» Our 2020-21 Grantees

The Agency Funding Advisory Committee (AFAC) worked hard this spring reviewing applications for the coming year. They looked at past performance and the work of our partners. They considered funding scenarios. They met virtually, both with each others and potential grantees.

We’re pleased to announce that City Council supported a consistent level of funding at $336,500, which the committee allocated to 23 external organizations.

While it’s a difficult time – no organizations are able currently to meet their mission in regular ways, all are struggling with the new reality, and the gathering of audiences and visitors is unlikely this fall – the organizations are shifting where they can. We’ll shift with them to put the allocated resources to the best use. So stay tuned for more announcements when organizations begin drawing down the resources beginning August

Here are the funded organizations and programs:

Alma EnsembleCommission of new work$4,000
Artemis Journal2021 Artemis Journal$5,000
Center in the SquareGet Schooled!$10,000
Down by Downtown/Spot on KirkLocal Talent SPOTlight$5,000
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University2021 exhibitions$7,000
Grandin Theatre FoundationGrandin Film Lab$17,000
Harrison Museum of African American CultureHenry Street Heritage $18,000
Historical Society of Western VirginiaEducational Programming$4,000
Jefferson Center FoundationPresenting Arts & Educ.$30,000
Local Colors of Western VA, Inc.Local Colors Festival$15,500
The Making FoundationArts education$4,000
Mill Mountain TheatreYoung Audiences$25,000
Mill Mountain ZooArt to Rescue the River$9,000
Opera RoanokeFY 2021 Program$16,000
Roanoke Arts CommissionWe Are Art$2,000
Roanoke Ballet TheatreMidsummer Night’s Dream$8,000
Roanoke Children’s TheatreRCT Residencies$21,000
Roanoke Festival in the Park2021 Festival$8,000
Roanoke Symphony OrchestraOutreach concert$30,000
Roanoke Valley Children’s ChoirSing Spectacular!$5,000
Science Museum of Western VirginiaFull STEAM Ahead$17,000
Southwest Virginia BalletSWVA Ballet Gives Back$9,000
Taubman Museum of ArtLatinx Exhibit$40,000
Virginia Museum of TransportationEducational Program$27,000


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