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Give for Greatness grant applications now being accepted

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Thu, Nov 10th 2016 05:10 pm

Program of Arts Services Initiative of WNY to fund cultural organizations in 5 counties

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York announced grant applications are now being accepted for its Give for Greatness program. Up to 35 grants providing general operating support in the amount of $1,000 each will be distributed thanks to several fundraising initiatives throughout the year.

Information and the online application are available at www.giveforgreatness.net and www.asiwny.org. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. Funding will be awarded to the successful applicants before the end of the year.

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


  • Have 501(c) (3) or New York state CHAR 500 status (current or pending), or be fiscally sponsored by another organization that meets this criteria

  • Have cultural activity or programming as its primary purpose

  • Be located in Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus or Chautauqua counties

  • Have a current operating budget of under $300,000

  • Receive less than $15,000 in county funding (or no county funding) for programs or operations

  • Be willing to recognize Give for Greatness and ASI as a funder if funds are received

Funds for the Give for Greatness grants are raised through several fundraising events throughout the year, including: "Lawyers for the Arts," the "Battle of the Corporate Bands," The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, the upcoming Kootsie Ball (Rupp Family Foundation), individual donations and program operating support from Fund for the Arts.

"Last year, we were able to empower 30 small, emerging and underfunded groups that provide quality cultural programming through Give for Greatness, and we're happy to say that this year's grants will increase to 35 thanks to our partners and sponsors," ASI Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk said. "ASI has always focused on ensuring that all cultural organizations are valued and have access to funding and opportunities. The Give for Greatness grants are an important part of our cultural funding landscape in that they provide access to general operating dollars for small and emerging organizations doing high-quality work and having a positive impact on our community."

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