Grant program seeks applicants for arts and culture projects

“We recognize the challenge many organizations face who do not have a professional grant writer on staff,” said Culture Works president and CEO Lisa Hanson, in a release. “We want to remove funding barriers for the many emerging organizations that are creating amazing arts experiences in our community, and we’re grateful to have such a strong and dedicated partner supporting these efforts in Montgomery County.”

Organizations interested in applying are encouraged to attend a free virtual info session at noon Wednesday, Feb. 9. Details about the session in addition to the full grant guidelines can be viewed at cultureworks.org.

To apply for a Special Projects Grant:

  • Applicants are encouraged to attend a free, virtual grant information session at noon Wednesday, Feb. 9. Details and a link to register will be posted at cultureworks.org.
  • All organizations must submit an online Intent to Apply form by Friday, March 4 indicating the proposed activities, the amount requested, and their nonprofit status. The form will be available at cultureworks.org starting Wednesday, Feb. 9. Culture Works and the MCACD will review all Intent to Apply forms for eligibility.
  • Eligible organizations will receive an invitation in March to complete the online grant application. The deadline for submission will be Wednesday, April 27.

An independent panel of arts administrators, artists and other community leaders will review applications and evaluate each proposed project’s artistic quality and community impact, as well as the administrative capability of the applicant organization. Funding decisions will be made during a virtual public panel meeting in late June.

Full eligibility requirements, guidelines and the Intent to Apply form for the Special Projects Grant program will be shared at cultureworks.org under the Apply For Funding tab.

For more information about grant opportunities available through Culture Works, visit cultureworks.org or contact grants manager Karen Maner by email at [email protected]

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Last year’s Special Projects Grant recipients were:

African American Visual Artists Guild: Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

Bach Society of Dayton: Renewed – A Celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar

City of Vandalia: Vandalia Mural Project

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Imprisoned lottery laptop tech seeks to overturn sentence

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A gentleman serving a 25-12 months prison sentence for conspiracy to commit theft by rigging personal computers to win jackpots for himself, buddies and family is suing the point out of Iowa, boasting he was pressured 4 yrs ago to plead guilty to crimes he did not dedicate.

Eddie Tipton filed paperwork starting the lawsuit from prison in Clarinda, Iowa, in January 2020. He would like the court to halt all restitution he’s been purchased to pay until finally a trial is held, in the course of which he mentioned he will current paperwork and other proof to persuade the court docket to reverse his sentence.

“The sentence is cruel and uncommon mainly because it has been applied to an truly innocent person merely to see that he is charged with a criminal offense,” he explained in court documents.

The condition past week questioned that the lawsuit be dismissed. A listening to will be held Nov. 14 to look at placing a new trial day.

Tipton labored at an Urbandale, Iowa, firm that furnished random range drawing computer systems to several lottery states. Investigators said he put in code on lottery personal computers that authorized him to predict the successful figures on a few times of the calendar year.

Tipton, at his 2017 Iowa sentencing listening to, explained to the judge he “wrote software program that bundled code that allowed me to have an understanding of or technically forecast winning numbers, and I gave these quantities to other men and women who then won the lottery and shared the winnings with me.”

Tipton acknowledged a plea arrangement and was requested to repay $2 million in unwell-gotten winnings from lotteries in Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma. An Iowa jury also convicted him of making an attempt to acquire $16.5 million from a rigged Iowa lottery video game in December 2010, but the Iowa Supreme Court docket in 2017 overruled the decision, indicating the state took much too very long to prosecute him.

Tipton, who has been in prison given that August 2017, now promises he

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