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.

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