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Seeking projects to advance the plan for more competitive, educated and creative region

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 25, 2018) –Fund for the Arts, in its second year collaborating with the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government and Louisville Metro Council, is calling for project proposals serving Jefferson County. The goal of these projects is to activate strategies and actions identified within Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, an arts and culture vision to transform the Greater Louisville region. Applications are open here until October 31, at 11:59 p.m.

“We’ve already launched 34 arts and cultural projects that are supporting artists and serving kids and families across the region,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “This round of Imagine Greater Louisville projects is another phenomenal opportunity to leverage creative ideas to address some of our community’s biggest challenges.”

This process will distribute $100,000 total in project grants to winning proposals, with a portion allocated to fund small grants (less than $5,000) and the remaining funds supporting larger projects.

“Thank you to Mayor Fischer, Metro Council and the Jefferson County Metro Government for providing the necessary support to advance this revolutionary initiative and in turn, our entire region,” said Christen Boone, president and CEO of the Fund for the Arts. “We have already seen the seeds of this visionary plan take root in our community, and we remain dedicated to further driving its goals and improving Greater Louisville.”

Individuals, organizations, groups/associations and partnerships interesting in advancing this vision may all apply. Creative proposals of all sizes are encouraged, but the project services must: be provided in Jefferson County; be ready to begin by January 2019; contain methods to track success; have funds fully expended within 12 months; and must support the overall vision of the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 by specifically addressing at least one strategy within five priorities: access; cultivation; education; equity, diversity and inclusion; and promotion. Those interested can find further information about Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 at

An informational session for potential applications will be held on October 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Main Library (301 York Street).

“Investments like this are essential to enacting the activities and strategies of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, and thereby bring the community’s vision to life,” said Roger Cude and Penny Peavler, co-chairs of the Imagine 2020 Steering Committee. “Supporting these projects allows us to engage the top creative minds and sources in our community and utilize this creativity to promote the success of our entire region.”


About the Fund for the Arts
Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the arts to drive economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country and supports world-class institutions, community organizations, and arts in education. Fund for the Arts also hosts the nationally recognized NeXt! leadership development program for young professionals, and leads collective action across the arts and cultural sector. For more information, visit

About Imagine Greater Louisville 2020
Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 is a call to action to leverage the region’s creative resources to realize the full potential of its creative, prosperous future together. The community-based plan was created under the leadership of a cross-sector, 28-person steering committee that engaged 5,000+ community members through public meetings, interviews, surveys and more. Their collective voices identified five priorities, fifteen strategies, and fifty-six recommended actions. For more information, visit



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