The Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis (A&E) announced today that applications for the 2017 PNC Project Grants are now open. PNC Project Grants are focused on funding specific projects in local classrooms, community centers and neighborhoods as well as outreach programs for at-risk youth and populations with limited to no access to arts programs. The grants are generously underwritten through a $40,000 named fund from the PNC Foundation, range from $500 to $5,000 and are awarded to arts and arts education organizations in the 16-county, bi-state region.
This collaboration between the Arts and Education Council and PNC provides support to a variety of organizations addressing community needs through arts and arts education projects. In 2016, 29 organizations received PNC Project grant funds to increase access to the arts for hundreds of thousands of adults and children in the St. Louis region.
“We understand the valuable return that investing in the arts can deliver,” said Michael Scully, PNC regional president for St. Louis. “Today more than ever, the businesses that we attract, the jobs we create, the visitors who extend their stay are drawn by what our region has to offer. Our collaboration with the Arts and Education Council reinforces our commitment to help strengthen the economic vitality of the region.”
“A&E knows the incredible impact smaller arts organizations can have on the region,” said Cynthia A. Prost, A&E President and CEO. “We also know that for many of those organizations, a $1,000 or $2,500 grant can make all the difference. PNC Project Grants are often used to fund special projects or programs that may be new to an organization or in jeopardy of being cut due to budget constraints. We thank PNC for recognizing that these innovative arts programs contribute to making St. Louis a vibrant, thriving city.”
PNC Project Grant applications are now open and will close on Friday, April 21, 2017. To be eligible, organizations must meet specific criteria and have annual budgets under $500,000. A volunteer grant panel convened by A&E determines grant awards. Applications can be submitted online at keeparthappening.org/apply. The 2017 PNC Project 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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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.