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 24, 2013
Support for Performing Arts Programs Highlighting Muslim Culture
Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement
The purpose of the Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement grant program, administered by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), is to expand awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Muslim societies through the performing arts. This program will support U.S.-based performing arts presenting organizations interested in building interdisciplinary cross-campus and community collaborations that use the arts and media to highlight the diversity of Muslim populations around the world in order to dispel negative stereotypes and increase cultural understanding. Up to eight grants, ranging from $100,000 to $200,000, will be awarded to designated presenting organizations for colleges or universities. The Round 1 application deadline is April 24, 2013. (An informational webinar will be held on March 5, 2013.) Visit the APAP website to review the program guidelines.
April 30, 2013
Princess Grace Foundation 2013 Grant application
Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) announces the availability of its 2013 grant applications in Dance Performance and Choreography. The foundation identifies emerging artists in theater, dance and film and has awarded nearly $10 million to 600 individuals nationwide.
April 30, 2013
Support for Arts Education and Childhood Reading Initiatives
Target Store Grants
Target Store 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, 2013. Funding guidelines are available on the company’s website.
May 1, 2013
NEH Challenge Grants
NEH challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Through these awards, many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities.
May 1, 2013
Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development.
May 1, 2013
Trust For Mutual Understanding Grants LOI
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 1, 2013
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant to Organizations
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. Applications are only available by download from this website; please do not call FCA for an application.
May 1, 2013
The Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund
Provides $2,000 scholarships or grants to initiate an academic or retraining process or to help professional dancers with start-up money for a new business. Eligibility for financial assistance is based on work history as a professional dancer. Dancers who are eligible must complete an application form and provide documentation of a performing work history.
May 6, 2013
International Arts Exchanges Supported
Department of State
The Creative Arts Exchange program provides support for arts-based international people-to-people exchanges that support and further U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives. Current themes include economic statecraft and the arts, arts in collaboration, community engagement through the arts, and professional development in the arts. The application deadline is May 6, 2013.
May 15, 2013
Leeway Transformation Award – Stage 1
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 16, 2013
Metlife Partners in Arts Education Grant
The National Guild has received a $275,000 grant from MetLife Foundation to continue the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. The national initiative—now entering its ninth year—aims to improve teaching and learning in the arts by supporting and promoting exemplary partnerships between nonprofit arts education organizations and public schools. Objectives for 2013 include the distribution of grants of up to $20,000 to support arts education partnerships during the 2013-2014 school year and the production of a partnership training institute in conjunction with the Guild’s annual Conference for Community Arts Education (Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 in Chicago, IL).
May 23, 2013
Program Funds Arts Organizations
National Endowment for the Arts
The Challenge America Fast-Track program supports small and mid-sized organizations for 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 23, 2013.
May 31, 2013
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. Building Demand grants will promote deeper partnerships, longer relationships, and new kinds of cooperation between organizations and artists. Organizations and artists are encouraged to be creative, imaginative, and expansive in thinking about these partnerships and what might be accomplished. Building Demand grants will be provided to at least 50 partnerships between artists and dance companies, theatres, presenting organizations, and/or select service organizations. In the current funding round, Exploration grants of either $20,000 or $40,000 (depending on the size of the host organization) will support hosted visits for artists during which artists and organizations are to begin to imagine and plan ways to build demand. Applying artists and organizations must have a prior history of working together. Intent to Apply forms must be submitted by May 31, 2013. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the program and the application process.
June 6, 2013
ArtPrize is a place to go from idea to action. Artists from all over the world are welcome to experiment, collaborate and play out new ideas. Artists have the chance to win $560,000 in prizes, the largest total purse for any art prize, chosen both by public vote and professional jurors. ArtPrize draws more than 400,000 people, from novices to the art world elite. And there’s the chance to install a project in a diversity of urban venues, from an art museum to a laundromat.
August 1, 2013
Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant
The Leeway Foundation’s grantmaking programs honor women and trans artists for their ability to create social change through their artistic and cultural work. The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans artists in the Delaware Valley region to fund art for social change projects.
August 8, 2013
NEA Art Works
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. Within these areas, innovative projects are strongly encouraged. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000.
ON GOING GRANTS & FUNDING SOURCES
Grants Promote Artistic 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 honors and celebrates the artistic impulse as part of community behavior and as a way to strengthen community identity and cohesion. Through the Thriving Cultures program, grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that address the following three lines of work: Teens Artistic Advancement, Artists Engaging in Social Change, and Community Driven Design. Online letters of inquiry that focus on these areas 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.
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