Because the arts bring communities to life.
With $160K of support from ECCF’s Creative County Initiative, the Essex County Creative Nonprofit Resiliency Grant Program succeeded in helping forty-seven creative nonprofits weather the early economic devastation of COVID-19, and the CCI creative network continues to grow and strengthen as a result. The Essex County Artist Fund remains open for individual artists economically affected by COVID-19.
Non-Profit: The Community House – Hamilton
Learn more: communityhouse.org
Mission: The Community House is dedicated to enrichment through arts and events that promote togetherness and strengthen the community.
Support for economically and socially vulnerable populations: Through a combination of affordable pricing, scholarships, and targeted programs, TCH serves all households in our community—including economically and socially vulnerable populations. The Community House hosts free events throughout the year that are open to the public. Community members look forward to the Annual Block Party, Community Carol Sing-Along and Tree Lighting, Summer Concert series and many other free programs. These events are hosted in locations accessible to walkers, bikers, and commuter rail riders. TCH programs with participation fees are priced affordably, and scholarship funds are made available to households that need assistance. Over the last two or three years, we have seen an increase in requests for scholarship funding. At this juncture, we provide scholarships for 10-15% of our program participants, however, we anticipate that the need for financial assistance due to COVID-19 will increase exponentially. The Community House never turns students or program participants away due to a lack of funds. Our theater programming, which generates crucial operating income for the organization through high-quality productions, is priced to be affordable for both actors and audience members. For the past twelve years, we have offered local community theater through Stage 284, an in-house company. The ticket prices are set at $18-$22, making our shows an especially affordable option for patrons of live theater. The Community House also offers scholarships for young people who want to participate as actors. For both The Secret Garden and Frozen Jr. we provided more than $1,500 in scholarships for ten children. Even before COVID-19, the demand for scholarships was so high that we started a fundraising campaign to support this need. Currently TCH is already receiving many inquiries about scholarships for post COVID-19.
Learn more about the Essex County Community Foundation