LexArts expands funding opportunities

LexArts is expanding opportunities for local arts organizations to apply for unrestricted funds. A new category of “General Operating Support II” will provide unrestricted grants of between $2,500 and $25,000 for groups that are professionally managed with budgeted expenses of more than $50,000. In recent years, general operating support had only been available to groups with budgets of $250,000 or more for the previous three consecutive years.

“As the number of professionally managed nonprofit arts groups has grown in Lexington, the board wanted to ensure that they would be eligible for unrestricted support,” LexArts President and CEO Jim Clark said in a news release.

While most funds, such as LexArts Community Arts Grants, are given for specific projects, unrestricted support means groups can use the funds at their discretion. To be eligible, groups have to demonstrate fulfillment of an arts mission, fiscal responsibility, sound management, and they must operate year round.

Groups interested in guidelines and applying for funding should visit www.lexarts.org or call Nathan Zamarron, LexArts community arts manager, at (859) 255-2951.

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