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Arts Council Napa Valley Awarded $270,000 Grant By The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Oct. 05, 2016 | Arts Council Napa Valley

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Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) is pleased to announce that The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has awarded a three-year grant in the amount of $270,000 to the county’s arts and culture agency to forward its mission to create a flourishing creative culture for Napa County residents. ACNV will be utilizing the funds for two major areas; to kick-off a new re-granting program, and to continue to support our ongoing initiatives.

The Hewlett Foundation -- which concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, the performing arts, and effective philanthropy -- will make funds available to ACNV as a three-year general operating support grant beginning in 2016 and ending in 2018.

ACNV has committed over 40% of the total from the Hewlett Foundation to support the new ACNV Community Fund, a regranting program that will make these dollars available to small nonprofits and individual artists to support creative works and programs within Napa County. The Fund will seek applicants with programs and projects that focus on enriching and deepening the impact of arts and culture within the local community. The grant application for the ACNV Community Fund will launch in mid-October of 2016 and will provide roughly $40,000 each year. By providing an accessible, equitable and relevant cultural grants program that serves the needs of county residents, ACNV will grow and deepen the impact of arts and cultural for all people in Napa County.

The Hewlett Foundation funds will also support ACNV’s ongoing initiatives including: providing every student with a comprehensive arts education through the ACNV Education Alliance (a public-private partnership that oversees access to arts education for all children in K-12 public schools); bringing art to public spaces by overseeing and implementing Napa’s 1% Art Ordinance through the Napa ARTwalk Program, and nurturing the arts through community festivals and events with the annual countywide arts festival, Arts in April.

On the substantial grant from the The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, ACNV Board Chair, Shelly Hanan remarks:

“We’re extremely honored that The Hewlett Foundation has awarded us such a generous contribution. This amazing opportunity allows the Arts Council to start an all new program for engaging locals in shaping our community and the means to extend arts and culture offerings. We are excited to have Hewlett’s support as we further our mission, connect with our neighbors, and support the arts community countywide.”

Please stay tuned for more information about ACNV Community Fund grants and other exciting programs!

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Arts Council Napa Valley 501(c)3 is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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