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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February 26, 2016
Support for National Infrastructure Initiatives in the Performing Arts – LOI due
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Fund for National Projects
The Fund for National Projects, an initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, or theatre fields. In addition, the Fund works to improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in the targeted fields. Grants of $60,000 to $200,000 are provided for projects that engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field. Examples of eligible projects include research initiatives assessing the national health of arts groups or of individual artists, national convenings for performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences), and special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field. Projects by single performing arts entities are not supported. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is February 26, 2016. Visit the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s website for program details.
March 1, 2016
Creative Work Fund
Creative Work Fund provides $10,000-$40,000 grants to performing artists or visual artists creating new work through collaborations with nonprofit organizations. The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations.
March 1, 2016
National Dance Project: Production Grants
The National Dance Project (NDP), administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts, fuels the creation of new dance works and brings the work of the most compelling dance artists of our time to audiences across the nation. NDP’s Production Grants fund the creation of new dance work that will tour nationally. The program provides a package of support that includes up to $45,000 towards the creation of a new work, approximately $10,000 in general operating support, and up to $35,000 distributed as NDP Presentation Grants to help subsidize artist fees and travel expenses to U.S. nonprofit organizations who present the new work on tour. Grants are highly competitive and are awarded to approximately 18 dance projects each year. Eligible projects should involve a creative and dynamic partnership with one or more U.S. presenter partners in the development of the work. The upcoming inquiry application deadline is March 1, 2016; invited full proposals are due June 3, 2016. Visit the New England Foundation for the Arts website to review the funding criteria and access the application forms.
March 2, 2016
Art Place America – National Creative Placemaking Fund
The National Creative Placemaking Fund invests in planning and development projects where arts and culture play a central role. ArtPlace actively seeks to build a portfolio of funded projects that is a microcosm of the varied creative placemaking strategies used across the United States through this program. Since 2011, the National Creative Placemaking Fund has invested in 227 projects across 152 communities of all sizes in 43 states and the District of Columbia.
March 18, 2016
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: ArtsCONNECT
The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation works to increase access to arts and culture in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Foundation’s ArtsCONNECT program supports collaborations among presenters across the Mid-Atlantic region to facilitate tours of artists involving all performing arts disciplines, including dance, music, theater, and folk/traditional arts. The program is dedicated to bringing artists of the highest quality to underserved audiences throughout the region and encouraging engagements that feature meaningful exchanges between artists, audiences, and their communities. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $10,000. The application deadline is March 18, 2016, for projects taking place between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the ArtsCONNECT application guidelines.
April 14, 2016
NEA Challenge America Grant
Through the Challenge America grants program, NEA will award grants of $10,000 to professional projects that have a $10,000 match from an outside funder. Applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside the arts, as appropriate to their project.
April 15, 2016
USArtists International (USAI) supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals.
April 30, 2016
Princess Grace Foundation
Scholarships and fellowships are available through a nomination process for individuals affiliated with non-profit schools and dance companies. Nominations for dance performance grants are invited from the Artistic Directors of dance companies and Deans or Department Chairs of professional schools in dance. Please note, self-nominations by an artist are not accepted; an organization or school may submit only one nominee per category.
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.
ON GOING GRANTS & FUNDING SOURCES
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.
In-Kind Advertising Support for Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide
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.
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