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Williamsburg Area Arts Commission to Offer Advice to Arts Organizations for Securing Funding

The Williamsburg Area Arts Commission is hosting a fall forum to help others obtain grants (Photo by fauxels from Pexels)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Area Arts Commission (WAAC) is seeking representatives from arts organizations to attend an annual event that could help them secure funding for their endeavors.

The WAAC’s fall forum will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21st from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. according to a press release from the City of Williamsburg. The event, titled “Shaking the Money Tree: Grants and How to Get ‘Em,” will be held virtually.

The focus of the event will be to guiding arts organizations through securing sources of funding. This includes creating proposals, making funding plans, and adopting leadership methods that improve funding options.

Speakers include Thomas Phelps, who previously served with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Robin Phillips, who is a grant writer. Both Phelps and Phillips are currently WAAC members.

“We are pleased to offer a program that will extend beyond proposal writing to include specific sources for potential support for arts organizations,” said Patricia Rublein, WAAC’s chair. “With years of experience, Tom Phelps is able to provide strategies of matching projects to specific funds. We expect this will be a beneficial time for Development officers.”

The forum is free to attend, and registration can be completed online.

According to its website, WAAC’s primary focus is to help Williamsburg’s City Council and James City County’s Board of Supervisors support the arts and develop cultural amenities for the benefit of residents and visitors.

WAAC’s Fiscal Year 2023 grant application is also available online.

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