NORWALK, CT - State Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) announced today that four local arts organizations in Darien and Norwalk have been awarded supportive grants from the Connecticut Arts Endowment.
“Our community is very fortunate to be the home of a great many organizations which develop, perform, display and teach the arts. They make our area a better place to live, and they also contribute greatly to our economy by drawing out visitors and residents alike to our local businesses. I am very pleased to announce this year’s Arts Endowment grant recipients,” said Senator Duff.
The local grant recipients include:
Darien Arts Council $1,645
Norwalk Symphony Society, Inc. $690
Norwalk Youth Symphony $3,218
Shakespeare on the Sound $3,353
The Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund was created by the General Assembly to provide state matching support to the private fund raising efforts of Connecticut arts organizations. Interest earned on the Fund’s principal is distributed annually to Connecticut non-profit arts organizations which have received a raised at least $25,000 of private funds in each of the last two years from non-governmental sources.
Grant awards are calculated based on a formula that rewards those organizations reporting a substantial increase in the amount of private sector contributions received during the prior year. Organizations may use funds for capital projects, operations, programming, or to build their own endowments.