A Natural State - Funding
A Natural State is funded by an Arts and Rural Community Assistance Project grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Forest Service. The purpose of these grants is to support arts-based rural community development projects that demonstrate:
- The arts as an economic development tool; e.g. tourism development, downtown revitalization, scenic byways, heritage areas, natural resource based cooperatives and nonprofit enterprises.
- The arts as a community development tool; e.g., use of the arts to address issues such as adult and youth education, leadership development, and civic entrepreneurship.
- The arts as part of a community's heritage; e.g.,community cultural planning, exhibitions, festivals that support civic stewardship for natural resources.