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A new grant program for Gwinnett County nonprofit arts groups affected by the Covid-19 pandemic has launched with the application process set to start next week.

The Gwinnett Creativity Fund will provide operating grants that range from $2,500 to $10,000, along with grants for specific projects that will range from $1,000 to $7,500. The $200,000 fund was created by Explore Gwinnett, the county’s tourism organization, with funding help from the Gwinnett County government.

Nonprofits that apply for the grants must be located within Gwinnett County and provide services there.

“This grant program has been in the works for quite a while and this is an ideal time to launch,” Lisa Anders, Explore Gwinnett’s executive director, said in a press release. “Arts organizations are hurting just like every other industry. This much-needed grant will give arts organizations a small infusion of capital to continue their arts-focused mission or to start a new, exciting project which positively serves both residents and visitors.”

Applications for general operating grants will be accepted May 11–22, with grants announced June 1. The fund will host virtual information sessions May 7–8. 

The project grant applications will be accepted between June 10 and July 15. Projects can be one-time events or a series of events. They must take place between August 1 and February 15, 2021.

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