Local Governments

Provides funds to service organizations for projects and programs that serve their members, artists, arts organizations, and the arts community. Funded programs and services may include newsletters, listserv and Web site management, conferences, workshops, classes, consultations, research, resource publications, presentations, and the development and distribution of promotional materials. Grant funds support administrative and program expenses directly related to the proposed programs and services.

The Recreational Trails Program is a $1.5 million grant program funded by Congress with money from the federal gas taxes paid on fuel used by off-highway vehicles. This program's intent is to meet the trail and trail-related recreational needs identified by the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Grant funding is for trail planning, construction, maintenance, signs and related facilities.

For mature arts organizations that, over time, have consistently produced strong arts programs and demonstrated strong management and financial accountability. Grants support the organization's ongoing artistic and administrative functions.

Provides funds to organizations to increase and enhance participation in the arts by linking the content of art programs they wish to produce with the interests and experiences of the audiences they wish to engage. Grant funds will be awarded to support strong artistic programs with clear audience goals. Audience goals can be designed to: broaden participation by attracting more people; diversify participation by attracting audiences different from those the organization is already attracting; deepen participation by increasing current participants'levels of involvement.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a matching grant program for a variety of preservation activities. Most federal grants have been made to local governments for architectural and archaeological surveys, National Register nominations, and preservation planning. Federal law requires that 10% of the state's apportionment from the federal Historic Preservation Fund be made available on a matching basis to local governments that are designated Certified Local Governments by the National Park Service.

The Arts in Education Program provides support to schools and nonprofit organizations to strengthen the use of the arts in pre K-12 settings. We give priority to funding fees for professional artists to work in educational settings and collaborations between arts organizations and schools. Arts in Education grants are not intended to substitute for a school's arts education program and funds cannot be used for permanent arts education personnel.

The Arts in Communities (AIC) Program works with local arts councils and other community arts organizations in all 100 counties to create and sustain innovative arts programs that help build healthier communities.

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