Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Several Grants Available for the Arts Or Theatre

From The Foundation Center...

Below, are three grants. Two grants are available for art; one in California and one in art education in the United States. The third grant, below, is available to theatre groups, for travel expense, to non profits or professional theatre staff in either the United States or their counterparts in Russia, Central Europe, or Eastern Europe.

1. California Community Foundation Invites Los Angeles Artists to Apply for Cover Art Award

Deadline: May 4, 2007

The California Community Foundation's ( http://www.calfund.org/ ) Cover Art Award is designed to support an emerging Los Angeles artist working in painting, drawing, or printmaking by purchasing an artwork that best reflects the foundation's annual theme: "Arts and Culture in Diverse Communities." This year's theme embodies CCF's goal to support initiatives that expand access to the arts for low-income populations, recognize non-traditional art forms among various cultures, and leverage the arts as a means of revitalizing neighborhoods. The foundation will feature the winning artwork in its 2007 annual report cover, invitations and other publications, and a limited-edition lithograph. Cover art award guidelines and application instructions are available at the CCF Web site.

2. Theatre Communications Group Offers Travel Grants

Deadline: April 30, 2007

The Theatre Communications Group ( http://www.tcg.org/ ) is inviting applications for TCG/ITI Travel Grants, which support travel in either direction between theater professionals in the U.S. and their counterparts in Russia or Central/Eastern Europe, including Albania, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Herzegovina, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia. This grant program was developed by TCG in collaboration with the International Theatre Institute ( http://www.iti-worldwide.org/ ) and is funded by the Trust for Mutual Understanding ( http://www.tmuny.org/ ). Grants of $3,000 will be awarded to theaters and individual theater professionals (artists, administrators, or educators) to cover transportation and living expenses essential to the project, including research materials, communication costs, theater tickets, and/or the services of an interpreter. Theaters applying on behalf of theater professional(s) must be able to demonstrate not-for-profit, tax-exempt status; have a professional orientation and high artistic standards; and employ professional artists and administrators.

Individual theater professionals must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and wish to initiate, continue, or deepen relationships with artists and/or theater companies in Russia and/or Eastern and Central Europe. Theater professionals who are affiliated with a U.S. theater company that will be involved in the international work must be sponsored by that theater and may not apply as an individual.

The application postmark deadline for applicants scheduled to travel between July 1, 2007, and January 31, 2008, is April 30, 2007. Visit the TCG Web site for complete program guidelines and application materials. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10006751/tcg

RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10006747/calfund

3. Dana Foundation to Fund Art Education Professional Development Programs in Rural Communities

Deadline: June 4, 2007 (Letter of Intent)

The Dana Foundation ( http://www.dana.org/ ) is accepting Letters of Intent for performing arts education professional development programs in rural communities in the United States. The foundation is interested primarily in training for professional artists teaching performing arts in public schools and in-school arts specialists who teach performing arts in the public schools. In-school arts specialists are teachers who are part of the permanent school staff (full- or part-time) and who teach the performing arts as their primary area of instruction. The foundation's interests include but are not limited to the following: dance, music, or theater based on a specific pedagogy and arts curricula integrated into a school's standard curriculum. Dana supports projects in various stages of development and approach, including pilot programs, evaluated pilot programs ready for expansion locally, and programs ready to be exported to other communities. Please note the foundation does not support programs that focus on direct instruction of school children or direct instruction of classroom teachers. (Proposals may include training for school staff such as classroom teachers, school leadership, and arts administrators who work with artists and/or arts specialists, but the primary training must be for artists or arts specialists.)

Dana does not award grants to individual schools or school districts. Projects funded in the next grant cycle may not begin prior to January 1, 2008, when the 2008 awards will be announced. The foundation will offer one- and two-year grants of up to $50,000 each.

Visit the Dana Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines, funding restrictions, and application procedures. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10006748/dana


Jill K said...

We are a small non-profit ballet school/company in a very rural underserved community in N.CA. Our Artistic Director, Victor Temple from Dance Theatre of Harlem, has a very modern bent and is very committed to exposing the community as well as his dancers to a wide variety of multi-cultural dance forms. Victor has been the director for 3 years and has experienced slow but steady growth. Community and personal donations have kept us alive thus far, but we are at a point that we need real cash flow if we are to trully move forward and advance the vision that Victor has for this school and company. Victor would like to bring "Frankenstein" in colloboration with the Almay Ballet company in Chicago to our local stage. (Victor is personal friends with this Ballet company and our students would fly to Chicago to join their cast to train and perform several shows there and then come to California and perform 2 shows here in California during the Halloween season which is a favorite here. We also need simple things like a business manager and regular garbage pickup rather than having to bring garbage home with us to include in our own garbage pickups. The City is behind us-we just need funds. If you know of anything we could apply for or where to start-it would be greatly appreciated.-Jill K (School Director)

Arlene M. Spencer said...

Dear Jill K,
Hello and thank you for reading and posting!

It sounds like your theatre's work is a great opportunity for youth!

To find viable grant opportunities use The Foundation Center's grant seeking resource. Research "dance", "arts", "ballet", etc. under The Foundation Center's Foundation Directory tool (on their website at: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/ ) The Foundation Center is a very respected and up to date resource for nonprofits seeking grants. They will often provide anyone new to their tools with a free trial subscription to try it out, if you do not want to buy a subscription. You could search which foundations give to ballet schools this way.

You can also find the same Foundation Center database at several local public libraries around the nation, and those can be used at any time for free. Perhaps there is one near you? To find out, go to: http://foundationcenter.org/collections/

To know how to look for grants read my two posts:




Good luck in your important work!