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'Give for Greatness' 2014 grant applications now being accepted

by jmaloni


Sat, Oct 4th 2014 07:00 am

Arts Services Initiative of WNY administering process

Grant applications are now being accepted for "Give for Greatness" 2014 general operating support. Fifteen grants in the amount of $1,000 each will be distributed thanks to the "Lawyers for the Arts" event held earlier this year.

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York is managing the process on behalf of "G4G." Information and applications are available at www.asiwny.org. Applications are due no later than noon Oct. 31.

To be eligible, an organization must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a 501(c) 3 organization;
  • Have cultural activity or programming as the primary purpose;
  • Be located in Erie or Niagara counties;
  • Have a current year budget of $250,000 or less;
  • Have not received county funding in 2014; and
  • Be willing to recognize "Give for Greatness" if funds are received.

"The application is designed to be as easy as possible," said ASI Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk. "In the spirit of 'Give for Greatness,' we want a process that small and emerging groups find just as accessible as their more established colleagues."

Attorneys from throughout the community organized, attended and performed at the unique "Lawyers for the Arts" event.

"Nothing could feel better than having this much fun with an all lawyer cast while helping local arts organizations get a leg up," said "Lawyers for the Arts" committee member Sandra Cassidy.

Plans are already underway for next year with attorney Joseph O'Donnell chairing the event, which will take place Feb. 28 at the Sportsmen's Tavern.

"In 2015, 'Give for Greatness' will become a program of Arts Services Initiative, but before that, everyone involved wanted to make sure the great work of the 'Lawyers for the Arts' committee resulted in grants given out this year," Kniazuk said. "This year's eligibility is meant to maximize the impact of the funds, and next year we'll expand on this base with increased funding and wider eligibility."

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