The National Endowment for the Arts announced yesterday that Heartland Film will receive a $20,000 grant to fund the 2015 Heartland Film Festival and related activities.
The NEA awarded a total of $26.6 million in grants to 919 non-profits across the country as part of its Art Works program, which aims to "support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts."
According to materials on the NEA's website, Art Works grants "generally" range from $10,000 to $100,000, with no grants awarded below $10,000 and grants of $100,000 or more "made only in rare instances."
“Today is an exceptional milestone in the 23-year history of Heartland Film,” said Heartland Film President Stuart Lowry in a news release. “We have made great strides in both the expansion of our year-round programming and diversity of artistic offerings, and this Art Works grant from the National Endowment of the Arts is a great indicator of what we have become and where we will continue to go. On behalf of Heartland Film and its board of directors, we are extremely thankful for this honor.”