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ArtsRevive receives ASCA grant

The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded 114 grants across the state totaling $323,560, at its council meeting in Montgomery Friday. The 2011 round of grants will support arts in education, folk art, community, literature, performing and visual arts programs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2012.

ArtsRevive received $3,750 to go towards its StreetFest and Juried Art show held in the spring.

ArtsRevive board member Ann Thomas said she’s glad the council supports the projects the organization is doing.

“It’s such a help to us to receive this kind of money and receive the support from the council on the arts,” Thomas said.

ASCA public information officer Barbara Reed said interested applicants went through a tedious four-step process that included a review of grant applications by staff and independent judges, who later ranked applications, a review of the applications by a grants committee and a final approval vote by a 15-member council.

“Because of funding cuts, nobody is funded at 100 percent,” Reed said.

“It’s a very competitive project (and) it speaks well of ArtsRevive. They (the council) did agree the project was worthy of funding because of criteria that was met … the staff agreed it was a noteworthy project that needed funding.”

ASCA makes grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, universities, cities and community groups. The Council funds are matched by contributions from businesses, individuals, local government and earned income by the grantee.

The next deadline for submission of grant applications is March 1, 2012 for Fellowships and Art & Cultural Facilities covering activities taking place between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013.

The Council receives its support through an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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