One of the ways that BFAL supports the arts in the Des Moines County area is through funding of art -related projects created by cultural organizations, civic groups, schools, etc. This is done both on an annual basis with February application forms for Major Projects due and throughout the year at monthly meetings for Special Projects.

Emphasis on project funding is to serve as many youths and adults as possible with educational opportunities in the arts. Some examples of past projects include: artists’ residencies in schools, a printed community calendar of cultural events, a performance by puppeteers, and heritage celebration events. Capital improvement projects have a low priority.  Digital photos are requested for all projects funded.

Major Projects

Advance planning for Major grants is recommended so that adequate financial and project information can be submitted. This might include: a budget showing that applicant is also contributing to the activity (applicants should not rely solely on BFAL for funding); information about the artist; example of past similar program, number of people impacted, etc.  Please review the Guidelines for Major Projects below and download the application form. Deadline for Major Project applications are due the third Thursday of February.

BFAL Major Projects Guidelines

BFAL Major Projects Application

Special Projects

The Special Projects grant is generally to respond to opportunities or needs that may arise during the year that need a little boost to be accomplished. These activities still should meet the same general project criteria. Special project applications may apply to groups or an individual’s education and enrichment in the arts. A simple letter of request should be submitted in advance of the BFAL monthly meeting during the months of September — May.
 

BFAL Special Projects Guidelines

BFAL Special Projects Request Example

Since money disbursed annually is raised by the GALA fundraiser, there is a finite amount allocated each year. Major Grants are approved by May. Special Projects are funded throughout the year as long as funds are available.

For more details please contact:
contact@burlingtonfineartsleague.com
BFAL Projects Committee Chair, Box 243, Burlington, IA 52601

 

Past Major  & Special Project Recipients:

From the monies raised at GALA, 60% gets allocated in the form of grants to local organizations that support the arts in our area.

ART CENTER OF BURLINGTON ART GUILD OF BURLINGTON
BEL CANTO CHORALE BLACKHAWK ELEMENTARY
BURLINGTON CAPITOL THEATER BURLINGTON CIVIC MUSIC
BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BURLINGTON MUNICIPAL BAND
BURLINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY BURLINGTON STEAMBOAT DAYS
BURLINGTON YMCA/YWCA DES MOINES COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
EDWARD STONE  MIDDLE SCHOOL GREAT RIVER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
HOPE HAVEN JAMES MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL
NORTH HILL ELEMENTARY NOTRE DAME
PLAYERS WORKSHOP SOUTHEAST IOWA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
SOUTHEASTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE STARRS CAVE NATURE CENTER
SUNNYSIDE ELEMENTARY WEST BURLINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
YMCA/YWCA FALL THEATRE WORKSHOP YOUNG HOUSE FAMILY SERVICES