Question about organizing a competition run by nonprofit arts organization

Hi r/nonprofit, New poster here.

So I’ve been elected to be director of competitions for a a local chapter of a 501(c)3 arts organization. We have organized a new competition this year, a little more ambitious than previous competitions. The nonprofit arts organization is 100% backing the event for this year – meaning no outside donors. However, if we are to run this competition every 2 years, we would need to find outside funding sources to keep it sustainable and growing.

First question is, am I currently able to pursue grants for “nonprofit organizations only” to fund this competition?

And second question, if I want to eventually make this competition into a separate entity, how long does the 501(c)3 process typically take? A year or two?

Compete newbie here (and not particularly business-minded), so any info is appreciated.

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