Friday, August 20

Scholarship in France for 4 American Artists and Musicians and More Grants

For those in the arts, music or literature, here is information on a wonderful new opportunity for a Scholarship in France with stipend. For those of you who have been keeping up with this post, you know that most of our content is on art grants and music grants in the US. But once in awhile we will hear of opportunities for free grant funding abroad.

Also listed in the content are a number of new or revised grants for the arts.

Remember that in earlier posts, listed under Resources on your right, we have listed over 240 other grants -- some which may have expired for this year. But because so many follow the same timeline every year or every other year, most of those grants are still valid. Also under Resources is our post on writing and applying for a grant.

To receive the latest alerts on new opportunities, sign up for our alerts at the top of the right column and also become a follower. We have been providing artist grant information for over 7 years, and have heard some great success stories.

Because so many of you have requested we put all the information in one place, we are working hard at putting this all in a new Grant Book for Musicians, Artists, Photographers and Writers. We will let you know when it is completed.

By the way, all the information on the post and the previous articles is free, so soak it up. Giovanna

The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarships at the 
Foundation des Etats-Unis

The Foundation des Etats-Unis annually awards up to four (4)  Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarships to American visual artists and musicians. The grant is designated for study at the graduate level and allows young, talented musicians and artists to continue their studies in Paris. The stipend covers room and board for one academic year (October-June) at the Foundation.

The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship is a private grant awarded annually to up to four graduate and post-graduate American students in the visual fine arts (painting, graphic design, print-making, sculpture, photography) and music (composition, instrumental or vocal performance). The scholarship is not intended for research in art history, or musicology, nor for dance or theater.

Successful candidates propose a unique and detailed project related to their study which requires a one-year residency in Paris. As this project should include enrollment in a recognized French art school or music conservatory, it is strongly suggested that the candidate establish a significant contact with a teacher or institution prior to arriving in France and to show evidence of this contact in his/her application dossier.


Each of the Harriet Hale Woolley scholarships carries a stipend of 8,500 € or about $12,000 paid in four installments throughout the academic year (October 1st - June 30th). In addition, the successful candidates receive a residential artist atelier or music studio at the Fondation des Etats-Unis, which is free of charge during the 9-month academic year residency.

The Woolley scholars are expected to participate actively and regularly in the cultural program of the Fondation des Etats-Unis by giving and attending concerts, art exhibitions, and various social events.

General Requirements:

Applicants must possess American citizenship.
Applicants must be between 21 and 29 years of age.
Applicants must have graduated with high academic standing from an American college, university or professional school of recognized standing. Preference is given to mature students who have already done some graduate study.
Applicants must show evidence of high-level artistic or musical accomplishment.
Applicants must have good moral character, personality and adaptability. They must also be in good physical health and emotional stability.
Applicants must submit a completed application dossier. Incomplete dossiers will not be accepted.

For a full list of application materials to be submitted, please download the Requirements and Checklist . 

All application dossiers and their supporting materials must be RECEIVED no later than January 31st of the 2011 academic year. Late or incomplete dossiers will not be considered.

More Art and Music Grants 

The Creative Work Fund
invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities.  Artists are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofit organizations of all kinds.
Grant Limitations
Creative Work Fund projects feature one or more artists collaborating with nonprofit 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations.  The Fund encourages the artists and organizations to “come together” for the sake of this collaboration:  An artist should not submit a request to collaborate with an organization if he or 
she serves on its staff or board of directors.
The Fund encourages artists to collaborate with nonprofit organizations of all kinds.
The Fund Seeks:
    * Projects in which the creation of an artwork is central
    * Projects in which the artist functions primarily as an artist, not as a teacher, an art therapist, or in another capacity
    * Projects in which an active, authentic working partnership between the artist or artists and the organization is central to the work’s development
    * Projects that engage the organization’s constituents in the artist’s work
    * Projects that draw upon artists’ creativity and problem-solving abilities
    * Projects through which the making of art can strengthen a community, draw attention to an important issue, or engage audiences in new ways
    * Projects that challenge artistic imagination and organizational thinking
    * Projects that will be presented in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Stanislaus County
    * Projects that designate at least two-thirds of the grant funds to the principal artists and their direct expenses for creating the work.
The Fund will not consider:
    * Commissions of new works by artists in which the applicant organization and artists are not collaboratively engaged in the making of those works
    * Projects in which the lead artists and collaborating organization are not based in the eligible counties or those with multiple artists, most of whom are based outside of the 14 counties
    * Projects that do not feature the artist(s) centrally as demonstrated by the project descriptions and budget allocations
    * Projects from lead artists or organizations that were awarded Creative Work Fund grants in June 2007, September 2008, or September 2009
    * Projects from artists or organizations that have not completed projects and final reports for previously awarded Creative Work Fund projects
Geographic Limitations
The principal collaborating artists must live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Stanislaus County and have lived there for at least two years.  Collaborating organizations also must be based in one of the 14 counties.
Important Deadlines
Multiple deadlines in which span a two year period, please check website for future details about deadlines.

Contact Information
Mailing addresses:
The Creative Work Fund
c/o The Walter and Elise Haas Fund
One Lombard, Suite 305
San Francisco, CA  94111
Phone number:

Dancers' Group
Founded in 1982, Dancers' Group assists and supports the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) dance community by creating a nexus of resources, expertise and knowledge. Working to advocate for dance in the SFBA and beyond, we assist in the creation and production of engaging, original dance. Dancers' Group serves artists at multiple stages in their careers, and assist dancers, choreographers, teachers, funders, dance companies, students, writers, critics and audiences in the passionate pursuit and enjoyment of art.
Lighting Artists in Dance Award: This award looks to engage and support the development of emerging, mid-career and established Bay Area lighting designers working in the field of dance.
Parachute Fund: Provides financial assistance to members of the Bay Area dance community facing HIV/AIDS or other life-threatening illnesses.
Grant Limitations
Lighting Artists in Dance Award:
The LAD Award looks to support projects that encourage an active interaction between designers and choreographers. Competitive proposals will discuss how these artists will work in new methods or partnerships. Proposed projects are submitted jointly and may be initiated by the lighting designer, individual choreographer, or dance company.
    * Recipients of a 2009 LAD Award are not eligible for the current round.
    * Lighting Designers may only submit one proposal per round.
    * Projects can start no earlier than September 31, 2010 and the panel will consider projects that go through a 16-month cycle, which ends December 31, 2011.
    * Acceptable projects should engage career Lighting Designers not enrolled in (or on sabbatical from) a degree program during the time period of this project. Productions at educational institutions are not eligible.
    * Eligible projects must use funds to assist in taking their lighting design to a new place. Funds may not be used to underwrite general production costs.
    * Employees of Dancers' Group may not apply.

Parachute Fund:
 A brief letter that describes the applicant's participation in the Bay Area dance community.
 The amount of financial need ($500 maximum per request), and the intended use for funds (example: help with dance class tuition, rehearsal space, alternative medicines, rent, etc.).
 The applicant's address and social security number.
 The applicant's medical diagnosis.
 Written statement from physician confirming the diagnosis.
Geographic Limitations
Lighting Artists in Dance Award:
* Projects must culminate in a public performance and have a confirmed date and venue in one of the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma.
Parachute Fund:
The Parachute Fund provides grants to members of the Bay Area dance community facing HIV/AIDS or other life-threatening illnesses.
Grant Availability
Lighting Artists in Dance Award is Annually

Parachute Fund: Anytime
Important Deadlines
Lighting Artists in Dance Award:  Deadlines are in the early spring of every grant cycle year. Please check website for further details
Parachute Fund: No deadlines, applications are accepted at any time.

Contact Information
General Contact Information:
Mailing addresses:
Dancers' Group
1360 Mission Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone number:
(415) 920-9181
(415) 920-9173
Lighting Artists in Dance Award contact:
Phone number:
Parachute Fund:  Contact

The Open Society Institute

The Open Society Institute (OSI) works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve its mission, OSI seeks to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI builds alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information
Audience Engagement Grants- In 2005, the Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Project created the Distribution Grant—now called the Audience Engagement Grant—to support photographers who have committed long-term to documenting the issues they care about and would like to use that work as catalysts for social change. Created in the context of diminishing print media outlets, the grant promotes alternative models for presenting and disseminating documentary photography to the public.
Grant Limitations
Proposals must present strong images that are contextualized, when necessary, with text, sound, or other media.
Proposals must address a current social justice issue. Preference will be given to work that coincides with the issues and geographical areas that concern OSI.
Proposals must engage a specific audience, community, and/or site and use creative distribution strategies that are tailored specifically for that context.
Applicants must partner with an organization that will provide administrative, programmatic, and financial and/or in-kind support.
The following projects are not eligible for funding:
Projects that involve the making of new photographs;
Projects whose only goal is to raise awareness in a general way;
Book production;
Gallery exhibitions that serve only the interests of the photographer or the gallery;
Dated material, unless the project serves a historical purpose; and
Documentary film or video.
Geographic Limitations:  Not specified
Grant Availability: Annually with grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 will be awarded.
Important Deadlines: Annually every summer
Past Grant Examples
Awarded $23,000:
Brenda Ann Kenneally will partner with The Sanctuary for Independent Media on “Upstate Girls: What Became of Collar City,” a publication and series of workshops that explore how economic circumstances, disparities in education, access to healthcare, motherhood, and the criminal justice system have affected the lives of young women in Troy, New York. The book and workshops will combine historic and contemporary photographs, drawings, journals, and scrapbooks to compare young women's experiences in Troy in the late 19th century with those of today. The aim of the project is to encourage and provide an opportunity for young women in Troy to critically explore the factors that influence their lives.
Another Example:
Awarded $23,000
Katja Heinemann will partner with the Broadway House for Continuing Care to create “The Graying of AIDS,” an educational campaign about HIV-positive seniors geared towards eldercare and healthcare professionals. This campaign will be presented at national conferences and will consist of "train-the-trainer" workshops, a DVD, and a study guide, as well as promotional postcards and banners. The aim of the project is to increase sensitivity and improve treatment of HIV-positive seniors.

Contact Information
Mailing Addresses:
Documentary Photography Project
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

The Springboard Fund funded by The Durfee Foundation
The Durfee Foundation is named in honor of the late Dorothy Durfee Avery who, with her husband, the late R. Stanton Avery, established it in 1960. Since that time, the Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants in the areas of arts and culture, education and community development, primarily in the Los Angeles region.
The Durfee Foundation believes that good ideas filter up, and that the regeneration of the nonprofit sector depends on making room for newcomers — those who bring fresh ideas and new approaches to problem-solving. The Foundation's Springboard Fund supports dynamic leaders of new ventures in Los Angeles County who apply innovative strategies to complex community challenges. The best candidates for the Fund will be those that build communities in unexpected ways, by bringing together groups from different sectors with overlapping interests.
Grant Limitations
  • have dynamic and effective grassroots leadership that engages multiple stakeholders
  • build communities in unexpected ways
  • have a program that is already underway, but that has been in operation for fewer than five years
  • focus on applying an innovative model to a complex challenge
  • have a feasible action plan to animate a big idea through identifiable, concrete steps
  • be at a critical developmental stage so that Springboard funding can be a tipping point for success
  • demonstrate potential for sustainability in the future
 Fund offers two-year grants of up to $50,000, typically $25,000 each year.
Important Deadlines
There are no deadlines for Springboard Fund grants. Applications are accepted year-round.
Past Grant Examples
Past Examples:
Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) promotes the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice. Utilizing a multi-faceted approach which incorporates web-based outreach, social and recreational bicycle rides, festivals and events, and bicycle workshops, C.I.C.L.E. educates and encourages people to begin bicycling as an active and healthy lifestyle option, a valid and sustainable transportation choice, and as a means to reconnect with their neighbors and their community
Another Example:
Circle of Friends uses a deceptively simple model to radically change the culture of acceptance in schools.  Students with disabilities, who traditionally have not been well integrated into high school life, are provided with a small cohort of student peers who eat lunch with them, call them regularly and otherwise support them.  Student peers receive training on how to interact effectively with students with disabilities.  The creation of Circle of Friends at its birthplace, Santa Monica High School, has fostered a new climate at the school, where for the first time non-disabled students greet disabled students in the hallways, integrated groups eat lunch together, and the strangeness and stigma of interacting with disabled students is removed.  Circle of Friends is now working to replicate its model around the country.
Mailing addresses:
The Durfee Foundation
1453 Third Street, Suite 312
Santa Monica, CA 90401
telephone: (310) 899-5120
Fax: (310) 899-5121

ARC (Artists' Resource for Completion) sponsored by the 
Durfee foundation
The ARC (Artists' Resource for Completion) grants provide rapid, short-term assistance to individual artists in Los Angeles County who wish to enhance work for a specific, imminent opportunity that may significantly benefit their careers. Artists in any discipline are eligible to apply.
Grant Limitations
•     Artists in any discipline may apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, and permanent residents of Los Angeles County. The proposed opportunity may take place anywhere in the world. Full-time, matriculated students are ineligible to apply.
•     To be eligible, artists must have secured an invitation from an established arts organization to present the work. The artist may not be a paid staff member or contractor with the host organization. A rental venue does not qualify as a host. Curators are not eligible to apply.
•     Individuals may receive only one ARC grant in a calendar year. Applicants seeking a second or third ARC grant will be held to a higher standard regarding the potential career impact of the proposed project.
•     Artists who have incorporated as 501(c)(3) organizations with annual budgets under $100,000 may apply, though the application must still be submitted by an individual and must demonstrate individual career impact. The artist's own nonprofit may not serve as the host for the purpose of this grant.
Grants of up to $3,500 will support:
•     Purchase or rental of materials, equipment, or space to complete work already scheduled for a specific event – an exhibition, performance, publication, reading, etc.
•     Auxiliary travel or shipping associated with the proposed event
•     Stipends/fees for collaborating artists (performers, designers, etc.) whose participation would expand or enhance the proposed work
Grants will not support:
•     Core project expenses (ARC is intended to be an enhancing, rather than an enabling, grant.)
•     Marketing, promotion or documentation of the proposed event
•     Participation in residencies
•     Expenses involved in establishing or maintaining an organization or company
•     Tuition, entry fees or registration fees
•     Living expenses
•     Publications, documentation or finishing costs unrelated to a specific opportunity
Geographic Limitations:  Artists in Los Angeles County
Important Deadlines:  The work must be scheduled for presentation within six months of the application deadline.
An example of their deadline is: (Note this is only an example check please  check website for up to date information on the year you inquire.)
Fourth Quarter
•     November 3, 2010
•     (presentation start date: between December 15, 2010 and May 3, 2011)
First Quarter
•     February 2, 2011
•     (presentation start date: between March 15, 2011 and August 2, 2011)
Second Quarter
•     April 27, 2011
•     (presentation start date: between June 9, 2011 and October 27, 2011)
Third Quarter
•     August 3, 2011
•     (presentation start date: between September 14, 2011and February 3, 2012)
Contact Information
Mailing Addresses:
The Durfee Foundation
1453 Third Street, Suite 312
Santa Monica, CA 90401
telephone: (310) 899-5120  fax: (310) 899-5121

The Durfee Master Musician Fellowship
The Durfee Master Musician Fellowship program supports master musicians in Los Angeles County to teach their craft to advanced students. The purpose of the program is to support the passing of musical skills to a next generation of artists through intensive apprenticeships.
Priority will be given to artists whose musical traditions are not widely taught at established institutions; jazz and new music are unlikely to be funded. Candidates must have an accomplished record of performance, as well as demonstrated teaching experience. Grant recipients will be expected to devote a significant portion of their time to teaching for the duration of the two-year grant period. In addition to the cash award, the program provides significant technical assistance toward building the musicians' careers during the Fellowship.

Grant Limitations
To be eligible, the musician must:
•     Be recognized as a master artist by virtue of performance history, community recognition and critical response
•     Have demonstrated teaching experience
•     Have identified a qualified apprentice who is willing and available to participate in the program
•     Have financial need
•     Not already be employed full-time at a teaching institution
Previous Master Musician Fellowship grant recipients who wish to reapply may do so only after a two-year hiatus from the program. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously been in the program

Geographic Limitations:  Maintain a residence and live a substantial portion of each year in Los Angeles County
Grant Availability
Grant funds of $30,000 over two years ($15,000 per year) will support the master musician in his/her teaching activities. The master musician will provide weekly instruction at no cost to a designated apprentice. Fellows and apprentices in the program are also invited to participate in periodic, hands-on seminars on issues related to building and sustaining a career in music.

Past Grant Examples
Two Past winners are:
Mani Bolouri:
a composer and virtuoso player of the kamancheh (spiked fiddle) and gheychak (bowed fiddle). Mr. Bolouri began his musical studies at the age of ten under the guidance of his grandfather who was an ashough (a popular, traveling musician) and who taught him Armenian folk music.  He has also studied with many masters learning both Persian classical and Western classical music and received a M.A. in composition from Tehran Art University.  In 1994, Mr. Bolouri was invited to work in the National Radio and Television Orchestra of Iran where he performed for ten years as a composer and performer.  After moving to the U.S. in 2004, he began to perform extensively throughout the world.  Mr. Bolouri currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches Armenian folk music. 
Charles Kaimikaua Jr.:
 He is a master of the Hawaiian slack key guitar, a unique style of picking and tuning a guitar that was created by the early Hawaiians sometime after 1850. Kaimikaua has been playing and teaching the slack key guitar for the past 59 years, including extensive tours with the USO. The author of several definitive books on playing the instrument, he is dedicated to the preservation of this Hawaiian art form. In addition to the slack key guitar, Kaimikaua is also accomplished on the ukulele.
Contact Information
Mailing Addresses:
The Durfee Foundation
1453 Third Street, Suite 312
Santa Monica, CA 90401
telephone: (310) 899-5120   fax: (310) 899-5121

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
The objective of the Foundation is to promote, by charitable activities carried on by the Foundation, an appreciation of the traditional expression in painting, drawing, sculpture and the graphic arts, by aiding worthy art students, artists or sculptors who need further training or other assistance during their formative years
Grant Limitations
Awards are limited to candidates in the early stages of their careers working in the following: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture. Work must be representational art.
To be eligible for a grant candidates must:
•     have already started or completed training at an established school of art; and/or
demonstrate, through past work and future plans, a commitment to make art a lifetime career.
•     The Foundation welcomes applications throughout the year. There is no deadline for sending this application form. Images must be submitted in digital format, slides are no longer accepted.
Grants that won't be accepted:
•     The Foundation will not accept applications from commercial artists, photographers, video artists, filmmakers, craftmakers or any artist whose work falls primarily into these categories.
•     The Charter of this Foundation precludes abstract art. Art materials of abstract work will be returned to the applicant.
Geographic Limitations: No limitations are listed
Grant Availability :Grants are for one year
Contact Information
Address:    1814 Sherbrooke Street West Suite #1
                  Montreal, Quebec
                  CANADA  H3H 1E4
Telephone: 514-937-9225
Fax:           514-937-0141

The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation
The vision of The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, Inc. (ELA) is to “Change the Face of Disability on the Planet.” Having been disabled by a spinal cord tumor at the age of two, I have firsthand knowledge of the needs and opportunities that are available to a woman with a disability. Through ELA, scholarships are offered to women with disabilities who are currently pursuing graduate degrees.
Women who have been successful in becoming ELA Scholars in the past have read all of the scholarship guidelines carefully and have completed all information requested prior to submitting their application. They have also given the essay portion of the application great thought and consideration.
Grant Limitations
The ELA Foundation will award scholarships depending on academic and leadership achievements in addition to participation in disability activities. The ELA scholarship is a supplement to financial assistance for tuition costs for female graduate students with physical disabilities.
The scholarship award is contingent upon the recipient's acceptance to, or continuation in, an accredited college or university graduate program. The scholarship check will be made payable to the educational institution.
Only the ELA scholarship recipients will be notified. Their names will be posted on the ELA website and listserv.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
(1) The student must be a woman with a physical disability.
(2) The student must be currently accepted to a graduate program working towards a Master's degree or above in an accredited college or university in the United States.
(3) The applicant must be a member of AAPD.
(4) The student must be willing, as an ELA Scholar, to network on the ELA listserv. This will enhance the ELA Scholar's support base in professional and advocacy arenas.
Geographic Limitations
The student must be currently accepted to a graduate program working towards a Master's degree or above in an accredited college or university in the United States.
Contact Information
Mailing Address
Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, Inc.
1482 East Valley Road, Suite 504
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Email Addresses:

The  Fleishhacker Foundation
The majority of the Foundation’s arts grantmaking takes place through this program. The particular emphasis of the Small Grants Program is to support the development and presentation of the work of living Bay Area artists. New work is the first priority, however retrospectives and classical repertory of non-living artists will be considered.
Grants may be awarded for: artists’ fees for creative time; post-production costs for performances or film/video projects; exhibition/installation costs for visual, media, or interdisciplinary arts projects; activities that contribute to overall artistic development; and efforts to strengthen an organization’s artistic impact within the community.
The Foundation seeks to fund a broad range of arts groups during the course of each year. It strives to make grants that represent a diversity of arts disciplines, aesthetic sensibilities, and forms of cultural expression. The Foundation generally priorities the proposals that best support working artists. Only nonprofit arts organizations may apply for funding; individual artists are not eligible for grants through this program.
Grant Limitations
Applicants must be:
•     arts and cultural organizations incorporated as not-for-profit [501©(3)];
•     able to demonstrate a consistent artistic presence in the Bay Area for at least 3 years;
•     of budget size between $100,000 and $750,000.
Forms of art that are Eligible:
Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts, Film& Video/Media Arts

Geographic Limitations
organizations residing and offering programming in the greater San Francisco Bay Area;
Grant Availability
Grants are between $1,000 and $10,000. Normally, they are in the $2,500 - $5,000 range. The grant period is one year from the date of Board of Directors approval.
Important Deadlines
There are two grant cycles each year, Spring & Fall. Deadlines for grant proposals are January 15 deadline for May decisions, and July 15 for November decisions. Note: these are postmark deadlines

Contact Information
Mailing Addresses:
Christine Elbel
Executive Director
Fleishhacker Foundation
P.O. Box 29918
San Francisco, CA 94129-0918

The Florence Tyson Fund
The purpose of the Fund is to continue and build upon Tyson’s important work, by supporting, modestly at first, and more fully as the fund develops, those projects that advance Tyson’s vision and the work of those who would carry that vision forward.
Grant Limitations
Workshops or symposia for professionals who provide therapy for psychiatric patients in the community.
Research projects that aim to demonstrate the efficacy of creative arts therapies with psychiatric populations, especially those projects that attempt to utilize current neuroscientific findings.
Funding of educational materials to advance practice in the field of community-based music therapy.
Unfortunately, the Florence Tyson Fund cannot honor individual requests for educational expenses or to fund personal artistic projects.
Geographic Limitations
Organization with Proof of non-profit status, such as 501c(3) is required for funding. An indication of other funding or organization resources for the project should also be included.
Grant Availability
The Fund normally awards grants of between $3,000 and $10,000
Important Deadlines
An example of this years deadline is. Note this is for this year please check with website for updated deadlines:
The deadline for letters of application is August 1. Winners will be notified by November 1. We will notify all who have submitted proposals by December 31st.
Contact Information
Florence Tyson Fund for Creative Arts Therapies
c/o Christopher Bandini
PO Box 1531
New York, NY 10276

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA)
The Foundation for Contemporary Arts was started in 1963 by visual artists in a spirit of community, hoping to assist and encourage innovation, experimentation and potential in the arts.
Since then, exhibitions and sales of works donated by more than 750 visual artists have made possible our program of non-restrictive grants to individuals working in dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry and the visual arts. Grants are also given to presenting organizations, and we maintain a modest fund to help artists with unexpected emergencies.
The FCA continues to support its grant programs through the sale of artists' works and through direct financial contributions. In fact, the concept of a benefit exhibition originated with founders Jasper Johns, John Cage and others who were involved in those early days.
Grants that are offered:
Grants to Individual Artists:
Each year, FCA invites a pool of distinguished artists and arts professionals to serve as nominators and propose one exceptional individual, artists' collective, or performing group whom they feel deserves
Emergency Grants:
 provides speedy funding for visual and performing artists who have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public, or who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects underway and close to completion.
Grants to Organizations:
Organizations with activities in dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts that provide opportunities for artists to present their work or offer artists professional services may apply to FCA for assistance.
John Cage Award:
This prestigious award was established in 1992 in honor of the late composer, one of FCA's founders.  The award is made biennially in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts for work that reflects the spirit of John Cage.
Grant Limitations
Grants to Individual Artists:
•     Grants to Artists are administered by a confidential nomination and selection process.
•     Applications and informal nominations are not accepted.
•     FCA awards Grants to Artistsin the following fields: dance, music/sound, theater/performance art, poetry and the visual arts.
•     The grants are not designated for specific projects.

Grants to Organizations:
FCA provides grants to organizations that support or present professional artists making work of a contemporary or experimental nature.

John Cage Award:
 Selections are made from invited nominations.
Geographic Limitations
Grants to Individual Artists:
Although most artists who receive support live and work in the United States, grants may be awarded internationally.

John Cage Award:
 Selections are made from invited nominations.
Grant Availability
Grants to Individual Artists:
The 2010 awards were $25,000 each and were awarded to ten artists
Emergency grants range in amount from $200 to $2,000; the average grant is $1,000.

John Cage Award:  Once a year and for 2010 the award is 40,000
Contact Information
Contact the Foundation
Mailing Addresses:
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
820 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10014

Franklin Furnace Fund
Franklin Furnace's mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. Franklin Furnace is dedicated to serving artists by providing both physical and virtual venues for the presentation of time-based visual art, including but not limited to artists' books and periodicals, installation art, performance art, "variable media art"; and to undertake other activities related to these purposes.
Grant Limitations
Full-time students are ineligible.
Geographic Limitations
Artists from all areas of the world are encouraged to apply however, funded projects must 
be presented in New York.
Grant Availability
Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000 based on the amount of funding received by Franklin Furnace.
Contact Information
Mailing Addresses:
BROOKLYN NY 11217-1506
Telephone:  718.398.7255    Fax:  718.398.7256

Freedom to Create
Freedom to Create is a movement of creative people who are changing the world.
Freedom to Create practitioners are artists and development workers from around the globe, working and speaking out for social change, and using creativity to build the foundations of open societies.
The Freedom to Create organization supports these actions through its grant-making, the Freedom to Create Prize and through this website which we hope can become a platform for their voices.
Grants offered: Freedom to
Grant Limitations
The following requirements must be met to be considered for a Freedom to Create grant:
•     Projects must be run by a registered non-profit organization
•     Projects must fall into one of our six sectors: Education, Health, Social Harmony, Urban Regeneration, Freedom to Create or Designs for Life
•     Projects must use an art form to educate, build, heal or inspire people
•     Projects must indicate how their results will be measured both quantitatively and qualitatively
•     The project itself must be located in a developing country, and is ideally a country most in need. To further assess whether your country may be eligible for funding, please see the list of Emerging and Developing Countries in the International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook Report or the United Nation'sHuman Development Index.
Projects We Prefer
Our grant application process is highly competitive. As a guide, projects that demonstrate one or more of the following will be of particular interest to us:
•     Based in the worlds harshest places and least developed countries
•     A new approach to issues and challenges
•     Sustainable change
•     Ambitious ideas
•     Strong ways of measuring of the project's impact on society
Excluded Projects
•     Individual artists
•     Educational scholarships
•     Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation in policy or in practice
•     Programes that promote sectarian religious activities
•     Programes that promote impermissible lobbying
•     Programes which contravene the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
•     Costs not directly associated with the project's implementation. While we appreciate that organizational overheads are necessary for coordination, these will not be considered.

Geographic Limitations
Geographic Limitations that aren't funded:
Application Requirements
Grants are open to projects which use the arts to create transformational change in developing countries.
•     Projects located in the developed world, such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States of America and the United Kingdom. However, please note that organizations based in these countries are welcome to apply for funding if their programmes are located in the developing world.

Grant Availability
Freedom to Create does consider projects which run for multiple years but will only commit to the first year of funding. Subsequent funding will depend on the organization's performance, reporting procedures and use of the grant as well as the overall success of the project. If Freedom to Create considers your organization for re-funding, they will invite you to submit an application.
Freedom to Create assesses each application on a case by case basis. However, average grant size is about US$ 40,000. Only in exceptional circumstances will we fund grants in excess of US$ 100,000.

Contact Information
Mailing Addresses:
Freedom to Create, Level 46
UOB Plaza 1, 80 Raffles Place
Singapore 048624
Telephone:  +65 62105560

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