CFFK Offers Arts Grants

The April 15th Deadline has now passed for the 2015 program. Please check the website for updates and information on future grant programs.

CFFK is offering a new round of grants through the Performing and Visual Arts Grant Program. The 2015 Program will award three to five grants from $5,000 to $10,000 for projects that utilize performing or visual arts to address and impact issues of community concern.

Interested entities were invited to submit a 200-word pre-application project summary on or before April 15th, 2015 for projects occurring in Monroe County during the 2016 calendar year. CFFK’s Grant Committee will review the pre-application project summaries and those selected will be invited to submit detailed applications on or before June 1st, 2015. Grants will be awarded in July 2015. All applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations operating in Monroe County or have a fiscal sponsor meeting that designation.

The program is funded through several Field of Interest Funds that were set up by donors to support arts and culture in the Keys. More and more donors are investing in Field of Interest Funds, which benefit a broad charitable purpose within a specific field.

“Thanks to the generosity of donors who have entrusted CFFK to manage their field of interest funds, we’re pleased to help support innovative arts projects that will impact the community and involve collaboration with other groups,” says Ann Reynolds, CFFK Board Vice Chairman and Chair of the Grant Committee. “The Keys have a rich cultural history and a thriving arts community. This program helps CFFK meet its mission of making the Keys a better place to live now and in the future.”

CFFK’s Grant Committee will use the following criteria in evaluating pre-application project summaries:
• Demonstrates an innovative project of high quality  (priority will be given to new and creative initiatives)

• Provides community impact

• Encourages collaboration among organizations

Four projects received $20,000 in total funding through the Performing and Visual Arts Grant Program in 2014, including AIDS Help/Womankind, Bahama Village Music Program, Educational Coalition of Monroe County, and Morada Way Arts and Culture District.

Read more about the projects funded in 2014

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