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CDEA Grant/Scholarship Resources
State and National Grants
Arts Council Santa Cruz County
Grant Guidelines/link: http://www.artscouncilsc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Fall-2017-Create-Guidelines.pdf
Deadline: September 27, 2017
Arts Council Santa Cruz County’s Grants Program provides funding for artists and arts organization in Santa Cruz County to support the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work; increase the success of artists and the sustainability of arts organizations; expand equitable access to the arts to the full diversity of residents and visitors; increase social impact through art; and engage new audiences in the arts
Upcoming deadline: Tuesday, October 3, 5pm
CA$H provides grants for projects by San Francisco Bay Area’s individual artists and organizations with budgets under $100,000. CA$H was designed in 1999 by artists, for artists. The program supports impactful projects that represent the many diversities of Bay Area dance community (race, genre, age, gender, ability, experience, location). CA$H | dance is a program of Dancers’ Group, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.
Free Applicant Workshop
At the workshop, we will review updates to the program, talk through the application components, and answer questions.
Mon, Sep 18, 6-8pm
Dancers’ Group, 44 Gough St, Ste 201, SF
The S&R Washington Award application is now open!
Deadline: October 5, 2017
This grant is for merging artist looking to further your creative development. The Washington Award recognizes talented artists working in a broad range of disciplines including dance, painting, photography, sculpture, music, dramatic arts, film, digital, and interdisciplinary arts.
Winners receive a cash prize of $5,000 to support their career development. An additional $5,000 may be awarded to a Grand Prize-winning artist of outstanding ability. Award winners become part of the S&R Foundation network of artists, scientists, and social entrepreneurs. Award winners are eligible for performances or exhibitions supported by S&R Foundation.
California Arts Council-California-State
2017 Creative Economy innOVATION Grant Awards
The Ovation Foundation
Grant link: http://www.theovationfoundation.org/innovation-grant-awards-program/
The innOVATION Grant Awards program is The Ovation Foundation’s signature funding program, where wide-ranging nonprofit arts organizations are recognized for their excellence and best practices in program delivery. Areas of focus for the innOVATION Grant Awards have included model arts place-making projects, STEAM programs, and Creative Economy workforce development programs.
The 2017 Creative Economy innOVATION Grant Awards will recognize model nonprofit arts organizations who cultivate and support artists and enterprises in the creative industries through capacity-building, accelerating partnerships, and/or fiscal support. Up to five organizations will be awarded $25,000 each for a total of $125,000.
2017 California Documentary Project
Contact: John Lightfoot, Senior Program Officer
Grant link: http://calhum.org/funding-opportunities/california-documentary-project/
The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and digital media projects that seek to document California in all its complexity. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth and perspective and reach and engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, online distribution and interactive media, community screenings and discussions, in classrooms and libraries, at cultural centers, film festivals, and beyond. Funding is available in two categories:
Research and Development Grants up to $10,000
Production Grants up to $50,000
Artists and Communities in Partnership for Youth
San Francisco Arts Commission
Contact: Liz Ozol
Grant link: http://www.sfartscommission.org/content/artists-and-communities-partnership-youth#overlay-context=content/artists-and-communities-partnership-youth
The Artists and Communities in Partnership – Youth (ACIP-YOUTH) grant program provides project support for arts organizations and community-based organizations to use the arts to address a specific issue impacting historically marginalized youth communities in San Francisco. Artists and Organizations working with youth from pre-k to transitionally aged youth 18-24 during out-of-school time are highly encouraged to apply. Projects serving youth during the school day will also be considered.
THE CREATIVE WORK FUND
Deadlines: September 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm APPLICANT SEMINAR – SAN FRANCISCO
September 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm APPLICANT SEMINAR – RICHMOND
September 19 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm SEMINAR – SANTA CRUZ
Grant seeker registration deadline: August-November, 2017
INVITES ARTISTS AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
TO CREATE NEW ARTWORKS TOGETHER
THE CREATIVE WORK FUND IS A PROGRAM OF THE WALTER AND ELISE HAAS FUND THAT ALSO IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE WILLIAM AND FLORA HEWLETT FOUNDATION.
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
2017-18 Dance Composition Awards
Grant link: http://fdnweb.org/gerbode/arts/
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, in partnership with The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is pleased to announce a $300,000 fund for the creation and development of new dance works by California choreographers. The works are to be commissioned and produced by Bay Area non-profit arts presenting organizations that can apply for grants of $50,000 each.
1. To accelerate the creative excellence and professional development of promising California choreographers and master artists.
2. To recognize and support Bay Area dance-presenting organizations, interdisciplinary arts organizations, and community-based arts nonprofits in their commitment to commission, develop, and produce new works by California choreographers.
3. To encourage and deepen the engagement between the choreographer(s) and the producing organization.
4. To support projects that represent the diversity and uniqueness of the Bay Area’s cultural perspectives and communities.
5. To support organizations that are deeply rooted in culturally-specific communities and have potential to deepen engagement with their communities.
Emailed application materials must be received by the Gerbode Foundation by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, November 9, 2017. Late submissions will not be eligible. Hardcopy applications will not be accepted.
S.T.A.R. Foundation Grants
The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County
Contact: Susanne Mentzer
Grant link: http://starfoundationmc.org/
The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County supports youth-related performing arts activities in Monterey County. Our grants are designed to supplement existing programs by providing funding for capital technical expense (e.g., lighting, sound and musical equipment), augment instruction by providing guest artists/docents in acting, make-up, scenic, sound and lighting design, maintenance of musical instruments, and more. The Board of Directors will entertain ideas and approve funding on a quarterly basis. There are no deadlines to apply.
Arts Council for Monterey County
Deadline: Next deadline October 15, 2017 Grant application available in July
The Arts Council for Monterey County has announced new grants for art programs and cultural groups. All art festivals, programs and cultural groups with annual budgets less than $100,000 are eligible to apply — thanks to new funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The purpose of these new grants is to further increase access and opportunity for all Monterey County residents. In addition to funding, Arts Council staff will provide consultation and help selected groups connect with additional resources. The new grants are designed to serve small groups that may or may not have a 501©(3) designation.
Click on Cultural Arts Grant Application (available on the website) or send request to Klara Hickmanova at email@example.com. Community Engagement Coordinator Berniz House will answer any questions in English or Spanish at anytime – firstname.lastname@example.org. Groups are welcome to apply anytime; grant requests will be reviewed monthly.
Bill Graham Memorial Foundation
Deadline: September 15, 2017
Grants for programs/projects of grassroots organizations working in the areas of music, the arts and education. They also fund social work, environmental protection and spiritual & compassionate projects in our community. They seek to assist those whose needs are not served by larger philanthropic organizations. Their geographic scope is primarily but not absolutely limited to the Bay Area and Northern California.
The majority of the grants given by the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation are in the range of $1500 – $2500, and we have a maximum cap of $4500 for a single grant.
The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation
Deadlines: North, Central, and Southern California: September 30, 2017.
The mission of The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation is to build strong and vibrant communities, improve the quality of life, and make a positive difference in locations served by the bank throughout the United States.
Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations in bank communities as well as selected national organizations. The Foundation’s areas of interest include education, community development, health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and civic affairs.
Education Grant Program
LA Promise Fund
Grant link: http://www.lapromisefund.org/artsmatter/
The LA Promise Fund is offering grants to support art projects in classrooms around LA County. Grants are for supplies and resources to implement a project inspired by the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, celebrating Latin American and Latino art in Los Angeles. Student work from classroom projects can be submitted to the Promise Fund’s Student Arts Contest. Top works will be selected for display and will be awarded college scholarships. Educators from all grade levels and subject areas are eligible to apply.
Santa Monica Cultural Affairs
Arts Transportation Grant program
Deadline: Applications available September 11, 2017 until funds are depleted
The City of Santa Monica Arts Transportation Grant Program provides access to arts and culture activities throughout Los Angeles County. Any Santa Monica school or nonprofit organization wishing to visit a cultural destination in L.A. County may apply for reimbursement of transportation costs. Trips must take place between October 1, 2017 and June 7, 2018.
Los Angele County Arts Commission
Deadline: October-November, 2017
See Link for detailed deadlines: https://www.lacountyarts.org/funding/organizational-grant-program/ogp-grantseekers/workshops
The Organizational Grant Program (OGP) provides Los Angeles County nonprofit arts organizations funding to address priority needs and ensures cultural services for the diverse communities that comprise LA County. These two-year grants support arts organizations whose services positively impact residents, neighborhoods and communities. Providing direct access and increased opportunities for quality arts activities and programming that is often free or low cost.
Research: Art Works
National Endowment for the Arts
Grant link: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/research-art-works
The National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis makes awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life.
Research: Art Works offers support for projects in two areas:
Track One: Value and Impact. These are matching grants ranging from $10,000-$30,000 for research projects that aim to examine the value and/or impact of the arts in any topic area(s) by using data and methods appropriate to the proposed research questions. Projects relying primarily on experimental/quasi-experimental design methods should apply to Track Two.
Track Two: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs. These are matching grants ranging from $30,000-$100,000 for research projects that aim to test the causal or inferred-causal impact of the arts on individual or cohort outcomes by using experimental or quasi-experimental design methods appropriate to the proposed research questions. This Track is only for projects relying primarily on experimental or quasi-experimental research methods. Projects that do not use experimental or quasi-experimental research methods will considered ineligible if submitted under this track.
W.M. Keck Foundation
Deadline, November 1, 2017
The Southern California Program seeks to promote the education and healthy development of children and youth, strengthen families and enhance the lives of people in the greater Los Angeles area through its support of organizations that provide arts and cultural enrichment, civic and community services, early childhood and pre-collegiate education, and health care. Projects that address compelling issues and have the potential to have a significant impact on the target population, organization, region and/or field are encouraged. A special emphasis is placed on projects that focus on children and youth from low-income families, special needs populations and safety-net services. Collaborative initiatives as well as projects arising from the vision of one organization’s strong leadership are supported. Nonprofit organizations, including colleges and universities, pursuing relevant projects in Los Angeles County are eligible to apply.
The San Diego Foundation
Deadline: September-December, 2017
The San Diego Foundation’s Creative Catalyst program strengthens San Diego’s creative economy by providing opportunities for local professional artists to create work that advances their careers, increases civic engagement and enriches our quality of life.
We award artists with $10,000 to $20,000 fellowships, and partner with nonprofit arts and culture mentoring organizations. Fellowships require the development of new work or advancement of existing work over a 12-month period that includes extensive community engagement and culminating project exhibitions or performances for all San Diegans to enjoy. San Diego-based artists 18 and older working in visual, performing, literary and media arts at all stages of their careers are eligible to apply. Artists must not be enrolled in degreed programs during the fellowship.
The Shubert Foundation
Deadline: October 18, 2017
Annual Deadlines and Important Dates:
End of August
Current grant application becomes available online.
Deadline for Dance, Arts Related and Education applications. Applications must be received by The Shubert Foundation no later than 6 pm EST on this date.
Deadline for Theatre applications. Applications must be received by The Shubert Foundation no later than 6 pm EST on this date.
Deadline for audited financial statements for Dance, Arts Related and Education applicants who submitted by the October 18 deadline. Audits must be received by The Shubert Foundation no later than 6 pm EST on this date. (For more information regarding audit requirements, please click here).
Deadline for audited financial statements for Theatre applicants who submitted by the December 1 deadline. Audits must be received by The Shubert Foundation no later than 6 pm EST on this date. (For more information regarding audit requirements, please click here).
Last week of May
Grants are announced and disbursed.
The principal goal of The Shubert Foundation is to support not-for-profit, professional theatre and dance companies in the United States. The Foundation’s Arts Related and Education programs are smaller than those of Theatre and Dance and necessarily limited.
The Shubert Foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support, rather than funding for specific projects.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
December 1, 2017 for projects taking place between March 15, 2018 and March 14, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 8, 2017.
April 5, 2018 for projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 12, 2018.
USArtists International supports performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the release of the 2017-2018 program guidelines and application deadlines. Applications for Round I are due September 7, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET for engagements between December 15, 2017 and December 14, 2018. Click here for additional deadlines.
How to apply for USArtists International:
Step 1: Read program guidelines carefully to ensure eligibility. Guidelines have been revised for the 2017-2018 grant cycle. Join us for a webinar below!
Step 2: Review the work sample and budget instructions.
Step 3: Complete the online application.
Japan Foundation: Performing Arts Japan
Web Site: http://www.jfny.org/arts_and_culture/paj.html
Application Deadline: October 31, 2017
The mission of the Japan Foundation is to establish international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Foundation’s Performing Arts JAPAN (PAJ) program is designed to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences in North America. PAJ supports initiatives created by U.S. and Canadian nonprofit organizations to provide geographically diverse audiences with greater exposure to Japanese performing arts, as well as encouraging collaborations between Japanese and North American artists. PAJ Touring Grants assist in the presentation of Japanese performing arts in the U.S. and Canada, emphasizing locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants allow Japanese and American/Canadian artists to create new works that will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American and Canadian audiences. The application deadline is October 31, 2017. Visit the Japan Foundation website to download the PAJ program guidelines and application form.
Arts Internship Program
Application deadline: October 25, 2017
The Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program funds nonprofit performing, presenting, literary and municipal arts organizations to host college students in paid internships throughout the summer.
Performing Arts Scholarship Resources
*Dance scholarships provides financial aid resources for deserving artists and performers.
Dance is a discipline with so much variety that it’s no surprise many students find their passion in one or more of its forms. While a college education can help passionate students pursue careers in dance, finding money for college can be challenging. Fortunately, dance scholarships exist to provide financial aid for deserving artists and performers who are interested in dance.