Art Grants Awarded to Local Arts Organizations

Art Grants Awarded to Local Arts Organizations

OTTAWA, ILLINOIS. (June 10, 2019) – The Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund, a new Fund of the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, is excited to announce that they have awarded their first round of grants to local arts organizations. The Fund offers financial support through competitive grants to charitable organizations and agencies engaged in the world of art throughout Starved Rock Country, and provides a non-competitive, neutral hub to engage and connect local artists and arts organizations, cultural organizations, sponsors, patrons, and venues.

In May 2019, the first round of grants were awarded through the new Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund, throughout the 3 county region. $15,375 was awarded to 11 organizations, in support of 15 arts related projects. Grants were awarded to NCIArtworks, Ottawa Concert Association, Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, LaSalle County Historical Society, Stage 212, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School, Princeton Theater Group (Learning Stage), Poco a Poco, Community Outreach Teen Center, Spring Valley Library, Princeton Community Band, and Oglesby Public Library.

“This is a great start to the Fund’s ability to support the arts in our area,” explained Shanna Dugan, the Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund Administrator. “We have recently applied for funding through the State of Illinois, and hope to receive even more financial support to expand our impact. With the support of our state and our community, we can only expect the arts to continue to grow. I’m excited to be an integral part of that growth.”

For more information on the Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund, grant applications, and the upcoming launch of the new art-centric website, please visit:

Pictured: EJ Werth accepts a check on behalf of the Ottawa Concert Association from Fund Administrator Shanna Dugan to support a barbershop acapella concert and four additional upcoming performances.


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