New granting structure introduced to broaden A&E’s impact in community

The Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis (A&E) has announced that applications for 2017 Operating Support grants are now open. Operating Support grants provide arts institutions with annual unrestricted operating support to help strengthen infrastructure, build sustainability, and grow outreach programs. New this year, A&E has expanded its operating support grant program to include three granting levels that will broaden A&E’s impact in the community.

2017 Operating Support grants will be offered at three levels based on an organization’s annual operating budget: Operating Support Level One (annual operating budget of $3 million and above); Operating Support Level Two (annual operating budget of $1 million – $2,999,999); and Operating Support Level Three (annual operating budget of $500,000 – $999,999). Operating Support grants are competitive and merit-based. Grant awards will be commensurate with the budget level.

“A&E knows how important annual unrestricted support is for arts organizations of all sizes,” said Cynthia A. Prost, A&E president and CEO. “For more than fifty years we have proudly supported the growth and sustainability of some of St. Louis’s cornerstone arts organizations and we are committed to continuing to do so.”

Prost continued, “A recent survey of our donors and stakeholders demonstrated an eagerness to see A&E’s grant funds also support the younger, emerging arts organizations for which St. Louis has become a hotbed. This new granting structure will allow A&E to better support the vibrant arts community that we have championed in our region for 54 years.”

Operating Support grant applications are now open and will close on April 28, 2017. To be eligible, organizations must meet specific criteria and have annual budgets over $500,000. A volunteer grant panel convened by A&E determines grant awards. Applications can be submitted online at KeepArtHappening.org/Apply. The 2017 General Operating Support Grant awardees will be announced in early June. For more information on Arts and Education Council grant programs, please contact Susan Rowe Jennings at 314.289.4004 or Susan-R@KeepArtHappening.org. V

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About the Arts and Education Council: When the Arts Thrive, Our City Thrives. – The Arts and Education Council (A&E), is the St. Louis region’s United Arts Fund providing financial, technical and educational support for arts organizations. A&E’s mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for arts and arts education throughout the St. Louis community. A&E is the only privately funded arts umbrella organization that serves the 16-county, bi-state St. Louis region. A&E builds a thriving arts community and impacts millions of people through multi-faceted programs, including: Operating and Project Grants; Arts Education Grants for Teachers; Arts Incubation at the Centene Center for the Arts; a Catalyst Innovation Lab; a stARTup Competition for Arts Entrepreneurs; stARTup-StL Crowdfunding Platform; Arts Leadership Management Academy (ALMA); Executive Directors Roundtable; Arts Marketers Professional Development; the Annual St. Louis Arts Awards; and Young Friends of the Arts.

Since its inception in 1963, the Arts and Education Council has raised and distributed more than $100 million in private funding for the arts – a significant contribution that directly impacts the quality of life in our region. A&E meets all 20 Better Business Bureau Charity Standards and has earned the Wise Giving Seal of Approval, a three-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Guidestar Exchange Silver Participant rating.