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 28, 2015
Performing Arts Audience Development Partnerships Funded
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Building Demand for the Arts
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Building Demand for the Arts program supports organizations and artists in joint efforts to develop audience demand for jazz, theatre, and/or contemporary dance. Organizations and artists are encouraged to think creatively about how to increase this demand and to engage communities in new ways, which may include, but are not limited to, the traditional artist-audience dynamic. In the current funding round, the following two grant initiatives will be offered: Exploration Grants of either $20,000 or $40,000 will support hosted visits for artists during which artists and organizations begin to imagine and plan ways to build demand. Implementation Grants of $55,000 or $110,000 will support organizations hosting artists on-site to execute and evaluate demand building programs or activities. Applying artists and organizations must have a prior history of working together. Building Demand for the Arts grants will support at least 50 partnerships in this funding cycle. Intent to Apply forms for both grant initiatives must be submitted by April 28, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the program and the application process.
May 1, 2015
TMU – 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 15, 2015 (Stage 1)
Leeway Foundation – 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. The Award is unrestricted (it is not project-based) and open to women and trans people working in any art form, traditional or non-traditional.
May 15, 2015
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
Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice 2015
Across the disciplines of theatre, musical theatre, film, music and dance we want to support the making of exciting new work by the very best talent that these industries have to offer. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 / £10,000 and, if successful, they will receive bespoke mentoring support from an industry specialist working at the top of their game and year-round support from KSF.
June 20, 2015
Pennsylvania Partners In The Arts (PPA) Project Stream
Project Stream provides grants of up to $2,500 to eligible organizations or individuals to conduct arts projects. Project must be an arts activity conducted for the benefit of the public and take place in the PPA Partner’s service region.
July 23, 2015
Art Works – Dance
To support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000.
October 15, 2015
The principal goal of The Shubert Foundation is to support not-for-profit, professional theatre and dance companies in the United States. Shubert Foundation grants are awarded exclusively to US organizations, which must have current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to be eligible for funding. The Foundation provides grants only to organizations that have an established artistic and administrative track record, as well as a history of fiscal responsibility.
ON GOING GRANTS & FUNDING SOURCES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Sponsorships
Separate from the TD Charitable Foundation, TD Bank provides sponsorship funding to organizations within our communities. Sponsorships are funds paid by TD Bank to any eligible organization – whether for-profit or non-profit – that provides the bank with marketing opportunities. We handle sponsorships both at the corporate (Corporate Sponsorships) and local levels (Community Sponsorships).
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