HRC Cultural Arts Grant

Valpo Seeks Applications for Community Cultural Grants
The City of Valparaiso’s Human Relations Council (HRC) is launching a Community Cultural initiative by offering grants to increase awareness, appreciation and dialogue in the community among diverse and traditionally underrepresented groups, announced Heath Carter, Chair of the Human Relations Council. “This grant encourages expression and sharing in our community, which is part of the mission of the HRC,” said Carter.

Applications for the current grant cycle are due on March 15, 2018. The grants will be offered bi-annually (twice per year) for projects ranging from $500 to $2,000 per project. A total of $6,000 is available annually, funded through the Mayor’s Office of the City of Valparaiso. A committee of four individuals appointed jointly through the HRC, ValpoNEXT, and the City Administration will review grants in March and September, with award notifications and initial disbursements being made in June and December.

The HRC grant program is open to any individual, incorporated nonprofit, unincorporated association, public school, or for-profit organization so long as the project for which funding is requested serves a nonprofit objective related to education/cultural inclusion. Types of projects that will be considered include events (one-time events or series), speakers, exhibitions, and classes or workshops that are free to the public. Categories funded may include arts, humanities, interpretive sciences, and civic/cultural programming. Priority will be given to new projects or concepts that enhance the quality of life and strengthen the community, and those that encourage collaboration and cooperation between organizations.

For complete grant guidelines, visit The Valparaiso Human Relations Council was established in 2008 by Mayor Jon Costas to advance and support community inclusion.  The ten-member HRC serves in an advisory role, identifying needs or opportunities to enhance human relations, and providing a forum for resolving differences.

Grant Evaluation Guidelines

Grant Guidelines and Application

Grant Agreement and Final Report