Community First Arts Grants

MLR Awarded Grant for Local Arts

(February 15, 2022)

Mammoth Lakes Recreation (MLR) is pleased to announce they have been selected to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic.  Mammoth Lakes Recreation is receiving $150,000 and will use this funding to distribute grants in the community to eligible recipients to save jobs and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation. In total, the NEA will award grants totaling $20,200,000 to 66 local arts agencies nationwide for subgranting.

“The NEA’s significant investment in local arts agencies, including Mammoth Lakes Recreation, is a key element in helping the arts and culture sector recover and reopen, while ensuring that that American Rescue Plan funding is distributed equitably,” said Ann Eilers, NEA’s acting chair. “These grants recognize the vital role of local arts agencies and will allow them to help rebuild local economies and contribute to the well-being of our communities.”

“It is a great honor to receive this funding. Our local arts community has been hit so hard by the pandemic and all the challenges it has presented. We are thrilled about this opportunity” said Kim Anaclerio, Program Director for MLR.

MLR Board President Craig Albright added, “The work Kim has done securing this NEA grant is exactly the type of work that MLR was created for…securing State, Federal and Private dollars that fund and benefit the diverse Arts, Cultural and Recreational wants and needs of our Eastern Sierra communities. We are fortunate to have someone of Kim’s talent working on our community’s behalf.”

Applications are currently being accepted until March 10, 2022. Visit for more information and eligibility requirements, or email [email protected] The grant will be distributed in two cycles over the course of 2022 and 2023. $122,000 will go directly to subgrants to local arts and cultural organizations and $28,000 will go toward administration, regional promotion, and federal reporting.

This is the second of three installments of the NEA’s American Rescue Plan funding. Last April, the NEA announced that 40 percent of its $135 million in ARP funding would be allocated to 62 state, jurisdictional, and regional arts organizations for regranting through their respective programs. The third installment of APR funding to arts organizations to support their own operations will be announced in early 2022.

For more information on the NEA’s American Rescue Plan grants, including the full list of local arts agencies funded in this announcement, visit

About Mammoth Lakes Recreation

Formed in 2014, Mammoth Lakes Recreation’s mission is to deliver cutting edge sustainable recreation, mobility, and arts & culture opportunities and infrastructure for the benefit of the community and natural environment in the Eastern Sierra. For more information, go to



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