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Ovation and Americans for the Arts Announces Launch of Grant Program for Innovative Arts-Focused Community Revitalization Projects

Deadline: 07-31-2012

As part of its effort to recognize the role artists play in revitalizing their communities, Ovation television network has partnered with Americans for the Arts to launch a national grant program, innOVATION.

Inspired by the community-revitalization effort documented in the network’s recent original series Motor City Rising, the innOVATION Grant Program is designed to highlight similar stories of arts-focused, neighborhood-renewal initiatives in the United States and provide support to model projects.

The program invites mayors, county executives, and other elected community leaders to endorse the most inspiring arts-related community-revitalization efforts in their city. In addition to the formal funding process, Ovation also will provide an online platform for submissions for the innOVATION Grant Program on its Facebook page and Web site, providing a national platform for these encouraging stories and the opportunity for the public to choose an additional viewers’ choice grantee.

To be eligible, applicants must be Americans for the Arts organizational members and must be nominated by an elected community official (mayor, county executive, etc.). Applicants’ community-revitalization programs must focus on the arts and have a demonstrated record of success. Only one submission per community will be accepted. All applicants will be eligible to compete for the viewers’ choice award. This year’s program will award three grants of $25,000, two grants of $10,000, and one viewers’ choice award of $15,000.

Grant recipients will be selected based on their creative, economic, and social impact, as well as their ability to pool public, private, nonprofit, and community efforts to improve and enhance a specific region through arts and culture. For complete innOVATION grant program guidelines and application procedures, as well as information on becoming an Americans for the Arts organizational member, visit the Americans for the Arts Web site.

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