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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September 7, 2017
International Festival Participation by U.S. Artists 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 international festivals. Support is available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles, as well as solo artists with fiscal sponsors, that have been invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets. Grants, generally ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, are provided towards support of performance fees, travel, housing, per diem, shipping, visa fees, and agents’ fees. The application deadlines for the 2018 grant cycle are September 7 and December 1, 2017, and April 5, 2018. Eligibility details and application guidelines are available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website.
September 8, 2017
New England Dance Fund
Through the New England Dance Fund, NEFA will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance.
September 8, 2017
Support for Collaborative Arts Projects Advancing Muslim/Non-Muslim Understanding
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Building Bridges Grants Program
The Building Bridges Grants Program, an initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations in the planning and implementation of projects that engage U.S.-based Muslim and non-Muslim populations in arts- and culture-based experiences that contribute toward a greater well-being among people. Proposed projects should offer engaging literary, media, and/or performing arts experiences to foster relationships and understanding between communities. Grants will range from $25,000 to $300,000 over one to three years. Applying organizations must have annual operating expenses greater than $100,000, of which at least $25,000 is dedicated to professional arts- or media arts-based programming. Letters of interest are due September 8, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Building Bridges Grants Program and to submit an online letter of interest.
September 11, 2017
Creative Community Development Efforts Supported
National Endowment for the Arts
The Our Town program supports creative placemaking to improve communities. Program areas include arts engagement, cultural planning, and design of public and cultural spaces.
September 19, 2017
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife established the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1925 as a memorial to a son who died April 26, 1922. The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. The Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 175 Fellowships are awarded each year.
October 5, 2017
S& R Foundation Washington Award
The Washington Award recognizes talented emerging artists working in visual arts, music, and dance. Winners receive an unconditional cash prize of $5,000 to support their career development. An additional $5,000 may be awarded as a Grand Prize to an artist of outstanding ability. Award winners become part of the S&R Foundation network of artists, scientists, and social entrepreneurs. Award winners are invited to present their work at the S&R Washington Award Ceremony in Washington DC in Spring 2018
October 30, 2017
Travel for International Artist Collaborations Supported
Association of Performing Arts Professionals: Cultural Exchange Fund
The Cultural Exchange Fund, an initiative of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, is a travel subsidy program that assists U.S.-based presenters in building partnerships with international touring artists, companies, and their collaborators. The focus of the program is on increasing presenters’ knowledge of international performing artists based outside the U.S. and the cultural context for these artists’ work. In promoting cross-cultural arts programming, travel to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East is strongly encouraged. The maximum amount awarded per individual organization or artist is $2,000. Group travel subsidies of three or more presenters are also available, with a maximum award of $10,000. All applicants must be members of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. Applications must be submitted online through the Association of Performing Arts Professionals website.
October, 31, 2017
Support for Japanese Performing Arts in the U.S. and Canada
Japan Foundation: Performing Arts JAPAN
The mission of the Japan Foundation is to establish international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Foundation’s Performing Arts JAPAN (PAJ) program is designed to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences in North America. PAJ supports initiatives created by U.S. and Canadian nonprofit organizations to provide geographically diverse audiences with greater exposure to Japanese performing arts, as well as encouraging collaborations between Japanese and North American artists. PAJ Touring Grants assist in the presentation of Japanese performing arts in the U.S. and Canada, emphasizing locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants allow Japanese and American/Canadian artists to create new works that will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American and Canadian audiences. The application deadline is October 31, 2017. Visit the Japan Foundation website to download the PAJ program guidelines and application form.
ON GOING GRANTS & FUNDING SOURCES
The Prince Claus Fund’s Mobility Fund
The Prince Claus Fund’s Mobility Fund supports the cross-cultural exchange of artists and cultural practitioners. By covering travel costs, such as economy class plane or train tickets, the Mobility Fund assists in the professional growth and networking abilities of those it supports.
Funds for Programs Impacting Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
Highmark Corporate Giving Program
The Highmark Corporate Giving Program supports nonprofit organizations that address the quality of life in the communities served by the company in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Highmark accepts applications from programs and services that have compelling potential impact on the health and well-being of individuals, national organizations seeking support for local programs, and grassroots and faith-based organizations. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, health, social services, physical fitness and recreation, children and youth, and people with disabilities. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Highmark website to learn more about the funding criteria and application procedure.
In-Kind Advertising Support for U.S. and International Nonprofits
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.
Grants Promote Robust Community Arts and Culture Programs (updated 10/20/2016)
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 the Integration of Arts in Community Revitalization (updated 9/15/2016)
Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program: Local Systems
The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program seeks to build strong, healthy cities nationwide by promoting the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization. The Local Systems focus area funds projects that test the integration of arts and culture within municipal systems and other non-arts disciplines. Support is provided for cross-sector/cross-disciplinary projects that embed arts and culture into local systems such as municipal departments, community financial networks, comprehensive planning efforts, human services networks, regional food hubs, etc. Applicants may be anchor institutions in any sector that have a stake in and are located in a low-income, disinvested community. Applicants may also be nonprofit community partners, nonprofit artist collaboratives, and government entities. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Local Systems focus area.
Funds for Organizations in Bank Communities on the Eastern Seaboard
TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations in the communities served by TD Bank in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families, and businesses in all the communities where the bank operates. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, education and financial literacy, and the environment. Applications are reviewed quarterly; the specific deadlines vary by location. More information about the Foundation, including an online grant application, is available on the bank’s website.
Support for Programs Improving Bank Communities (updated 9/8/16)
Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program
Wells Fargo is committed to improving the bank’s local communities across the country through grants and volunteer activities. The funding priorities of the Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program vary from state to state; however, the bank generally supports the following areas of interest: community development, including affordable housing, workforce development, financial literacy, and economic development; education, including K-12 and higher education; human services, including healthcare and basic needs; and arts, culture, and civic projects. Visit the website listed above and click on a state in order to review the local funding guidelines and application procedures.
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.
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.
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.
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