KCAC increases grants this year for nonprofit arts
CHESTERTOWN — The Kent County Arts Council is awarding $41,900 in general operating grants for fiscal year 2019, a 36 percent increase over last year.
“This is great news for the arts in Kent County,” said Clarke Bjorke, president of the board of KCAC. “We are awarding more funding support and asking our grantee organizations to use these funds to serve more of the residents of Kent County — everybody wins!”
The applications were reviewed, and awards approved, by a committee of five sitting KCAC board members. This year’s recipients are:
Chestertown RiverArts — $10,000;
Garfield Center for the Arts — $9,500;
The Mainstay — $9,000; National Music Festival — $6,250;
Chester River Chorale — $2,900;
Kent County Community Marching Band — $1,500;
Chester River Youth Chorale — $1,000;
Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble — Pending.
According to a news release, each year the KCAC invests public funds, as well as time and other resources, to help strengthen the county’s nonprofit arts organizations, as part of its mission to “Invest, Infuse, and Inspire.”
In making these grant awards, the KCAC is moving forward with both a new formula for funding, and new requirements for community service, diversity and outreach.
“The money we award through grants is public money that comes directly from the Maryland State Arts Council, which is funded by an Appropriation from the Governor and Maryland General Assembly,” said John Schratwieser, director of the KCAC.
The Kent County Arts Council is awarding $41,000 in general operating grants to nonprofit arts organizations it supports in Kent County.