grantee Outcomes:

  • Networked grantee and partner organizations
  • Strengthened capacity
  • Increased understanding of the value of the arts
  • Military and non-arts partners

Participant Outcomes:

  • Enhanced creative expression
  • Increased social connectedness
  • Improved resilience
  • Successful adaptation to civilian life

Grantee Outcomes:

  • Networked grantee and partner organizations
  • Strengthened capacity
  • Increased understanding of the value of the arts
  • Military and non-arts partners

Specific outcomes and timeline will vary according to a grantee’s tier, service delivery model, project dates, long-term program goals, etc.

PARTICIPANT OUTCOMES:

The outcomes for military-connected participants are creative expression,social connectedness, resilience, and/or independence and successful adaption to civilian life.

Short-Term Outcomes:

  • Military-connected participants engage in creative expression and/or social interaction over time through community-based arts programs responsive to their needs

Mid-Term Outcomes:

  • Military-connected participants cultivate creative expression and/or improve their social connectedness, resilience, and independence and successful adaptation to civilian life

Long-Term Outcomes:

  • Military-connected participants sustain engagement in creative expression and/or improvements in social connectedness, resilience, and independence and successful adaptation to civilian life
GRANTEE OUTCOMES:

Short-Term Outcomes:

Networked Organization:

  • The grantee identifies and establishes the networks and partnerships needed for effective arts engagement for military-connected populations

Strengthened Capacity:

  • The grantee has the funding, documented needs of the local military-connected community, organizational leadership and staffing, and program planning/management needed for initial effective program implementation
  • The grantee effectively collects basic participant and formative data (inputs, outputs, short-term outcomes)
  • Trained grantee and partners demonstrate understanding of military culture

Increased Value of the Arts:

  • Military and non-arts partner organizations demonstrate understanding of the value and impact of arts engagement in their collaborations, recommendations/referrals for participants, and programming for participants

Mid-Term Outcomes:

Networked Organization:

  • Grantee networks and partnerships support the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs for military-connected participants leading to stronger outcomes for participants

Strengthened Capacity:

  • The grantee has the capacity for effective implementation of future programming
  • The grantee effectively conducts internal formative evaluation and reports data to the NEA
  • Grantee and arts partner organizations demonstrate military cultural understanding while engaging with military-connected participants

Increased Value of the Arts:

  • Military and non-arts partner organizations demonstrate understanding of the value and impact of arts engagement in their collaborations, recommendations/referrals for participants, and programming for participants

Long-Term Outcomes:

Networked Organization:

  • Grantee networks and partnerships sustain ongoing support for the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs
  • They advocate for and invest in community arts engagement for military-connected populations

Strengthened Capacity:

  • The grantee has the capacity to support ongoing implementation of a non-clinical arts engagement project for a military-connected population
  • The grantee effectively uses formative evaluation to adjust program plan for ongoing program improvement
  • Grantee and partner organizations share lessons learned and best practices; understand the benefits of disseminating program research and results

Increased Value of the Arts:

  • Military and non-arts partner organizations increase recommendations/referrals
  • They advocate for and invest in community arts engagement for military-connected populations
Advanced Tier
Inputs

  • Funding
  • Program plan
  • Existing organizational assets
  • Established arts engagement project for military-connected populations
  • Military cultural competency
  • Funding
  • Program plan
  • Existing organizational assets
  • Established arts engagement project for military-connected populations
  • Military cultural competency
Funding:
  • Creative Forces Community Engagement grant funds
  • Matching funds
Program Plan:
  • Approved program plan
  • Technical assistance from Creative Forces
  • Articulated project plan components to include Rationale, Goal Statement, Inputs/Resources, Activities, Products/Outputs, Outcomes, and Assumptions
  • Evidence of needs and priorities of local military-connected populations
  • Existing organizational programming, policies, and practices 
Existing Organizational Assets:
  • Existing organizational programming, policies, and practices
  • Materials, space, staff (including teaching artists), and other resources
  • Existing partnerships
  • Established non-clinical arts engagement project for military-connected populations
  • Military cultural competency demonstrated by either the applicant or key partner
  • Feedback/advisement from target participants
Activities
  • Support or advance established arts engagement programs
  • Participate in technical assistance activities

 

  • Support or advance established arts engagement programs
  • Participate in technical assistance activities

 

Program Development and Implementation:
  • Identifying needs in the local military-connected population
  • Establishing partnerships
  • Establishing referral/recommendation processes
  • Building an understanding of military culture
  • Building community and military understanding of the value of arts engagement
  • Building organizational capacity for effective implementation of future programming
  • Planning for post-grant sustainability of a project
  • Implementation of a non-clinical arts engagement project for a military-connected population
Participate in Technical Assistance:
  • Create logic model
  • Create locally responsive program plan
  • Data collection
Using any of the following:
Community Engagement Service Delivery Models (in-person, virtual, or hybrid):
  • Ongoing class/other ongoing engagement
  • Ongoing drop-in program
  • Single event
  • Participant cohort performance
  • Passive art engagement
  • Community building
  • Networking (organizational)
  • Other
Creative Arts Disciplines:
  • Crafts
  • Dance
  • Design Arts
  • Folk/Traditional Arts
  • Humanities
  • Literature
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Opera/Music Theatre
  • Oral Traditions
  • Photography
  • Theatre
  • Visual Art
  • Other
Key implementation strategies:
  • Personalized connections
  • A participant cohort
  • Participant leadership
  • Therapeutic support
  • Continuous, cohesive programming
Outputs

Data, documents, or materials reflecting:

  • Understanding of needs of the local military-connected community
  • Grantee capacity and partnerships
  • Understanding of military culture
  • Non-clinical arts engagement project and participant satisfaction
  • Community and military understanding of the value of arts engagement
  • Sustainability plan
  • Technical assistance

Data, documents, or materials reflecting:

  • Understanding of needs of the local military-connected community
  • Grantee capacity and partnerships
  • Understanding of military culture
  • Non-clinical arts engagement project and participant satisfaction
  • Community and military understanding of the value of arts engagement
  • Sustainability plan
  • Technical assistance
Local military-connected population needs:
  • Needs assessment
  • Outreach/recruitment plan
  • Number of/type of recruitment activities
  • Community advisory board
Grantee capacity building & partnerships:
  • Number of/type of partners
  • Partnership agreements
  • Number of/type of recruitment sources
  • Description of participant recruitment process and/or network
  • Referral/recommendation plan
  • Number of recommendations/referrals from partners and other organizations 
  • Acquired funding amounts & sources
  • Number of positions/hires/hours
  • Clinical support plan
Understanding of military culture:
  • Number of/types of trainings
  • Number of organizations/participants trained
  • Training satisfaction data
  • Assessments/surveys conducted by training organization
Non-clinical arts engagement project and participant satisfaction:
  • Number of/type of activities (creative disciplines, service delivery model)
  • Number of/types of participants
  • Attendance/participation levels
  • Key implementation strategies
  • Program satisfaction data
Community and military understanding of the value of arts engagement:
  • Change in number/extent of community and military partners
  • Community event feedback survey
Sustainability plan:
  • Plan for sustaining project post-grant
Technical assistance:
  • Logic model
  • Implementation plan (based on needs and target outcomes for local military-connected population)
  • Communications plan
Outcomes

Participant Outcomes:

  • Enhanced creative expression
  • Increased social connectedness
  • Improved resilience
  • Successful adaptation to civilian life

Grantee Outcomes:

  • Networked grantee and partner organizations
  • Strengthened capacity
  • Increased understanding of the value of the arts
  • Military and non arts partners

Participant Outcomes:

  • Enhanced creative expression
  • Increased social connectedness
  • Improved resilience
  • Successful adaptation to civilian life

Grantee Outcomes:

  • Networked grantee and partner organizations
  • Strengthened capacity
  • Increased understanding of the value of the arts
  • Military and non arts partners

Specific outcomes and timeline will vary according to a grantee’s tier, service delivery model, project dates, long-term program goals, etc.

PARTICIPANT OUTCOMES:

The outcomes for military-connected participants are creative expression,social connectedness, resilience, and/or independence and successful adaption to civilian life.

Short-Term Outcomes:

  • Military-connected participants engage in creative expression and/or social interaction over time through community-based arts programs responsive to their needs

Mid-Term Outcomes:

  • Military-connected participants cultivate creative expression and/or improve their social connectedness, resilience, and independence and successful adaptation to civilian life

Long-Term Outcomes:

  • Military-connected participants sustain engagement in creative expression and/or improvements in social connectedness, resilience, and independence and successful adaptation to civilian life
GRANTEE OUTCOMES:

Short-Term Outcomes:

Networked Organization:

  • The grantee identifies and establishes the networks and partnerships needed for effective arts engagement for military-connected populations

Strengthened Capacity:

  • The grantee has the funding, documented needs of the local military-connected community, organizational leadership and staffing, and program planning/management needed for initial effective program implementation
  • The grantee effectively collects basic participant and formative data (inputs, outputs, short-term outcomes)
  • Trained grantee and partners demonstrate understanding of military culture

Increased Value of the Arts:

  • Military and non-arts partner organizations demonstrate understanding of the value and impact of arts engagement in their collaborations, recommendations/referrals for participants, and programming for participants

Mid-Term Outcomes:

Networked Organization:

  • Grantee networks and partnerships support the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs for military-connected participants leading to stronger outcomes for participants

Strengthened Capacity:

  • The grantee has the capacity for effective implementation of future programming
  • The grantee effectively conducts internal formative evaluation and reports data to the NEA
  • Grantee and arts partner organizations demonstrate military cultural understanding while engaging with military-connected participants

Increased Value of the Arts:

  • Military and non-arts partner organizations demonstrate understanding of the value and impact of arts engagement in their collaborations, recommendations/referrals for participants, and programming for participants

Long-Term Outcomes:

Networked Organization:

  • Grantee networks and partnerships sustain ongoing support for the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs
  • They advocate for and invest in community arts engagement for military-connected populations

Strengthened Capacity:

  • The grantee has the capacity to support ongoing implementation of a non-clinical arts engagement project for a military-connected population
  • The grantee effectively uses formative evaluation to adjust program plan for ongoing program improvement
  • Grantee and partner organizations share lessons learned and best practices; understand the benefits of disseminating program research and results

Increased Value of the Arts:

  • Military and non-arts partner organizations increase recommendations/referrals
  • They advocate for and invest in community arts engagement for military-connected populations

Goals, Assumptions, and External Factors

Learn more about the goals, assumptions and external factors of the Community Engagement Grantee Logic Model.

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Grantee Program Goal

Creative Forces Community Arts Engagement promotes the health, well-being, and overall quality of life for military and veteran populations exposed to trauma, and their families and caregivers, through support of arts engagement activities designed to cultivate creative expression, increase social connectedness, improve resilience, and support successful adaptation to civilian life.

Assumptions & External Factors

  • While community arts engagement programs may be therapeutic, they are not intended to provide clinical therapies.
  • Participants seek community arts engagement activities for a wide range of reasons – to socialize and build community, for personal expression, to hone a specific artistic skill, etc.
  • Participants possess assets and strengths which they bring to these programs.
  • A strengths-based approach benefits all participants, regardless of needs and goals.
  • Participants benefit more from consistent and continuous participation than from single events.
  • The need for and implementation of community arts engagement programs for targeted military populations will be affected by external factors such as U.S. military actions or public health crises.

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