A sense of place is central to the Icicle Fund’s mission, as is the belief that fundamental ties to the land and the communities we live in are nurtured through artistic expression and imagination, an understanding of our past, and experience in and love for our natural landscapes and wildlife. The three areas in which the Icicle Fund awards grants are Arts, Cultural and Natural History, and Environment. The Fund is especially interested in projects that integrate two or more of these areas.

Grants in the Arts have gone to organizations that have started a new cooperative artists gallery, staged an annual fiddlers’ contest, and that serve as a coordinating and promoting entities for artists in the area. Large capital projects, like the purchase of a new acoustical shell for a performing arts center and the construction of a new music and arts center for the local college, and small ones, such as the remodel of a classroom or the purchase of new office equipment, have also been supported. Finally, a large number of capacity building awards have, among other things, helped arts organizations upgrade ticketing systems, develop marketing plans and reach out to new audiences.