Monday, August 26, 2013

City and CultureWorks Announce Arts and Cultural District Micro Grant Program


The City of Richmond and partner CultureWorks are pleased to announce the launch of the Arts and Cultural District Micro Grant Program. The Micro Grant Program is one of several recent city initiatives targeted to the Broad Street Arts and Cultural District. The purpose of the grant program is to increase the activity and vibrancy of the Arts and Cultural District through the combined effect of several, small grant funded projects and improvements.  

“Broad Street is Richmond’s front door and those that do business in the Arts and Cultural District are helping to put Richmond’s best foot forward,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “These grant opportunities will help these businesses be able to host and bring even bigger and better exhibits to the heart of the city and in turn show our visitors what a great city Richmond is.”

Two categories of grants are available; project support and capital improvements. Project support grants of up to $1,000 are designed to help fund special events, installations or activities presented within the boundaries of the District. Projects can be of any medium or cultural discipline and must have a component that is free and open to the general public. Capital improvement grants of up to $2,500 are available to fund items that can substantially increase an entity’s ability to host arts and cultural related activities for the general public.  

Applications for the program are now available on the CultureWorks website and will be accepted at quarterly intervals. To download the grant criteria and application please visit www.richmondcultureworks.org/. Applications will be reviewed by a panel convened by CultureWorks.

Applicants must be headquartered within the Arts and Cultural District. Individuals or entities interested in applying for the grant, but located outside the district can and should partner with a lead organization that is located within the Arts and Cultural District. 

First quarter applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.  Successful applicants will be notified in mid-November.

To learn more about the programs, incentives, and financing resources available to entities located in the Arts and Cultural District visit http://yesrichmondva.com/neighborhood-revitalization/Broad-Street-ArtBiz-District.