The Amphion Foundation was established in 1987 to encourage the performance of contemporary concert music, in particular by American composers, through support to performing and presenting organizations that have demonstrated sustained artistic excellence.
As part of this mission, the foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that are not performing ensembles (i.e., education/residency, festival, library/archive, presenter, radio/television, and music service organization) for general operating or special project support.
Grant Amount: Typically, the program awards grants of up to $7,500, although larger grants may be awarded.
Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit non-performing organization or music service organization with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary concert music at a high level of excellence. Organizations must have been in existence for at least two years. In general, the grant program does not support jazz music.
Due Date: April 1, 2017
For more information, visit: https://amphionfoundation.org/amphion-grant-application
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation supports projects that illuminate European works of art and architecture from antiquity to the early 19th century. As part of that mission, the foundation's Conservation Grants Program provides support for the professional practice of art conservation.
Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events.
Grant Amount: Grant awards not specified.
Eligibility: Grants will be awarded to nonprofit institutions based in the United States with 501(c)(3) status, including supporting foundations of European institutions.
Due Date: April 1, 2017
For more information, visit: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/conservation/
The Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program provides grants to U.S.-based presenters and professional contemporary classical and world music ensembles for the
commissioning and performance of new works by American composers. The program supports works scored for two to ten musicians and composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music.
Grant Amount: Grant award will provide a composer’s fee of up to $20,000, a $1,000 honorarium to each ensemble member for rehearsing the new piece, and copying costs of up to $1,000.
Eligibility: To be eligible, an ensemble must be based in the U.S. or one of its territories; be a professional group with a commitment to contemporary classical or world music: consist of “fixed” personnel and instrumentation or be part of a flexible roster or a collective that performs in varying configurations of no more than ten; perform as equal partners (in the case of a duo), rather than as soloist and accompanist, and consistently publicize itself as a duo; and be a CMA organization-level member. Ensembles may not apply to the Classical Commissioning and New Jazz Works programs during the same grant period.
A presenter is eligible if it is based in the U.S. or one of its territories; is a 501(c)(3) or other not-for- profit organization; presents classical, contemporary, other music genres, and/or multi-disciplinary performing arts programs; and is a CMA organization-level member.
Due Date: April 2, 2017
For more information, visit: http://www.chamber-music.org/programs/classical/grants#l408
The Sparkplug Foundation primarily provides grants to start-up nonprofit organizations or new projects of established nonprofits that are addressing the fields of music, education, and community organizing.
•Music: The Foundation supports emerging professional musicians or music development programs.
•Education and Teaching: The Foundation funds projects that deal with "the whole student" and with learning as a community activity.
•Community Organization: The Foundation encourages activist strategies for addressing institutional injustices and for building a reasoned, just society. The current focus is on ground-level community organizing at the intersection of utilities/energy infrastructure, housing/community resources, and racial justice.
Grant Amount: Grant Amounts are not specified.
Eligibility: The Foundation funds a variety of endeavors. It typically requires grantees to be a nonprofit with tax-exempt status but does make exceptions to this practice. Please see website for more information.
Due Date: Online questionnaires must be completed by April 10, 2017. Letters of intent are due April 17, and the deadline for final applications is May 5, 2017.
For more information, visit: https://sparkplugfoundation.org/
Cultural diplomacy, an essential facet of America's foreign policy, enhances cross-cultural understanding and opens new avenues of dialogue and collaboration between individuals and nations. In support of U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives, Creative Arts Exchange
initiatives are arts-based, international people-to-people exchange programs. They create partnerships through artistic collaboration and professional development that enrich both the international participants and the Americans with whom they meet.
Programs are implemented in close coordination with U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. Eligible themes and/or artistic genres for CAE initiatives are determined based on ECA strategic priorities.
The goals of the Creative Arts Exchange are to:
•Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries
•Support U.S. foreign policy objectives
•Provide unique opportunities for artistic collaboration, engagement and/or performance between American artists and international participants
•Convey the diversity and high artistic merit of the arts in America, as well as increase awareness and understanding of American art, culture, values and society for international participants and audiences
•Foster opportunities for educational outreach and community engagement with diverse and underserved communities, especially youth (ages 12-25), women, and persons with disabilities
•Engage participants in instructive and informative experiences in a particular art form
•Create opportunities for sustaining relationships and collaboration between U.S. and international artists and institutions that endure beyond program duration.
In FY 2017, CAE will focus on the following themes: Dance (DanceMotion, USA), Film (American Film Showcase), Music (American Music Abroad), and Music (OneBeat).
Grant Amount: An awards ceiling of $1,750,000 is available.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include:
•Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
•Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
•Private institutions of higher education
Due Date: April 10, 2017
For more information, visit: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view- opportunity.html?oppId=291678
The National Endowment for the Arts offers grants in the Challenge America category. This category provides supports primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present.
Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. This category encourages and supports engaging the public with diverse and excellent art.
Challenge America grants must extend the reach of the arts to populations that have limited access to the arts due to geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The involvement of experienced artists and arts professionals is essential. Each applicant must present a straightforward project that reflects only one of the three project types below:
•Guest Artist project type, which refers to an arts event or events that will feature one or more guest artists.
•Cultural Tourism, specifically the unified promotion of community-wide arts activities and/or the development of cultural tourism products.
•The development of professionally directed public art projects. Funding is intended to support primarily visual arts projects, which may be temporary or permanent, such as murals, sculptures, multi-media, or environmental art, developed through a meaningful community engagement process.
Partnerships can be valuable to the success of these projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate to their project. To ensure that Challenge America funding reaches new organizations and communities, the NEA has implemented a policy to limit consecutive-year funding.
Grant Amount: Grant amounts of $10,000 are available and require a minimum $10,000 match.
Eligibility: Eligible organizations include:
•City or township governments.
•Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than instituti ons of higher education.
•Public and State controlled institutions of higher education.
•Special district governments.
•Private institutions of higher education.
•Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized).
•Independent school districts.
Due Date: April 13, 2017
For more information, visit: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view- opportunity.html?oppId=290704
Poets and Writers Magazine supports organizations that sponsor readings and workshops. Organizations may apply for grants to be used for writers’ fees. Priority will be given to organizations that:
•Serve a culturally diverse audience
•Feature culturally diverse writers
•Feature writers who have not previously presented at that venue
•Present programs in rural or other underserved areas
•Have not previously received R&W support.
•Are able to match R&W's payment to the writer (not including in-kind contributions such as meals, lodging, and travel).
•Have a publicity plan and/or strong publicity samples from past events
•In-school events, children's events, staged dramatic readings, or storytelling events featuring non-original or adapted works will not be funded.
Grant Amount: Grants for readings or spoken word performances range from $50 to $350. Grants for workshops range from $100 to $200 per session. In California, grant amounts do not exceed $500 total for a workshop series. Organizations are encouraged to match payments to writers, but this requirement may be waived if there are extenuating circumstances.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include: colleges, cultural centers, museums, libraries, correctional facilities, hospitals, small presses, community centers, senior centers, places of worship, bookstores, cafés, galleries, and theaters. Nonprofit status is not required.
Due Date: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, but must be submitted at least eight weeks in advance.
For more information, visit: http://www.pw.org/funding/funding_readingsworkshops
The Fender Music Foundation awards instruments and equipment to eligible nonprofit music instruction programs. The donated items are lightly used, blemished, or otherwise imperfect and have been collected by the foundation from manufacturers and retailers.
The FMF currently is awarding acoustic guitars, electric guitars, acoustic-electric guitars, bass guitars and the equipment necessary to play them. In addition, other traditional music instruments, including string instruments, woodwind instruments, brass instruments, percussion instruments, and keyboards, are sometimes available. DJ equipment and computers are not available.
To qualify as a music instruction program, participants in the program must be learning how to make music and the program must fit into one of the following categories: in-school music classes, in which the students make music; afterschool music programs that are not run by the school; community music programs that offer music instruction to community members; and music therapy programs in which the participants make the music.
Grant Amount: Musical instrument donations.
Eligibility: The foundation awards instruments only to music instruction programs at public schools or operated by 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.
Due Date: Open
For more information, visit: http://www.fendermusicfoundation.org/grants/grants-info/
The Kresge Foundation funds projects that test the integration of arts and culture within municipal systems and other non-arts disciplines. The goal is to gain a deeper understanding of the multi- faceted nature of Creative Placemaking, including the systems at play, the barriers to adoption, and the diversity of creative interventions that can be widely employed.
Grant Amount: Grant amount not specified.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include:
•U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations with audited financial statements that are not classified as private foundations.
•Government entities in the United States.
Due Date: Proposals accepted on an ongoing basis.
For more information, visit: http://kresge.org/programs/arts-culture/local-systems
This program provides funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic depression. An essential community facility is one that provides an essential service to the local community, is needed for the orderly development of the community, serves a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. To construct, enlarge or improve community facilities for health care, public safety and public service. Grants may be made in combination with other financial assistance such as a Community Facilities direct or guaranteed loan, applicant contribution or funding from other sources.
Examples of essential community facilities include:
•Health Care: hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities
•Public Facilities: city/town/village halls, courthouses, airport hangers, street improvements
•Community Support Services: child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds, transitional housing
•Public Safety: fire halls, police stations, prisons, jails, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles and equipment
•Educational: museums, libraries, private schools
•Utility: telemedicine, distance learning
•Local Food Systems: community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs, greenhouses, kitchen appliances
Grant Amount: Grants up to 75% of eligible project cost based on need and funding availability. Applicant must be eligible for grant assistance, which is determined by the population and median household income of the service area.
Eligibility: Eligible organizations include public bodies, non-profits and federally-recognized tribes in eligible areas.
Due Date: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact your local office.
For more information, visit: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/economic-impact-initiative- grants