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The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus

With Budget in Place, OAC’s FY 2018 Grant Funding Begins

In late June, facing a challenging fiscal environment, Governor John R. Kasich and state legislators finalized the state’s operating budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. The state budget appropriates approximately $29.3 million from the state’s main General Revenue Fund (GRF) to invest in the arts and culture across Ohio over the next two years.

For artists, arts organizations, educators, other nonprofits, and the public, this means more than $12.7 million in state-based arts grants will be available in each fiscal year (2018 and 2019). It also shows that Ohio’s elected officials remain strongly supportive of the Ohio Arts Council’s (OAC) work—to fund and support quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

On July 19, the OAC board met to approve more than $12 million through 635 grants awarded to artists and arts organizations throughout Ohio to kick off the OAC’s FY 2018 funding.Our state funding comes in addition to the more than $1.2 million awarded to Ohio recipients last month by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Both sources of financial support contribute to the innovative, engaging, and educational projects and initiatives that are being developed and shared in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. 

I want to thank every arts supporter, leader, and advocate who helped to advance the OAC’s budget. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Ohio Citizens for the Arts that encouraged and educated Ohioans and policymakers about the value of public funding for the arts to our great state.

Our work now begins anew. Here at the OAC, we promise to invest our public funds wisely in Ohio’s creative economy to produce a solid return on investment. As is always the case, we urge you to work with arts advocates statewide and across the nation. You can do your part by thanking your elected state-level legislators and federal-level members of Congress for supporting the arts.

For more resources and information on how you can be an effective arts advocate, get in touch with our state’s arts advocacy organization, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, or get involved at the federal level through Americans for the Arts.

 Until next time,

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Donna S. Collins
Executive Director


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