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Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Announces More Than $12 Million in Grants to 282 Nonprofits to Support Arts & Cultural Experiences in 2019

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CLEVELAND (November 13, 2018) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) will invest $12,077,556 in 282 Cuyahoga County nonprofit organizations through its General Operating Support and Project Support grant programs in 2019. The grants were approved by CAC’s Board of Trustees during its public meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at Judson Manor in Cleveland. CAC’s five board members voted to approve the grants, which were reviewed and scored by a national panel of experts.

“Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is very proud to support 282 arts and culture organizations next year through our grant programs,” said Charna E. Sherman, president of CAC’s Board of Trustees. “These organizations have demonstrated a real commitment to serving Cuyahoga County residents through their offerings. The work of many of these organizations has been recognized not only nationally, but even some across the world for making our community a vibrant place to live, work and visit.”

CAC’s General Operating Support program provides unrestricted, 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. CAC granted a total of $10.2 million to 61 organizations in General Operating Support for 2019.

The Project Support grant program promotes and encourages the breadth of arts and cultural programming in our community by funding projects of all sizes in Cuyahoga County. Grants range from $1,500 to $27,600 and support a variety of programs and events. CAC granted a total of $1.89 million in Project Support for 2019 to 221 organizations.

“The organizations selected to receive grant funding in 2019 represent a wide spectrum of interests, places and artistic practices to meet the needs of residents,” said Jill Paulsen, CAC’s interim CEO + executive director. “Having a funding source like Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has been a difference maker for the groups we fund. Since 2007, CAC has invested $181 million in more than 400 organizations.”

In 2019, CAC will also invest $75,000 to support dozens of arts and culture projects led by residents in Cleveland and East Cleveland through a partnership with Neighborhood Connections, the small-grants and community-building program affiliated with the Cleveland Foundation. These co-funded projects connect residents and empower neighbors to make changes in their communities. CAC has supported hundreds of resident-led projects since 2013 through this partnership.

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 2006, CAC has invested more than $181 million in more than 400 organizations both large and small, making our community a more vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit


View a list of the approved grants.

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