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LexArts accepting applications for grants

Fiscal year programming begins July 1

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2015) — LexArts is accepting applications for General Operating Support (GOS) and Community Arts Development (CAD) Project and Program grants. Grants will be awarded to individual artists and arts and community organizations for specific programs with an arts or cultural focus that have clear artistic and social benefits and are accessible to the general public.

LexArtsGeneral Operating Support grants are made in amounts of $10,000 and above and provide unrestricted funds for general operating expenses including staff, overhead, and program costs. Funded arts organizations must demonstrate strong arts mission fulfillment, fiscal responsibility, sound management, and operate on a year-round basis.

Community Arts Development Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for project or program support.  Projects may include festivals, exhibitions, readings, performances, planning grants and artist publications. Programs may include festivals, a series of visual art exhibitions, and performing arts series, including music, theatre, dance and spoken word.

Project Grants vary in amounts from $500-$2,500, while Program Grants range from $2,500-$10,000. Last year $63,000 was awarded in total to 14 organizations.

Fiscal Year 2016 programming begins July 1 and continues through June 30, 2016. The application deadline for 2016 funding is March 13. Organizations who intend to apply for GOS funding, but have not previously received GOS funding, must submit an Intent to Apply form by Feb. 13.  Provided grant funds are available, LexArts may also elect to accept Project Grant applications for review on a quarterly basis.

A Grants Workshop will be conducted at ArtsPlace, 161 North Mill St., at 4 p.m. on Feb. 23. Prospective applicants should become familiar with the guidelines prior to the workshop. LexArts staff is also available to provide technical assistance and review draft proposals via one-on-one consultation. If a draft proposal is to be reviewed, it should be sent to the Community Arts Manager prior to the consultation. Please call 859.255.2951 or send an email to RSVP for the workshop or to schedule a consultation.

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