Arts Mon and YCF collaborate to Launch Community Arts Grants for Local Organizations

Morgantown, WV: In an effort to increase funding for area arts organizations, and ensure a variety of arts programs are available in our community, Arts Mon and Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc. (YCF) have joined together to present the Community Arts Grant. The collaborative grant program includes funding support from the Monongalia County Commission, the City of Morgantown, as well as private and corporate donations.

The mission of Community Arts Grant Program is to broaden base support for the arts, promote excellence in the arts and ensure that our community has a variety of arts programs. The grant structure and criteria were developed by a committee of volunteers, with representation from individual artists and arts organizations.

“Our community is rich with arts resources. However, our organizations struggle financially. We believe that this new process will help stabilize and increase annual funding for organizations like the Monongalia Arts Center and the Morgantown Theatre Company,” said Jack Thompson, President of the Arts Mon Board of Directors. “With increased funding we hope to also fund additional arts initiatives in our community,” he added.

“Each year YCF receives many worthy art grant requests but resources are limited,” said Patty Showers Ryan, President of YCF. “Our goal is to increase funding for Mon County arts organizations and projects while growing endowment funds for long term sustainability.”

Arts organizations that are non-profit 501 ©3 with an arts-related purpose providing services within Monongalia County are eligible to apply. The grant application is online at

Grant writing assistance is being offered from 6 PM – 8 PM on Tuesday, November 28 and Monday, December 11, and by appointment. To confirm attendance, email

Questions about funding or projects should be submitted via email to: Technical questions about the online application process should be submitted to: The grant application deadline is January 8, 2018.

MISSION STATEMENTS Arts Mon serves as the Morgantown Area Arts Council and works to advance the arts in our community. YCF promotes philanthropy and builds endowment funds to benefit our communities.