ANOTHER GREAT REASON FOR GIVING THANKS!
THEATRE IN THE CIRCLE SCORES GRANT FUNDING FOR 2018
We are thrilled to share some wonderful news with all of you who have supported us in bringing a bright new light to University Circle with Theatre in the Circle.
For the second consecutive year a grant has been awarded to Theatre in the Circle by Neighborhood Connections, a joint program of the Cleveland Foundation, St. Luke’s Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Since 2003, Neighborhood Connections has funded 2,300 projects for a total $7.5 million in funding. 104 grant proposals were submitted for $500 to $5000 for this first round of 2018, only 64 were funded.
Theatre in the Circle was awarded funds to help underwrite its Feb. 2017 production of the Cleveland favorite, “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris” which played to five standing-room-only performances at historic Judson Manor. Partial funding of a grant proposal for Theatre in the Circle’s 2018 season has just been announced. We are incredibly grateful to Judson Services and the Judson Foundation for their invaluable support in piloting this grant application to such a gratifying conclusion and to the staff and volunteers at Neighborhood Connections for their thoughtful and equitable consideration and evaluation of grant proposals.
On November 13, 2017, the Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture recognized the work of Theatre in the Circle by funding our first Project I grant proposal our 2018 season. We were one of 75 arts organizations applying for Project Support I. Theatre in the Circle was one of only 24 that were funded at the level requested. 44 proposals received partial funding and 7 were not funded at all. All proposals are subject to compliance and eligibility review by CAC staff and are then evaluated by an outside panel of experienced arts administrators, managers, teachers and directors from all over the country. Our proposal was highly rated for “exceptional intergenerational public benefit,” and for “very high artistic and cultural benefit.” Though the level of funding exceeded our expectations, it will cover less than 30% of our annual budget.
At a time when arts funding locally and nationally are being cut or severely reduced, we are very grateful to Neighborhood Connections, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Judson Services and the Judson Foundation for their belief and trust in the continuing work of Theatre in the Circle. Most of all we thank you for your continuing interest and enthusiasm for the work of Theatre in the Circle.