YCF and Arts Council Announce 2021 Organizational Arts Grant

December 1, 2020

Morgantown, WV – In a continuous effort to support area art organizations and ensure a variety of cultural programs are available in our community, Arts Council of Greater Morgantown (Arts Council), formerly known as Arts Mon, and Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc. (YCF) announce the Organizational Arts Grant for 2021. The collaborative grant program includes funding support from the Monongalia County Commission and the City of Morgantown, as well as private donors.

The Organizational Arts Grant program provides funding for nonprofit, arts-related organizations and projects in Monongalia County.  More than $200,000 has been allocated in 2020.  A few examples of projects funded this year include theater programming for children and adults, cultural exhibits, murals, music technology programming, and community art classes.

The mission of Organizational Arts Grant Program is to broaden base support for the arts, promote excellence in the arts, and ensure that arts and cultural organizations provide a variety of arts programs for our community. The grant structure and criteria were developed by a committee of community volunteers, with representation from individual artists and arts organizations.

“It is a pleasure to award such deserving creatives in our community,” said Arts Council Executive Director, Beth Keener-Flannery.” In a time of ‘new normals,’ it’s delightful to know that we are still able to provide these groups with grant funding and special recognition for their continued artistic efforts in Greater Morgantown.”

“Each year YCF receives many worthy arts grant requests but resources are limited,” said YCF President, Patty Showers Ryan. “Our goal is to increase funding for local nonprofit organizations while growing endowment funds for long term sustainability. Community members and businesses are encouraged to make a tax-deductible gift to support the arts.”

To apply for the 2021-22 grant program, please access the online application portal at www.ycfwv.org/arts-fund-grants/. This year, YCF is using a new grant application software system. All applicants, regardless of whether they have previously applied, will need to create a new account and enter organization data to access the application.  Additionally, the grant application deadline has been extended until April 12, 2021.

Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations with arts-related missions and/or projects within Monongalia County are eligible to apply. The full requirements and grant application are available at www.ycfwv.org/arts-fund-grants/.

A training session on grant reporting will be offered via Zoom in early 2021. The date and time will be announced at www.ycfwv.org. Participation in the training is strongly encouraged for all prospective applicants, and registration is required to attend.

Questions about funding or projects should be submitted via email to beth@artsmon.org. Technical questions about the online application process or training session should be submitted to info@ycfwv.org.

To donate or access more information, please visit www.ycfwv.org or call (304) 296-3433.


Arts Council of Greater Morgantown:  The Arts Council provides the infrastructure and support to foster a thriving creative community in the Greater Morgantown area. Through our advocacy and Creative Network, we ensure that our region’s artistic industries are recognized for their cultural impact and their contribution to the region’s economy.

Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc.: YCF’s mission is to promote philanthropy and build endowment funds to benefit our communities.