The purpose of Sustaining Impact Grants is to provide mission-based operating support to Greater Louisville charitable arts organizations whose programming supports the priorities of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 in order to ensure the organization’s ongoing capacity to drive community impact. Sustaining Impact Grants are designed to provide foundational operating support for established Greater Louisville charitable arts organizations with a proven capacity to steward the financial investment of the Fund for the Arts and its nearly 16,000 donors.

We recognize that all arts and culture organizations are operating under extreme uncertainties, with many unknown variables because of COVID-19. Additionally, The Fund for the Arts recognizes the community’s call for racial equity and is committed to building a more inclusive and equitable community for all as one our core pillars. In response, in the FY2021 Sustaining Impact Grant application, the Fund for the Arts has changed the score weighting to reflect an increased emphasis on the applicants’ plans to recover from COVID-19 and commitment to rebuild a thriving, vibrant, inclusive, and equitable community for all.

To meaningfully support charitable arts organizations and to effectively and efficiently steward donor dollars, with the FY2021 Sustaining Impact Grants, Fund for the Arts will invest in charitable arts organizations that:

  • Are extraordinary, providing exciting, unignorable, nationally- and regionally-recognized offerings that attract business, talent, participants, cultural tourism, and attention to Greater Louisville.
  • Are essential to Greater Louisville, building a thriving community by driving educational outcomes, access to the arts, and economic activity.
  • Are equitable and inclusive, intentionally serving and telling the stories of diverse and traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations.
  • Demonstrate strong plans for maintaining sustainable operations in FY2021 and beyond, so that they may recover from COVID-19 and rebuild a thriving, vibrant, inclusive, and equitable community for all.
  • Are looking for opportunities for new collaborations, shared services, and strategic alliances that could result in cost savings and/or revenue generation across the sector.


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