Cultural Economic Development Racial Equity Grant Program 2020 

Cultural Economic Development Racial Equity Grant Program 2020

Cultural Economic Development (CED) is a strategic initiative that seeks to promote economic prosperity for their region by investing in and strengthening arts & culture nonprofits in Washtenaw County. Cultural Economic Development would like to activate the artistic and cultural identity of all people in Washtenaw County and ensure a fundamental level of access to arts and culture for everyone.

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On behalf of the Cultural Economic Development Committee, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) is seeking opportunities to invest funds in new programs that are serving communities through arts and culture leading to economic recovery and growth by focusing on three areas: Individual artists, COVID-19 Recovery, and Racial Equity.

Arts and Culture Organizations are encouraged to develop new racial equity projects or enhance existing ones. Collaboration with non-profit partners for a more creative and stronger outcome is encouraged.

Funding Information

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Cultural Economic Development Grant award sizes will generally range from $2,500-$15,000 and have one year to launch and implement the project.
Cultural Economic Development Strategy

Recognizing both the cultural and economic importance of the arts to their community, AAACF designed a two-part strategy to expand community support for their creative sector:

Convening community stakeholders to identify great ideas and opportunities: Many funding institutions are currently working in relative isolation around arts & culture projects. AAACF is building relationships with a diverse range of businesses, government units, individuals, nonprofits, and others to identify great ideas for economic impact by the arts & culture sector.
Collecting and sharing data on the local economic impact of arts & culture activities: AAACF fosters the collection, analysis, and dissemination of local data relating to the arts & culture sector. Economic data help nonprofits strengthen their case for support, provide a potential community dashboard to gauge overall progress over time, and help the community make data-driven decisions regarding arts & culture initiatives. In addition to their collaboration with AFTA, they support DataArts, an online management tool designed to strengthen arts & culture organizations. The DataArts system, which is emerging as the national standard for data collection in the arts & culture sector, gathers reliable, longitudinal data on the sector.
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