A! Magazine for the Arts

Virginia Commission for the Arts to Offer Free Grant Application Assistance Workshops

January 11, 2007

The Virginia Commission for the Arts announces a series of statewide grant workshops to be held in January 17 - February 6, 2007. Workshop locations include: Richmond, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Martinsville, Bristol, Blacksburg, Lexington, Culpepper and Arlington.

The Bristol workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 30 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at Virginia Intermont College, 1013 Moore Street, Bristol, VA, telephone 276- 466-7912.

Workshops will offer information about the grant award programs of the Virginia Commission for the Arts in preparation for the March 1, and April 2, 2007 application deadlines. Workshops are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. Attendance at the workshop is not required in order to apply for funding from the Commission; however, it can be helpful in preparing requests for funding. For more information about other locations, please visit the Commission website at www.arts.virginia.gov or call (804) 225-3132.

Workshop presenters, Cathy Welborn, Program Coordinator and Tatjana Franke Beylotte, Arts in Education Coordinator, will provide insight into funding, application and review procedures, as well as general tips on preparing competitive proposals.

Commission grant programs include: General Operating Support Grants for Arts Organizations, Project Grants for Organizations, Local Government Challenge Grants, Artist-In-Education Residency Grants, Teacher Incentive Grants, Artist Roster, Technical Assistance Grants, Technology Enhancement Grants, Artist Fellowship Grants, and the Touring Assistance and Writers in Virginia programs.

Application forms and publications will be available at each two-hour workshop. Persons requiring the services of an interpreter for the hearing impaired at a workshop should contact the Commission office at least one week in advance of the workshop.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Commission distributes grants to arts and other not-for-profit arts organizations, educational institutions, educators, artists, and local governments. The Commission also provides financial assistance for technical assistance and assistance in arts management.

For more information about the Virginia Commission for the Arts and links to other funding sources, visit www.arts.virginia.gov or call the Commission office at 804/225-3132.