[Correction: The Acadiana Symphony and Festivals Acadiens et Creoles received line-item funding in the 2012-2013 budget. The ASO is receiving $15,000 and the festival gets $7,500, according to Samantha Hoffpauir, who administers the External Agencies Funding Program. Because those organizations chose line-item funding they were not eligible for the competitive grant process. IND Monthly regrets the error.]
The City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would dole out more than $253,000 to external groups — roughly $204,000 to social service agencies and about $49,000 to arts/culture groups. The groups, ranging from a small theater company and the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana to the Lafayette Catholic Service Center and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, had requested more than $711,000 in funding for operational costs, special programming and other initiatives.
The allocations were chosen by respective review panels at the Acadiana Center for the Arts and LCG’s Community Development Department, and a review of the funding requests and what the panels ultimately recommended reveal some surprising losers in the cash quest. Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, for example, had requested $10,000 to help defray operational costs but receives no funding under the AcA panel’s recommendation. The same is true for the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music: $10K requested, no funding granted.
To read the resolution and see the full list of funding recommendations, click here.
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