Grants aid culture organizations

DETROIT (AP) — Nonprofit arts and culture organizations in southeastern Michigan will share $500,000 in funding to help relieve financial pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Fifty grants of $10,000 each have been awarded from the COVID-19 Arts and Creative Community Assistance Fund, according to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

The funding also allows the organizations to plan for new mission-related program opportunities.

More than 200 organizations submitted applications for funding of more than $2 million.

The COVID-19 Arts and Creative Community Assistance Fund receives support from various foundations.

“We must support our region’s arts and culture organizations,” said Mariam Noland, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan president. “The sector is a vital resource that supports thousands of jobs, supports business, and grows our economy.”