Louisville, KY (October 9, 2023) – Fund for the Arts is proud to announce the 7 recipients of the Community Event Mini-Grants. These mini-grants are designed to make supportive grant awards throughout the year to organizations and artists presenting multi-disciplinary, multigenerational, free gatherings with arts included. The program is a part of the Fund’s larger Arts in Neighborhoods initiative. The rolling application window is open throughout the year.   

This round of the mini-grant application closed August 25, 2023. It was announced earlier this summer that, moving forward, the Community Event Mini-Grant application would be available on a rolling basis, with funds awarded 4 times throughout a calendar year.  

A team of community members evaluated and provided feedback on applications and gave recommendations on which events to move forward in the process. 7 events in 4 Louisville Metro Council districts (2, 3, 4, 5) have been awarded funding support.  

This funding opportunity, launched at the beginning of 2023, was designed not only to support artists and organizations with existing, effective events, but to make both the application and reporting processes more accessible to better foster connections with new applicants. In response to these changes, 4 of those 7 artists and organizations receiving funding are first-time grantees with Fund for the Arts.  

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana is grateful for the investment from the Fund for the Arts to support the ART Works Mental Health & Drug Prevention Summit,” said Michelle Whitehouse, Lead Grants Manager. “As youth in our community are facing mental health challenges and early exposure to drug-related issues at an alarming rate, it is crucial for our young people to witness a compassionate community that prioritizes their mental well-being.” 

Details on the grant recipients and their events:   

  1. Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana with University of Louisville: The ART Works Mental Health & Drug Prevention Summit on November 11, 2023 
  2. Faith Works Performing Arts with Youth, Ethics & Skills, INc. (YES, INC!) for Faith Works Performing Arts’ Fall Family Arts Festival on October 28, 2023 
  3. houseguest gallery will exhibit “fabric of my Affectionate Memory,” a new body of work by Emma Safir (New York City, NY) as a part of the Louisville Photo Biennial from September 16 – October 28, 2023. 
  4. Jaylin Stewart with Donyalle Jackson for “TheArtistsGiving” community Thanksgiving dinner/gathering  at Essence Premier in Old Louisville on November 11, 2023. 
  5. Louisville Book Festival and Louisville Free Public Library will present The Louisville Book Festival from November 10 – 11, 2023. 
  6. Portland Museum/DBA and Portland Art and Heritage Fair hosted the 10th Annual Portland Art and Heritage Fair on September 23, 2023. 
  7. The Louisville Orchestra, Inc. and Jon Cherry host “The Little Mercies,” an exhibition of Cherry’s work, as part of the Louisville Photo Biennial on November 10, 2023. 

For further information about grants and funding opportunities or partnerships with Fund for the Arts, visit fundforthearts.org/funding/ or sign up for Arts Scoop email newsletter at fundforthearts.org/arts-scoop/.” 

IN THE NEWS: “Applications are open for a new ‘mini grant’ program for cultural events in Greater Louisville neighborhoods” | Stephanie Wolfe for Louisville Public Media; January 5, 2023  

11 neighborhood events in Louisville get cash through mini-grants” | Breya Jones for Louisville Public Media; May 2, 2023   


Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to contribute to the overall health and well-being of our community by generating resources for, investing in, and supporting our local arts, artists, and arts organizations. The Fund envisions a healthy and vibrant community where everyone embraces the art that exists in our lives every day, everyone contributes to the well-being of our arts community, and it is understood that everyone belongs to the arts community. The organization facilitates the largest arts grant program in Greater Louisville and it conducts one of the two oldest united arts campaigns in the country. For more information, visit www.fundforthearts.org  



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