The GEF Arts Endowment Reaches its Goal!
Fall 2017 to spring 2018
The GEF Community Grant Program distributed $8,272.50. The recipients ranged from elementary schoolers to senior citizens; and from school-based programs to community nonprofits. The GEF received six grant requests and awarded five grants.
The GEF Arts Endowment Grant Program, now in its eighth year, distributed $24,600, which included funding for the inaugural year of the Strings Program (see Special Projects). The GEF received four grant applications and three were awarded.
Fall 2016 to spring 2017
The GEF Community Grant Program distributed $ $29,818.97. The grants covered a variety of areas from an author visit and a butterfly garden to a set of standing desks and a MakerSpace. The GEF received 15 grant requests and awarded 11 grants.
The GEF Arts Endowment Grant Program, distributed $6,830, which included theater lighting, percussion and drumming programs and a music series. The GEF received five grant applications and four were awarded.
The Granby Education Foundation's Arts Endowment, through which the Foundation plans to make $10,000 available annually for funding high-quality arts events, has reached its goal of $200,000 in cash and pledges!
The GEF thanks those who supported this effort and continue to support the Foundation through donations, each ticket purchase, event attendance, and word of mouth endorsement!
In 2008, the GEF, working with the Connecticut Ballet, produced The Nutcracker, an enormous undertaking which gave 140 local children the opportunity to perform alongside professional dancers in this timeless classic. The 2009 Fall “Songwriter’s Showcase,” has now put the fundraising effort over its $200,000 goal.
The GEF Arts Endowment was launched in 2004 for the purpose of bringing quality arts programming to the Granby community. Raising $200,000 in a struggling economy proved difficult, but the GEF persevered by holding Arts fundraisers each year. Over the last six years, the GEF has hosted: Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin and Friends, the Miami String Quartet, the Connecticut Ballet, Cliff Eberhardt, the Freestyle Repertory Theatre, and the Theatre Division of the Hartt School.