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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December 1, 2014
Performances In Public Spaces
The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy—has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mayors Fund for Philadelphia to pilot the Performance in Public Spaces (PPS) grant program. These grants will directly support artists and arts organizations presenting free outdoor performances across Philadelphia in 2015. The Office looks to extend its support of performance opportunities to neighborhood spaces and to support artists interested in free outdoor performances that spotlight some of Philadelphia’s dynamic public spaces.
The primary goals of Performances in Public Spaces are to provide the public with new opportunities to have meaningful and high quality cultural experiences, to increase performance opportunities for local artists and organizations, and to build a relationship between artists and neighborhoods.
December 5, 2014
U.S. Artists Participation in International Festivals Funded
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 application deadlines for the 2015 grant cycle are September 5 and December 5, 2014, and April 17, 2015. Eligibility details and application guidelines are available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website.
December 6, 2014
Art Initiatives Addressing Social Change Funded
Puffin Foundation Artist Grants
The Puffin Foundation seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to art organizations and artists throughout the country who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their genre or social philosophy. For the 2015 grant cycle, the Foundation will provide Artist Grants to encourage emerging artists in the fields of fine arts, public interest, and video/film. The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting innovative initiatives that will advance progressive social change. Average grants are around $1,250; the maximum grant size is $2,500. Prospective applicants should request funding guidelines and forms by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Foundation’s office by December 6, 2014. Completed application packets will be accepted from November 1 through December 27, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines.
December 15, 2014
Creative Community Projects Funded
National Endowment for the Arts
Our Town, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, provides grants for creative projects that contribute to the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Our Town prioritizes partnerships between arts organizations and government, private, and nonprofit organizations to achieve livability goals for communities. The application deadline is December 15, 2014.
December 15, 2014
Public Art Initiatives Funded
Bloomberg Philanthropies: Public Art Challenge
The Public Art Challenge, an initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies, will grant at least three cities up to $1 million each over two years to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development. Successful applications will bring people together to experience public places in dynamic and transformative ways; demonstrate close collaboration between artists, arts organizations, and cities; and establish robust public-private partnerships between local government and other funders. Submissions are encouraged from all artistic disciplines, including visual and performing arts and multimedia projects. The lead applicant should be a city of at least 30,000 residents. Applications must be submitted by December 15, 2014. Visit the Public Art Challenge website to review the selection criteria and submit an online application.
January 15, 2015
Grants Promote International Cultural Arts Exchanges
CEC ArtsLink: ArtsLink Projects
CEC ArtsLink promotes international communication and understanding through collaborative, innovative arts projects that encourage the exchange of visual and performing artists and cultural managers in the United States and 37 countries overseas. The ArtsLink Projects initiative provides grants of up to $10,000 to U.S. artists, curators, presenters, and arts organizations undertaking projects in any of the eligible countries. Applicants must be working with an artist or organization in the targeted region and projects should be designed to benefit participants and audiences in both the U.S. and the host country. In 2015, applications will be accepted from individual artists, presenters, and nonprofit arts organizations working in visual and media arts. The application deadline is January 15, 2015. Visit the CEC ArtsLink website to learn more about the ArtsLink Projects application procedure.
February 27, 2015
Capacity Building Grants Bolster the National Performing Arts Field
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, and/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 27, 2015. Visit the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s website for program details.
March 13, 2015
The guidelines and online application for the next grant round of the Foundation’s ArtsCONNECT program are now available. ArtsCONNECT supports performing arts tours across the mid-Atlantic region developed by presenter consortia that include both public performances and community engagement activities. The application deadline for the 2015-2016 program is Friday, March 13, 2015. The Foundation will conduct three webinars on the program and application process, and also provide an online Projects in Development listing to help connect presenters interested in participating in a consortium application. Program guidelines and information about the webinars and Projects in Development are available here. Questions? Contact Michelle Grove at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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