Louisville, KY (December 19, 2023) – Fund for the Arts is proud to announce the 4 recipients of the Community Event Mini-Grants. These mini-grants are designed to make supportive grant awards throughout the year to organizations and artists working alongside a community partner to present multi-disciplinary, multigenerational, free gatherings with arts included. The program is a part of the Fund’s Arts in Neighborhoods initiative.

This round of the mini-grant application closed November 17, 2023. The Community Event Mini-Grant application is available on a rolling basis, with funds awarded 4 times throughout a calendar year.

A panel of community members evaluated and provided feedback on applications and gave recommendations on which events to move forward in the process. 4 events in 3 Louisville Metro Council districts (4, 5, 9) have been awarded funding support.

This funding opportunity, now entering its second year, is designed not only to support artists and organizations with existing, effective events, but to make both the application and reporting processes more accessible in hopes of fostering connections with new applicants. 2 of the 4 artists and organizations receiving funding this cycle are first-time Fund for the Arts applicants.

“Kaylyn’s House of Joy is truly grateful for our funding and partnership with the Fund for the Arts! As we expand our program’s purpose to improve the lives of all “at-risk” adolescents in our Community, it is our hope that “Speak Up,” a Z-Nation Choir, creates a positive support system and sense of belonging to our Young Adult Community.”  —Kathy Malone, President of Kaylyn’s House of Joy

Details on the grant recipients and their events:   

  1. WithFriends with The Chapel of St. Philip Neri: Third Annual “Black To The Future: A Celebration of African American Culture and Music” on February 24, 2024.
  2. We Are Children With a Purpose, Inc. with Harvey Hausley: A Fashion Show and Showcase featuring works created by urban youth following 8 weeks of art classes. March 16, 2024 at Hotel Louisville.
  3. Kaylyn’s House of Joy, Inc. with Kiara Brewer: Grand Opening of the Z-Nation Resource Center, featuring “Speak Up!” a Z-Nation Choir debut on March 23, 2024.
  4. Frazier History Museum with The Mary Shelley Electric Company: Free Family Day at the Museum on March 9, 2024.


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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