Arts Funding Watch – October 25

It's hard to believe, but today is the last Wednesday in the month of October!  This will end the special weekly edition of the “Arts Funding Watch” from The Foundation Center.  (Of course, they will still publish this free newsletter each month.)  Please be sure to sign up for this informative eNewsletter.

There are two highlights in today's newsletter:

1) The Wallace Foundation has announced $2.9 Million in Excellence Awards Grants to nine Chicago-area arts organizations.  Each of the groups will receive a grant ranging from $200,000 to $500,000.  The organizations include the Merit School of Music.  Click on any of these hyperlinks to learn more about the programs and the grants.

2) The James Irvine Foundation has announced $18.9 million in Grants to 41 organizations in the third quarter of 2006.  This includes $4.1 million to a dozen regional arts organizations in the Inland Empire and Orange and San Diego counties (all in California.)  This is made possible through the foundations Arts Regional Initiative.

Let's join in celebration of these generous grants and send our best wishes to the programs who are the recipients!  I urge you to learn more about what made each of these programs stand out.  Follow their progress and they use the grant money to make a difference in their communities.  And, emulate their model for success – adapting it to your local circumstances.

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