Funding Opportunities

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Funding Opportunities

  • Spirit of Youth | Youth Connection and Engagement GrantsDeadline: October 30, 2020Spirit of Youth is offering five grants of up to $4,500 to organizations in Anchorage to promote youth connection and engagement. Priority will be given to youth-led initiatives within the 12-24-year-old age range.The Youth Connection and Engagement Grants are specifically intended to support youth-led projects that meet the following goals:Mattering – Youth’s perception they are respected, trusted, supported, valued by others, and able to make a difference in their community.Connection and engagement – Community connection is correlated with decreases in youth risk behaviors that negatively impact learning and wellness.Youth/adult connection – Youth–adult connectedness is foundational for adolescent health and wellbeing and an active ingredient of effective interventions serving vulnerable youth.Promote respect and inclusion.Promote the use of the Careline (More info about Careline at http://carelinealaska.com).The deadline is October 30. Apply here. Read the grant guide here.
  • Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant Deadline: October 31, 2020 This is an annual grant, now worth $7,000, that will be awarded to self-identified lesbians for making visionary moving-image art. Work can be experimental animation, experimental documentary, experimental narrative, cross-genre, or solely experimental. For complete information and to apply visit the Queer Art website at https://www.queer-art.org/hammer-grant  
  • GRAMMY Museum Announces 2021 Grant Program Guidelines Deadline: November 1, 2020 The GRAMMY Museum has announced new Letter of Inquiry requirements along with the guidelines for its 2021 Grant Program. Generously funded by the Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program has awarded more than $7.5 million to more than 400 noteworthy projects. The Grant Program administers grants annually to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America for future generations, as well as scientific research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. For complete information and to submit a letter of inquiry, visit the website at https://grammymuseum.org/national-reach/grant-program/ 
  • American Scandinavian Foundation Grants Deadline: November 1, 2020 The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Grants are considered suitable for post-graduate scholars, professionals, and candidates in the arts to carry out research or study visits of one to three months duration. Fellowships are intended to support a year-long stay. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields. To learn more and to apply visit the website at http://www.amscan.org/fellowships-and-grants/fellowshipsgrants-to-study-in-scandinavia/  
  • Artist Grants | The Hopper Prize Deadline: November 17, 2020 The Hopper Prize is now accepting entries for our Fall 2020 artist grants. We are offering 5 grants in the amount of $1,000 USD awarded through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators. This is an international open call. All media is eligible. Grant submissions will be juried by Christine Koppes, Curator & Director of Public Programs, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and Jade Powers, Assistant Curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Our open call provides you with a direct path to get your work in front of these forward thinking exhibition makers. In addition to grants, 30 artists will be selected for a shortlist. Additional exposure is available via our online Journal as well as our Instagram feed, currently reaching an audience over 46K. The Hopper Prize was established in order to increase the recognition of artwork created by artists and photographers. Our aim is to advance artists’ careers by providing them with unrestricted financial support that is coupled with a platform for increased visibility. We accept submissions twice a year via an open call. For more information and to apply, visit the website at https://hopperprize.org/artist-grant-program/ 
  • Planning Ahead: New England Arts Foundation | National Dance Project Grants will have a NDP Production Grant Preliminary deadline of March 1, 2021 Production Grants are awarded to 20 dance projects annually through a competitive two-stage application process. Artists/choreographers and/or companies apply to receive a package of support that includes: 
    • $45,000 for the creation of a new work 
    • $10,000 in general operating support for the artist/company 
    • up to $35,000 to support a U.S.* tour of the work 

    Creation funds and general operating funds are paid directly to the artist/company or their fiscal sponsor to cover expenses related to making the new work during the creation period (defined as the period from the receipt of funds to the premiere of the work. Works may not premiere before September of the award year). 

    The $35,000 reserved for each work’s U.S. tour is distributed by the artist/company to U.S.-based organizations to subsidize a presentation of the NDP-funded work, and must be used during the work’s NDP touring period. To learn more about the New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Dance Project Production Grant, visit https://www.nefa.org/grants/find-grant/national-dance-project-production-grant 

Emergency and Covid-19 Response Funding

  • Artist Relief – Cycle VII Deadline: October 21, 2020 To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. For complete information and to apply visit https://www.artistrelief.org/For additional information and resources from Artist Relief, visit https://www.artistrelief.org/resources
  • Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants – New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to partner with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants. Robert Rauschenberg was committed to assisting fellow artists in need of emergency medical aid, ultimately establishing the nonprofit foundation Change, Inc. in 1970. Visit: https://www.nyfa.org/awards-grants/rauschenberg-medical-emergency-grants/ for more information.
  • The Actors Fund Rolling To help our community during this public health crisis, The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts. Remember, you may be eligible for more than one fund. For information about eligibility and to apply, visit https://actorsfund.org/am-i-eligible-helpFor additional information about Actors Fund services beyond emergency funding visit https://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs 
  • Music Covid Relief Funding List MusicCovidRelief.com is a resource brought to you by partners in the U.S. Music Community to help music professionals access information and applications to receive benefits made available by the CARES Act (Phase III of the Coronavirus Stimulus bill signed into law March 27, 2020) and the “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act” signed into law on April 24, 2020. The website also includes a comprehensive list of Emergency Relief funds. For information visit the website at https://musiccovidrelief.com/ 
  • Arts Administrators of Color Network – Our Response to COVID-19  Rolling Founded in July 2016, the Arts Administrators of Color Network (AAC) is an arts service network that focuses on networking and community building through the arts.  They have developed a compilation of resources; to help address uncertain setbacks, Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up an Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund, where donations will go directly to supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) individual artists and arts administrators of color who are financially impacted by COVID-19.  We encourage individuals to give as your situation allows.  https://aacnetwork.org/2020/03/16/our-response-to-covid-19/