Louisville Metro Government awards $250,000 in National Endowment for the Arts sub-grants to local arts organizations

January 25, 2023

Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Arts and Creative Industries has awarded $250,000 in grants to 16 local art organizations through the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan sub-granting program. The overall goal of the program is to support Louisville's arts community as it continues to recover from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ARP sub-granting program, which did not require matching funds, supports arts organizations’ operating costs, including personnel, stipends for artists, facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional costs. Organizations were able to apply for grants totaling either $10,000 or $25,000.

The following local arts organizations were awarded funding. The organizations’ applications were rated based on artistic excellence and merit, community benefit, use and management of funds, and demonstrated financial need.

HHN2L

$10,000

IdeasXLab

$10,000

Kentucky Opera

$25,000

Kentucky Shakespeare

$10,000

KMAC Museum

$25,000

Looking for Lilith

$10,000

Louisville Ballet

$25,000

Louisville Folk School

$10,000

Louisville Leopard Percussionists

$10,000

Louisville Visual Art

$25,000

Louisville Youth Choir

$10,000

Sarabande Books

$10,000

Speed Art Museum

$10,000

Squallis Puppeteers

$10,000

StageOne Theater

$25,000

STEAM Exchange

$25,000

 
External agency fund application window open

The Office of Arts and Creative Industries also is currently accepting applications from qualified nonprofits through the city’s annual External Agency Fund grant program now through Friday, February 3, 2023. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST.

Successful applicants are committed to providing programs that achieve meaningful outcomes for Louisville citizens in the following focus areas:

  • Arts experiences for everyone;
  • Creative workforce; and/or
  • Creative community spaces and neighborhoods.

For specific guidelines and more information, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/arts-culture/external-agency-fund-grants-arts-creative-industries.

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