The National Storytelling Network is accepting applications for the 2017 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling, an annual award that recognizes the transformational properties of storytelling and the ways storytelling can promote change in individuals and communities. Grants will be awarded in support of model storytelling projects that are service-oriented, hosted by a community or organization, and replicable to some extent in other places and situations. Projects should have impact beyond their own communities, organizations, or clients; inspire excellence in applied storytelling work; and communicate to new audiences the humanitarian possibilities of storytelling.
Projects may involve various kinds of stories, including traditional tales and myths as well as personal and ad hoc narratives. Although oral storytelling should be central to the project, the work need not be conducted by professional storytellers. Educators, therapists, naturalists, internal or external organizational practitioners, and/or other personnel appropriate to the situation may carry out the project, so long as they can draw on suitable storytelling expertise and experience. Areas of interest include health care, environmental education/activism, community development, law, multicultural awareness, organizational development, leadership, intergenerational initiatives, empowerment of the disabled, substance abuse prevention, and educational curriculum at all levels.
Grant Amount: Grants of $5,000 are available.
Eligibility: Individuals or organizations may apply. Individuals may wish to use a fiscal sponsor. Applicants who are not members of the National Storytelling Network must pay the current membership fee to join the National Storytelling Network before the application will be considered and continue to be members for the term of the funded project.
Due Date: Preliminary proposals are due April 28, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by August 25, 2017.
For more information, visit: http://www.storynet.org/grants/brimstone.html
The National Endowment for the Arts offers Humanities Access Grants. Humanities Access Grant help support capacity building for humanities programs that benefit one or more of the following groups: children, family, and young adults (defined to include those between ages 18 and 30).
Humanities Access grants provide funding for existing programs at institutions such as public libraries, local and regional museums, historical societies, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, archival repositories, and other cultural organizations.
Grant Amount: Humanities Access Grants offer two years of match-based funding. All funds must be expended by the end of the grant period. Humanities Access grant funds should not be used to replace existing program funds. Instead, the grant should expand or enhance an existing exemplary humanities program.
Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status are eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. The program that you would like to support through this grant must be a humanities program. Institutions that have never received an NEH grant and small to mid-sized institutions are especially encouraged to apply.
Due Date: May 3, 2017
For more information, visit: https://www.neh.gov/grants/challenge/humanities-access-grants
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants may involve:
•creating or enhancing experimental, computationally-based methods or techniques that contribute to the humanities;
•pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society, or explores the philosophical or practical implications and impact of digital humanities in specific fields or disciplines; or
•revitalizing and/or recovering existing digital projects that promise to contribute substantively to scholarship, teaching, or public knowledge of the humanities.
Grant Amount: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants have three levels of funding: Level I grants range from $5,000 to $40,000 in outright funding. Level II grants range from $40,001 to $75,000 in outright funding. Level III grants range from $100,000 to $325,000 in outright funding. Applicants for Level III grants can also request up to an additional $50,000 in matching funds specifically allocated toward their sustainability or data management plans. Digital Humanities Advancement Grants at both Level I and Level II stages support full-time or part-time activities for periods up to eighteen months.
Eligibility: Eligibility is limited to:
•U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; and
•state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.
Individuals are not eligible to apply. Degree candidates may not be project directors or co-directors. Degree candidates may, however, serve in other project roles. Project directors and co-directors may submit only one application to this program at a time although they may participate in more than one Digital Humanities Advancement Grant project. They may also apply for other NEH awards. If an application for a project is already under review in the DHAG program, another application for the same project will not be accepted to this program. When two or more institutions or organizations collaborate on a project, one of them must serve as the lead applicant and administer the grant on behalf of the others.
Due Date: June 6, 2017
For more information, visit: https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement- grants
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