Selected groups will receive matching funds with support from Fund for the Arts and the LG&E and KU Foundation

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (February 8, 2021) – Applications are now open for Fund for the Arts’ ArtsMatch program, which provides an opportunity for cultural providers to raise up to $20,000 in project funding through a crowdfunding platform. Fund for the Arts will match, dollar-for-dollar, funds raised via the platform for each selected project.

Each year, ArtsMatch projects address and advance a specific theme. This year’s ArtsMatch theme is racial equity, inclusion, and diversity, and is supported by community sponsors Fund for the Arts and the LG&E and KU Foundation. Applications must be received via https://fundforthearts.org/artsmatch/ by March 17, 2021.

“By investing in initiatives that address this year’s theme of equity, diversity, and inclusion, Fund for the Arts is better able to leverage the arts to make Greater Louisville and the entire state of Kentucky a more inclusive place for all,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts president and CEO. “We are so thankful for the tremendous support from the LG&E and KU Foundation. It’s crucial in helping us to leverage the power of the arts to make lasting change in our community.”

This year, Fund for the Arts’ work focuses on healing and rebuilding the arts and culture sector and the entire Greater Louisville community, and ArtsMatch is a crucial part of rebuilding and revitalizing our economy by investing in the work of cultural partners.

“ArtsMatch projects celebrate through the arts the many unique cultures and experiences that represent our communities, and this year’s theme emphasizes this importance,” said Angie Evans, LG&E and KU vice president of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs. “The arts also play a critical role in attracting new visitors and guests to our communities who, in turn, patronize our restaurants and other businesses that further boost our local and state economy.”

A committee of community leaders will review the proposals. Projects must take place in Kentucky, not limited to Jefferson County, and they must benefit Kentucky residents. The cultural providers of each selected project will have a unique crowdfunding page and work in close collaboration with Fund for the Arts to promote the project and encourage the community to make donations for a dedicated period of time. Unlike other public crowdfunding platforms, projects selected through ArtsMatch will receive dollar-for-dollar matching funds of up to $20,000 from Fund for the Arts. Once completed, the projects will then be implemented across Kentucky.

Cultural providers ― including but not limited to artists, artist teams or collectives, arts and culture organizations, schools, community centers, community-based organizations and neighborhood associations ― are encouraged to submit project proposals via fundforthearts.org/ArtsMatch by March 17, 2021.

For more information about ArtsMatch, contact Kat Abner by phone at
(859) 691-0319 or via email at kabner@fundforthearts.org or visit fundforthearts.org/ArtsMatch to apply for this cycle of ArtsMatch.

About Fund for the Arts
Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the impact of the arts on economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund is a convener, promoter, leader, and driver of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, the region’s arts and cultural plan. It facilitates the largest arts grant program in Kentucky as well as conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country. For more information, visit www.fundforthearts.org

About LG&E and KU Foundation
Since its inception in 1994, the LG&E and KU Foundation Inc. has represented LG&E and KU Energy LLC. and its utility operations — Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E), Kentucky Utilities (KU) and Old Dominion Power (ODP) — as the philanthropic arm for charitable giving. Committed to social responsibility, the LG&E and KU Foundation Inc. proactively supports many philanthropic initiatives to improve the quality of life in communities where the Company provides service. Through Foundation giving, LG&E and KU Energy LLC and its subsidiaries are able to play a definitive role in strengthening the communities where they have a presence. More information is available at www.lge-ku.com.

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