Huntsville Arts & Cultural Grant Program
Huntsville, Alabama has been recognized nationally for its strong economic base, moderate cost of living, and excellent quality of life. The city’s arts and cultural offerings are important quality of life amenities that serve both residents and visitors. Huntsville’s arts and culture sector also helps to attract new businesses and workforce while creating opportunities for economic growth and prosperity. At the same time, Huntsville’s arts and cultural scene helps to develop local identity while celebrating diversity and fostering understanding within our community. Overall, Huntsville’s arts and cultural organizations contribute financially to the local economy, generating over $89.9 million in economic impact annually.
In January of 2023, Arts Huntsville, with support from THE PEI LING CHARITABLE TRUST, celebrated the arts by honoring the Huntsville Arts & Cultural Grant program recipients. Now in its eleventh year, the 2023 Arts & Cultural Grant program presented grants to 21 regional arts organizations to support their community programming.
The Huntsville City Council awarded $280,000 in pass-through grant funding as part of the City’s FY23 budget, and eligible Huntsville-based nonprofit arts organizations completed detailed grant applications in the fall of 2022. A citizen-grant panel with experience in varied artistic disciplines and representative of each of Huntsville’s five City Council districts reviewed the applications. The FY23 Arts & Cultural grant panel included: Wesley Ortiz, District 1; Cathy Callaway, District 2; Tasha Wiley, District 3; Amy Bailey, District 4; and Victoria Jones, District 5. The panel convened in meetings in November and December 2022 to assess the grants and allocate the available City grant funds to eligible applicants.
“Behind every thriving city is a dynamic creative arts community. This year, as Huntsville celebrates its number one ranking as the best place to live in the US, we’re proud to honor our vibrant arts community that contributes so much to our quality of life,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Arts Huntsville executive director. “From dance to theatre, music and visual arts, these grant-funded programs serve more than 180,000 area residents and visitors with vital arts experiences and educational opportunities that enrich our community every day.”
Information on the 2024 grant program will be released soon. For more information contact Ashley Hudson at [email protected]