Inland Empire Capaciteria


Arts and Humanities

Jun 01 2017

The National Endowment for the Humanities Accepting Applications for Cultural Heritage Projects

The National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage program aims to capture a vitally important part of our country’s heritage and preserve it for future generations. Common Heritage will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of outreach through community events that explore and interpret these materials as a window on the community’s history and culture. The Common Heritage program recognizes that members of the public—in partnership with libraries, museums, archives, and historical organizations—have much to contribute to the understanding of our cultural mosaic. Together, such institutions and the public can be effective partners in the appreciation and stewardship of our common heritage.

The program supports events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information —provided by community attendees—about the historical materials. Contributors will be given a free digital copy of their items to take home, along with the original materials. With the owner’s permission, digital copies of these materials would be included in the institutions’ collections. Historical photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, art works, and audiovisual recordings are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration. Projects must also provide community outreach via public events that would expand understanding of the community’s heritage. Public programs could include lectures, panels, reading and discussion groups, special gallery tours, screening and discussion of relevant films, presentations by a historian, special initiatives for families and children, interpretation by curators about items brought in by the public, workshops on preserving heritage materials, or other activities that bring humanities perspectives on heritage materials to community audiences. These activities should provide a framework for a deeper understanding of the community members’ shared or divergent heritage. The programs may take place before, during, and/or after the day of the digitization event.

Grant Amount: Grants of up to $12,000 are available.

Eligibility:  The following applicants are eligible:

•Special district governments

•Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

•Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

•County governments

•State governments

•Private institutions of higher education

•Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

•City or township governments

Due Date: June 1, 2017

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Jun 06 2017

The National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Funding for Digital Humanities Advancement

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

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Sep 01 2017

The J.M. Kaplan Fund Offers Grants to Nonprofit Publishers

The J.M. Kaplan Fund, through the Furthermore program, supports nonfiction book publishing about the urban experience; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues. The program seeks work th at appeals to an informed general audience; demonstrates evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; promises a reasonable shelf life; might not otherwise achieve top quality or even come into being; and "represents a contribution without which we would be the poorer." Applications must anticipate the press date by at least three months

Grant Amount: Grants range from $1,500 to $15,000.

Eligibility: To be eligible, applicant organizations must be considered tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Private foundations may not apply. Trade publishers and public agencies may apply for grants in partnership with an eligible nonprofit sponsor.

Due Date: September 1, 2017

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Nov 01 2017

The Kurt Weill Foundation Accepting Applications in Support of Musical Works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein

The Kurt Weill Foundation Accepting Applications in Support of Musical Works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein. The Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program awards financial support worldwide to not-for-profit organizations for performances of musical works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein, to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for scholarly research pertaining to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein, and to not-for-profit organizations for relevant educational or scholarly initiatives.

Funding categories include:

•Professional performance

•Media: Support may be requested for radio, television, video, film, or multimedia projects that feature Kurt Weill's, Lotte Lenya's, or Marc Blitzstein's life and/or music.

•Scholarly Symposia/Conferences, Educational Outreach and Community Engagement: Performing and educational organizations may request funding for scholarly or educational activities (workshops, symposia, scholarly conferences, secondary and college-level educational initiatives, etc.) focusing on Weill, Lenya, and/or Blitzstein.


Support may be requested for payment of honoraria and travel expenses, preparation and printing of supporting materials, etc.

•Kurt Weill Mentors: Performing arts organizations and educational institutions may request support to engage conductors, directors, performers, and scholars who have been designated "Kurt Weill Mentors" by the Kurt Weill Foundation.

•Publication Assistance: Funding may be requested by authors and not-for-profit publishers to subvent expenses related to preparing manuscripts for publication in a recognized scholarly medium, including editing, indexing, design, and reproduction fees. Topics must be related to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and/or Marc Blitzstein.

Grant Amount: Grants amounts not specified.

Eligibility:  Applicants must qualify as a not-for-profit organization.

Due Date: Application are due November 1, 2017 for performances taking place after January 1, 2018. Applications for support of major professional productions/festivals/exhibitions, etc., may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis without application deadlines. Organizations are encouraged, however, to apply well in advance of the event.

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Dec 29 2017

Poets and Writers Accepting Applications for Hosted Readings and Workshops

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.

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Dec 31 2017

The Fender Music Foundation Announces Availability of Musical Equipment for Music Instruction Programs

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

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Dec 31 2017

The Kresge Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects which Integrate Arts, Culture, Municipal Systems and Non-arts Disciplines.

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.

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Dec 31 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces the Availability of Funds for Community Facilities in Rural Areas

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.

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