Out of the round of additional funding
announced today, 52 grants, worth a combined amount of $451,790, were
awarded to organizations that normally receive funding for their fairs
and festivals through Preservation WV Grants. Ten grants, worth a
combined amount of $688,220, were awarded to individual arts line items
that were included in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. And two grants, worth
a combined amount of $4,000, were awarded to a pair of additional
festivals in Bluefield.
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the full list of organizations receiving funding
On top of the amount announced today, Gov. Justice also awarded more than
$1.5 million last week to 330 fairs and festivals
across the state.
Over the course of the past two weeks, Gov. Justice has provided a total
of $2,710,398 to support nearly 400 fairs, festivals, and similar events
throughout West Virginia.
“Basically what we’re doing is doubling-down to ensure that these great
organizations and events can survive,” Gov. Justice said. “All the
goodness they deliver to us, all the time, is incredible. The economic
impact and the impact on tourism is amazing.
“I think West Virginians, all of us, should be so proud of who we are and
market that to the world,” Gov. Justice continued. “We’re beginning to do
that and it is really changing the way the world looks at us. We’re
becoming the diamond in the rough that they think they’ve all missed. Now
they all want to come.”