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Irvine Foundation Invites Applications for Final Round of California Creative Connections Fund

Deadline: August 8, 2011

TheĀ Irvine Foundation’s Creative Connections Fund is designed to support the expansion of diverse, relevant arts and cultural offerings in local communities across California.

The fund targets small and midsize arts organizations and offers project grants of up to $50,000, over a maximum of two years, through an open, competitive review process.

The program awards grants for projects in the categories of artistic creativity, to encourage the creation of new work in communities across California; and cultural participation, to encourage community-based arts organizations to broaden, deepen, and diversify participation in their programs. Projects in the artistic creativity category will create new work or offer a contemporary reinterpretation of classic work, and involve individual artists in collaboration with a local nonprofit organization. (Preference is given to projects involving artists from California.)

Geographically, the program gives preference to arts organizations outside San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. The foundation seeks to focus attention on areas of the state that are, by comparison, underserved by arts philanthropy.

To be eligible, applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations, or groups with an eligible fiscal sponsor, based in California. Applicants must have a track record of generating $100,000 or more in revenue each year, with no more than 50 percent of revenues from government sources. The proposed project must take place in California.

Project grant requests can be for no more than 10 percent of an organization’s annual organizational budget, up to a maximum of $50,000.

Please note that this is the final round of the Creative Connections Fund. Beginning in 2012, the Irvine Foundation’s arts program will offer an open application program under its new grantmaking strategy.

Visit the Irvine Foundation Web site for Creative Connections program guidelines and application procedures, and to preview the foundation’s new arts grantmaking strategy.

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