Albany unveils special fund to support the arts

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Funding for the arts in the city of Albany is taking a new turn on Thursday.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan unveiled a special fund that will be used to support everything from parades to concerts to educational events.

Sheehan announced the formation of the Capital City Fund. It is privately supported by donations and a committee of four people will look at applications and decide who gets a grant to support whatever it is they want to do.

The seed money to get it started is $80,000, and the city already announced that $23,000 will be awarded to support the veterans and Memorial Day parades.

“Those, again, are events for the entire Capital Region, all of our vets,” Sheehan said. “And, so, I think it’s just so important that we send that message out that it shouldn’t just be the taxpayers of the city of Albany who fund important events commemorating and celebrating our veterans. That’s really something that all of us can do.”

Contact the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region to help with the Albany Fund. The mayor said the grants will be $5,000 or less.

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