Culture Works announced today that it has awarded grants totaling $433,250 to local arts organizations for the 2013-2014 funding year.
The largest grant of $256,200 was awarded to the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, who applied for the first time as a single organization in 2013-14, following the July 1, 2012 merger of the Dayton Ballet, Opera, and Philharmonic Orchestra.
Other organizations receiving grants ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 include Cityfolk, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Human Race Theatre Company, and Muse Machine. Additionally, The Bach Society of Dayton, Dayton Visual Arts Center, K-12 Gallery for Young People and the Kettering Children’s Choir will all receive grants in amounts between $1,500 to $6,000.
“The total grantmaking budget for this year is lower by $163,041 due to decreased donations from corporate and foundation funding to the organization’s united art fund program in 2013,”according to Culture Works President & CEO Martine Meredith Collier.
The decrease was primarily from two sources. MeadWestvaco, a longtime supporter of Culture Works as well as many other arts organizations in the community, announced last year that their 2012 gifts to all Dayton arts organizations would be their last. Additionally, in 2011 and 2012, Culture Works was the beneficiary of $100,000 in matching grant funding from the Toulmin Fund of the Dayton Foundation. The loss of both MeadWestvaco and the matching funding for 2013 required a corresponding overall decrease in the organization’s grant-making budget.