City of Cortez, Lor Foundation Unveil Small Project Art Grants


The small town of Cortez, Colo., is offering artists up to $4,000 in funding for "small, identity-building projects that create a sense of community," per a press release.

The 81321 Launch program, a collaboration between the city's economic development department and the LOR Foundation, will award the grants in three rounds, with the maximum amount of funding being $4,000, the Cortez Journal reports.

"This is not money from the City of Cortez, we are just hosting the applications and helping recommend or advise creative projects which will ultimately be funded through the LOR Foundation," Helen West, the city's community and economic development specialist, says in the press release.

"So, if you're wanting to paint all the public trash cans in the park, this grant potentially gives a way for people to do that."

Applicants are asked to think through four questions before applying: Does the project make Cortez an amazing place to call home? Does the money produce something tangible that can be seen, felt, or experienced? Does the project bring something new, innovative, and unique to Cortez? Each of the three rounds will have a maximum of $4,000 for one grant, and there will be a total of $12,000 being split into grants.

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