Grants February 2009

Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant Program

 Grants of up to $5,000 for emerging music, theater (including performance art and experimental theater), and visual artists from Minnesota or New York City. Grants must be used for travel pertaining to research for new work, the development of collaborations, participation in specific training programs, investigating artistic work outside Minnesota or New York City, and time for reflection and individual study (grants do not support production of new work, acquisition of teaching credentials, touring, performances, exhibitions, or teaching). Travel may be national or international, and must occur between June 1, 2009, and December 31, 2012. Applicants must live in Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City, and have lived there for at least one year prior to application deadline. Open to individual creative artists, collaborative teams (under one application), and Minnesota nonprofit arts administrators; students are not eligible except in specific cases; contact the Foundation for questions about eligibility. Applicants may submit only one proposal in one discipline. All applications must include a completed cover sheet and comply with application requirements (available on website). NOTE: No fax or e-mail submissions. NO FEE. Jerome Foundation, 400 Sibley St. Suite 125, St. Paul, MN 55101-1928, T: (651) 224-9431 or (800) 995-3766, FAX: (651) 224-3439,, Deadline: February 20, 2009


Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Program

For Washington State artists, all disciplines. GAP provides up to $1,500 to individual artists to develop new ideas and directions for specific projects, e.g., the development, completion, or presentation of new work; publication; travel for artistic research or to present or complete work; documentation of work; professional development. Applicant must be practicing artist, 18+ years old by application deadline, and resident of Washington State at time of application and when award is granted. Students in degree programs ineligible. GAP Application, Artist Trust, 1835 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122, T: (206) 467-8734 ext. 9 or 1 (866) 218-7878,, Deadline: February 20, 2009


The Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grants and the Leeway Transformation Awards

Grants for women and trans artists (including those identifying as transgender, transsexual, and/or genderqueer) who live in the Delaware Valley region of Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties who make art for social change and have financial need. Seeks to recognize artists who are marginalized because of the nature of their art or their identity. Funds projects that promote social change by raising consciousness; creating a vision of a more just world; providing tools or strategies for organizing and movement-building; reclaiming traditional cultural practices as a form or resistance or community building; challenging racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, and other forms of oppression; and questioning mainstream culture and beliefs. Visit website for application forms and guidelines. The Leeway Foundation, The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut St., Suite 832, Philadelphia, PA 19107, T: (215) 545-4078, FAX: (215) 545-4021, Deadline: March 1, 2009


Driehaus and MacArthur Foundations Chicago-Based Arts Funding Program

Seeking applications from theatre and performing arts organizations that have budgets of $500,000 or less and reside in and serve the Chicago metropolitan area (Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Kane, and Will counties). Most grants will be in the range of $5,000 – $15,000. Generally, the fund will make operating support grants. The decisions for funding will be based on artistic contribution, potential for stability, and, in some cases, growth and compelling mission. Applicants must have 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal agent with such status. Complete guidelines available on the Driehaus Foundation website:, MacArthur Foundation: Deadline: March 2, 2009


Kentucky Foundation for Women Art Meets Activism Grant Program

 Supports feminist artists and organizations in actively engaging individuals and communities in the development, creation or implementation of art activities that are directly focused on progressive social change in Kentucky. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to community involvement and be able to illustrate that they have a concrete plan to accomplish social change. Applicants may request funds for a range of activities including: arts education programs focused on women or girls, community participation in the creation of new art forms, community-based projects involving new partnerships between artists and activists, and arts-based community projects with social change themes or content. Applicants must demonstrate high artistic quality in the work sample, and should be able to demonstrate their commitment to feminism and their understanding of the relationship between art and social change. Open to individual artists and arts organizations based in Kentucky. Applicants may apply for grants from $1,000-$7,000; typical awards are between $3,000-$5,000. Kentucky Foundation for Women, 1215 Heyburn Building, 332 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202-2184, T: (502) 562-0045, Toll Free: (866) 654-7564, FAX: (502) 561-0420, Deadline: March 6, 2009


Theatre Communications Group / International Theatre Institute Travel Grants

 Fostering cultural exchange and artistic partnerships between theatre professionals in U.S. and counterparts in Russia and Eastern and Central Europe. TCG/ITI grants of $3,000 support travel in either direction between theatre artists, administrators, and educators. Recipients may be either a U.S. not-for-profit theatre applying on behalf of a theatre professional, or an individual theatre professional who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Guidelines and applications, including online registration, will go live on the website during the first half of February. Michael Shatara, Artistic Programs Associate, TCG/ITI Travel Grants, Theatre Communications Group, 520 Eighth Ave, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10018-4156, T: (212) 609-5900 ext. 269,, Deadline: March 23, 2009


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation ArtsCONNECT Program

Provides support for non-profit and government consortia to present high quality live performing arts tours to audiences in the mid Atlantic region. Presenting consortia must include at least 3 presenting organizations from at least two mid Atlantic states (DE, D.C., MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Presenters must be legally incorporated non-profit organizations or government entities. ArtsCONNECT projects must involve professional touring artists in theater, dance, opera, music, jazz, or folk/traditional arts that have been touring for at least two years. Artists must reside out-of-state for a majority of presenters within each consortium. Projects must take place between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. NOTE: Must submit application through website. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 201 N. Charles St., Suite 401, Baltimore, MD 21201, T: (410) 539-6656, FAX: (410) 837-5517, Deadline: March 30, 2009


National Museum of the American Indian Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program / Artist Leadership

 Supporting a wide range of arts activities with the goal of increasing knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary Native American arts. Awards of $6,000-$7,000 enable indigenous artists to research, document, network, and develop life skills to enhance artistic growth and strengthen career development. Two-part program includes visit to Washington, D.C., to conduct research and to receive professional training services, as well as an artist-facilitated community project to share knowledge learned from visit. Eligibility: Must be an indigenous artist of the Western Hemisphere who is recognized by their community and can demonstrate significant artistic accomplishments; may work in any media (visual, media, performance arts, literature, etc.). Artist Leadership Program, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian, Cultural Resources Center, Community and Constituent Services Department, 4220 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746-2863, T: (301) 238-3200,, Receipt deadline: April 6, 2009


International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) Professional Development Grants

Stipend to assist with travel expenses for ICWP member wishing to attend conferences or events with a substantial international focus. (ICWP membership fee ranges from free to $25). Awards are intended as supplement to member’s own funds and should not be counted on for large part of cost of attendance. Funds are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Kristen Lazarian, Vice President, ICWP, T: (818) 23100937, Deadline: Rolling (must be received 3 calendar months prior to event)

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