Ohio Governor and Ohio Department of Development Director Lydia Mihalik today announced more than $23 million in support for arts organizations in Ohio.
The funds are being awarded as part of the first round of the Ohio Arts Economic Relief Grant Program. A total of 139 organizations based in 35 counties are receiving grants.
“Ohio’s arts communities are an integral part of why Ohio stands out as a great place to live and a great place to visit,” said Governor DeWine. “These grants will help ensure that communities continue to have access to the programming and learning experiences Ohioans love.”
“Our vibrant arts scene is an essential part of who we are,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “By supporting the work of our local arts organizations, we’re helping empower our creatives to succeed and showcasing Ohio as the heart of creativity.”
Local Arts Organizations Awarded
Safe Left Players Inc: $13,643
The Henry H. Stambaugh Auditorium Associations: $180,940
Warren Community Amphitheater Foundation, Inc: $47,868.70
The grant program was created in partnership with the Ohio General Assembly as part of a bill sponsored by Sen. George Lang (R-West Chester) which was later merged into House Bill 45. A total of $50 million is available through the program, with a second round of funding to be announced in coming weeks.
Funding can be used to help pay for employee compensation, excluding bonuses; employee recruitment, rehiring, and training expenses; rent or mortgage payments; and operating costs.