Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Announces More Than $12 Million in Grants to 258 Cuyahoga County Nonprofits to Support Thousands of Arts & Cultural Experiences in 2018

CLEVELAND (November 13, 2017) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) will invest $12,032,910 in grants to a record-number 258 nonprofit organizations in Cuyahoga County through its 2018 grant programs. The grants, which will support arts and cultural organizations and projects of all sizes throughout Cuyahoga County in 2018, were approved by CAC’s Board of Trustees during its public meeting on Monday.

“Cuyahoga Arts & Culture congratulates our 2018 grant recipients,” said Joseph P. Gibbons, president of CAC’s Board of Trustees. “We are proud to be investing these public dollars to connect residents to vibrant and diverse arts and cultural experiences throughout the next year.”

CAC’s General Operating Support program provides multi-year support grants to arts and cultural organizations based in and serving Cuyahoga County. Grants range from $11,000 to $1.1 million and support nonprofits that have a primary mission to provide arts or cultural services for the public.

The Project Support grant program promotes and encourages the breadth of arts and cultural programming in our community by funding projects both large and small throughout Cuyahoga County. Grants range from $1,000 to $30,000 and support a variety of programs and events. 

“We’re pleased to invest in a record number of organizations this year” said Karen Gahl-Mills, CAC’s CEO + executive director.  “Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is one of the largest public funders of arts and culture in the country. Because of our community’s commitment to arts and culture, CAC is able to help hundreds of organizations bring their work to life across Cuyahoga County.”

Specifically, CAC granted:
  • $10,200,000 for 61 organizations through General Operating Support, which provides core support for 501c3 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations based in Cuyahoga County.
  • $1,757,910 for 196 organizations through Project Support, which offers grants up to $30,000 for 501c3 organizations providing arts and cultural projects to residents of Cuyahoga County.

In 2018, CAC will welcome 25 new organizations into its Project Support program, making new connections and supporting more projects that reach thousands of residents across Cuyahoga County. 

Additionally, through a partnership with Neighborhood Connections, the small-grants and grassroots community-building program affiliated with The Cleveland Foundation, CAC will invest $75,000 to support more than 15 arts and culture projects in 2018 that are led by residents in Cleveland and East Cleveland. These co-funded projects connect residents and empower neighbors to make changes in their communities. Through this partnership, CAC has supported more than 285 resident-led projects since 2013.

All grants were approved in a public meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle. CAC’s five board members voted <unanimously> to approve the grants, which were reviewed and scored by a national panel of experts in October.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is one of the largest public funders for arts and culture in the nation, helping hundreds of organizations in Cuyahoga County connect millions of people to cultural experiences each year. Since 2007, CAC has invested $170 million in 375 organizations both large and small, making our community a more vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit

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CAC Releases First Grant

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Announces First Grant Program

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) today released guidelines and application forms for its General Operating Support (GOS) Grant program and announced locations for a series of grant workshops for organizations to learn about eligibility and the application process.

General Operating Support grants are the first grants to be offered by CAC. Designed to invest public funds in local arts or cultural organizations, GOS grants are awarded for a period of three years, with requisite annual review and evaluation by CAC staff.

“These grants are specifically for arts or cultural organizations located in Cuyahoga County that have a history of quality artistic or cultural programming, professional management, financial stability and long range planning,” said Catherine Boyle, Executive Director of CAC. “The guidelines explain the purpose of the grants, the eligibility requirements and the application process.”

Basic eligibility required by Ohio law and CAC By-laws are that an applicant organization must be not-for-profit, must be located in Cuyahoga County, must have been in existence for at least three years and must have a primary mission to create, produce, present or provide arts or cultural programming to the public.

Those organizations that do not meet GOS eligibility requirements may be eligible to apply for other CAC grants that will be announced later this year. Those organizations that receive GOS support will not be eligible to apply for other CAC grants.

“Using public dollars received from the passage of Issue 18 last November, we are proud CAC is the first regional arts and cultural district in Ohio that has successfully passed, through voter approval, a dedicated revenue stream for arts and culture. Our world-class arts and cultural organizations are a real plus to our region because they help our children grow and succeed, provide thousands of good paying jobs and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to our region,” said Steven Minter, President of the Board of Trustees of CAC.

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