Grants available to save arts jobs

JACKSON – Federal stimulus money could hit the coffers of Mississippi arts agencies by December.
The National Endowment for the Arts has allocated more than $300,000 to the Mississippi Arts Commission. The money will be dedicated to preserve jobs in the arts sector.
“It’s for nonprofit arts organizations,” said Sallye Killebrew, MAC’s special initiatives director. “It’s also for schools and government offices that provide arts programs.”
Money could be used to retain a museum worker, an arts teacher, a theater director or others who work directly with the arts.
“This is for jobs,” Killebrew said, “not for supplies,”
July 10 is the deadline to apply for the grant. A team will judge the grants, and winners should be notified by Oct. 1.
“The money should be in their hands, hopefully, by the end of December,” Killebrew said.
MAC will accept applications from agencies that have received grants from MAC in the past four years.
Killebrew said that’s because doing background checks on new grant writers would slow down the distribution of money.
But there is an option for agencies that are new to MAC’s grant process.
“Other agencies can apply,” Killebrew said, “if they partner with an agency that has received a grant in the past.”
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

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