On Friday, the Quad Cities Community Foundation announced a total of $ 566,000 in new grants under its Coordinated Areas of Interest grant program. Made possible by Community Foundation donors, this year’s program pools resources from 11 funds from different focus areas as well as the Quad Cities Community Impact Fund.
The Coordinated Areas of Interest grant program represents one of the largest grant distributions made by the Community Foundation each year.
The program grants cover a variety of specific areas of interest, from basic needs and health to community development and arts and culture. Funding is intended to provide general operational support or program support for successful ongoing efforts. Twelve of this year’s 32 recipients receive grants that will be awarded for two consecutive years.
âThe Coordinated Areas of Interest Grants program is a wonderful example of how we are working to find the intersection between the pressing needs of our community and the issues that donors are passionate about,â said Kelly Thompson, vice-president. president of grants and community initiatives. âThe 32 recipients of these grants provide a diverse range of resources and services to improve our region, and it is a privilege for us to help the generosity of donors to support what works in the best possible way.
Jonathan Burnett created the independent film project Urban Exposure at the African American Council for the Arts in Azubuike seven years ago to introduce students aged 17 to 23 to the power of cinema, opening their minds to educational opportunities. and career opportunities available to them and inspiring them to tell their own stories. During this period, he saw participants earn film degrees, start careers in industry, and win awards at international film festivals.
Now, thanks to a two-year grant from the Quad Cities Community Impact Fund in the priority areas of arts and culture and youth development, Azubuike will be able to reach more attendees of the urban exhibition and to increase the region’s status as a vibrant cultural center, according to a founding version.
Part of the funding will go towards recruitment incentives such as scholarships to help students who need to earn money over the summer to embark on the intensive program, which lasts eight to 10 weeks. The grant will also fund a separate new initiative, the Quad Cities Film Production Incubator, to support filmmakers between the ages of 20 and 28 in Quad Cities and surrounding regions.
âThis funding will begin to create a new generation of filmmakers who have the opportunity to make an immediate impact within the industry,â said Burnett. âThe Midwestern perspective has been overlooked in the movie business, but we’re not just over-the-top states. We have a culture, interesting stories and issues that we want to bring to the fore. This funding is the starting point.
The grant will help Azubuike fulfill its mission of bridging racial gaps through art at the grassroots level as well. âOur student films have covered so many different topics, including issues that people didn’t think existed in the Quad Cities,â Burnett said. âWith this program, we are bringing these issues to light and having these conversations. Films that show people who are not like us, who have a different culture or belief system than us, create a bridge of empathy.
Other top grant recipients announced on Friday include:
- Putnam Museum and Science Center, $ 40,000
- Family resources, $ 40,000
- River Bend Food Bank, $ 30,000
- Quad Cities Community Broadcasting Group, $ 30,000
- Martin Luther King Center, $ 29,600
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley, $ 20,000
- Interfaith Quad Cities, $ 20,000
- Dress for Success Quad Cities, $ 20,000
For more information on starting a fund to support the region, or to apply for a grant, visit www.qccommunityfoundation.org.