New Arts & Culture RFP’s-September Deadline

Oregon Community Foundation Offers Grants for Small Arts Organizations


Recent research conducted by the Oregon Community Foundation has revealed that of the 1,468 registered nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Oregon, 81 percent have budgets under $100,000. Although these organizations are central to the cultural and economic vitality of communities in the state, they are often not eligible for traditional grant funding.

In response to this situation, the foundation has announced a new grant program that will award one-year grants of up to $5,000 to arts organizations with operating budgets under $100,000. One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to arts and culture organizations in each of Oregon’s eight regions, based on the number of arts organizations in and population of each region. To be eligible, organizations must identify arts and/or culture as a priority reason for their existence; be a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service; be headquartered in Oregon; and be able to document that their cash expenses during the most recently completed fiscal year were less than $100,000.

The foundation will begin accepting online grant applications on August 1, 2014. Applications will be accepted no later than September 1, 2014.

For More Information, click here:Link to Complete RFP

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Accepting Applications for USArtists International Grant Program


Administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the USArtists International program is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that American artists can enhance their creative and professional development through participation at international festivals.

Through the program, grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals and/or for performance engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere outside the U.S.

Applicants must be a dance, music, or theater ensemble or solo artist, including practitioners of folk and traditional forms, working at a professional level; be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization or have a U.S.-based fiscal sponsor that has nonprofit 501(c)(3) status; if an ensemble, have the majority of its members be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (whether a U.S.-based ensemble or a collaborative project with artists in the host country); and, if a solo performer, be invited to perform as a soloist without accompaniment and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

The September 5, 2014, deadline is for engagements taking place between November 1, 2014, and October 31, 2015.

For More Information, click here: Link to Complete RFP

Delaware Community Foundation Invites Applications For Nonprofit Collaborations

DEADLINE: September 15, 2014

The  Delaware Community Foundation is accepting applications for its 2014 Collaborative Grants program. Through the annual program, DCF awards grants of up to $100,000 for programs involving a collaboration of two or more nonprofits within a single county or statewide. To be eligible, all applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the DCF website.

For More Information, click here:Link to Complete RFP


Center for Cultural Innovation Seeks Applications for NextGen Arts Professional Development Grants

DEADLINE: September 15, 2014

The Center for Cultural Innovation‘s NextGen Arts Professional Development Grant Program provides funding to emerging arts leaders in California to enroll in workshops, attend conferences, work with consultants or coaches, or pursue alternative career enrichment activities. Qualified individuals may apply for one grant of up to $1,000 a year to support the direct costs of a proposed professional development activity, including tuition or registration fees for workshops, conferences, and trainings; travel and hotel expenses; fees to work directly with consultants or career coaches; and direct costs related to professional development activities such as purchasing publications or subscriptions, travel per diem, or transportation.

To be eligible, individuals must be between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of application; currently be working with a California nonprofit arts organization as an administrator, artist, or board member; and have been employed in the arts field for fewer than ten consecutive years.

Applications are accepted and funding decisions made on a rolling basis throughout the year, with an application deadline on the 15th of every month. Grants will be awarded in advance of proposed activities and payments will be made through the applicant’s supporting nonprofit arts organization.

For More Information, click here: Link to Complete RFP

William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts Invites Applications From African-American Artists


The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts was established in 2001 in honor of William H. Johnson, an American artist known primarily for his Scandinavian landscapes and his witty and poignant depictions of African-American daily life. Recognizing that minority artists often need economic assistance, the foundation seeks to encourage artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize.

The Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African-American artist working in the areas of painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation, and/or new genres. For award purposes, “early career” is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within a dozen years of the year the prize is awarded. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible so long as they have not been working as an artist for more than twelve years. The 2014 prize recipient will receive $25,000. The winner will be announced in December 2014.

For More Information, click here: Link to Complete RFP

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Invites Applications for Fund for Creative Communities


Administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Fund for Creative Communities is accepting applications for projects that bring high-quality art projects to places and people in Manhattan. Part of the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization program, a statewide community arts re-granting program, the program awards grants of up to $5,000 in support of projects and activities that  enable Manhattan communities to experience and engage with the arts. Each year, the program awards close to $230,000 to  arts projects in the borough, including concerts, performances, public art, exhibitions, screenings, festivals, workshops, readings, and more.

The fund supports small and midsized nonprofit organizations and artists that provide high-quality local arts programs. The fund also seeks to increase access to arts and cultural activities in Manhattan neighborhoods and to encourage new arts activities in communities where the need exists. Information sessions are offered each summer in ten locations across Manhattan. Sessions include a review of the programs and useful information to help applicants put their best foot forward. Attendance at an information session is required for first-time and returning applicants who have not attended since 2011.

For More Information, click here: Link to Complete RFP

Southern Exposure Invites Applications for Alternative Exposure Grants

DEADLINE: September 18, 2014

Southern Exposure is a San Francisco-based artist-centered nonprofit committed to supporting visual artists. Through extensive and innovative programming, SoEx strives to experiment, collaborate, and further educate while providing a resource center and forum for Bay Area and national artists and youth in its Mission District space, as well as off site.

Through its Alternative Exposure grant program, SoEx supports the self-organized work of artists and small groups that play such a critical and significant role within the San Francisco Bay Area arts community. Now in its eighth year, the program provides grants of up to $5,000 to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that are direct, accessible, and open to the public. Funded activities may include a new exhibition or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an arts venue or collective, a public art project, a one-time event or performance, publications directly related to the visual arts, an online project, an artist residency, a series of film screenings, and more.

Projects must run between November 15, 2014, and June 30, 2016. To be eligible, project activities must be accessible and presented to the public within the Bay Area, while the lead organizer must live in San Francisco or Alameda counties.(For groups, additional collaborators may live elsewhere, but the majority of collaborators in the group must live in an eligible county.) Projects may not be a part of the primary programming of an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization;  nonprofit organizations are not eligible to apply.

To assist applicants, SoEx will be hosting three informational sessions in the Bay Area: Information Session 1 on August 11, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (PST) at the Southern Exposure offices (3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110); Information Session 2 on August 20, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Aggregate Space Gallery (801 West Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94607); and Information Session 3 on September 8, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the SoEx offices.

For More Information, click here: Link to Complete RFP

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications From Artists and Scholars in the United States and Canada

DEADLINE: September 19, 2014

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields — including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts — except the performing arts. Last year, the program awarded fellowships to one hundred and eighty-one scholars, artists, and scientists in the United States and Canada.

Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, the fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.

Fellowships provide grants to selected individuals over a time period between six and twelve months. Since the purpose of the program is to provide fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.

Support is only available to individuals. Fellowships are not available for the creation of residencies, curriculum development, or any type of educational program, nor are they available to support the development of Web sites or blogs. The foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. Accordingly, the foundation will provide fellowships to composers but not conductors, singers, or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights, and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors.  Grant amounts vary, and the foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.

For More Information, click here:Link to Complete RFP

American Council of Learned Societies Invites Applications for Digital Innovation Fellowships

DEADLINE: September 24, 2014

The American Council of Learned Societies  is accepting applications for its ninth annual Digital Innovation Fellowships. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the fellowship program supports digitally-based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The aim of the program is to provide scholars with the means to pursue intellectually significant projects that deploy digital technologies intensively and innovatively.

Fellowships are intended to support an academic year dedicated to work on a major scholarly project that takes a digital form. Projects may address a consequential scholarly question through new research methods, new ways of representing the knowledge produced by research, or both; create new digital research resources; increase the scholarly utility of existing digital resources by developing new means of aggregating, navigating, searching, or analyzing those resources; or propose to analyze and reflect on the new forms of knowledge creation and representation made possible by the digital transformation of scholarship.

Each fellowship carries a stipend of up to $60,000 toward an academic year’s leave and provides for project costs of up to $25,000. ACLS does not support creative works (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translations, or purely pedagogical projects. The program is open to scholars in all fields of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree conferred prior to the application deadline. An established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of a Ph.D. in publications and professional experience may also qualify. United States citizenship or permanent resident status is required as of the application deadline.

For More Information, click here: Link to Complete RFP

Target Accepting Applications for K-12 Field Trip Grants Program

DEADLINE: September 30, 2014

Target Corporation is accepting applications from education professionals for the Target Field Trip Grants program, an annual program designed to bring K-12 students in the United States to museums, historical sites, and cultural organizations.Grants are intended to fund visits to art, science, and cultural museums; community service or civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from school. More than 3,600 grants of up to $700 will be awarded in January 2015.  Grants are available for field trips taking place between February and December 2015 and may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies.

Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school in the U.S. that maintains 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff at these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.

Visit the Target website for complete program guidelines and access to the application form.

For More Information, click here:Link to Complete RFP

Museums Alaska Invites Applications for Collections Management Fund

DEADLINE: September 30, 2014

Museums Alaska, in partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation, is accepting applications for its Collections Management Fund, a grant program designed to enhance collections management at Alaska museums through professional expertise, training, and access to conservation materials and supplies.

Grants of up to  $10,000 will be awarded in support of activities that help organizations build capacity in the area of collections management and conservation of collections within three categories:

1) Supplies and equipment: Applicants may request funds for general collections management needs as well as specific project needs. (Shipping costs are eligible grant expenses.) Priority will be given to emergency conservation projects.

2) Training: Applicants may request grants to support training of museum staff and community participants. Tuition or workshop fees for training events are eligible for funding, as are associated training costs for providing a local training event for staff and community participants. Travel costs of experts hired for specific projects and travel for museum staff to attend collections-related trainings elsewhere also are eligible grant expenses. Projects with emphasis on training staff or community members who can then pass on knowledge (i.e., “train the trainers”) are encouraged.

3) Professional services: Applicants may request support for specific projects, including contract hiring of conservators, registrars, collections managers, etc. who can provide expertise or services beyond the capacity of local staff. Eligible expenses for contractors are limited to short-term projects, with preference for local hire. When hiring an expert from outside Alaska, institutions are encouraged to share expert services among communities. Museums Alaska reserves the right to group like requests into a coordinated tour by a visiting professional.

To be eligible, applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, government, tribal entities, or equivalent organizations that hold collections in the public trust, such as a museum or cultural center. Small, rural-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

For complete eligibility guidelines, program description, and application instructions, see the Museums Alaska website.

For More Information, click here:Link to Complete RFP

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