The Cultural Alliance of York County launched its annual appeal for funds during an event at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York City Wednesday night.

All told, the organization that provides funding for arts projects throughout the county has a goal to raise more than $1 million -- $820,000 cash and $225,000 in in-kind services -- this year.

So far this year, $320,000 has been raised, said Dave Kennedy, an alliance board member.

In 2013, the alliance provided $535,000 to eight partner agencies. The amounts given out to each ranged from $262,400 to the Strand-Capitol to $4,079 to the York Youth Symphony Orchestra.

"Piece by piece, project by project ... we are creating community," Kennedy said.

Since 2000, the campaign has granted $7.5 million cash and more than $2 million in-kind support throughout the county.

The 2014 campaign ends March 31.

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