Friday, August 26

Grants for No Calif. Artists for Computer, Media and Performing Arts and New National Grants for the Arts

Here are 3 new sets of grant opportunities. Although one is for Northern California we've included it because it stretches over a broad scope of arts -- covering computer, media and performing arts.  And the others are for some interesting projects.  Be sure to sign up for email alerts as we have more information on the 220 paid fellowships announced last week.

Remember these foundations have to give this money away.  It's part of the requirement for being a foundation.  So check these and the earlier posts out and apply often.  Also, hope you'll become a follower.


  Media and Performing Artists in Northern and Central California Invited to Apply for Project Grants

Deadline: November 8, 2011

The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation, invites artists and nonprofit organizations to apply for grants for collaborative projects featuring media or performing artists. 

Launched in 1994, the Creative Work Fund is designed to help address the decline in support for artists and new works. Since its inception, CWF has contributed $8 million to advance art-making by California artists in a variety of disciplines. Grants are awarded to genuine, creative partnerships between artists and nonprofit organizations. Each year, CWF focuses on projects from different disciplines; the 2012 grants program will fund collaborative projects that feature media or performing artists.

The CWF grant program emphasizes the creation of new work — not distribution or productions of work already developed. Projects may culminate in any form, but they must feature a lead artist with a strong track record as a media artist or performing artist and collaboration between that artist and a nonprofit organization.

  • Media artists create narrative, documentary, animated, or experimental time-based works using audio, digital, film, and/or video media. 
  • Computer arts also are included in this category.  
  • Performing artists create or execute work in dance, opera, performance art, theater, and vocal and instrumental music. 

Any kind of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization may apply (but not a private foundation). A recognized religious organization, even if it does not have 501(c)(3) status, may apply, as may a public agency (such as a parks department, health department, or public school). A nonprofit organization that clearly fills a charitable or educational purpose but does not have nonprofit status may apply with an eligible nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

The principal collaborating artists and organizations must live or be located in the Northern or Central California counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Stanislaus; and have been there for at least two years.

A total of up to $810,000 will be available through grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000. Artists and organizations should plan projects and prepare and sign their Letters of Inquiry together. 

Visit the CWF Web site for complete program guidelines, application materials, and examples of funded projects. 
New Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Offered to Research Value and Impact of the Arts

Deadline: November 8, 2011

The Office of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts has announced the availability of grants for research on the value and impact of the U.S. arts sector, at either the individual or community level.

The NEA is interested in novel and significant research questions that will lead to greater public understanding of the contribution of the arts.

Grantees may use either existing or newly established datasets to conduct their research. The resulting projects will help determine the usefulness of various datasets to arts-related research — including those not previously used for that purpose. Through this grant opportunity, the NEA hopes to further expand the pool of researchers knowledgeable about arts and culture datasets.

Applicants must be U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes. This may include but is not limited to colleges and universities. The NEA encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds, including those who have not specialized in arts-related research. Although applicants must be nonprofit organizations, they are encouraged to partner with for-profit entities and/or use commercial and/or administrative datasets.

The NEA anticipates awarding up to twenty-five grants in the range of $10,000 to $30,000. The grant period is not expected to exceed one year.

Complete program information, application and  guidelines are available at the NEA Web site


New Exciting Opportunity for Public-Private Partnership to Connect Latin American Performing Artists With U.S.  Audiences

Deadline: February 10, 2012

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation have announced a public-private partnership in support of the Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program, which is designed to bring exemplary contemporary and traditional performing arts from Latin America to audiences across the U.S. that have little access to this work.
The new initiative will support the presentation of dance, music, and theater artists and ensembles and will include community activities designed to provide audiences with a greater understanding of the artists, their work, and respective cultures.
The pilot program will support projects for the 2012-13 performing season that are developed collaboratively by presenter consortia based in the U.S. and its territories and ensure that engagements take place in at least three different cities or towns. In addition to public performances, all projects will include complementary community activities intended to build appreciation for the visiting artists' work and cultures. Consortia will work together to develop print and electronic support material for their respective projects.
Each consortium must consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of five presenting organizations. Priority will be given to consortia that include at least one organization with little to no experience in presenting artists from outside the U.S. Consortium partners must be based either in different states and/or federal jurisdictions or, at a minimum, outside of a fifty-mile radius from one another. Each presenter in a consortium must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a unit of state or local government and have a minimum of three continuous years of experience offering multiple presentations by professional touring performing artists in a given season.
Grants will not exceed $25,000. Eligible expenses include artist fees, travel-related expenses, shipping, expenses related to support material creation and distribution, translation services, expenses related to community engagement activities, communications, marketing and promotion, some administration costs, and visa application services.
Complete program information and application guidelines are available at the MAAF Web site.
The electronic application as well as online grant workshop details will be available on the site in September.

Sunday, August 21

Guggenheim offers 220 Fellowships for Artists &Tribeca Film Institute to Give Filmmaker Grant Program ($10,000 + Grant Awards)

New Grant and Fellowship deadlines coming up soon from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Tribeca Film Institute.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Offers Fellowships 
for Artists and Scholars

Deadline: For U.S. and Canada competition, the deadline is September 15, 2011
 For Latin America and Caribbean competition, deadline is December 1, 2011

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields (creative arts, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, visual arts). The fellowships are intended to further the development of artists and scholars  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.

 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.

Tribeca Film Institute Invites Submissions for Narrative and Documentary Filmmaker Grant Programs

Deadline: October 10, 2011

The Tribeca Film Institute has opened the application period of four of its grant programs for narrative, non-fiction, and new media filmmakers. The TFI Documentary Fund, the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, Tribeca All Access, and the TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund are all open for applications.

The TFI Documentary Fund provides grants of at least $10,000 and guidance to support exceptional character-driven, nonfiction works-in-progress that sit outside of the social issue landscape and aim to take audiences into someone else's environment and spotlight the journey of the individual. Support is available for documentary films that are in the advanced stages of development or either in production or post-production. The program is open to filmmakers based anywhere in the world.

The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, provides grants of $10,000 to $40,000 as well as professional guidance in support of innovative and compelling narrative features that offer a fresh take on scientific, mathematic, and technological themes. Funding is available for narrative films at any stage of development. The program is open to filmmakers based anywhere in the world.

 The Tribeca All Access program supports working filmmakers who come from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry, including female filmmakers and filmmakers of color, by providing grants of $10,000 (with participants eligible for one of two additional $10,000 awards), access to industry contacts, workshops, panels, and year-round support. Funding is available for documentary or narrative films that are in development or in production. The program is open to filmmakers based in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund provides grants of at least $10,000 to innovative film and video artists living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America whose works reflect their diverse cultures in documentary or mixed media format. Funding is available for documentary or nonfiction new media projects that are in production or post-production.

Beyond providing grants for filmmakers, these programs also include year-round support, filmmaker resources, and industry connections for grantees. Grant recipients also will be invited to attend events during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Saturday, August 13

More Grants for the Arts & $2 million Grants Announced

Dear Friends in the Arts,

We have just added a few more free grant funding sources which you may find useful. We realize not everyone can apply for all of these, but there should be some possibilities for each applicant in the arts. We will continue to confirm and add to the post biweekly. These are good organizations that provide funding and other logistical support to artists, art programs, writers, photographers and musicians.

And I will try to add more information and sources as we go along. The most important thing is for you to be confident about your art and tell a little about it to your funder in your request letter or application.

And if you find this information useful, sign up for new alerts at the top of the page on the right. We will be adding posts often, so that will let you get the newest information. If you don't hear anything from us, check back often.

Also, there are links on the page to earlier posts which may be useful to you -- including one which gives step by step directions to submitting a grant.

And below here are the 16 winners of the Rockefeller Foundations $3 million two-year grants.  Most of these went to organizations in the arts -- writing, music, history, literature, photography, choreography and art.  But it shows how you can partner with others to apply for even more grants than are available to individuals in the arts. 

Thanks for your comments.  We are taking many of your suggestions to give you information that is useful.

By Pia Catton from Wall Street Journal

The Rockefeller Foundation announced Thursday that it will give nearly $3 million to 16 local arts applicants through its 2011 New York City Cultural Innovation Fund competition. The two-year grants range from $50,000 to $250,000.

The trend among the applicants, according to the associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation, Edwin Torres, was collaboration among local arts groups. "It just emerged from the field. It wasn't articulated in our guidelines," he said. "Resources are so scarce."

The Dance Films Association, which produces the annual Dance on Camera festival, received a $250,000 grant to create two new 3D and HD dance films in a partnership with TenduTV, a dance programming distributor.
Casita Maria, the arts and education center in the South Bronx, received $210,000 for a new partnership with its company-in-residence, Dancing in the Streets. The center's executive director, Sarah Calderon, said the funds will be used to bolster community arts programs.

The arts service organization the Field received $100,000 to support Our Goods, an online barter network for artists. The project brings artists together to learn how to monetize their skills in new ways and support one another's work. Jennifer Wright Cook, executive director of the Field, said the funding boost will help populate the site so it can reach more artists and be more effective. "A big piece of this," she said, "is outreach and getting people to use the site."

New York Live Arts received $175,000 to fund its new Resident Commissioned Artist program, a two-year residency for a mid-career choreographer. "We hadn't raised all the funds for this program already," said Jean Davidson, executive director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and New York Live Arts. "When you are innovating in the first year, you face some risk."

Creative Work Fund
Funds for artists and non-profit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to the strengthening of communities. Grants range from $10,000 to $40,000. Limited to artists and organizations based in San Francisco and Alameda, CA counties.

One Lombard Street, Suite 305, San Francisco, California 94111-1130

Cultural Resource Council's Community Arts Grants
Funding individual artists and not-for-profit organizations throughout Cortland, Onondaga and Oswego Counties, New York, USA. Funds are available for all not-for-profit organizations, including service organizations and units of government, and individual artists that wish to increase cultural awareness by presenting artistic and cultural events to benefit the public. All disciplines including, but not limited to, theater, dance, music, film, video, literature, visual arts, folk arts, historical and culturally specific events will be considered. All applicants, past and new, must attend an information session before applying. The information sessions are free and open to the public.

Cultural Resources Council,
John H. Mulroy Civic Center,
411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse,
NY 13202
telephone: 315.435.2155, fax: 315.435.2160

Culture Shapes Community
Culture Shapes Community recognizes and encourages neighborhood based arts and cultural organizations as unique stakeholders in poor neighborhoods experiencing economic and demographic shifts. This is accomplished through programs that search out and make use of neighborhood identity and public space, that promote social integration among mixed-income and mixed-race residents, that offer opportunities for upward economic mobility and that empower all to have a strong voice for fair and equitable neighborhood change.

1429 21st Street, NW, Washington DC
20036, phone: (202) 276-6503, fax: (202) 466-4845

Dancer's Group's Parachute Fund
The Parachute Fund provides emergency financial support to members of the San Francisco Bay Area dance community facing the free fall of AIDS or other life-threatening illnesses.

1360 Mission Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94103-2647

Documentary Photography Project Distribution Grants
This grant is offered to documentary photographers who have already completed a significant body of work on issues of social justice to collaborate with a partner organization and propose new ways of using photography as a tool for positive social change. Grants of $5,000 to $30,000 are awarded.

Open Society Institute, 400 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019

Durfee Foundation - Artist Resource for Completion Grants

ARC grants provide rapid, short-term assistance of up to $2,500 to individual artists who live in Los Angeles County. Funds must be used to enhance work that is near completion and scheduled for presentation within six months of the grant application deadline. Artists in any discipline may apply. Applicants must have a secure invitation from an established organization to present their work. There are four grant cycles per year.

1453 Third Street, Suite 312, Santa Monica, CA 90401

East Bay Community Foundation Fund for Artists

This consortium of Bay Area, Northern California (USA) community foundations is dedicated to increasing support to Bay Area individual artists. This regional initiative supports the artistic revitalization of outstanding arts teachers in Bay Area middle and high schools. Through this grant, fellows will design individualized courses of study that foster their own creative work and the opportunity to interact with other professional artists in their fields. This annual award to four Bay Area fellows, includes a complementary grant to each fellow's respective school.

(510) 836-3223

This national, competitive grantmaking program provides grants of $80,000 to $100,000 over two years for general operating expenses to 8 exemplary arts organizations. Recipients must be focused on demographic change, aesthetic innovation, and critical social engagement. Applicants have to be an American based, non-profit organization classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity and have a minimum five-year history of programming in any single or combination of arts disciplines.

ARTOGRAPHY: Arts in a Changing America is a grant and documentation program created to nurture exemplary art-making that both ackowledges and engages the shifting national demographic landscape. We seek a deeper level of understanding of the impact that changing populations, cultures, and aesthetics are having on the American arts community.
For ARTOGRAPHY, exceptional artistic practice is the standard by which investigations into diversity must be manifested and understood. Artists and arts organizations should be empowered to describe (and inscribe) their own practices, and develop their own language of identity.

Artists' Fellowship
The Artists' Fellowship, Inc. is a charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, printmakers, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement. The Artists' Fellowship's Board of Trustees and Officers all serve as volunteers in service to our community of artists. Assistance is given without expectation of repayment. One does not need to be a member of the Fellowship to receive assistance; neither does membership in the Artists' Fellowship entitle one to assistance from the foundation.

47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003. (646) 230-9833

CASH Grants: Theater Bay Area
CA$H is a grants program designed by artists for artists to support professionally oriented theatre and dance artists and small companies with budgets under $100,000. Its purpose is to spark a creative surge throughout Northern California's theater and dance community by providing grants to artists ($1,500) and small-sized organizations ($2,500). Approximately $20,000 are awarded each round. Funding decisions are made by a rotating five-member panel.

870 Market Street, Suite 375, San Francisco, CA 94102, phone: (415) 430-1140, Ext. 14

The Rosie Richmond Artist Advancement Award (Illinois)
Provides financial assistance to artists for specific projects. In 2011, visual, dance/choreography and performance/interdisciplinary artists may apply; in 2012, musical and literary artists may apply.
Applications are now available for City Arts Grants and Rosie Richmond Artist Advancement Awards. To be eligible for the City Arts Grant, applicant organizations must serve residents of Sangamon or Menard counties, be registered as a not-for-profit organization with the Illinois Secretary of State and have been in existence for at least one year prior to application. City Arts grants are given to social service agencies that provide arts programming for underserved populations (i.e. people with disabilities, senior citizens, ethnic minorities, etc.). The City Arts Grant program also provides subsidies to area arts organizations for rehearsal, performance or exhibit space.

The Rosie Richmond Artist Advancement Award is a grant program that provides financial assistance to committed artists for specific projects which will enable them to advance their work and careers. In 2011, visual, dance/choreography and performance/interdisciplinary artists may apply; in 2012, musical and literary artists may submit applications.
Attendance at a grant application workshop is required to be eligible for funding. Grant application workshops will be held in the Hoogland Center for the Arts on August 16, August 20 and September 1. Please call the Arts Council (753-3519) for application workshop times, to make reservations and for further information.

Grant applications may be picked up at the Arts Council office (Hoogland Center for the Arts, basement) or requested by e-mail ( The deadline for the City Arts Grant and the Rosie Richmond Artist Advancement Award is September 15.