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TOL PR 2016-01-12 local arts grants Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Leesburg Commission on Public Art Invites Local Arts Organizations to Submit Requests for FY 2017 Funding Leesburg, VA (January 12, 2016) – The Leesburg Commission on Public Art invites local arts organizations to submit applications for Local Arts Grants for Fiscal Year 2017. Applications deadline is February 21, 2016. Funded arts activities must take place in the Town of Leesburg during Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017). The Town of Leesburg will apply for $5,000 of state funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Local Government Challenge Grant Program and match it with $5,000 of local funds. The total amount of $10,000 will be distributed to independent arts organizations to support arts activities within the Town. In FY 2016, the Town gave $4,000 to Friends of Leesburg Public Arts, $3,000 to Bluemont Concerts, and $1,000 each to the Loudoun Chorale, Heart Marks Art Therapy and VSArts of Loudoun County. Interested arts organizations should submit an online application via the Town website at www.leesburgva.gov/artsgrant, outlining the amount requested, the arts activity that the funding will support and the audience(s) that will be served, along with a description of the arts organization. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2016, to be considered. Applicants must be organizations whose primary purpose is the arts (production, presentation or support of dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater, or visual or related arts), that are incorporated in Virginia, and have their headquarters and home seasons, or activities equivalent to a home season, in the state. Funding cannot be provided for payment to performers for specific performances. The Commission on Public Art will review the funding requests at their March 7, 2016, meeting and then make a recommendation on the distribution of the funding to the Leesburg Town Council at their March 29, 2016, Council Meeting. The Town Council will make the final determination, dependent on receipt of the matching state funds. The deadline for the Town to apply for the Local Government Challenge Grant is April 1, 2016. Funding will be provided to selected arts organizations after July 1, 2016. TOL PR 2016-01-12 Local Arts Grants Page 2 For more information about the Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Local Government Challenge Grant program, please visit www.arts.virginia.gov/grants_local.html. # # #