GRANT & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
This calendar is designed to provide helpful information on foundation, corporate, and government funding opportunities for individual choreographers and dance organizations. The information is arranged in chronological order according to application deadline date. Note – many funders accept applications on a rolling basis with no firm deadline date. Because funding information constantly changes, we strongly urge you to contact funder websites and offices to receive the latest information on application policies, procedures, and deadlines before submitting a proposal for support.
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September 7, 2016
USArtists International supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. September 7, 2016 deadline is for projects taking place between December 15, 2016 and December 14, 2017. Certification Sheets due by September 14, 2016.
September 12, 2016
NEA Our Town Grant for Organizations
Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas – Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000. Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.
September 19, 2016
Princeton Arts Fellowships
Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is accepting applications for its 2017-19 Princeton Arts Fellowships. Fellowships will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching. Applicants should be early-career poets, novelists, choreographers, playwrights, designers, performers, directors, filmmakers, composers, and performance artists who would find it beneficial to spend two years teaching and working in an artistically vibrant university community.
September 29, 2016 (LOI)
Doris Duke Foundation – Building Bridges 2016-17 Grant
The Building Bridges 2016-17 Grants Program will support planning and implementation of programs or projects that engage U.S.-based Muslim and non-Muslim populations in arts and culture experiences that advance relationships and understanding. Through this approach, the program’s larger aim is to contribute toward a more just civil society and greater well-being among people.
September 30, 2016
Philadelphia Cultural Fund – 2017 Art & Culture Grant Program
The Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) was established in 1991 when Philadelphia’s Mayor and City Council authorized the creation of a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation whose mission was to provide funds to enhance the cultural life and vitality of the City of Philadelphia and its residents. The Fund promotes arts and culture as engines of social, educational and economic development in the Philadelphia region. Grants are made from a City budget allocation to the Cultural Fund for operating support of Philadelphia-based arts and culture organizations dedicated to creating, preserving and/or exhibiting visual, literary and performing arts, architecture, science, history and the humanities. Grant amounts are determined through the use of a funding formula. Applicants do not request a specific grant amount.
October 11, 2016
National Dance Project Touring Award
NDP Touring Awards support U.S. tours of dance works by national and international artists with up to $35,000 in subsidy reserved for each project’s tour through NDP Presentation Grants.
October 28, 2016
International Travel Grants for U.S. Performing Arts Presenters
Association of Performing Arts Presenters: Cultural Exchange Fund
The Cultural Exchange Fund, an initiative of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, is a travel subsidy program that assists U.S.-based presenters in building partnerships with international touring artists, companies, and their collaborators. The focus of the program is on increasing presenters’ knowledge of international performing artists based outside the U.S. and the cultural context for these artists’ work. In promoting cross-cultural arts programming, travel to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East is strongly encouraged. The maximum amount awarded per individual organization or artist is $2,000. Group travel subsidies of three or more presenters are also available, with a maximum award of $10,000. All applicants must be members of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. The final application deadline for the 2015-2017 funding cycle is October 28, 2016. Applications must be submitted online through the Association of Performing Arts Presenters website.
October 31, 2016
Performing Arts Japan
PAJ touring and collaboration grants for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. This program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences.
December 1, 2016
USArtists International supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. December 1, 2016 is the deadline for projects taking place between March 15, 2017 and March 14, 2018. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 8, 2016.
April 5, 2017
USArtists International supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. April 5, 2017 is the deadline for projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 12, 2017.
ON GOING GRANTS & FUNDING SOURCES
In-Kind Advertising Support for U.S. and International Nonprofits
Google Ad Grants
The Google Ad Grants program supports nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and overseas that help to make the world a better place. Google Ad Grants is a unique in-kind advertising program that harnesses the power of the company’s flagship advertising product, Google AdWords. Through the program, selected organizations receive $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords advertising to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com. The program has awarded AdWords advertising to a wide range of nonprofit organizations whose missions range from animal welfare to literacy, and from supporting homeless children to promoting HIV education. Online applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Google website for program details.
Support for Entrepreneurial Programs for Artists
Surdna Foundation: Artists and Economic Development
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Thriving Cultures program is based on a belief that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents. Through the Artists and Economic Development funding area, the Foundation supports efforts that provide artists with business training and financial resources that enable them to be, and create, valuable economic assets for their communities. The focus is on nonprofit organizations that operate business and entrepreneurship training programs for artists and cultural organizations, provide financing to artists and artist-centered enterprises, and offer arts and culture-based programs and services that directly engage and support the people who live and work in the area as a strategy for equitable economic development. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Artists and Economic Development funding area.
Support for the Integration of Arts into Urban Revitalization
The Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program
The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program is offering a grant opportunity for organizations integrating arts and culture into urban community revitalization work. Through the program’s Harvesting Leading Practices focus area, the Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that employ strategic, integrated approaches to infuse arts and culture in urban revitalization, advance opportunity and improve the conditions of underserved and marginalized populations, and strengthen the fabric within neighborhoods. The focus is on initiatives that embed arts and culture in cross-sector and cross-disciplinary efforts designed to foster the well-being of low-income residents, enhance the built environment, and address social, cultural, and economic barriers to opportunity. Examples include projects related to transit-oriented development, affordable housing projects, and open, green public spaces. Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis through 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.
Funds for Organizations in Bank Communities on the Eastern Seaboard
TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations in the communities served by TD Bank in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families, and businesses in all the communities where the bank operates. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, education and financial literacy, and the environment. Applications are reviewed quarterly; the specific deadlines vary by location. More information about the Foundation, including an online grant application, is available on the bank’s website.
Funds for Local Programs in Bank Communities
Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program
Wells Fargo is committed to improving the bank’s local communities across the country through grants and volunteer activities. The funding priorities of the Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program vary from state to state; however, the bank generally supports the following areas of interest: community development, including affordable housing, workforce development, financial literacy, and economic development; education, including K-12 and higher education; human services, including healthcare and basic needs; and arts, culture, and civic projects. Visit the website listed above and click on a state in order to review the local funding guidelines and application procedures.
The Saudi American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants program
provides funding for cultural exchange programs between Saudi Arabian and American non-governmental and community organizations. Funds are offered to expand the diversity of activities in the U.S.-Saudi partnership and develop the next generation of leaders to support mutual understanding and respect through long-term partnership and cooperation between the two countries. Proposals are reviewed on a monthly basis.
High Impact Regional and National Projects Supported
The Fidelity Foundation, the charitable arm of Fidelity Investments, supports projects initiated by regional or national nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. High impact projects with potential to inform or influence the nonprofit sector are of particular interest. The Foundation’s primary areas of interest include arts and culture, community development, and social services. The Foundation seeks to work with organizations on strategic, transformative projects intended to substantially increase the grantee’s impact, efficiency, or long-term sustainability. Grants are generally made only to organizations with operating budgets of $500,000 or more. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the guidelines and selection criteria.
Programs in Company Communities Funded
Autodesk Charitable Giving Program
The Autodesk Charitable Giving Program supports nonprofit organizations worldwide, with emphasis on communities where company employees live and work. Autodesk’s areas of interest include arts and culture, education and technology, environment and sustainability, and health and human services. Financial grants generally range from $1,000 to $5,000. In addition to financial contributions, Autodesk offers assistance to qualifying nonprofit organizations through in-kind gifts and volunteerism. Requests may be submitted at any time. Visit the company’s website for online application information.
Bank of America Local Grants
Bank of America’s local grant making activities can — and do — vary, depending on what your local community needs. Our local market presidents and their teams develop relationships with other community leaders to determine the best use of philanthropic dollars in each community. Open to 501 C 3 organizations only. Must be in local community served by bank branch.
Exelon Corporate Grants Enhance Communities in Pennsylvania
Exelon Corporate Contribution Program
The Exelon Corporate Contribution Program strives to improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in the company’s service territory in northern Illinois and southeastern Pennsylvania. The company provides grants to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a proven track record in addressing key community needs. Funding priorities include education, the environment, arts and culture, and neighborhood development. Program, event, and sponsorship support are provided. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the company’s website for more information on each of the grant categories and the grant application process.
ADDITIONAL GRANT RESOURCES & FUNDS
Delaware Valley Grantmakers
Ellen Forman Memorial Award
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP) Rockefeller Foundation
PA Council on the Arts
PA Humanites Council
Pew Fellowship in the Arts
Philadelphia Cultural Fund
National Dance Projects
National Endowment for the Arts
Project Stream (formerly 5 County Fund)
Princess Grace Foundation