Saturday, July 16

New Grants for the Arts

Pollock Krasner Foundation Grants

Grant Guidelines
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation's dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation's mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.

Application Guidelines
The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will consider need on the part of an applicant for all legitimate expenditures relating to his or her professional work and personal living, including medical expenses. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist. Professional exhibition history will be taken into consideration. Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.

Grant Restrictions
The Foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, photographers, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers, computer artists or any artist whose work primarily falls into these categories. The Foundation does not make grants to students or fund academic study. The Foundation does not make grants to pay for past debts, legal fees, the purchase of real estate, moves to other cities, personal travel, or to pay for the costs of installations, commissions or projects ordered by others.
Selection Process

The Officers and Directors are advised in the selection process by a distinguished Committee of Selection comprised of recognized specialists in the fields of the Foundation's concern. Artists are required to submit a cover letter, an application, and images of current work. Professional exhibition history will be taken into consideration. All completed applications will be promptly acknowledged and considered. If further information is required after the completed application has been received, the artist will be contacted directly by the staff. Further information including financial data may be requested at any time during the review process. The application process could take from nine months to a year.

For online application e-mail:
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.
863 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10075
Telephone: (212) 517-5400
Fax: (212) 288-2836

Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant & Fellowship Program Support for Sceince and Technology Film Projects

Commissions of up to $25,000 will be awarded to emerging and established filmmakers working on the early stages of projects that relate to science and technology (but not science fiction)....
Deadline: September 9, 2011

Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant and Fellowship Program Offers Support for Science and Technology Film Projects

To support the development of screenplays with science or technology themes, the Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation annually provide opportunities for both emerging and established filmmakers through a commissioning grant and fellowship.
The program is designed to further the development of film projects focused on stories grounded in current (or past) science and technology. The program does not support science fiction projects. (Stories taking place in the future or involving science that is clearly not yet achievable would be considered science fiction.)
The Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant is an annual cash award for a science- or technology-related narrative project that is at an early stage, such as full treatment or early screenplay draft. The grant includes the following: a cash grant of up to $20,000 to provide support during the writing period; a stipend of up to $5,000 for a science advisor; creative support during the writing process from a select group of creative advisors; the possibility of a fellowship to a Sundance Screenwriters Lab; and strategic and practical support from the Sundance Feature Film Program staff.

The Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging screenwriter to support the ongoing development of a narrative, feature-length screenplay with science or technology themes. The fellowship includes the following: attendance at a Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, Creative Producing Lab, Creative Producing Summit, or the Sundance Film Festival as a fellow; a stipend of up to $5,000 for a science advisor; and creative and strategic support from the Sundance Feature Film Program staff.
The commissioning grant focuses on projects in earlier stages of development- from full treatment form to early screenplay drafts. Scripts in a later stage of development will be considered for the screenwriters lab fellowship. There is no separate submission required; all projects submitted through the application process are evaluated for either the grant or fellowship.
For complete program guidelines, the application form, and an FAQ, visit the Sundance Web site.

Irvine Foundation Invites Applications for California Creative Connections Fund 

Small and midsize nonprofit arts organizations in California working to improve local arts and cultural offerings will be awarded project grants of up to $50,000....
Deadline: August 8, 2011

Irvine Foundation Invites Applications for Final Round of California Creative Connections Fund

The Irvine Foundation's Creative Connections Fund is designed to support the expansion of diverse, relevant arts and cultural offerings in local communities across California.
The fund targets small and midsize arts organizations and offers project grants of up to $50,000, over a maximum of two years, through an open, competitive review process.
The program awards grants for projects in the categories of artistic creativity, to encourage the creation of new work in communities across California; and cultural participation, to encourage community-based arts organizations to broaden, deepen, and diversify participation in their programs. Projects in the artistic creativity category will create new work or offer a contemporary reinterpretation of classic work, and involve individual artists in collaboration with a local nonprofit organization. (Preference is given to projects involving artists from California.)

Geographically, the program gives preference to arts organizations outside San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. The foundation seeks to focus attention on areas of the state that are, by comparison, underserved by arts philanthropy.

To be eligible, applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations, or groups with an eligible fiscal sponsor, based in California. Applicants must have a track record of generating $100,000 or more in revenue each year, with no more than 50 percent of revenues from government sources. The proposed project must take place in California.

Project grant requests can be for no more than 10 percent of an organization's annual organizational budget, up to a maximum of $50,000.

Please note that this is the final round of the Creative Connections Fund. Beginning in 2012, the Irvine Foundation's arts program will offer an open application program under its new grantmaking strategy.
Visit the Irvine Foundation Web site for Creative Connections program guidelines and application procedures, and to preview the foundation's new arts grantmaking strategy.

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Invites Nominations of Theater Directors and Choreographers for Zelda Fichandler Award

An unrestricted grant of $5,000 will be awarded to a director or choreographer creating outstanding theater work....
Deadline: August 1, 2011

he Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, has opened the nomination process for the Zelda Fichandler Award, which provides an unrestricted grant of $5,000 to an outstanding director or choreographer making an exceptional contribution to the arts landscape through theater work in a particular region of the United States. In 2011, the award will honor achievement in the Eastern region (i.e., Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia).

With this award, SDCF seeks to recognize the profound impact and honor the legacy of the founders of regional theater and to celebrate the creativity and artistry of theater around the nation. Named after Zelda Fichandler, a founder of the American regional theater movement, the award celebrates significant achievement in the field, singular creativity and artistry, and a deep investment in a particular region. This award is not for lifetime achievement; the intent is to honor an artist for both accomplishments to date and promise for the future.

Anyone may submit a nomination. Nominators need not be SDC Members. Self-nominations are allowed.
The award will be presented at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., on October 24, 2011.
Visit the SDC Foundation Web site for complete program information and the nomination form.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships for Artists and Scholars 

Approximately two hundred and twenty fellowships will be awarded to advanced professionals in the arts and sciences from the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean....
Deadline: September 17, 2011 (U.S. and Canada); and December 1, 2011 (Latin America and Caribbean)
Posted: July 7, 2011

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, creative arts) except the performing arts. The fellowships are intended 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.
Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Applicants should have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Fellowships are grants to selected individuals made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. Since the purpose of the program is to help provide fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made freely. No special conditions attach to them, and fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.
The amounts of grants vary, and the foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project. Working with a fixed annual budget, the foundation strives to allocate its funds as equitably as possible, taking into consideration the fellows' other resources and the purpose and scope of their plans. Members of the teaching profession receiving sabbatical leave on full or part salary are eligible for appointment, as are those holding other fellowships and appointments at research centers.
Approximately two hundred and twenty fellowships are awarded each year. The foundation only supports individuals.

For the U.S. and Canada competition, the deadline is September 15, 2011. For the Latin America and Caribbean competition, the deadline is December 1, 2011.
For complete program information and application procedures, visit the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Web site.

Tides Announces 35th Anniversary Social Justice Poster Design Contest
Professional and amateur artists from all backgrounds are invited to submit designs celebrating Tides' social change work and compete for a cash award of $500 and other honors....
Deadline: August 15, 2011

Tides, a social change nonprofit organization that works to leverage individual and institutional leadership and investment to positively influence local and global communities, is inviting poster designs celebrating the organization's thirty-fifth anniversary from artists, graphic designers, and anyone in the Tides community. (Self-taught artists and amateur designs are encouraged.)

Submissions can be drawn from any area of Tides' issue areas, reflect on building community for social change, or offer visions for a more just and sustainable world.

The winning artist will: have his or her design produced in a limited edition print and featured prominently on the Tides Web site; receive a cash prize of $500; be invited to the New York Foundation for the Arts Art and Social Justice Conference in September 2011; be featured in NYFA's artist spotlight; and be featured in an upcoming Tides Learning Community event.

All finalists in the contest will be featured in the Seed Gallery at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in San Francisco, and selected entries may appear on the Tides Web site and other publicity materials.
Visit the Tides Web site for complete poster design submission guidelines and for information on Tides' mission and operations.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Arts Program Invites Letters of Inquiry for Fund for National Projects

Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and consortia working to implement national projects that promise to strengthen the professional dance, jazz, presenting, and theater fields....
Deadline: August 2, 2011 (Letters of Inquiry)

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Fund for National Projects seeks to support projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields; or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theater.

From 2009 through 2011, the fund awarded a total of up to $1 million in grants each year to support these projects.

To be eligible, national projects must engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field. Eligible initiatives include research projects to assess the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists; special national convenings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences); and special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field. Highest priority will be given to projects that improve the health of the DDCF Arts Program's priority performing arts fields and do not duplicate ongoing efforts or existing services.

The fund expressly does not support the following types of activities: projects by single performing arts entities (e.g., national tours of a particular dance or theater work, even if they aspire to be a national model for others); individually produced conferences, performances, or symposia (e.g., a festival produced by a single organization or by a consortia of local groups in a specific city or locale); re-granting programs; translations or commissions of new works (even if expected to have national impact); production start-up activities/production costs; arts education; avocational arts activities; capital projects; or endowments.
Single nonprofit organizations and consortia are both eligible to apply.

Grants range from $60,000 to $200,000 and cannot exceed 40 percent of a project's total cost.
Letters of Inquiry are reviewed on a rolling basis up to the deadline. If invited, full proposals will be due approximately six weeks after receiving an invitation to submit.

For complete program guidelines and the LOI form, visit the DDCF Web site.

National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Arts in Media Funding Category

Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to nonprofits, units of state and local government, and federally recognized tribes working on innovative media projects about the arts and media projects that can be considered works of art....
Deadline: September 1, 2011

The National Endowment for the Arts' new Arts in Media funding category is designed to help make the excellence and diversity of the arts widely available to the American public through the national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts and media projects that can be considered works of art.
The new Arts in Media guidelines replace the Arts on Radio and Television guidelines. All project types that were previously eligible under Arts on Radio and Television remain eligible. In addition, the expanded category now includes all available media platforms, including the Internet, interactive and mobile technologies, digital games, and arts content delivered via satellite, as well as radio and television.
Grants are available to support the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts (e.g., visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, folk and traditional arts, and media arts including film, audio, animation, and digital art) and media projects that can be considered works of art.

Projects may include high profile multi-part or single television and radio programs (documentaries and dramatic narratives), media created for theatrical release, performance programs, artistic segments for use within an existing series, multi-part webisodes, installations, and interactive games. Short films, five minutes and under, will be considered in packages of three or more.

The new program guidelines feature an emphasis on innovation as well as strengthening creativity through access to the arts. In order to reach the widest possible audience, priority will be given to projects that include substantive public engagement strategies, including the use of social media.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S.-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, units of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes. Applications through a fiscal agent are not allowed; however, partnerships between artists and eligible nonprofit organizations are encouraged. Any application for a collaborative project representing a partnership between a media organization and an arts, education, or community organization should be submitted by the media organization.

Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $200,000, based on the platform and the complexity and scope of the project.

Visit the NEA Web site for complete program guidelines, a short video on the new program, and application.

Mockingbird Foundation Invites Applications for Children's Music Education Program Grants
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to U.S. nonprofits, organizations, and public schools for music education programs....
Deadline: August 1, 2011 

he Mockingbird Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization created by fans of the rock band Phish, annually provides competitive grants to U.S. nonprofit organizations and public schools for children's music education programs.

The foundation is accepting inquiries for its fifteenth round of competitive grants.
The foundation is particularly interested in projects that encourage and foster creative expression in any musical form (including composition, instrumentation, vocalization, or improvisation), but also recognizes broader and more basic needs within conventional instruction. Mockingbird encourages applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies.

The foundation is interested in programs targeting children 18 years of age or younger, but will consider projects that benefit college students, teachers, instructors, and adult students. Mockingbird is particularly (though not exclusively) interested in programs that benefit disenfranchised groups, including those with low skill levels, income, or education; with disabilities or terminal illnesses; and in foster homes, shelters, hospitals, prisons, or other remote or isolated situations.

Grants ranging between $100 and $5,000 will be awardedto nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, organizations with an eligible fiscal sponsor, and public schools. In its fourteenth round of funding, the foundation made six new grants totaling $26,300. Visit the foundation's Web site for complete funding guidelines and grant inquiry procedures.


Driehaus Foundation Invites Applications from Chicago Small Theater and Dance Companies

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to small dance and theater companies in the Chicago metropolitan area that emphasize professional presentation....
Deadline: September 12, 2011 

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation is accepting applications for the second and final 2011 deadline of its funding program for small Chicago theater and dance companies. The program is supported in part by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The program is designed specifically to address the needs of small professional theater and dance companies. Proposals will be accepted only from companies that emphasize professional presentation instead of education or community outreach.

Use of grants awarded through the program may be unrestricted. Grants will range from $3,000 to $10,000 and will be made to dance and theater companies that are based in the Chicago metropolitan area, have produced at least one show in the Chicago area, and have annual operating budgets of less than $150,000.
Visit the Driehaus Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines

I'll try to post another dozen grants next week -- some are for residencies with free tuition and board and room.  So check back.


  1. Northern CA does not stop at Sonoma County! What about Colusa, Yolo, Tehama, Shasta, Siskyou, Humboldt, Butte, etc?

  2. Thanks for reminding us. We are currently working on several grants for those areas. We had hoped to have them by the time we posted, but they weren't confirm. Be sure to look through some of the past posts as I always try to report grants for rural California.