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CL-2608 New Business   Item #: E.       
Meeting Date: 09/07/2021  
Subject:    Creative Communities Partnership Grant
From: Charlene Presley

First Reading:      September 7, 2021                                                                            
Final Adoption: September 21, 2021
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 2022.
The local match of $5,000 has been provided in the Fiscal Year 2022 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 and River District Association, Danville Concert Association, Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, and Danville Symphony Orchestra. The advertising for availability of funding and submittal for funding requests will begin immediately.  A public notice will be advertised in the Register and Bee on Sunday, September 26, 2021, 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 no later than October 15, 2021.  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 funds must be spent prior to June 30, 2022.
It is recommended that the City Council adopt the accompanying Ordinance providing funds for a Creative Communities Partnership Grant from the Virginia Commission for The Arts, and required share.



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