The Leesburg Public Art Commission is inviting arts organizations to submit requests for funding.
The town will apply for $5,000 of state funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Local Government Challenge Grant Program, and match it with $5,000 local funds. The total amount of $10,000 will be distributed to independent arts organizations to support arts activities within the town. In fiscal year 2017, the town gave $4,000 to Bluemont Concerts, $4,835 to the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts, and $1,165 to VSArts of Loudoun County.
Applicants must be organizations whose primary purpose is the arts (production, presentation or support of dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater, or visual or related arts), that are incorporated in Virginia, and have their headquarters and home seasons, or activities equivalent to a home season, in the state. Funding cannot be provided for payment to performers for specific performances.
Interested arts organizations should submit an online application via www.leesburgva.gov/artsgrant, outlining the amount requested, the arts activity that the funding will support, and the audience(s) that will be served, along with a description of the arts organization. Applications must be received by Feb. 15 to be considered. Funded arts activities must take place in Leesburg during fiscal year 2018.
The commission will review the funding requests at its March meeting and then make a recommendation on the distribution of the funding to the Town Council. The deadline for the town to apply for the Local Government Challenge Grant is April 3.
For more information about the Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Local Government Challenge Grant program, go to arts.virginia.gov/grants_local.html.