Emergency Artists' Support League (EASL) Celebrates 20th Anniversary and Increases Grant Funding
In 2012 EASL celebrated 20 years of providing emergency grant funding to visual artists and visual arts professionals who live in a North Texas 10-county area (Collin, Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Parker, Johnson, Ellis, Kaufman, Wise, and Rockwall). Visual artists and visual arts professionals often live within narrow financial constraints, even in the best of times. A medical crisis, fire, or other emergency can result in a catastrophe. In response, artists and arts professionals joined together to found EASL in 1992. EASL is operated by a fully volunteer steering committee, allowing for maximum funds to be distributed.
Through its biannual fundraising events, in-kind donations and the support of regional artists, as of May-2013 EASL has been able to distribute over $376,000 in monetary grants thereby assisting 180 artists and arts professionals!
In a response to higher costs for healthcare and other emergency needs, in early 2013 EASL increased the calendar and maximum amounts of its grants. Each qualified grant applicant is now eligible for a lifetime maximum of $15,000 of EASL assistance, not to exceed $5,000 per calendar year. Calendar year and lifetime maximum assistance are not retroactive to previous grant recipients.
Visit the EASL website at www.easl.us for information about grant criteria and to download a grant application. Through the website you may also make a tax-deductible donation, subscribe to EASL’s mailing list, and/or contact EASL directly.
The E.A.S.L. FUND is a designated fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.(CFT), a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All grant payments are administered by CFT from the E.A.S.L. Fund held at CFT.
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