A Community Arts & Culture Initiative

Foundation for Roanoke Valley believes arts and culture are essential parts of a healthy, vital community, benefiting the social and economic development of a region and contributing to an increased quality of life. We envision a Valley in which the arts build strong connections, advance educational success, and inspire creative expression and imagination within us all.

In order for arts and cultural programs to flourish, the community must make them a priority and support them financially. After conducting a series of interviews with numerous local arts and cultural leaders, artists, nonprofits and for-profit organizations, the Foundation has made the decision to design, implement and carry out a three-year grant making initiative by committing $100,000 annually from its Community Catalyst Funds for this effort. The first grants will be awarded during our 2013-14 Fiscal year (after July 1, 2013.)

Annual funding will be distributed in two categories:

  1. Educate. Inspire. Create. - The Critical Importance of Arts and Culture to the Educational Process (60%)

  2. Arts at Work - Arts and Culture as drivers of Economic Development (40%)

For more information about each category, please click on the links above.