Sunday, December 6

$1 million Knight Foundation grant to Benefit 18 artists

For those of you who have been following this blog, and for others who may be new -- here is another example of a grant that you should check out. This is one of the best grants in the country -- and will be given to 18 artists selected this next spring. In writing the application, read the blog from earlier this fall that describes in detail what an application may require and how to prepare it.

But it is always better to try for more than one grant, and that is why you may want to review the blog posted a couple of weeks ago on many more grants that are available for you to explore. We are preparing a list of 12 more grants that we will post in the next few days. We are continuously scouring all the foundations and programs to see what may be available to you. A listing of the earlier blogs is listed on this page. If you have questions,feel free to post the question. I will do my best to answer the ones I get.

Don't forget to try to go for this grant if you think you can apply.

The article posted in the Miami Herald stated that through a $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 18 artists will get $50,000 gifts over the next five years.

Eighteen artists from Miami and across the country will receive gifts of $50,000, thanks to a $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to United States Artists, a national grant-making and advocacy organization.

The USA Knight Fellowships will be awarded over the next five years to artists working in communities in which the Knight brothers once owned newspapers. The fellows will receive an additional $5,000 ``to engage local residents by conducting workshops, talks or other events.'' The fellowships, part of the Knight Foundation's multimillion-dollar agenda to support the arts, will have no strings attached. No one may actively apply.

``It's a confidential selection process similar to the MacArthur Genius Awards,'' says Knight Foundation spokesman Marc Fest.

The first two USA Knight Fellows will be announced in Los Angeles on Dec. 14.

``The USA Knight Fellowships will highlight the importance of the arts in our society and the great financial needs of the artists who enrich our communities while earning a living from their artistic practices,'' says Dennis Scholl, the Knight Foundation's Miami program director.

The grants will support artists who live and work in Aberdeen, S.D.; Akron, Ohio; Biloxi, Miss.; Boulder, Colo.; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbia and Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Columbus, Ga.; Detroit; Duluth and St. Paul, Minn.; Fort Wayne and Gary, Ind.; Grand Forks, N.D.; Lexington, Ky.; Long Beach, Calif.; Macon and Milledgeville, Ga.; Philadelphia and State College, Pa.; San Jose, Calif.; Wichita, Kan., and Bradenton, Tallahassee, Palm Beach and Miami.

Katharine DeShaw, executive director of Los Angeles-based USA, says her organization is ``thrilled to partner with the Knight Foundation to invest in working artists and encourage their creative contributions in Knight communities for years to come. In this difficult economic climate, USA is especially grateful . . . for its vision and generosity in supporting the arts.''

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