20 FEBRUARY, 2006

    April 1 is the deadline for RISCA grants. RISCA will hold free grant wokshops on March 1 and 2

    RISCA has awarded the Choreography fellowship for 2006 to two phenomenal choreographers - Heidi Henderson ($5000.000) and RWU's Kelli Wicki Davis ($2000.00). Currently Heidi is teaching at Connecticut College but resides in Rhode Island. Kelli set up the Roger Williams University dance program and, as its currect chairman, has made it into a wonderful department.

    Hard to believe, but the American Bamboo Society has a grant for artists which includes dance and theatre.
    American Bamboo Society
    Email: artsandcrafts@americanbamboo.org
    Grant for work incorporating bamboo
    Grant Amount: $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place
    Deadline is: July 1, 2006.
    Announcement: All applicants will be notified before the annual meeting in October, 2005. The grantee will be announced at the meeting and information will be included in the American Bamboo Society magazine, Bamboo, and on the ABS Web site.

    Please submit to the Arts & Crafts Coordinator (listed below) a resume and a brief description (not less than one paragraph and not more than one page) of the proposed project or the body of work the applicant wishes to extend. Be sure to describe how and why you chose bamboo.

    Include documentation such as reviews, newspaper articles, etc. of related work (if available) and slides, photographs, audio or video tapes as appropriate. Include a SASE if you wish to have your documentation materials returned (in Fall, 2005).

    Using bamboo as material or design motif
    Some Possible Categories: Performing Arts - music, theater, dance, Literature - poetry, Crafts - fiber, clay, glass, metal, paper, wood, mixed media, book arts, Visual Arts - drawing, painting, photography sculpture, Design - interior design, graphics

    All submissions must have been created by the applicant and must not be part of work created in and for class credit. Do not send original works of art.

    Recipient Responsibilities
    When the award recipient participates in public activities with the funded work (performances, exhibitions, etc.) the recipient shall give credit to the American Bamboo Society with the following credit line: 'This project is supported by the American Bamboo Society.'

    One year following the award, the recipient shall write a short statement describing how the award impacted on her/his continued work efforts. This statement will be read at the annual meeting of the American Bamboo Society in the Fall of 2005 and published in the magazine, Bamboo, and on the ABS Web site.

    Please submit your application to:
    Nancy Moore Bess
    ABS Arts & Crafts Coordinator
    186 Harkness Road
    Amherst, MA 01002

    Email: info@ela.org
    Scholarship for Graduate Study
    The mission of The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, Inc. (ELA) is to 'Change the Face of Disability on the Planet'. ELA offers scholarships to women with disabilities who are currently pursuing graduate degrees. Women who have been successful in becoming ELA Scholars in the past have read all of the scholarship guidelines carefully and have completed all information requested prior to submitting the application to us for consideration. They have also given the essay portion of the application great thought and consideration.

    The ELA Foundation funds programs in the areas of education, advocacy, and the arts within nonprofit organizations, which are led by or support adults with disabilities.

    We encourage distinctive projects that make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and are supported by the local community including funders. It is our vision to 'Change the Face of Disability on the Planet' by providing grant support for the implementation of cutting edge programs.

    We fund the following:
    Program grants in the areas of arts, advocacy and education for adults with disabilities (over 22 years old) in non-profit US 501c3 designated organizations that serve people with disabilities.

    Guidelines and application forms are available on the website. (posted 14Sep05)

    National Foundation For Advancement In The Arts
    444 Brickell Avenue
    Miami, FL 33131
    Phone 305-377-1140
    Fax 305-377-1149
    Scholarships for Young Artists
    Simply applying provides the opportunity to qualify for $3 million in college scholarships. Arts Recognition and Talent Search Program (ARTS) Cash Awards, Scholarships, and Presidential Scholars in the Arts Awards for high school seniors and other 17- and 18- year-old artists in the disciplines of Dance, Film and Video, Jazz, Music, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice and Writing.
    - Individual Cash Awards from $100 to $10,000.
    - Awards for the 2006 ARTS program will totaled almost $900,000.
    - All applicants are eligible for $3 million in college scholarships
    - Finalists receive an all-expense-paid trip to Miami, Florida in January for ARTS Week; a week of master classes, performances and exhibitions.

    Applicants may enter in one or both categories - Dance , Choreography
    You must be a high school senior, or if not enrolled in high school, you must be either 17 or 18 years old on December 1.

    You may apply for a cash award if you are not enrolled in high school as long as you meet the age requirement. However, you will not be eligible for the honor of being a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

    Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its official territories (i.e. Puerto Rico). If you are not a U.S. citizen, a copy of your Alien Registration Card must be included with your registration form. A temporary or student Visa is not acceptable.

    The early registration deadline for ARTS is June 1. The final deadline is October 1. The apllication fee is $30 for early applications and $40 for applications after the June 1st early deadline. There is a $5 discount if you apply online.

    Guidelines and application forms are available on the website. (posted 23Sep04/updated 22Feb06)

    P.O.Box 372
    East Greenwich RI 02818
    Small scholarships for intensive study
    Dance Alliance offers a scholarship of up to $500.00 available twice a year with application deadlines on Oct 1 and April 1. Scholarships are for people of any age to participate in intensive study such as a confernece or workshops. You must be a member of Dance Alliance or be a student of a DA member.
    (posted 16Sep02/14May04/14Jan05)

    Support for U.S. Artists at Int'l Festival/Exhibitions
    The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions makes grants for up to $25,000 to individual artists and arts organizations that have been invited to present their work at international festivals outside of the United States. Eligible expenses supported through The Fund include travel, per diem, international communication costs, shipping, and artist and agent fees. The Fund supports artists working at a professional level, with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. The Fund is particularly interested in supporting applicants invited to festivals in areas of the world where U.S. work is less frequently seen, including Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The next deadline for receipt (not postmark) of applications will be May 3, 2004. Guidelines and application forms are available on the Arts International website or by request. (posted 05Apr04)

    LEF New England
    Post Office Box 382066
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02238
    Phone: 617.492.5333
    Fax: 617.868.5603
    Kathryn Ostermier, Program Assistant, LEF NE kathryn@lef-foundation.org
    New England Funding Guidelines: http://www.lef-foundation.org/lef_funding/ne_funding_guidelines.htm
    Grants for individuals (thru a fiscal agent) and cultural organizations
    Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000
    New England Office Grant Cycles
    General Fund
    Letters of Intent due 1 October
    Notification to apply 20 October
    Applications due 10 November
    Announcement 16 December
    Moving Image Fund
    Letters of Intent due
    28 January 5
    Notification to apply 21 February
    Applications due 18 March
    Announcement 20 May
    LEF began awarding grants in visual, literary, media and performing arts; cultural preservation; and for the improvement of the urban communities and the natural environment primarily in California and New England.

    LEF is committed to providing support for provocative and innovative projects. LEF seeks to identify and promote creative ventures and to sponsor work that challenges its audience with new ways of perceiving the world.

    LEF values the relationship between art and its context. LEF is particularly interested in projects that demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between the work and its site. It is also interested in projects representing a convergence of disciplines, that are interdisciplinary, or collaborative in format.

    To encourage an atmosphere of creative possibility, LEF often endorses projects at the early stage of their development. LEF seeks opportunities where its funding will impact the success of the proposed activity by providing seed money, working in collaboration or in partnership with other funding sources, or in an effort to leverage additional support.
    (posted 06Feb05)

    NEA's mantra is THINK BIG!! Every year, approximately 80% of their funding is awarded to first time applicants. Don't just look at the dance grant section. There are many opportunities for dance in other categories. (posted 05Apr04)

    145 Tremont Street
    7th Floor
    Boston Massachusetts 02111
    Phone: 617-951-0010
    Fax: 617-951-0016
    NEFA's grant programs provide funding to artists and nonprofit organizations in the areas of dance, performing arts, and public art. Each grant program has its own deadlines, funding criteria, and guidelines.
    • New England States Touring (NEST) provides support to New England-based nonprofit organizations for performances, readings, and related community activities by artists on the New England States Touring roster. (ie funding to bring performers from other New England states to Rhode Island).
    • National Dance Project (NDP) provides grants for the production and touring of contemporary dance work by regionally and nationally significant artists in the United States and abroad. NDP Production Grants support the development of new dance work. NDP Touring Grants support the presentation and distribution of the work created by Production Grant recipients, and a limited number of other nominated tours each touring season. (posted 22Jan04/Updated 05Apr04/26Aug04)

    Grants from $500.00 to $2000.00 available for any arts organization or artist whose work will primarily benefit Pawtucket and its residents. Performing your work at any of the large Pawtucket events falls under the category of 'benefit to Pawtucket'. Deadline is 4pm December 31.(posted 15Oct03)

    $500.00 scholarships for Rhode Island children 11-14 years old to attend summer arts camps or schools. Application due by 3pm March 4, 2005.(Updated 14Jan05)

    Princess Grace Foundation
    150 East 58th Street, 25th Floor
    New York, New York 10155
    Phone: 212-317-1470
    Email: info@pgfusa.com
    Grants & fellowships for aspiring young adult theatre, dance and film artists in the U.S.
    Deadline: March 31, 06
    Princess Grace Awards in dance take the form of scholarships and fellowships. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status at the time of application, and are awarded based on the applicant's artistic merit, significance of the Award to her/his current artistic development, and the potential for future excellence and impact on the field.

    Previous award-winners include former American Ballet Theatre principal Ethan Stiefel, New York City Ballet principal Margaret Tracey, former Martha Graham dancer Terese Capucilli, and Manhattan Tap dancer Michael Minery.

    To apply, an individual must be nominated by the Artistic Director of a non-profit dance company or the Dean or Department Chair of a professional non-profit dance school. Only one nomination per school or company is eligible. Scholarships provide tuition for professional training at a non-profit school located in the United States where the applicant has been enrolled for at least one year. Fellowships provide salary assistance for a new member in a dance company where the applicant has joined the company within the past five years. Additionally, companies awarded fellowships will receive a small grant to be used for general operating expenses. This grant will represent an additional 15-20% of the fellowship Award amount. (For example, if the Award is $15,000, the nominating company will also receive $2,250 $3,000 in operating support). Typically, scholarship and fellowships have ranged from $5,000 to $25,000. A special named award, endowed by San Francisco Ballet and Royal Ballet dancer Chris Hellman, is also granted within the dance category

    Choreography Fellowships Offer $10,000 Grants to Encourage New Work
    Last year, The Board of Trustees of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA announced the addition of a new Choreography Fellowship category to recognize the nation's most promising young choreographers. "The primary intention of the new grant," noted Toby Boshak, "is to identify and support the emerging, practicing choreographer who is poised at the next step toward important creative and artistic advancement."

    The Choreographic Fellowship grants "fill the gap in the Dance awards by recognizing and advocating the other fundamental component of our art form: the choreographer," noted Bonnie Oda Homsey, Chair of the Dance Panel. "We expect that our choreography fellowship will encourage our professional dance companies to present new work that enhances their existing repertory, while providing exciting artistic challenges to the company artists," Homsey added. The inaugural Princess Grace Choreography Fellowships were presented to Alex Ketley of the Robert Moses' KIN Company, Jimmy Orrante of BalletMet Columbus and Uri Sands of North Carolina Dance Theater.

    To participate in the competition for the new award, the choreographer must be nominated by the Artistic Director of a non-profit professional dance company within the United States. The nominated applicant must demonstrate measurable levels of skill, craft, and establishment of his or her individual style. The grants of $10,000 are disbursed to the dance companies toward the choreographer's fee and expenses associated with the commission. Because of the Foundation's emphasis on new work, the Choreography Fellowship grant does not apply to the restaging of existing choreography. In addition, there must be public performances of the new work within the grant cycle. Companies awarded fellowships will also receive a small grant to be used for general operating expenses. This grant will represent an additional 15-20% of the fellowship Award amount.

    Guidelines and applications are available for download on the Foundation's website at http://www.pgfusa.com/. For further information, visit the site's FAQ section, or contact Christine Giancatarino, Grants Manager at 212-317-1470.
    posted 22Feb06

    20 East Oakdene Avenue
    Teaneck NJ 07666-4111
    Phone: 201.836.8923
    Email: puffingrant@mindspring.com
    Grants for individuals and organizations
    Average grants are: $1,000.00 $2,500.00
    Apply: September 1 until December 15
    The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.The Puffin Foundation Ltd. awards grants that encourage emerging artists in the fields of art, music, theater, dance, photography, and literature whose works due to their genre and/or social philosophy might have difficulty being aired. The Foundation does not have the means to fund large film/documentary proposals, grants for travel, continuing education, or the writing or publishing of books. (posted 12Jun04/updated 22Feb06)

    385 Westminster Street Suite 2
    Providence, RI 02903
    Phone: 401-273-2250
    Grant information: grants@rihumanities.org
    General information: info@rihumanities.org
    Grants for individuals and organizations
    The mission of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) is to inspire and support intellectual curiosity and imagination in all Rhode Islanders through lifelong learning in the humanities. RICH carries out this mission by awarding grants and implementing programs which:
    - Animate public understanding of the value of the humanities
    - Provoke thoughtful conversation, dialogue, and debate
    - Invite, produce, and protect new ideas
    - Acknowledge and embrace untapped audiences
    - Explore and promote civic responsibility
    - Sustain an eagerness to learn
    - Strengthen applicants' institutional capacity
    - Stimulate and nurture strategic partnerships between the academy and the public.

    Guided by the belief that study of the humanities is central to the daily life and work of a free and diverse people, RICH has awarded more than $2.5 million to community and academic organizations in support of a wide range of public humanities programs since its founding in 1973. RICH grant programs and other activities are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from corporations, foundations, organizations and individuals, as well as the State of Rhode Island.
    (posted 14Jan05/updated 22Feb06)

    Fellowships for choreographers awarded in the Fall (deadline October 1) and grants for art organizations and schools are awarded twice a year (deadline April 1 & October 1).

    Why should you be a reviewer when it's tons of work and almost no pay?
    Because it's one of the best ways to understand what is needed for a successful grant. Once you start reading grants, you will see from your own reactions how the grant should be put together and you learn even more when you are at the round table discussing grant applications with other reviewers. This is truely one of the best grant learning experiences you will ever have. - riDance

    Like many other state arts councils, RISCA uses panels of artists, teachers and arts administrators to review grant applications. These peer review panels are made up of people who are actually in the field creating art or working in the arts, who can discuss and make recommendations to our Council on what grants we should award. Serving on a panel is educational (if you apply for grants) and fun!

    So, are you interested? If you'd like to serve on a RISCA panel click on the link below and fill out a simple form. Don't sign up if you have submitted an application at this deadline, or are involved in some way in a project application currently under review. There are only a few openings each year, so "many are called, but few are chosen." Don't be distressed if you're not picked. This process helps us to know there are talented people out there interested in participating in the review of grant applications. So, look forward to hearing from you. Click here if you'd like to submit your name for consideration as a RISCA panelist.

    Grants for organizations and schools and scholarships for individuals. Funds can be for capitol expenses as well as specific arts projects.

    Awards grants in the category: Artists' Capacity - Strengthening Arts Teaching
    Surda's interest is in expanding the teaching approaches of professional artists engaged in long-term art-making work with teens; providing professional development for arts institution senior program staff with responsibility for arts programs. In addition they award an Annual Arts Teachers Fellowship, which supports the artistic revitalization of outstanding arts teachers in specialized, public arts high schools. Send in your intent to file letter by November 24, 2004.(posted 18Nov02/updated 26Jun04)

  • WGBH
    125 Western Avenue
    Boston, MA 02134
    To encourage innovation and new program concepts, WGBH invites proposals for short video stories, or short pilots for new programs. Selected applicants will receive a grant of $3,500 to produce a program or program segment of approximately five to seven minutes (the 'Short') for WGBH.

    The Short may be broadcast as part of a half hour local television special, exhibited in a compilation of shorts, and/or premiered on our website. Promising concepts may also be considered for further development as new series or programs.

    Entrance is open to emerging filmmakers, seasoned producers and innovators from related industries. Priority is given to applicants from the New England area. Entrants must regularly conduct business as an independent contractor. Employees of WGBH are not eligible to enter. All entries submitted become the property of WGBH and will not be returned or acknowledged.

    Note: Only one submission will be accepted per person. Only one grant will be awarded to any joint submission.
    All entries will be judged by a panel whose decisions are final and not subject to review or appeal. Judging criteria may include, but not be limited to, whether the entry:
    * demonstrates a fresh approach to the broadcast narrative
    * demonstrates a track record of creative expression and a capacity to bring the project to successful completion
    * and will be appropriate and entertaining for a public broadcast venue and meet WGBH broadcast criteria

    In addition, preference is given to nonfiction, though fictive proposals will be considered. WGBH encourages applicants to consider new genres, original concepts, alternative points of views, visually driven story lines and other less conventional story forms. Notification of grant awards will be made by mail.

    Up to four Grants will be awarded in WGBH's sole discretion. Selected awardees will receive $3,500 for production and post-production of the Short with $2,500 awarded upon execution of the Producer Services Agreement, and $1,000 awarded upon completion of the program and delivery of all required materials. All taxes on the Grant are each recipient's sole responsibility. All costs for production and delivery of the Short, in excess of the Grant, are each recipient's sole responsibility.

    In exchange for the Grant, WGBH shall own all right, title and interest, including the copyright, in and to the Short. Acceptance of the Grant constitutes permission for WGBH to distribute and exploit the Short in all manner and media throughout the world, and to use excerpts from the Short and the names, images, voices, likenesses, and biographical material of any and all persons associated with the production thereof to promote the Short and WGBH.

    Pursuant to WGBH's ownership interest in the Short, WGBH shall have the sole, unlimited and exclusive right to produce, distribute and exploit, without restriction, derivatives of the Short. Subject to your compliance with the terms of the Producer Services Agreement, including without limitation, satisfactory production and delivery of the Short, should WGBH elect to pursue production of a longer version television program based on the Short and should you desire and be available to participate in such production, you and WGBH shall negotiate the terms and conditions of your participation therein, in good faith, within a reasonable period of time not to exceed 60 calendar days. If you elect not to produce such production or the parties fail to agree on said terms and conditions for your participation, WGBH shall be free to produce such production without any further obligation to you. (posted 01Apr05)

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