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Program of Arts Services Initiative of WNY to fund cultural organizations in 5 counties

 Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI) announced that grant applications are now being accepted for its Give for Greatness program.  Grants providing general operating support in the amount of $1,000 each will be distributed thanks to several fundraising initiatives throughout the year.  Information and the simple online application are available and  Applications are due no later than Nov. 9, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.  Funding will be awarded to the successful applicants before year end.

 To be eligible, an organization must meet all of the following criteria:

• Have 501c3 or NYS CHAR 500 status (current or pending) or be fiscally sponsored by another organization that meets this criteria;

• Have cultural activity or programming as its primary purpose;

• Be located in Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus, or Chautauqua Counties;

• Have a current operating budget of under $300,000;

• Receive less than $15,000 in county funding (or no county funding) for programs or operations; and

• Be willing to recognize Give for Greatness and ASI as a funder if funds are received.

Funds for the Give for Greatness grants were raised through several fundraising events throughout this year (2017):

• Lawyers for the Arts;

• Individual Donations; and

• Program operating support from Fund for the Arts.

“This year ASI continues to offer general operating support for small- to mid-sized arts and cultural groups in the 5 counties of Western New York,” ASI Associate Director Jen Swan said.  “We are excited to provide this unique funding stream to organizations, as it’s difficult for non-profit groups to find general operating support as compared to programmatic support from a variety funding sources.  This grant program is able to impact multiple organizations creating an array of arts and cultural activity in our community, while engaging with diverse audiences in expansive geographic locations across our region and ASI is proud to be a part of that.”