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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April 18, 2014
Support for Artists’ Participation at International Festivals
USArtists International, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that American artists can enhance their creative and professional development through participation at important international festivals. Support is available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists that have been invited to perform at significant international festivals anywhere in the world outside of the United States and its territories. Grants, which generally range from $1,000 to $10,000, will seldom cover the applicant’s total expenses. The upcoming application deadlines are December 6, 2013, and April 18, 2014. Eligibility details and application guidelines are available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website.
April 30, 2014
Support for Arts Education and Reading Programs
Target Store Education Grants
Target Store Education Grants support nonprofit organizations in the communities where the company’s stores are located. (There are currently stores in every state with the exception of Vermont.) Arts, Culture, and Design in Schools grants support programs that enhance students’ classroom curriculum by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist in residency programs, and workshops in schools. Early Childhood Reading grants support programs that foster a love of reading and encourage young children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Grants of $2,000 are provided in both categories. Online applications will be accepted through April 30, 2014. Funding guidelines are available on the company’s website.
April 30, 2014
Princess Grace Awards
National in scope, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.
May 1, 2014
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Organizations with activities in dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts that provide opportunities for artists to present their work or offer artists professional services may apply to FCA for assistance. Grants of not more than $5,000 are awarded annually. Grants are made for specific project or general operating support.
May 1, 2014
Arab Fund For Arts & Culture
AFAC’s performing arts funding is open to classical and experimental theatre and dance performances across the Arab region. AFAC provides annual grants ranging from a few thousand U.S. dollars up to a maximum of fifty thousand U.S. dollars. The average grant is about twenty thousand dollars.
May 1, 2014
Trust For Mutual Understanding Initial Inquiry
The Trust for Mutual Understanding awards grants to American nonprofit organizations to support the international travel component of cultural and environmental exchanges conducted in partnership with institutions and individuals in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. Priority consideration is given to projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration; that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation; and/or that respond to social contexts and engage local communities.
May 5, 2014
Guest Theater Artists at U.S. Colleges Supported
Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation: Guest Artist Initiative Program
The Guest Artist Initiative Program, an initiative of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, funds the hiring of professional stage directors and choreographers to helm theater productions at universities and colleges across the country. American colleges and universities are eligible to apply for matching funds of up to $5,000 to support the guest artist fee for a director or choreographer for a specific project. This year the Foundation will provide up to $6,000 to be shared by at least two schools. The application deadline is May 5, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application guidelines and form.
May 8, 2014
Program Funds Arts in Underserved Communities
National Endowment for the Arts
The Challenge America Fast-Track program supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. The application deadline is May 8, 2014.
May 15, 2014
Leeway Transformation Award
The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists living in the Delaware Valley region who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work.
May 15, 2014
Samuel Fels Fund
Since Fels has a small budget–approximately $2 million in the next few years–we could not possibly provide ongoing operating support to hundreds of organizations. Instead, we try to make grants at critical junctures. Critical junctures are points in an organization’s life when there is a need to change methodologies. This could mean growing, shrinking, trying a new type of programming, experimenting with staffing, piloting a project that might support itself eventually, opening a satellite, seeking new accreditation, retraining staff or board or rethinking the physical plant. We prefer to make grants on a modest scale, but to try to have a maximum impact on institutions and service patterns in Philadelphia. Grants at Fels range in size from $3,000 to $30,000. Occasionally, we make a larger grant in an exceptional situation.
May 30, 2014
Targeted Support for Performing Arts Organizations
EmcArts: The Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts
The Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, administered by EmcArts and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, helps U.S.-based performing arts organizations incubate and test innovative strategies to address major adaptive challenges. The Lab is a 16-month program that provides individual coaching, group facilitation, an intensive retreat, and extended support systems tailored to the needs of each organization. In addition, organizations receive a Post-Intensive Support Grant of $30,000 toward project prototyping, plus $9,000 in unrestricted operating support. Nonprofit producing and presenting organizations in theater, dance, and jazz are eligible to apply. (The Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies is open to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that provide services in support of the ongoing development of an arts discipline, a particular area of arts activities, and/or its organizations and practitioners. Applying organizations must serve individuals or organizations in the disciplines of theater, dance, jazz, or multidisciplinary arts.) The final application deadline for both programs is May 30, 2014. Visit the EmcArts website to download the Requests for Proposals.
ON GOING GRANTS & FUNDING SOURCES
Support for Cultural Programs Promoting Sustainable Communities
Surdna Foundation: Thriving Cultures
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 Thriving Cultures program, grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following four categories: Teens Artistic Advancement, Artists Engaging in Social Change, Artists and Economic Development, or Community Engaged Design. Online letters of inquiry that focus on these categories are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review detailed program guidelines for each of the Foundation’s Thriving Cultures lines of work.
Local, Regional, and National Organizations Supported
The JC Penney Company’s corporate giving program, jcp cares, supports nonprofit organizations at local, regional, and national levels. The grantmaking focus areas include health and welfare, education, and arts and culture. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year. Organizations that are selected to move forward in the application process will be contacted within 30 days with instructions on preparing a full proposal. Visit the company’s website to learn more about the jcp cares program.
Support for Community-Based Arts and Culture Initiatives
The Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program
The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program is offering a new grant opportunity for organizations integrating arts and culture into specific community revitalization work. Through the program’s Harvesting Leading Practices focus area, the Foundation supports efforts that deepen, capture, and share knowledge from established creative placemaking work in disinvested communities. For the current call for proposals, the program will accept proposals for activities in traditionally disinvested communities that integrate arts and culture into 1) public green and civic spaces, or 2) transit-oriented development projects. Examples include transit networks, “complete streets,” sustainable landscapes, and other similar projects. The program team expects to award up to 15 grants based on these thematic areas through 2014. Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.
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.
M. J. Murdock Trust General Grants
Reviewed Quarterly. Available for performance and visual arts projects which enrich the cultural environment of the region. Educational outreach efforts are encouraged. Please submit a Letter of Inquiry if you are interested in applying.
Wachovia Grants Enhance Company Communities
The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation
The mission of The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation is to build strong and vibrant communities, improve the quality of life, and make a positive difference in locations served by the bank throughout the United States. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations in bank communities as well as selected national organizations. The Foundation’s areas of interest include education, community development, health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and civic affairs. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the bank’s website to take the required eligibility quiz and submit an online application.
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.
TD Bank offers grants for “Community Support.” This includes the support of programs and organizations which have proven records of arts and cultural enrichment programs, the development and expansion of programs which foster civic enhancement and address issues related to cultural diversity, and a commitment to programs that promote improvements to community health and human services efforts.
Through Google Grants, nonprofit organizations can receive unique in-kind advertising support. Google will consider applications from organizations throughout the U.S., as well as in a number of international locations, that share the company’s philosophy of community service, especially in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. Through this program, selected nonprofits receive up to three months of in-kind advertising using Google’s flagship product: Google AdWords. Applications are available online and accepted on an ongoing basis.
Grants Enhance Comprehensive Capital Campaigns
Kresge Foundation: Capital Challenge Grant Program
The Kresge Foundation supports communities in the United States and around the world by strengthening the nonprofit organizations that serve them. The Foundation’s six major areas of interest are health, environment, arts and culture, education, human services, and community development. Through the Capital Challenge Grant Program, the Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are engaged in comprehensive campaigns designed to support institutional growth through the construction of new facilities as well as the acquisition or renovation of existing facilities, the purchase of real property, and the purchase of major integrated equipment systems. Because environmental conservation is one of the Foundation’s values, challenge grant applicants are encouraged to consider green construction issues. The Foundation accepts online letters of intent for this program throughout the year. Visit the website listed above to review the Capital Challenge Grant Program guidelines. Arts and Culture – The arts are a vital component of strong, healthy communities. However, this sector faces several challenges to its long-term sustainability, including a volatile funding climate, under-resourced organizations, changing audiences, turnover in leadership, changes in technology and a fragile arts education system. We find that the values of strengthening community impact, creating opportunity, and promoting innovation are particularly relevant for this set of challenges.
Freedom to Create Grant
Freedom to Create awards grants to projects which use the arts to create transformational change in developing countries. Projects must fall into one of six sectors: Education, Health, Social Harmony, Urban Regeneration, Freedom to Create or Designs for Life and must use an art form to educate, build, heal or inspire people.
Funds for Community Programs in the Northeast
Citizens Bank Foundation
The Citizens Bank Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the communities where the company does business in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The focus of the Foundation’s grantmaking is on organizations that encourage the development of innovative responses to basic human needs, enhance affordable housing, provide community-based services targeted to low- and moderate-income families, support community development initiatives that are catalysts for economically distressed areas, and promote new ways to address issues of economic self-sufficiency. Grant applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the bank’s website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.
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