Selected projects will likely be funded for two to three years at up to $50,000 per year, alliance president Joanne Riley said.
Each must have a collaborative element and must address one of two new focus areas -- Downtown York economic development through the arts or arts education for York County children.
The idea for the long-term awards came after a strategic planning session, Riley said. The alliance decided to continue to fund smaller arts projects, but to offer one project that fits specific criteria more money. The alliance will host an information session about the new element of the Creative Impact Awards at 9 a.m. July 16 at its conference room, 14 W. Market St., York. The meeting is designed for groups interested in the funding to ask questions and to share ideas with other interested parties.
Planning grants of about $2,000 will be awarded to a few projects that meet the requirements. Full funding will be granted after the planning grants are reviewed and scored.
The long-term awards are an addition to the Creative Impact Awards, a pilot program introduced in fall 2011 that invited anyone outside the alliance's partner agencies to apply for about $70,000. The money, an endowment from Robert Pullo, was meant for projects that had visible impacts in local communities. Last year's winners included New Freedom Heritage, Hanover Lancers and York Jewish Community Center.
The alliance will continue those awards this year. Interested organizations and individuals in the county can apply for up to $50,000. The average amount of grants is $3,500. The alliance will host a meeting about those awards in September.
For details, call 717-812-9255 or visit www.culturalalliance-york.org.