Committee accepting applications for arts grants

VANDALIA — The Vandalia Cultural Arts Advisory Committee has announced its 2016 Grant Program.

Priding itself on providing Vandalia residents with opportunities for a variety of art and cultural experiences, members of the Committee are hopeful that a wide array of projects will request support in the 2016 funding cycle.  The application is available here:

2016 Cultural Arts Endowment Fund Grant Application

Current VCAP members include Vandalians Guustie Alvarado, Paul Courtney, Sandra Deardorff, Kim Hyatt and Joanne Townsend. Vice Mayor Candice Farst serves as the city council liaison to the group.

The Vandalia Cultural Arts Endowment Fund was formed in 2002 to advance and support artistic and cultural activities, programs, performances and organizations for the benefit of the citizens of Vandalia. Vandalia City Council appoints five citizens to an advisory committee to oversee the fund and determine where resources might best be placed.

To be eligible for 2016 grants, artistic endeavors must take place between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Most importantly, projects must directly benefit the City of Vandalia and its residents; sponsoring organizations must be non-profit. Grant applications will be scored based on the project’s impact on Vandalia, quality and appeal, among other factors. Up to $7,500 in all, will be granted in 2016. Individual grant size will depend on the number of applications. Grant applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at the Vandalia Municipal Building or online at beginning December 1. The deadline for submission of applications is February 5.

In 2015, the Advisory Board awarded $4,000 to the Vandalia Youth Theatre for its summertime productions and $1,000 to Muse Machine for its annual student musical.

Those seeking more information about the Vandalia Cultural Arts Endowment Fund, membership on the Advisory Committee, or the grant process may call Julie Trick at the City of Vandalia, 415-2256.

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Reach the City of Vandalia at (937) 898-5891.