The Galva Arts Council is a step closer to winning $25,000 in matching funds from the Levitt Foundation for the second straight year.

The Galva Arts Council is a step closer to winning $25,000 in matching funds from the Levitt Foundation for the second straight year.

Galva’s proposal finished fifth — according to the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series Facebook page —  in the public voting portion of the grant process, and is now among 25 finalists competing for the 15 Levitt AMP matching grants.

Galva was among the winners last year and hosted a 10-week summer music series in Wiley Park that featured a diverse group of musicians and musical genres.

The winners for the 2019 matching funds will be announced on Dec. 18.

Illinois cities joining Galva as finalists in the competition are Aurora, Carbondale and Springfield.

Rounding out the finalists are Ashland, Ky.; Berea, Ky.; Boise, Idaho; Carson City, Nev.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Cleveland, Miss.; Earlham, Iowa; Elmira, N.Y.; Gadsden, Ala.; Green Bay, Wis.; Harlan, Ky.; New London, Conn.; Ocala, Fla.; Port St. Lucie, Fla.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Soldotna, Ark.; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; Stevens Point, Wis.; Utica, N.Y.; Whitesburg, Ky.; and Woonsocket, R.I.

Each year, the Levitt Foundation awards $25,000 matching grants to up to 15 U.S.-based nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns.

Galva’s proposal — along with the 24 other finalists — can be read online at grant.levittamp.org.

“The 2018 Levitt AMP Galva Music Series had a tremendous positive impact, bringing live music to over 7,000 people, many for the first time, engaging 75 volunteers, and engaging 18 non-profit organizations,” read the proposal submitted by the Arts Council for the 2019 grant. “GAC feels very strongly about making this an annual concert series.”

“In 2019, GAC is planning to build upon the momentum created this year, involving more people, organizations and businesses.”

Galva, Berea, Carson City, Chattanooga, Ocala, Santa Fe, St. Johnsbury, Stevens Point, Utica, Whitesburg and Woonsocket are hoping to become repeat winners in the grant competition.