Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Grant Funding Announcement
Knight Arts Partnership
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the Knight Arts Partnership, a $60 million initiative to support the arts in South Florida. The initiative has two parts: three large grants totaling $20 million to the Miami Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Arts in North Miami, and the New World Symphony; and a community challenge through which the foundation will commit $20 million over five years as challenge grants to fund innovative ideas in the arts in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The challenge invites ideas from nonprofits,
companies, and individuals, as well as from applicants of all nationalities and ages. While programs or projects must take place in Miami-Dade or Broward, the program is open to outstanding ideas from anyone in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties. However, applicants must find other funding to match the grant from Knight. Application deadline: April 15, 2008.
Challenge Grant Program
The Kresge Foundation has broadened the reach of its Challenge Grant Program to better support nonprofit organizations that are working to address society’s pressing issues in six fields of interest: health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services, and community development. The goal is to help organizations to strengthen their long-term sustainability. Eligible facilities capital projects include: construction of facilities; renovation of facilities; purchase of real estate and conservation easements; and major integrated equipment systems. Eligible applicants include: 501 (c)(3) organizations not classified as private foundations; government entities; religious organizations; fully accredited degree granting colleges and universities; Elementary and secondary schools that serve predominately students with physical and/or developmental disabilities; Hospitals that are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations; and charitable international organizations. Application deadline: March 31, 2008.
Motorola Lincoln Grants
The Motorola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of global communications company Motorola, will partner with the Chicago History Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Working in collaboration, the groups will identify projects developed by civic, educational, and cultural organizations that actively engage the public in lessons drawn from Lincoln's life. The $750,000 grant program will fund programs that focus on three themes: Bringing history into the future; Engaging in current events; and Leadership skills. The awards will fund curriculum design, speech competitions and debates, community programming developed by educators in schools, community organizations, museums, arts and culture organizations, and other nonprofits exploring themes such as diversity, freedom, history, and leadership. Applicants may request up to $25,000. Select organizations may be asked to apply for larger grants. Grants will be awarded in two cycles: organizations must apply for spring grants by March 30, 2008; the fall application deadline is July 30, 2008.
State Touring Program – Presenters
The purpose of the State Touring Program is to bring live performance to every corner of the state by the finest of Florida’s performing and visual artists. The Presenters component supports live performances by Florida’s performing and visual artists by providing matching grants to non-profit organizations wishing to present companies listed on the State Touring Roster. Priority is given to underpopulated counties. Applicants (presenters) may request fee support to represent artists featured in the State Touring Program Roster. The next deadline for presenters to apply is May 1, 2008.