Grant Season – Part Deux

February 10, 2012 at 12:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

There IS a light at the end of the tunnel! I may be able to get my 5 PennPAT grants in the mail on Saturday. I couldn’t have done it without a LOT of help. Ralph Strippel and Pat Block did my proofreading. I also thank the PennPAT artists who gave me a lot of great words and a boatload of encouragement. My bud, Barbara Vincent, was always there with moral support.  We still have lots of finger-crossing to do!

Next challenge – ArtsCONNECT…

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It’s Grant Season!

February 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is the time of year when I really earn my keep. It’s grant-writing time! I learned this valuable art from Pat Block and Libby Dean. We’d get together at Pat’s house and knock out a grant in a morning. Those days are long gone! The grant for the WV Commission on the Arts, where we get the majority of our grant funding, is nearing 100 pages. I’ve sent it off for review – there may be more pages necessary. We also get a lot of funding from the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, or PennPAT. They will fund performances by artists on their roster. We’ve got FIVE PennPAT artists on tap for the 12-13 Concert Series. You’ll be very excited when you see who they are! I’m also trying to organize an ArtsCONNECT grant. We’ve never received one, but there’s a first time for everything. We have to have at least three presenters from at least two different states. I’ve got nibbles from New York and Virginia – so keep your fingers crossed! We also have a grant application to the Stealey Community Fund and the Ohio River Border Initiative, and I’ll be writing one to the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.

Wish us luck!!

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