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 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 1 and August 1
Leeway Foundation – The Art and Change Grant
The Art and Change Grant (ACG) provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans artists and cultural producers living in the Delaware Valley.
March 2, 2015
Development of New Dance Work Supported
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 subsidize up to 50% of the artist fee and travel expenses to U.S. nonprofit organizations who present the new work on tour. Grants are highly competitive and are awarded to 18 to 20 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 2, 2015. Visit the New England Foundation for the Arts website in mid-January to review the funding criteria and access the application forms.
March 12, 2015
Funds for Community Organizations Promoting the Arts in Selected States
ArtPlace America: Community Development Investments
ArtPlace America is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations that is working to position art and culture as a core sector of community planning and development. ArtPlace America’s Community Development Investments grant program is accepting applications from place-based non-governmental organizations with a primary mission of community planning and development in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Funded organizations must be interested in sustainably incorporating arts and cultural strategies into the organization’s work. Six grant recipients will receive $250,000 initially to cover certain administrative costs, planning, and creative asset mapping in their communities. Each organization will then have access to up to an additional $2,750,000 to execute projects during the three-year grant period. The application deadline is March 12, 2015. Visit the ArtPlace America website to learn more about the program’s geographic focus and application process.
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.
March 20, 2015
The Philadelphia Cultural Fund
Youth Arts Enrichment Grants - Grants to fund meaningful cultural and arts experiences for youth.
The Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) Youth Arts Enrichment grants support specific programming that uses the arts to enrich the lives of young people, aged 5 to 18, in and out of school. A total of $350,000 will be used to make grants up to $50,000. The money for these grants came out of PCF’s 2015 general budget allocation. The goals of the Youth Arts Enrichments (YAE) Grants are: To provide high quality arts instruction, training, and participatory experiences which serve those young people most in need, unlikely to be able to access cultural enrichment in their lives in other ways. This includes programming in our most underserved, impoverished communities; To provide consistent arts programming that directly addresses the priorities of reducing youth violence, reducing truancy and drop out rates and increasing the percentage of School District graduation rates and graduates going on to college; To encourage arts and cultural programming as an alternative activity for youth in after-school, weekend and summer programs.
April 16, 2015
Arts Programs for the Underserved Funded
National Endowment for the Arts
The Challenge America grant program primarily offers support to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
April 24, 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 24, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the program and the application process.
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.
ON GOING GRANTS & FUNDING SOURCES (updated 1/2015)
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.
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