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California Arts Council

The California Arts Council awarded the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference a Creating Public Value grant in 2008-09 and 2011-12. The earlier grant funded honoraria for visiting authors, fellowships for high school students and writers in need, and marketing the conference in order to broaden public access.

The current grant is to support community outreach, including workshops and events for at-risk teens, seniors and other community groups.

The CAC defines public value as making a positive contribution to the individual and collective lives of all Californians through the arts. The California Arts Council, a state agency, receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


Community Foundation of Mendocino County

In 2009 MCWC received its second grant from the Arts for Our Future program at the Community Foundation of Mendocino County. The $18,500 award helped MCWC become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, strengthen the board through collaborative training with the Mendocino Film Festival, and increases our visibility through collaboration with youth service organizations and the California Poets in the Community.

In 2007, MCWC was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Arts for Our Future program at the Community Foundation of Mendocino County for a jumpstart program to build national recognition of the conference.

The Community Foundation's Arts for Our Future program is made possible through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, with a mutual recognition that the arts can be a powerful force in bringing communities together and in engendering economic activity.


Poets & Writers. Inc.

Poets & Writers, Inc., through its Readings/Workshops program, helps fund summer conference events that are open to the general public.





"The Mendocino Coast Writers Conference is a good example of an organization that is thinking big and looking to build a national reputation." —Susanne Norgard
Executive Director,
Community Foundation of Mendocino County







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