Charlottesville organizations among those receiving NEA grant funding
WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two Charlottesville organizations are receiving grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
According to a release, the NEA announced the first round of recommended awards for fiscal year 2024 on Wednesday.
More than 1,280 grants worth more than $32 million are being distributed to organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
“The NEA is pleased to announce these grants, all of which strengthen our nation’s arts sector in different ways,” said NEA Chair Maris Rosario Jackson, PhD. “Whether it’s the creation of new art, opportunities for the public to participate and engage in the arts, or work to better understand the impact of the arts, these grants contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities, help meet the challenges of our time, and build towards a future in which all people can lead artful lives and reach their full potential.”
The NEA has several grants programs including the Grants for Arts Projects, which provides funding opportunities to strengthen the nation’s arts and cultural ecosystem.
For this round of funding, the NEA says it received nearly 2,000 eligible grant applications totaling more than $102.7 million.
The NEA selected 958 of those applicants to get funding, totaling more than $27 million to support arts projects in 15 disciplines and fields.
The release says all of these grants require a nonfederal cost share/match of at least 1:1.
Priorities for this program include opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts education, integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health and well-being of people and communities, and improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector.
Locally, the Early Music Access Project Inc. is getting $10,000 to support the commissioning and performance of a new work for period instruments.
EMAP says this will support a March 10 performance, including commissioning a new work by composer James Dargan.
The performance, called "A New Mass for Old Instruments" or "AMASS," will take place at Christ Episcopal Church.
Light House Studio, Inc. is getting $20,000 to support a media arts training program for youth.
Light House says this is the third grant it has received to support its community partnerships with area nonprofits, schools and organizations.
The funding allows it to offer free or reduced-cost tuition to some of its filmmaking workshops, such as one that is currently taking place with the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.
As both of these grants do require matching funding, both organizations are asking the community for help.
For more information on these and other grants announced on Wednesday, click here.