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Congratulations to the recent recipients of The Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund Grants

The Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund, in partnership with the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, recently made over $13,000 in grants to nine local organizations for 2024 Spring and Summer projects.


Recipients include:

§  $3,000 to the Illinois Valley Orchestral Association (Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra) for stipends to musicians performing in two children’s concerts.

§  $3,000 to Peru Public Library for the summer reading program “Be Creative.”

§  $3,000 to the Ottawa Center for the Arts for brand development, logo, videography, and marketing.

§  $1,200 to Stage 212 for orchestral stipends for the Jan. 5-7 production of “Falsettos.”

§  $750 to the Ottawa Concert Association to provide free tickets for Illinois Valley Community College, high school, and music students.

§  $750 to Princeton Theater Group (Festival 56) to support the April 11-12 staging of “Girls Like Us.”

§  $550 to NCI Artworks for design, printing, and postage of promotional material for monthly exhibits.

§  $500 to the Somonauk Public Library for canvas painting classes.

§  $375 to Seneca Public Library for supplies for its afterschool art club.


Peru Public Library Youth Services Manager Mackenzie Kavanaugh, left, and Program Librarian Marti Pack are pictured with Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund Administrator Amanda Zehr.

Ottawa Center for the Arts Executive Director Anne Badger, left, with Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund Administrator Amanda Zehr.

The next session to submit a grant application to the Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund is February 1, 2024. For more information and access to the required application forms, click here.


Committed to you and your future.

Community foundations exist to meet the philanthropic needs of the community and the philanthropic desires of local donors. When we connect those two, wonderful things happen to enhance the quality of life for all of us.​

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