Cultural Alliance of York seeks arts projects to fund

Rebecca Klar
York Dispatch

The Cultural Alliance of York County's Creative Impact Awards grant application is now open — and not only artists are invited to apply. 

Educators and nonprofit organizations that are not culture-based that are seeking to fund an art project can also take part, said Kelley Gibson, Cultural Alliance director of communications and engagement. 

"We are looking for projects throughout York County that do one of two things: that create a more connected community through arts and culture or impact the overall local economy," Gibson said. 

Artist Kevin Liang shows potential customers one of his works of art during the final day of the Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival along the York County Heritage Rail Trail, Sunday, August 26, 2018. John A. Pavoncello photo

The annual grant program began in 2011. This year's applications are due by Friday, Dec. 14.

An information session will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Cultural Alliance office, 14 W. Market St. Those interested in attending the free session can RSVP with Gibson at 

Grants are awarded based on a review by the Creative Impact Awards Committee.

Applicants will be notified about the funding decision by the end of February, and grants will be awarded in early March. 

"I think what we've seen with the creative impact awards, which is exciting, is it's given new organizations a way to test out their impact," Gibson said. 

One example is the York Fringe Festival, which was held in August, Gibson said. 

"When they applied, they were not yet an organization," Gibson said. "The funding from our organization and other funding they received helped put on the very first festival." 

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The grant also supplied seed money for the Kable House Presents Concert Series, an independent concert series held inside Central Market.

The grant also can help ongoing programs, such as the Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival, Gibson said. 

"They are doing good work, and sometimes when they want to add a new program to that festival they need a little more funding," Gibson said. 

Grant amounts up to $25,000 will be considered; the final award amount may be less than the amount requested. 

The applicant must provide one to one match of funds requested; at least 50 percent of the match must be cash.