To further its mission, 5TFA maintains a Community Grants Program to support fine and performing arts education, fine and performing arts events for the community, and projects or activities designed to
promote understanding of and appreciation for our local cultural heritage.
5TFA allocates well over fifty percent of annual proceeds from fundraising to the Community Grants Program. Grant proposals can be submitted by individuals, schools or organizations, and are reviewed on a regular basis in March and October of each year. Grant awards typically range from $250 to $750. Because 5TFA sometimes receives more requests than can be funded, partial funding is often awarded.

5TFA Funding Priorities
To further its mission, the 5TFA seeks Community Grants proposals that
expand the following in the five-town area:
- visual arts education for children, youth, seniors or underserved populations
- visual arts exhibits for the community
- music, dance and theater education for children, youth, seniors or underserved populations
- music, dance, theater and literary arts performances for the community
- public art projects
- special events for the community that commemorate or celebrate historical events or local cultural heritage
- mentorships in the fine and performing arts
Priority will be given to proposals that serve the maximum number of community members in the five-town area. In any given year, 5TFA will seek to fund a group of proposals that serves diverse populations and purposes. Some examples of projects funded are:
Mt Abraham Fall Musical: choreography and video
Robinson Elementary School 3-4 teachers: to bring local artists/illustrators into classrooms
New Haven Library - for the Swing Peepers to kick off their summer reading program
HUB- to refurbish their murals
Bristol Recreation Dept. - to help sponsor the summer cabaret series
Bristol Elementary School - for microphones for an annual after school drama program for 5th -6th graders
Gateway Players - for their summer production of a Midsummer Night's Dream

Instructions for Applying

Community Grant Application
Name of Applicant__________________________________________________________________
Contact information: e-mail__________________________________________________________
TITLE OF PROJECT___________________________________________________________________
Description of Project (1-2 sentences)____________________________________________________
Proposed start/end dates______________________________________________________________
Target Population____________________________________________________________________
Estimated numbers to be served________________________________________________________
Intended Outcomes (1-2 sentences linked to the Friends of the Arts Mission) _____________________
Amount Requested __________________________________________________________________
Include a 2-4 page (maximum) narrative describing the project and includes the following: whether this is a new, expanded or improved project; specific action steps and timeline related to the project; an overall budget and specific funding request to Friends of the Arts, including other sources of funding and indicating whether funds are already secured or being sought; a brief statement explaining how you will determine the success of the project.
Remember, if granted funding, you have a commitment to provide us with the results, including pictures (with release forms where applicable).


For consideration in March, submit proposals by March 15.
For consideration in October, submit proposals by October 15.

Mail three copies of your proposal to:

Community Grants Program
25 Main Street
Bristol, VT 05443

Direct any questions about submitting a proposal to:

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