Federal Arts Funds Provide Critical Revenue for Municipalities

Connecticut communities seeking grant funds from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund local projects are frequently looking around the corner for the next approaching deadline to file grant applications.  The challenging economy that has reduced funding from various sources, which makes the NEA funds more imperative than ever. If past is prologue, at look at where some of NEA’s money in Connecticut was awarded in 2012 is worth a look as applications are submitted this summer for funding to be decided, and awarded,  next year.

Two categories worth a look:

Art Works I/Challenge America Fast-Track Grants/Literature Fellowships (Prose)

Number of Grants: 15          Total Amount: $384,000

Art Works II/Arts in Media/Partnerships

Number of Grants: 14          Total Amount: $1,152,100

Among the largest local grants was $50,000 to the New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas, which just concluded its two-week run in New Haven.  The NEA website includes a podcast presentation explaining the federal agency’s grant process, for communities interested in learning more.