2016 S&R Foundation Washington Award

The S&R Washington Award application is now open!

Are you an emerging 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.

Why apply?
• 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.
To learn more and to apply for the Washington Award, visit http://sandrfoundation.org/programs/washington-award

The application period is open from now until October 15, 2016. Winners will be announced at the end of January 2017, and presented at the spectacular Washington Awards Gala in Spring 2017, an annual event hosted by S&R Foundation in Washington, DC. Contact Molly Turner at artsprogram@sandr.org with any questions.

Rainin Opportunity Fund at ODC Theater

Rainin Opportunity Fund at ODC Theater
Info Session
September 20, 2016 from 5-6pm

Are you a self-producing dance artist? Would you like to present your work at ODC Theater?

Come learn about the ins and outs of applying for the Rainin Opportunity Fund at ODC Theater. This informative session will be used to answer such questions as – What is the Rainin Opportunity Fund? Am I eligible and how do I apply? How and when is it available?

ODC Theater has partnered with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation to create an eponymous opportunity fund at ODC to support self-producing artists through its open access rental program. The Rainin Foundation has made a commitment of $20,000 per year for three years to support the administration of scholarship subsidies to self-producing artists on ODC Theater’s main stage.

Up to five artists will be awarded a scholarship to self-produce/rent ODC’s B. Way Theater for the 2017/18 season. Applications will be considered and scored by a panel, and the awarded artists will receive a subsidized rental week in the theater. Subsidy scholarships will cover a minimum of 50% of the production space and labor costs for the artists.

More info about the Rainin Fund at: krfoundation.org

Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts Activation Fund

The DCA ARTS ACTIVATION FUND (AAF) supports creative, community-benefit projects in Los Angeles.

AAF is a bi-monthly fund to support creative-placemaking projects in neighborhoods or near the City of LA’s designated Great Streets. DCA is accepting Arts Activation Fund proposals through Tuesday, May 10. The application will re-open in July 2016.

AAF projects should be temporary objects, installations, or experiences that are free to the community and appropriately sited in public places or within public view. These experiences can be planned, developed, and inaugurated within a 2-3 month production schedule. If proposed objects are to be publically placed beyond three years or proposed events are to reoccur, applicants should make note of this possible longevity in their application.

Applicants may request up to $15,000 of support. Applicants are not required to raise additional funds to match their city investment; however, crowd-funding and supplementary funding is welcome and may be considered a sign of grassroots support. Projects that cost $15,000 or greater should be broken into two phases of construction or implementation.

Approximately 8-16 projects will be supported each year.


Read more here.

Harpo Foundation Invites Applications for 2016 Emerging Artists Fellowship

The Chicago-based Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support artists who are underrecognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and encourage new modes of thinking about art.

The foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging visual artist age 25 and older who needs time and space to explore ideas and start new projects. Artist fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute that includes a well-appointed room with private bath, a well-lit studio space, and a $500 travel stipend.

Read more here.

Alliance for CA Traditional Arts Funding 2017

New funding opportunities from ACTA / Alliance for CA Traditional Arts for 2017 are available now!

Visit www.actaonline.org to learn about our
— Apprenticeship Program which contracts California-based master artists or culture-bearers for $3,000 to offer intensive one-on-one training for a specific art form to a qualified apprentice for six to twelve months. Deadline is July 15, 2016

—Living Cultures Grants Program: Grants up to $5,000 will support proposals that sustain and transmit traditional arts expressions and demonstrate impact on cultural communities. Open to organizations with budgets under $250,000. If you have been awarded a LCGP grant for three consecutive years, we ask that you sit out one year before reapplying. Deadline is July 15, 2016

Free webinars: May 31 & June 9 at 12 noon (English) and June 2, 6 p.m. (Spanish)
Sign up via email for instructions: actawebinars@gmail.com
Or call: 559-237-9812

Need more info or an application mailed to you? 559-237-9812 or info@actaonline.org

Prof Development & Consulting Grants: Apps Due 4/21

The Professional Development and Consulting (PDC) program assists arts organizations in building their capacity for success in two areas:

Professional Development: Funding will support professional growth and leadership training opportunities for individual staff members, artists, arts administrators or arts educators employed by the applying organization. Professional development activities could include:
Tuition or registration fees for in-state conferences, seminars and workshops
In-State travel expenses for conferences, seminars or workshops
Fees to work directly with consultants and career coaches

Consulting Services: Funding will support the hiring of consultants to work with staff to enhance the programmatic, administrative, financial or technical capabilities of the applying organization. Consultant activities could include the assessment of, recommendations for and training related to:
Financial or strategic planning
Audience development or marketing
Information technology
Program evaluation
Board or staff development

The applicant organization must be a California-based nonprofit arts organization or local arts agency with a history of arts programming for a minimum of three years prior to the time of application.
Applicants to this program are not restricted from applying to and receiving funding from other competitive CAC grant programs as long as those funds support distinctly different projects or activities.

Learn more here.



The Pennington Dance Group is pleased to announce our third space grant program at A Room To Create (ARC) Pasadena made possible through the generous support of the Z. Clark Branson Foundation.

As a response to community need for dance making spaces, the Pennington Dance Group will offer space based on an application process.

PDG SPACE GRANTS will provide selected choreographers up to 40 hours of creative rehearsal space for making new work.
Space will be available from May through December 2016 in conjunction with ARC Pasadena’s regular scheduling.

How to Apply:

1. Send a short description of what you would like to accomplish during your rehearsal time.
2. Send a short bio and/or company/individual mission statement with a web site address and/or link to work samples if available.
3. Please send to: info@penningtondancegroup.org by April 1, 2016.
4. If you have a preferred rehearsal period in mind, please note in your application.

Who is not eligible to apply:

-Students are not eligible.
-Dance makers rehearsing existing work or preparing for a concert are not eligible.
-Anyone under 18 years of age is not eligible.

PDG SPACE GRANT awards are non transferable. www.penningtondancegroup.org

National Endowment for the Arts Accepting Applications for Challenge America Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications from small and midsize organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.

Through the Challenge America grants program, NEA will award grants of $10,000 to professional projects that have a $10,000 match from an outside funder. Applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside the arts, as appropriate to their project.

For eligibility and details go to California Arts Council website here.

Bay Area Lighting Artists in Dance

Through the Lighting Artists in Dance [LAD] grant program, Dancers’ Group is pleased to support lighting designers working in the field of dance.

Now in its ninth year, this program engages and supports the development of emerging, mid- career and established Bay Area lighting designers working in partnership with a choreographer or dance company towards the presentation of a public performance.

A total of $12,000 in grants will be distributed through an open call for proposals. The awarded projects and amount of funding for each project will be determined from all eligible proposals by a panel comprised of Bay Area designers, choreographers and administrators.

Click here for more information!

The East Bay Fund for Artists

The East Bay Community Foundation is pleased to announce a funding opportunity through the East Bay Fund for Artists! Please share this opportunity with your networks.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

$2,000-$8,000 challenge grants to match individual donor contributions on a 1-to-1 basis for the commissioning of new works by Bay Area artists.

Applying for a Grant from the East Bay Fund for Artists

Thursday , January 14, 2016
10:00-11:00 a.m. PST
Pre-Register by clicking here

We will address common questions, talk about what the panel will be looking for and have time for your live questions. An archive will be available a few days after the webinar

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