Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to Provide Free Grant Application Training

On May 8 and May 10, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County will provide free training for its C-I grant application process for small or emerging nonprofit organizations offering community cultural programs and projects.

As Palm Beach County nonprofit organizations prepare to submit FY 2017/2018 grant applications that are due in July, the Cultural Council invites Category C-I grant applicants to in-person and Webinar training.

The training schedule for FY17/18 Category C-I Round 1 Application Training is:

· May 8, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at the Council - register at bit.ly/FY18_CatCI_Round1_App

· May 10, 2017, 2:00 p.m. Webinar - register at bit.ly/FY18_CatCI_Appwebinar

The deadline for application is July 7, 2017 for projects covering all of Fiscal Year 2017/2018. There are later deadlines in November and March for organizations requesting partial year funding. Applicants are eligible for up to $15,000, depending on their operating revenues. This is a matching grant program for Palm Beach County-based nonprofit organizations to promote and expand cultural activities for residents.

The grant program is designed to preserve cultural heritages and traditions through the arts, significantly advance cultural opportunities for children and youth, and to create opportunities for Palm Beach County residents to experience culturally diverse, innovative and excellent cultural programs and projects. Qualified art and cultural programs should include concentrated outreach to multi-cultural populations to enhance and/or expand cultural activities, or to children and youth via innovative strategies in arts education or arts integration. Small organizations that are stable are encouraged to apply, as are emerging organizations that have the potential to grow into future mid-sized organizations.

The grant applications are open to nonprofit cultural organizations with minimum operating revenues of $25,000, nonprofit community-based non-cultural organizations with minimum operating revenues of $50,000 who are planning a cultural project, and rural municipalities (as defined by REDI) with minimum operating revenues of $50,000 who are planning a cultural project. Application Guidelines and a link to the online application will be available in the Application Toolkit for Category C-I grants on the Council's website in early May.

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County administers the Category C-I program under contract with the Board of County Commissioners. Total program funding is dependent upon County Commission approval each fall.

To learn more about the Category C-I: Small or Emerging Organizations grant program, visit palmbeachculture.com/small-or-emerging-grants.

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is the official support agency for arts and culture in The Palm Beaches, serving non-profit organizations, artists and arts districts. The Cultural Council administers $4.5 million in grants annually, supports arts and cultural education, provides capacity-building training and advocates for arts funding and arts-friendly policies in Palm Beach County, Florida's Cultural Capital. The Council promotes Palm Beach County's cultural experiences to visitors and residents through multi-platform marketing and public information programs, including its one-of-a-kind Cultural Concierge service.

The Cultural Council presents exhibitions featuring Palm Beach County artists and provides additional programming at its headquarters in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, an iconic Streamline Moderne former movie theater in Downtown Lake Worth. Also at the Cultural Council headquarters are the Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store featuring products by Palm Beach County artists and the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Visitor Information Center, a VISIT FLORIDA designated Florida Certified Tourism Information Center.

The Cultural Council galleries, visitor information center and store are open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For a complete calendar of cultural activities in The Palm Beaches, connect with the Council at palmbeachculture.com or (561) 471-2901. To plan a personalized cultural itinerary, connect with the Cultural Concierge at palmbeachculture.com/concierge.

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