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May 2, 2014


CONTACT: Peter Anderson / Peter.Anderson@erie.gov
Phone: (716) 858-8500 / Mobile: (716) 270-7842

ERIE COUNTY ANNOUNCES OPENING OF 2015 CULTURAL FUNDING PROCESS

Streamlined Online Application Feature Eases Preparation, Submission  

ERIE COUNTY, NYThe Erie County Department of Environment and Planning has unveiled the County’s 2015 Cultural Funding Application, which must be completed by eligible organizations seeking any level of Erie County funding. The application, available in its entirety online, streamlines the process by which cultural organizations can apply for funding and also provides step-by-step guidance to applicants in organizing and submitting their information.

“This cultural funding application is a clear, concise, and easily-understood way for organizations seeking funding to submit their information in a comprehensive manner,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “It is a thorough review and checklist of all requirements, obligations, and necessary financial documents an agency should have completed and available before being considered for public funding. I encourage all agencies applying for funding to carefully review and fully complete the online application for submission prior to the deadline in order to be considered for funding next year.”

The 2015 cultural funding application can be found at www.erie.gov/culturalfunding . The website contains a link to download instructions including eligibility requirements, essay topics, and a list of twelve required attachments. Two new requirements in 2015 ask applicants to provide information on their agencies’ Conflict of Interest Policy and Whistleblower Policy as a way of demonstrating compliance with New York State’s new Non-Profit Revitalization Act. The website also contains a checklist to assist applicants in submitting their information online. The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM on June 10, 2014.

Commissioner of the Department of Environment and Planning Maria Whyte added, "The Department of Environment and Planning and the Erie County Arts and Cultural Advisory Board are pleased to release the 2015 Cultural Funding Application. As always, we have worked hard to improve the efficiency of the process by streamlining our on-line application while also ensuring the application asks the questions necessary to justify any expenditure of public funds.  Our region is overflowing with thriving cultural organizations and we look forward to the applications we will receive this year!"

The Department of Environment and Planning and the Erie County Arts & Cultural Advisory Board will hold an applicant briefing at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014 in the 14th floor conference room (Room 1004) of the Rath Building at 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. Attendance is not mandatory, but is greatly encouraged.