Cuyahoga Arts & Culture to Hold Panel Review Meetings to Evaluate 161 Grant Applications from Cuyahoga County Nonprofits

CLEVELAND (September 24, 2015) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) invites members of the community to observe its panel review meetings in October, during which arts and culture experts from around the country will evaluate the applications of 161 nonprofit organizations based in Cuyahoga County who have applied for funding through its Project Support grant program in 2016.

CAC’s annual Project Support program aims to promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and cultural programming in our community by supporting Cuyahoga County-based projects. 

“As the public funder for arts and culture in Cuyahoga County, CAC takes seriously its responsibility to ensure that applications to our grant programs are conducted in a manner that is transparent, impartial, and accessible to the public,” said executive director Karen Gahl-Mills. “We invite applicants and members of the community to observe these public meetings to see our grantmaking in action.” 

On October 5-6, panelists will evaluate the 67 applications for grants up to $35,000 as part of CAC’s Project Support I grant program. On October 12-14, panelists will evaluate the 94 applications for grants up to $5,000 in CAC’s 2016 Project Support II grant program.

All meetings are held at the Smith Studio of the Idea Center at Playhouse Square, 1375 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115. Applicants, media and the public are welcome to attend, listen to the meetings live online at, or follow the panel’s progress on Twitter at @CuyArtsC.

Final grants from the 2016 Project Support program will be announced at a public meeting of CAC’s Board of Trustees on Monday, November 23, at 4 p.m., at Cleveland Donauschwaben German-American Cultural Center, 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture.Cuyahoga County residents created Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in 2006 when they approved a tax on cigarettes to support arts and culture in our community.Since then, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has invested more than $125 million in more than 300 organizations to deliver on the promise made to support thousands of enriching arts and culture experiences in every corner of the county.For more information, visit