Local organizations benefit from increase to arts, humanities funding

Recently Congress approved a $15 million increase for both the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities for 2010.

Recently Congress approved a $15 million increase for both the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities for 2010. Already the fund was $155 million, but the increased agencies budgets to $170 million. The money bumped the agencies’ budgets up from $155 to $170 and a number of Chicago-area cultural institutions stand to benefit from the increase.

The Chicago Community Trust, the Chicagoland area’s community foundation, has announced $9.6 in grants that will provide support to the five funding priorities of the Trust: the arts and culture, basic human needs, community development, education and health.

“Both the Trust and its donors care deeply about strengthening the region, especially at a time of a challenging economy,” said Terry Mazany, president and chief executive officer of the Trust. Through our competitive grants, the Trusts demonstrate its commitment to responding to the needs of the community today and in the decades to come.”

Organizations will be able to receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 each, based upon need. As already noted, the organizations will benefit according to their needs. Among the organizations getting funding are:

*The Jazz Philharmonic, under the direction of an African-American with Black musicians, $25,000.

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