Upcoming Grant Deadlines

For all opportunities, please visit the website of the Foundation for application instructions and complete guidelines.

The Yip Harburg Foundation is accepting applications for project support.

Who they fund:
New projects, as follows: (a) action-oriented projects with small operating budgets which, due to the controversial, risky or innovative nature of their work, have little access to traditional funding; (b) mass media and theatre projects which educate and inform about serious issues; (c) projects extending over a specific time period, with a focused, concrete goal and clear social impact.

The Foundation generally grants $500 to $3,000, and occasionally up to $5,000. They request proof of applicant’s tax-exempt status or fiscal sponsor.

Geographic focus:
National

What is required:
Brief proposals are preferred (email preferred; for hard copies, no more than 10 pages total).  Please see Foundation’s website for detailed proposal instructions.

Deadline:
Rolling.  Response time is usually from 6 to 8 weeks.


The Pollination Project is accepting applications for project support.

Who they fund:
The Pollination Project believes in the power of ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Grants are made to individual change-makers with an idea and a plan to make their community and their world a better place.  $1000 seed grants are made to individual change makers, every day, 365 days a year.

Funding is made available in the following categories:

  • compassion towards all life (people, planet, animals)
  • environmental sustainability
  • justice in all of its forms
  • community health and wellness
  • putting consciousness into action
  • social change-oriented arts and culture

The Pollination Project FUNDS:

  • Passionate, committed people with a social change vision that fits within one or more of their categories above.
  • Projects in their early stage of development and where a small amount of money will go a very long way.
  • Supplies, program materials, direct travel expenses, website fees, discounted professional services, printing, copying, promotional costs.
  • Projects with a clear target audience and compelling plan to reach and impact that target audience in a positive way.
  • Projects that do not expect to earn income or any income will be used for a purely charitable effort.

The Pollination Project does NOT fund:
Established organizations or corporations; payment to the grantee for their time or services; projects that have already raised over $10,000 USD since inception; scholarships, training fees; projects where the primary benefit is to the grantee or to any one individual; one-off needs such as training fees or participation in a one-time event or activity unless there’s a clear, long term purpose to that participation.

Geographic focus:
National

What is required:
Application form is available on The Pollination Project’s website.  Applications must be emailed per instructions on application.

Deadline:
Rolling


Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation is accepting applications for direct support of exhibition catalogues and publications.

Who they fund:
Funding from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation is currently available to support direct costs for catalogues and other publications accompanying contemporary art exhibitions and projects, especially those supporting emerging and under-recognized artists and produced by smaller organizations outside the nation’s cultural centers. Limited funds are also available for publications related to the grantee organization and its programs or collections.The Foundation does not provide grants for individuals, general operating expenses, capital campaigns, endowment funds, or projects supporting the work of deceased artists, and prefers one-time special projects that are originated by the applying organization. Requests for projects that take place within one year of the request will be given priority consideration. Grant amounts typically range from $5,000 to $20,000. Proposals for funding are reviewed by the Trustees semi-annually, in the Spring and Fall.

Geographic focus:
National

What is required:
Letters of inquiry are required before submission of a full proposal. They are accepted throughout the year for preliminary review by the grants committee but must be postmarked by March 15 for the Spring funding cycle and by August 15 for the Fall funding cycle. Letters of inquiry will not be accepted via fax or email. If the request is recommended for further consideration, the applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Deadline:
March 15


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is accepting applications for USArtists International.

Who they fund:
Through USAI, grants are available to American dance, music and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals and for performance engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside of the United States. USAI continues the important tradition in the United States of the public and private sectors working collaboratively to support the arts.  USAI is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Applications are submitted to Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Eligible applicants must:

  • be a dance, music or theater ensemble or solo artist, including practitioners of folk and traditional forms, that work at a professional level
  • be designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or have a U.S.-based fiscal sponsor that is designated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • if an ensemble, have the majority of its performing members be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (whether a U.S.-based ensemble or a collaborative project with artists in the host country). The lead creative artist of a collaborative ensemble must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • if a solo performer, be invited to perform as a soloist without accompaniment and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Geographic focus:
National

What is required:
Applications for USAI must be completed online and submitted electronically on or before the deadlines listed in these guidelines.  No hard copy of the application should be sent to Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with the sole exception of a signed Certification Sheet.  Applications sent via fax or e-mail will not be accepted for consideration.  Please see Foundation website for full application instructions.

Deadline:
April 19, 2013 for projects taking place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014


The Harpo Foundation is accepting applications for production of new work by visual artists.

Who they fund:
The foundation considers proposals that directly support the production of new work by visual artists and/or collaborative teams who are under recognized by the field. This production may happen in the context of an installation, public intervention, residency, or exhibition.

In its grantmaking, Harpo Foundation prioritizes projects that advance and cross the boundaries of visual media and artistic disciplines. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and the strength of its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under recognized by the field.

***March 4, 2013 Update***
NOW FUNDING INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS DIRECTLY

We are pleased to announce an important change in the Foundation’s grant program. In 2013, starting with the April 5 deadline, the foundation will accept proposals from individual artists as well as from non-profit organizations. Previously, artists were unable to apply for direct support. This restriction has been lifted and artists may now apply on their own behalf using the same application procedures as non-profit organizations.

Geographic focus:
National

What is required:

  • Tax exempt 501c3 organizations are eligible.
  • Institutions in countries outside of the United States are eligible but if awarded must be prepared to supply the foundation with a legal affidavit written in English qualifying its tax exempt activities and structure.
  • Presenting venues and hosting organizations may only submit one application a year.
  • Individual artists may not apply on behalf of themselves but may apply in cooperation with a fiscal sponsor. Unlike presenting venues and hosting organizations, artist-support organizations that serve as fiscal sponsors may submit on behalf of more than one artist a year.

Deadline:
Letter of Inquiry -
April 5, 2013 (11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time)


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