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 Creative Impact Awards

The Creative Impact Awards Inspire Children, Energize Neighborhoods, and Create Community in York County by funding arts-based projects/programs that impact our region one of two key ways: Contributing to a thriving local economy, and creating a
more connected community.

There are two categories of Awards:

Community Grants

ELIGIBILITY:

Organizations and Individuals applying for Creative Impact Awards must have their main location in York County and should demonstrate a commitment to programs of local impact.  Grantees may be professional, semi-professional, or amateur, and must be NON-PROFIT in nature. Individual artists age 18 and older are eligible.   All grants are awarded based on a review by the Creative Impact Awards Committee.

The Creative Impact Awards Community Grants are intended to fund arts-based projects/programs that impact our region one of two key ways: contributing to the thriving local economy, and creating a more connected community.

Grant Amounts:

  • The applicant must provide a 1:1 match of funds requested. At least 50% of the match must be cash.
  • Grant amounts up to $25,000 will be considered.
  • Grant size will be based on quality and quantity of applications; final award amount may be less than amount requested based on application assessment.
  • All grants are awarded based on a review by the Creative Impact Awards Committee.

Grant Schedule

  • New to writing grants? Have questions? Join us for our intro to grant-writing and information session at 4pm on November 1st!  RSVP here.
  • Applications are due the second Friday of December, by 4pm. One electronic copy of the grant must be submitted to Mary Anne Winkelman at maryanne@culturalyork.org by 4pm deadline, and one original signed copy must be post-marked by the second Friday of December or hand-delivered.
  • Applicants will be notified of funding decision by the end of February.
  • Grants awarded in early March-click here to view the 2017 recipients

View 2016 Recipients

2018 CIA Guidelines & Application

2018 CIA Budget Form

Focus Investment Grants

One or two large awards, perhaps multi-year, will be granted to projects that are collaborative and address one of these FOCUS areas:

  • Contributing to downtown York, PA liveliness/economic development through the arts
  • Arts education for children throughout York County, PA

PRIMARY PARAMETERS (MUSTS)

  • Must be approached collaboratively. These collaborations should create continuity of the project being funded
  • Must impact a wide/broad range of people within the community
  • Must be available and/or open to the public
  • Must not fund operational costs
  • Must not exceed 50% of total expense
  • Must demonstrate funding for remainder of expense, at least 50% of which must be cash

SECONDARY PARAMETERS (SHOULDS)

  • Should impact downtown York
  • Should involve children and education
  • Should consider children at risk
  • Should have a longer-term impact on the community
  • Should consider use of existing facilities throughout the community

FINAL REPORT

Grantees must complete and return their Final Report by Dec 31st of the grant year.

Download the Creative Impact Award final report here..