Arts Council grant applications available

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve made the applications for Rockford Area Arts Council (RAAC) grants very user friendly!

Thanks to Dorothy Paige-Turner and Laura Ortiz for working with me to make the application a document that asks the pertinent questions and forgets the rest.

RAAC receives funds from the City of Rockford and the Illinois Arts Council for re-granting purposes. Funds raised from annual memberships are used to match the funds received from the Illinois Arts Council so we may reach out to the four counties we serve.

We encourage individual artists to apply for funds for collaborative projects they do in our communities, enriching the lives of many.

The Access Grants and Project Grants fund projects up to $2,500, and are open to artists and area non-profit organizations for projects that increase access to the arts for underserved people in Boone, DeKalb, Ogle and Winnebago counties.

Action Grants go up to $350 for new projects and are open to individual artists and non-profit organizations in Winnebago County.

The grants are to assist artists and non-profit organizations in accomplishing new arts projects.

If you or your organization demonstrates a commitment to the arts, please feel free to apply. You may call our office at 963-6765 for an application, or stop and pick one up at Shumway Market, 713 E. State St.

Grants are awarded based on the merit of the proposed program or project. We choose panelists who are steeped in knowledge of the arts in our community. Great effort goes into the process to make sure the projects chosen are very diverse and serve a range of constituents.

For first-time applicants, we offer a Grant Writing Workshop Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. at the RAAC, 713 E. State St. This program is how we nurture the development of artists and the arts in our community.

Anne E. O’Keefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.

From the Sept. 6-12, 2006, issue

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