Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I am so tired of this hot weather - I feel loggy all the time.  The only thing that gets my energy up is granting money....while I love raising the money, I adore giving it away.  Cannot wait to see what we get in preliminary grants for our Creative Impact FOCUS Awards due August 16.

We are also giving away funds as part of our Partnership with the Pa Council on the Arts.  Four counties, York, Adams, Franklin, and Fulton  will receive a total of  about $22,000 in state money through the Cultural Alliance.  We are meeting on August 20 and I can't wait to see what happens.  Stay tuned....

Speaking of August 20, we have a dine-out fundraisier at the White Rose Bar and Grille.  Come out and support the Creative Community and eat well.  White Rose has always been a wonderful supporter of the Cultural Alliance so I want to encourage everyone to support them and us on August 20.  Call me for more information.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Creative Impact Awards

I am so excited about our Creative Impact FOCUS Awards  that give bigger pots of money to one or two selected projects.  You can read all about it on our web site.

Our board decided to pick two FOCUS areas and had Al Weber conduct a planning day to get everyone's feedback.  We arrived at Making Downtown York livelier and Arts Education for Children throughout the County.  We think directing our money towards these two areas can really have an Impact. 

We had a meeting this week for potential grantees with great turnout.  We are excited to see what collaborations (a requirement of the grant) come about because of the funding.  We are not asking people what their project should be, just that it Focus on these two areas.  There's some talk of the grant even being funded for three years.  I hope that really inspires creative planning.  Stay tuned to see what comes from our first FOCUS awards - and call us if you want to find out more.  Preliminary grants (white papers) are due on August 16.