Coupeville Festival Association to award community grants Dec. 2

Thanks to a well-attended summer festival, tens of thousands of dollars will be awarded next month in the form of grants.

The Coupeville Festival Association is awarding 15 grants totaling $30,000. Those grants will be awarded during an event scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2 at the Whidbey General Hospital conference room.

The Coupeville Festival Association, which operates the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, awards grants each year based on whether a project promotes quality handcrafts and the arts; ensures the cultural enrichment of residents living within the 98239 area code; and beautifies and preserves the unique historic qualities of Coupeville, according to the grant application.

The association received 21 applications and, of that number, 15 will receive awards, said Mary Lou Chandler, secretary of the Coupeville Festival Association.

The award-winners were notified that they were receiving money, but were not told how much.

Chandler said the applications that didn’t receive money were worthy causes, but didn’t meet the grant requirements.

Grants are funded by the fees the 220 or so artists and craftspeople pay for a booth at the two-day festival that occurs in early August, Chandler said.

Once all of the costs for the festival are paid, the remaining proceeds are doled out in the form of community grants and student scholarships.

Those scholarships were awarded in May  2013.

Katelyn Wynn earned the “Mary Jo Eisenmann Scholarship;” Daniel Savalza earned the “Ken Jampsa memorial Scholarship;” and Kelsey Miranda earned the “Linda Lee Martens Memorial Scholarship.”

Including the 2013 grant winners, the Coupeville Festival Association has awarded more that $750,000 to community projects in the event’s 49-year history.




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