The Ruth Mott Foundation believes in the power of the arts to bring people together to explore and address community issues and to fund creative new ways to do that. Over its ten year history, the Foundation has focused its grant funding in Arts and Culture, Health Promotion and Beautification.
A Focus on Community Arts and Culture
Community arts and culture offer meaningful and accessible ways for a wide range of Genesee County residents of all ages to take part in creative experiences and to connect with each other and the community. Community arts and culture programs seek to engage residents on issues that matter in their daily lives through education, dialogue, and action. They provide avenues to address serious social issues in productive new ways, give voice to those who are often silent, celebrate our diversity and unite us through a shared sense of community.
Funding Creative Programs with Mini Grants
Though the Mini-Grant Program, we will fund community arts and culture activities that are led by skilled artists and creative people working in the field, whose practices are rooted in the heart of community life. We seek projects that are initiated, designed and implemented with local residents. We are particularly interested in programs that expand arts and culture learning, that employ arts and culture for community change and that celebrate culture and heritage. The Ruth Mott Foundation defines arts and culture broadly to include all forms of arts and cultural expression.
Mini-Grant Program Goals
Goals of the Community Arts Mini-Grant Program are:
To provide small grants through a streamlined application process and a quick turn-a-round approval process.
To encourage new ideas from grass-roots arts and culture practitioners, emerging organizations and creative arts and culture educators, including those who don’t usually apply for foundation grants.
To support projects that educate and inform using the inherent power of arts and culture to address community issues.
To enable people to create unique arts and cultural experiences that encourage collaboration and strengthen community engagement.
To gain a deeper understanding of the support needed by artists and start-up organizations and the early indicators of success.