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Title Rural Arts Grant Program
Status Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/12/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Business & Economic Development
House Sponsors D. Esgar (D)
Senate Sponsors N. Todd (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House Committee Rural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 01/31/2020
Description

The bill creates the rural arts grant program (grant program) in the
creative industries division (division) in the office of economic
development, to provide grants to artists to enhance rural prosperity
through the arts and creative sector. To be eligible to receive a grant
through the grant program, the artist or artists must live and work outside
of the scientific and cultural facilities district and work with a qualified
governmental or nonprofit organization (qualified organization) that will
serve as the artist's sponsor in submitting a grant application.

The division is required to implement and administer the grant
program and award grants from the money annually appropriated by the
general assembly for the grant program. The division is also required to
promulgate rules for the implementation and administration of the grant
program.
The bill specifies the information that must be included in a grant
application. The council on creative industries is required to review the
applications and award grants based on specified criteria. Grant recipients
may use the money received through the grant program for projects that
advance the artistic and cultural goals of rural communities and their
economies, projects that will enhance their community's culture, or
projects that provide incentive for cross-community collaborations and
that have the potential to contribute to the acceptance and consideration
of differing perspectives.
The division is required to disburse awarded grants to the qualified
organization, which shall ensure that the grant money is available to the
artist or artists for the purposes specified in the grant application. The
qualified organization may use up to 5% of the total amount of grant
money awarded for administrative costs associated with the grant.
Each qualified organization that receives a grant shall, in
partnership with the artist or artists who worked on the project, submit a
report regarding the use of the grant money to the division after the
completion of the project for which the grant money was used. The
division is required to submit an annual summarized report to the general
assembly regarding the grant program.

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