Nonprofit arts and culture organizations affected by the coronavirus pandemic are eligible to apply for grant funding.
The Scottsdale City Council has approved $1.5 million from the city’s Federal CARES Act funding to help, according to a press release, support programming and safe, alternative facilities reopening.
The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, the release said.
An all-volunteer committee of arts, community and business leaders will review the applications and make recommendations for funding to the City of Scottsdale.
“Scottsdale has always appreciated and supported arts and culture activities – they’re a vital part of our local economy and contribute to [a] community’s vibrancy and well-being,” said Mayor Jim Lane in a prepared statement.
“Our arts and culture organizations have a long road ahead of them to get back on their feet, but we are hopeful this funding will help their recovery.”
Scottsdale Arts, which has advised and managed the city’s arts and cultural programs since 1987 through a private-public partnership, will manage money for the Arts and Culture Coronavirus Grant Program. Scottsdale Arts has administered the city’s Community Arts Grant process since its began in 1993, the release noted.
“Art and culture are a part of Scottsdale’s DNA, contributing not only to our quality of life and vibrant sense of community, but also to our economic vitality and overall attractiveness,” said Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, Scottsdale Arts president/CEO, in a prepared statement.
“Artists and arts organizations have suffered in unprecedented ways through this pandemic, with many more challenges yet to come as we enter an unpredictable fall season. This funding will be hugely important to the survival and fast return of the arts in Scottsdale.
We are proud of our close and longstanding partnership with the city and honored to be entrusted with distributing these funds responsibly and equitably.”
Information and guidelines are available at: ScottsdaleArts.org/Community-Arts-Grant-Program.