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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March 31, 2021
Grants Assist American Performing Artists Participating in Festivals Abroad – USArtists International
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. USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at impactful international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories. (Artists and ensembles whose otherwise-eligible international festival engagements have determined that an in-person festival is impossible and have decided to offer the festival virtually are also eligible to apply.) Exemplary solo artists and ensembles across all performing arts disciplines, including dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts, may apply for grants ranging up to $15,000. The upcoming application deadlines are October 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. Application guidelines are available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website.
April 1, 2021
Ellen Forman Memorial Award
The Ellen Forman Memorial Fund Award (the “Award”) of the Philadelphia Foundation was established as a memorial to Ellen Forman, who was a dancer, choreographer and educator for over twenty years in the Philadelphia area. To honor the memory of Ellen Forman’s contribution to the dance community, the Ellen Forman Memorial Award Fund and Drexel University provide an Award to a Philadelphia area choreographer to set an original or reconstructed work as part of the Drexel University Dance Ensemble during the 2021-2022 Academic year. The fund is administered by The Philadelphia Foundation and Award decisions are made with the advice of the Ellen Forman Memorial Award Advisory Committee. EFMA encourages applicants who represent diversity in culture, ethnicity, age and gender.
April 22, 2021
NEA – Challenge America
Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved. Challenge America features an abbreviated application, a robust structure of technical assistance, and grants for a set amount of $10,000. Grants require a cost share/match of $10,000 consisting of cash and/or in-kind contributions. Total project costs must be at least $20,000 or greater.
April 23, 2021
Art Works – Philadelphia Foundation
Art Works will select four organizations annually to receive two-year, unrestricted grants of up to $200,000 per year. Four emerging artists will receive two-year grants of up to $10,000 per year. The program is open to both visual and performing artists who have experience working with and connection to communities in Greater Philadelphia.
ROUND 2: FULL APPLICATION | DEADLINE MAY 1
Princess Grace Foundation
Recognizing that the 2021 artistic landscapes are uncertain, the Princess Grace Awards will offer unrestricted cash grants in 2021 to be used in general support (i.e., housing, studio space, childcare needs, R&D, project-specific support, tuition, etc.) rather than project-specific.
May 15, 2021
Leeway Foundation Transformation Award
The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in greater Philadelphia 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.
July 8, 2021
NEA – Grants For Arts Projects
These grants support arts projects that use the arts to unite and heal in response to current events; celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage; invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values; and enrich humanity. Applicants may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request from $10,000 to $150,000 for subgranting programs in the Local Arts Agencies discipline. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.
Mid Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund
Grants will support mid-Atlantic nonprofit arts and cultural organizations with pre-COVID19 budgets of $250,000 – $10 million as they build resilience and look to the future with programming, planning and reimagining their work. In exceptional cases, organizations with operating budgets of less than $250,000 that are highly impactful and otherwise meet program intent may be considered. The program is designed for organizations with visionary leadership and whose work is critical to the region, primarily supporting those making a statewide, regional and/or national impact.
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development: COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has been allocated $225 million for COVID-19 relief to small businesses through a distribution to Community Development Financial Institutions. Support is provided through a number of funds targeting different geographic areas.
ARTIST RELIEF FUND
Artist Relief helps support the financial, professional, social, and mental well-being of artists impacted by the Coronavirus public health crisis. The initiative will distribute grants of $5,000 to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19, as well as serve as an ongoing informational resource and co-sponsor (with Americans for the Arts) of the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers to identify and address the needs of artists moving forward. Deadline: September 30, 2020.
National Dance Project Travel Fund
New Grant – Rolling Deadline – 40 days or more in advance
Travel supported through the NDP Travel Fund should aid tour planning for NDP funded works and build relationships between NDP artist grantees and presenters, curators, and other field professionals who can support the touring of their work in the United States.
ADDITIONAL FUNDING SOURCES
Financial Training Programs for Artists Funded
Surdna Foundation: Artists and Economic Development
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 Artists and Economic Development funding area, the Foundation supports efforts that provide artists with business training and financial resources that enable them to be, and create, valuable economic assets for their communities. The focus is on nonprofit organizations that operate business and entrepreneurship training programs for artists and cultural organizations, provide financing to artists and artist-centered enterprises, and offer arts and culture-based programs and services that directly engage and support the people who live and work in the area as a strategy for equitable economic development. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Artists and Economic Development funding area.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
Deadline: Reviewed on an ongoing basis monthly
Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors!
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.
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.
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