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Major Shift Announced to Create More Arts in Greater Louisville
Fund for the Arts launches new Sustaining Impact Grant process

LOUISVILLE, KY (February 5, 2018) – Fund for the Arts today announced an evolutionary shift in its grantmaking process to impact more lives and provide more equal and abundant access to the arts in Greater Louisville. “Sustaining Impact Grants” will reach more arts organizations through an inclusive, competitive process while continuing the longtime support of 14 anchor charitable arts institutions. Greater Louisville charitable arts organizations are encouraged to complete an eligibility checklist and submit a letter of interest by Monday February 26, 2018 via http://bit.ly/2BZ4spG.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to continue our investments in the world-class organizations the Fund historically supported while expanding the number of arts organizations now eligible to receive the kind of foundational support to delivering transformative arts experiences every day and in every neighborhood in Greater Louisville,” said Todd Lowe, Fund for the Arts Board Chair and Parthenon LLC President.The Sustaining Impact Grants are a great example of how we are expanding our mission to better reflect our growing city and diversified arts sector.”

In September 2017, the Fund’s Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan to redefine the Fund’s role and broaden the scope of support based on extensive research and the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 plan. Imagine 2020 offers a blueprint for advancing a more competitive, educated, vibrant and healthy arts community. The call for letters of interest for Sustaining Impact Grants signals a significant step forward as the Fund for the Arts pivots to better serve as a convener, advocate, promoter, leader, and driver of collective action throughout Greater Louisville.

A longtime cultural partner of Fund for the Arts, Actors Theatre sees this shift as a way to increase access to the arts and expand the arts community as a whole.

“Actors Theatre is an internationally renowned theatre in part because of the generosity of donors to Fund for the Arts,” said Kevin Moore, Actors Theatre of Louisville Managing Director and Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Access Committee Member. “Their new grant model is designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in the arts in its mission to drive impact and ensure access to the arts for all in Greater Louisville.”

Sustaining Impact Grants will provide mission-based operating support to 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. Designed to provide foundational operating support, these grants are meant to provide critical backing charitable arts organizations need to deliver their mission and reach the community. The Sustaining Impact Grants review panel will now include both local and independent reviewers.

“Fund for the Arts is committed to ensuring greater equity in the arts through intentional funding to create lasting impact throughout our region,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “By fueling exciting performances, dazzling exhibits and inspiring work in our schools, community centers, public places and more, we meaningfully elevate Greater Louisville’s national acclaim and strengthen our community. I am deeply grateful to our board of directors and longtime cultural partners for their vision and collaborative effort in our vital work to bring more art to more people in more places.”

For information about Sustaining Impact Grants visit http://bit.ly/2BZ4spG or contact Fund for the Arts Impact Officer Kat Abner by phone at 502.582.0127 or via email at kabner@fundforthearts.org.

About 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 leads collective action across the arts and cultural sector to deliver greater impact in our community. For more information, visit www.fundforthearts.org.

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