Lydia McCain’s commitment to the arts ensured that artists and arts organizations with a strong vision have access to resources that help them reach their full potential. The Lydia McCain Grant to Advance Artist Opportunities is a funding source for artists in Erie County who have a strong artistic vision and a timely opportunity present that will help advance their artistic career. Examples of such opportunities may include, but are not limited to: exhibitions and performances, visiting artist residencies, leading a community-centered arts-based project, etc.
Grant Amounts (~$20,000 distributed annually)
Grant amounts range from $500-$2,500. Applicants are required to request a specific dollar amount. If the grant does not cover the entire expense, applicants must articulate how the difference will be funded. Grant funds must be used within the grant period (June 1, 2023 through May 31, 2024).
If you are an ARTIST, please use the Submittable below. If you are an organization, please head over to our organization page. (add link)
A mock application will be available on the EAC website.
Hybrid virtual and in-person information session will be held at Blasco Library’s Admiral Room at 6pm on March 8, 2023.
All applications will be reviewed by Erie Arts & Culture staff for eligibility. Staff will conduct a preliminary review using an objective checklist to ensure eligibility, and eligible applicants will be forwarded to Erie Arts & Culture’s Programming Committee for review. The Programs Committee will present final grantee recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval.
EAC will host an info session to answer all of your questions on March 8 at 6 PM in the Blasco Library Admiral Room. This is a hybrid event so feel free to show up at the library, or use the Zoom link included in the registration details below.