The McKinney Arts Commission is currently accepting applications from organizations with a primary arts-related mission.
All applications are due July 22. For groups interested in applying for a grant, the timeline, guidelines and application are ready for review and completion by eligible organizations online at, www.mckinneytexas.org/macgrants.
Groups applying for a grant are required to attend one of two grant-writing workshops, held to provide information and assistance for those wishing to apply for the 2011-12 Arts Grants. The McKinney Arts Commission will present the workshops on Thursday, June 23 and Saturday, June 25 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Council Chambers at McKinney City Hall, 222 N. Tennessee St.
Last year, the commission received applications from arts groups seeking more than $274,000 in grants during the current funding cycle and funded 17 area groups.
“The number of groups applying increases annually, as does the caliber of applications,” said Nichole Belford, McKinney Arts Commission Chair. “Our mission is to provide diversity in the arts offered, which continues to be reflected in the variety of groups funded. I believe McKinney’s position as a cultural center in North Texas is growing because of the opportunities the Arts Commission provides.”
All applications will be submitted on a CD. Groups may also obtain the timeline, guidelines and application by picking up at McKinney City Hall, 222 N. Tennessee Street, calling 972-547-7501, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arts Commission serves as the advisory board to the City Council and city management in matters involving the close cooperation between the City and private citizens, institutions and agencies interested in or conducting activities relating to the arts. The commission makes recommendations to the City Council in regard to expenditures of City funds for the purpose of promoting or sustaining the arts in McKinney.
The group reviews the funding proposals from arts programs within the community, and the funding comes from allocations made by the City Council. The commission’s mission is to “create a vibrant and viable arts community in which diverse, high-quality arts opportunities are available to McKinney residents and visitors.”