In Saturday’s (4/4) Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Tim Feran reports, “The Columbus Foundation announced yesterday that it is awarding grants totaling $2.6 million to central Ohio arts organizations and nonprofit organizations that address emergency needs. Columbus arts organizations will receive $1.1 million in grants; groups addressing basic needs such as food and shelter will receive $1.5 million. The amount awarded to arts groups is almost exactly the same as was given in 2008. Support for the arts is crucial in these difficult economic times, said Douglas F. Kridler, president and chief executive officer of the Columbus Foundation. … The foundation will award $25,000 each quarter to the Columbus Symphony—dependent on the financially troubled orchestra being given a bill of clean financial health every three months. Among arts organizations receiving money, the orchestra is the only one that will receive money on a quarterly basis rather than as a lump sum.”

Posted April 7, 2009