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Black Belt Community Foundation to Host 2017 Arts Grant Ceremony April 29, 11AM at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library in Selma to Award $80K in Grants

Over $80,000 will be awarded to community based arts organizations across twelve counties of the Alabama Black Belt. Ceremony on April 29th in Selma will announce organizations with successful applications chosen for these grants.

Selma, AL, April 13, 2017 --( The Black Belt Community Foundation has been accepting arts grants applications since early February when it announced the current cycle of arts grants through its Black Belt Arts Initiative supported through the generous support of The Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Black Belt Commission. Community-based organizations from all twelve Black Belt counties of the BBCF service area (Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox counties) were encouraged to apply. The 2017 Arts Grant Cycle supports projects addressing the arts in the following categories: arts education programming, arts exposure programming and arts professional development.

Applications came in from all 12 counties, and the BBCF is excited to reveal the successful applicants during an open to the public Grant Ceremony on April 29th at 11am, to be held at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library conference/events room (1103 Selma Ave, Selma, AL 36703). Grants of varying levels will be awarded to successful applicants focusing on arts education programming, arts exposure programming and arts professional development along with two even larger grants (up to $10,000) for arts education programming. A total of $80,000 in grant funding will be awarded to contribute to arts thriving throughout the Black Belt region.

BBCF President Felecia Lucky states, “We are thrilled to have such broad participation with applicants from all twelve counties. The diversity of the applications represents a broad spectrum of arts focused projects - stemming from youth programs to adult programs - all of which have the capacity to significantly impact and enhance Black Belt communities."

BBCF encourages anyone who supports the role of arts in the community and anyone interested to find out more about BBCF and the work it is doing to nurture the arts across the Black Belt to attend. For interviews with any of BBCF’s staff, President Felecia Lucky, or to organize on-site media attendance and coverage, please contact the BBCF’s Public Relations Director, D.K. Harris at 256.592.9153 or via e-mail to

About The Black Belt Community Foundation:
The Black Belt Community Foundation’s mission is to forge a collective stream of giving that transforms a 12-county region and connecting those interested in having an impact in our area with the nonprofits that are making a difference today. Founded in 2004 with the idea that those living and working in the Black Belt best knew the area’s challenges and opportunities, the BBCF actively puts needed resources into the region to make a lasting impact.

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