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CL-2357 New Business   Item #: C.       
Meeting Date: 08/04/2020  
Subject:    Creative Communities Partnership Grant
From: William Sgrinia

First Reading:      08/04/2020                                                   
Final Adoption: 08/18/2020
In the past, the City of Danville has participated in the Creative Communities Partnership Grant, formerly known as the Local Government Challenge Grants program, through the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  The City has received notification from the Commission that a grant of $4,500 has been awarded for Fiscal Year 2021.
The local match of $5,000 has been provided in the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget, General Fund Support Grants account.  With these funds, assistance is provided to local arts organizations. Some of the local groups that have been assisted under this program over the years include: the Danville Area Choral Arts Society, Danville Art League, Danville Concert Association, Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History and the Danville Symphony Orchestra.   The advertising for availability of funding and the submittal for funding requests will begin immediately.  A public notice will be advertised in the Danville Register and Bee on Sunday, August 30, 2020, soliciting applications.  Agencies listed above will be sent letters advising them of the funding opportunity and informing them that they must complete an application.  The applications are due back to the City no later than October 1, 2020.  City staff reviews the applications and makes award recommendations to a local arts grant task force, who vote on the final awards.  Award recipients are notified by letter of their grant amount, and the funds must be spent prior to June 30, 2021.  
It is recommended that City Council adopt the accompanying Ordinance providing funds for a Creative Communities Partnership Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the required share.  



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