The Golden and District Community Foundation has announced a new award, focusing on arts and culture. Black Press Photo

Community Foundation announces new award focusing on arts and culture

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This spring, the Golden and District Community Foundation is announcing a new grants program that will focus on promoting arts and culture within Golden and Area A, says executive director Joy Orr.

The arts and culture award will provide an annual grant of up to $1,000, funded by the interest earned on the Foundation’s Arts and Culture Endowment Fund.

Arts and culture includes performing, visual, and literary art for and by all ages, capacity building for arts and culture organizations, mentoring and teaching of skills, public art, and increasing arts and culture appreciation and understanding.

“We’re very happy to be announcing this small grant which is not just targeted to arts and culture organizations,” said Orr. “It’s about encouraging activities throughout the community to get involved in the arts or in cultural activities.”

Organizations applying for funding do not have to be arts or culture organizations, but they must be proposing a project or activity that promotes arts and culture.

The Foundation is only able to provide grants to registered charities, but organizations that are not registered charities can partner with another organization that has registered charity status.

“We are looking for creative and original proposals that will maximize these dollars, and make a real difference,” continued Orr. “We are encouraging community members to think outside the box.”

The Foundation has also chosen a simplified application process for this award which is designed to reduce barriers for smaller community groups and organizations.

“The start of the application process is for groups to send in a letter of interest outlining their idea for promoting arts and culture. The deadline for receipt of this letter is April 15. Then our grant selection committee will review the idea, and decide whether or not to proceed with the application.

“If the project looks like a good fit, we’ll then go forward with a more in-depth application, making it easier for organizations to enter the process,” she said.

Looking for inspiration? Check out the Foundation’s arts and culture ‘word cloud’ of creative concepts that might spark an idea.

To learn more, go to www.goldencommunityfoundation.ca/arts-culture-award.

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