By Dulcie Willis
There is no doubt 2020 has presented us with challenges. But as Robert H. Schuller said, “Tough times never last, tough people do.” Together, The Lincoln Center and The Lincoln Center Support League believe in the power and strength of the arts to help carry us through. This is why the Support League recently launched a new Support Grant program to help our local arts organizations with rental costs of utilizing The Lincoln Center’s performance spaces.
This year, in response to hardships caused by COVID-19, the Support League is offering financial assistance to local arts presenters by helping to cover the costs of renting The Lincoln Center Performance Hall and/or Magnolia Theatre. The Support League has established a gift protocol based on rental rates specific to applying organizations. Rental rates vary depending on the organization and location of the event.
“We know revenue is down for all businesses this year and arts organizations are especially impacted,” says The Lincoln Center Support League Treasurer, Bruce Staff. “With the end of the year approaching, we think it is important to help provide funding for the traditional holiday performances that our community looks forward to seeing. We are also hopeful that this might assist local arts groups as we move past the new year.”
The Lincoln Center Support League is a non-profit organization with the mission to work in partnership with The Lincoln Center to excite, enlighten and educate young people through the performing arts in addition to promoting cultural opportunities in the community. For the past 38 years, the Support League has provided sponsorships, services, equipment, volunteers, and staff support for countless Lincoln Center events, which are vital to the community. The newly implemented Support Grant is the next step in furthering the Support League’s commitment to the arts.
Funds are limited and awards are granted on a first-come, first-served basis for qualifying local organizations. The following are qualification requirements:
• Must be an arts organization (for-profit or non-profit)
• Must execute business in Larimer or Weld County
• Must provide confirmed dates, times and locations of event
• Must describe the nature of the event
• Must explain how the event is mission-aligned with The Lincoln Center Support League
• Must provide an estimate of how many artists are involved and anticipated audience attendance
If you or your organization are interested in applying for a Support Grant, please click here.
The Support League is currently fundraising in order to continue our work in supporting local artists and connecting artists with school children. If you are interested in making a contribution, please click here to find out how you can help the Support League.
The Lincoln Center Support League is also participating in Colorado Gives Day, a statewide online giving movement on December 8th, 2020 to help fund the Support Grant. You can also help us through the Amazon Smile program. You shop, Amazon gives.
The Lincoln Center Support League is proud to partner with the City of Fort Collins Lincoln Center. Together, we will continue to support our local performing artists and carry on through what may come; thank you for supporting us as we work through these tough times!
Dulcie Willis | President, The Lincoln Center Support League