FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council is making grant funds available to support arts programming for underserved populations and to limit barriers that may prevent underserved populations of Kentuckians from experiencing the arts.

The Arts Access Assistance Grant will provide programming support to address a specific population each year. The first round of grant funding addresses groups of individuals who are 65 and older.

"One of the main functions of the arts council is to provide opportunities in the arts for all Kentuckians," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Factors like age, geographic location, ethnicity, economic status, disability, and many others, can decrease a person's access to the arts. The arts council wants to reduce those obstructions any way we can."

"Creative aging and lifelong learning" is the theme for grants submitted during the 2013-14 fiscal year cycle. Eligible projects will use the arts to directly serve individuals 65 and older or communities of individuals with a majority of people who are 65 and older.

Groups eligible to apply include:

  • Public libraries, co-operative extension offices, social service agencies, health departments and other community-based organizations serving Kentuckians.
  • Kentucky nonprofit organizations with 501(c) 3 status.
  • Government agencies, colleges and universities. (Eligible if the project primarily serves the population defined by the theme.)
  • For-profit social service agencies with resident populations (nursing homes, mental health facilities, independent living centers, group homes, etc.) and correctional facilities.

Grants may be requested up to $10,000. The grant requires matching funds. Details and applications are available on the arts council's website at www.artscouncil.ky.gov/Grants/AAA.htm. For more information about the grant process, contact arts access director Sarah Schmitt at sarah.schmitt@ky.gov or 888-833-2787, ext. 492.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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