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Community Foundation to take on second year of GF Arts Regrant Program

Grand Forks City Hall. Sam Easter / Grand Forks Herald

The Community Foundation for Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and the region will be in charge of Grand Forks city dollars for local artistic efforts this year.

The Arts Regrant Program provides funding for arts organizations doing work in the city of Grand Forks. Its budget for this year will again be $123,304, the same as it was in 2018, according to a staff memo from Community Development Specialist Andy Conlon and a report on the regrant program in 2018 from Community Foundation Director Becca Bahnmiller.

After the foundation took 6 percent of the 2018 budget for administration costs, Bahnmiller's report showed there was $116,845 left for applicants that could prove they had artistic quality, potential for community impact and organizational capacity.

This is the Community Foundation's second year administering the program. The city handled the application process in-house in 2017, after the previous group in charge, the North Valley Arts Council, disbanded.

A total of $189,218.16 was requested from 14 applicant organizations in 2018, according to Bahnmiller's report, all of which participated in application workshops the foundation held and all of which received funding:

• The Empire Arts Center received $22,741.81 of the $29,631.16 it requested for the 2018-19 performance season.

• The North Dakota Museum of Art received $20,425.42 of the $30,000 it requested for public programming.

• The Grand Cities Children's Choir received $9,740.21 of the $13,500 it requested for 2018 concerts.

Other recipients included the Public Art Commission, Summer Performing Arts, the North Dakota Ballet Company, Grand Forks Community Theater, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Artwise, the Northern Valley Youth Orchestra, the Grand Forks Chorales, the UND Writers Conference, North Dakota Shakespeare and the North Dakota-Manitoba Met Choir.

Bahnmiller said in her report the foundation planned to open the 2019 program application on Monday, Feb. 4, with a March 1 deadline.

Emily Allen

Allen joined the Grand Forks Herald to cover local government and politics May 2018. Call her at 701-780-1102, email her at eallen@gfherald.com or follow her on Twitter, @Emily_theHerald.

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