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AMD&ART: The Project, 1994 – 2005

AMD&ART: The Project, 1994 – 2005

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Beyond the project-specific funding listed in this Site Tour, there were several brave funders who stepped forward to provide the critical, basic project support that paid the heat, bought the stamps, funded our AmeriCorps and VISTA staff and interns, and so much more. These funders made possible the daily work of AMD&ART and many of our community engagement initiatives as well.

The goal for AMD&ART was to not only treat AMD through our treatment system but to re-create a town center for this small community, a focal point of energy and hope. With strong ongoing community involvement to create a recreation area and public art pieces that explore and honor community history, Vintondale has a place to celebrate its future. We hope we accomplished our own mission: Artfully Transforming Environmental Liabilities Into Community Assets.

Funding
Funding for this part of the Vintondale AMD&ART Remediation System came from the funding sources noted in the documents below.
    PCA Support for Arts, 1998 – 2004
  • 1998: PDF | Word
  • 1999 PDF | Word
  • 2000 PDF | Word
  • 2001 PDF | Word
  • 2002 PDF | Word
  • 2003 PDF | Word
  • 2004 PDF | Word

    All of these PCA grants were small, but they were awarded to AMD&ART as an institution, not a project. That meant money for overhead, which is always critical to survival. While the amounts of these grants were not as high as others, they represented PCA's steadfast support and recognition of our status as an institution.

  • Heinz Arts Grant, 1999 – 2000 PDF | Word

    Like only a few other grants, Heinz offers funds to help pay for some of the overhead costs — keeping the doors open and the staff warm — not just the cost of the specific project you propose. That helps a lot.

  • EPA Sustainable Development Grant, 1999 – 2001 PDF | Word

    This was the first big grant we received, a huge leap from small four-figure funding to a $250,000, three-year commitment from a big Federal agency. We learned later they actually gave us more than half of their entire regional allocation for Sustainable Development, a giant leap of faith that I think we honored fully. EPA's willingness to take a chance on a good idea was years in advance of other funding sources. Never underestimate the importance of an entrepreneurial Federal funding agency — this grant pulled us from oblivion to success, giving us the money we needed to sit at the table and start making deals!

    Disclaimer from EPA: EPA contracted with AMD&ART to provide the public with information on how to successfully leverage funds from a variety of organizations (i.e., private foundations, Federal agencies) for projects that promote environmental protection. This information includes examples of successful competitive applications and work plans that AMD&ART submitted to EPA for funding under the EPA Sustainable Development Grant in 1999 – 2001. PLEASE NOTE THAT EPA'S POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND SELECTION CRITERIA FOR COMPETITIVE ASSISTANCE AGREEMENTS HAVE CHANGED SUBSTANTIALLY SINCE AMD&ART SUBMITTED ITS SUCCESSFUL GRANT PROPOSAL. While reviewing AMD&ART grant proposals and work plans may provide you with useful information, please be aware that the Agency carefully evaluates each application and work plan on its own merits. There is no guarantee that your organization's proposal will be successful if it is modeled on AMD&ART's applications and work plans. Also, please be aware that EPA cannot endorse or otherwise assist your organization's efforts to obtain funds from private foundations, state, tribal or local government, and other Federal agencies. For EPA grant policies, regulations and guidance (as of February 2006) please visit www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/regulations.htm.

  • Community Foundation Operating Funds, 2000 – 2001 PDF | Word

    The local Community Foundation has been a growing partner for AMD&ART. It provided some initial funding, held the endowment from the PennDOT Wetlands purchase money for maintenance, and is now developing a planned-giving initiative for the recreation area of the AMD&ART Park.

  • Community Foundation Outreach Support, 2001 PDF | Word

    The local Community Foundation has been a growing partner for AMD&ART, providing some initial funding, holding the endowment from the PennDOT Wetlands purchase money for maintenance and now developing a planned giving initiative for the recreation area of the AMD&ART Park.

  • CVI Outreach Materials, 2001 PDF | Word

    The Canaan Valley Institute has a substantial presence in the watershed world in several states. They provided critical funding for newsletter printing and distribution and similar hard-to-fund support.

  • EPA Environmental Justice Grant, 2001 – 2004 PDF | Word

    This started in a different place, the Central City Brownfields project that AMD&ART initially wrote for Dark Shade Creek. It didn't work there, so we moved it to Vintondale and it supported a lot of the community outreach by our then-new OSM/VISTA.

    Disclaimer from EPA: EPA contracted with AMD&ART to provide the public with information on how to successfully leverage funds from a variety of organizations (i.e., private foundations, Federal agencies) for projects that promote environmental protection. This information includes examples of successful competitive applications and work plans that AMD&ART submitted to EPA for funding under the EPA Environmental Justice Grant in 2001. PLEASE NOTE THAT EPA'S POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND SELECTION CRITERIA FOR COMPETITIVE ASSISTANCE AGREEMENTS HAVE CHANGED SUBSTANTIALLY SINCE AMD&ART SUBMITTED ITS SUCCESSFUL GRANT PROPOSAL. While reviewing AMD&ART grant proposals and work plans may provide you with useful information, please be aware that the Agency carefully evaluates each application and work plan on its own merits. There is no guarantee that your organization's proposal will be successful if it is modeled on AMD&ART's applications and work plans. Also, please be aware that EPA cannot endorse or otherwise assist your organization's efforts to obtain funds from private foundations, state, tribal or local government, and other Federal agencies. For EPA grant policies, regulations and guidance (as of February 2006) please visit www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/regulations.htm.

  • Tides Foundation, Potrero Nuevo Fund, 2001 PDF | Word
  • Tides Foundation, Potrero Nuevo Fund, 2002 PDF | Word
  • Tides Foundation, Potrero Nuevo Fund, 2003 PDF | Word

    Potrero Nuevo is a small family foundation within the Tides Foundation that found Comp when he was in San Francisco on a Bridge Residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. It was the first time anyone ever called and said "we'd like to fund you." After Comp got up off the floor, he was in their offices immediately. This money made our AmeriCorps and VISTA staff and its growth possible — that's huge.

  • Compton Foundation Outreach Initiative 2003 PDF | Word

    Compton acted out of a genuine concern for not being able to "find the art." This allowed us to improve our web site and outreach materials. That, in turn, enabled us to get more public attention and other grants.

  • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Artists and Communities, 2003 PDF | Word

    Originally funded for one artist, it shifted to another when the first could not get a travel schedule that permitted the community contact required in the grant. It gave us the opportunity to add to the video footage of the project and the community.

  • Lounsbery Foundation, 2004 PDF | Word

    Another lucky break, this one from a former intern who was working with Lounsbery. Never underestimate the power of a happy intern!

  • Penn State Scholars in Residence, 2004 PDF | Word

    This small grant enabled us to have access to good minds in the humanities at Penn State.

  • Rockefeller PACT Grant, 2001-2005 PDF | Word

    Again, grants that allow an overhead enable you to survive. Without Rockefeller and the first big EPA Sustainable Development Grant, we just would not have made it.

Documents are available in PDF format, viewable in the free Adobe Reader, and in Microsoft® Word format.

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