Friday, November 14, 2008

Grant Alert
Multi-Arts Production Fund
The Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund, a program of Creative Capital, supports original new work in all disciplines and traditions of the live performing arts. The goal of the MAP Fund is "to assist artists who are exploring and challenging the dynamics of live performance within our changing society, thus reflecting our culture's innovation and growing diversity." MAP seeks especially to support work that brings insight and vibrant critique to the issue of cultural difference, be that in class, gender, generation, ethnicity, or tradition. Applications for MAP support must come from organizations based in the United States that have current nonprofit federal tax status. Nonprofit artist-services organizations may apply as fiscal sponsors on behalf of unincorporated artists or ensembles. The MAP Fund supports only artistic projects that contain or will contain a live-performance component. Support may be applied to any phase of a project, up to and including its premiere run. The touring of completed projects is not eligible for MAP funding. MAP is especially interested in providing support to work early in its development. Eligible projects must not have premiered in or outside the United States before September 1, 2009. All proposals are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria, which are weighed equally: the artistic strength of the proposed project; how well a project aligns with the MAP Fund's goal of supporting innovation in all traditions and disciplines of live performance, especially work that brings insight to the issue of cultural difference, be that in class, gender, generation, ethnicity, form, or tradition; and the viability of the project based on applicant's professional capabilities as demonstrated by their proposal. Up to forty awards are given each year. Award amounts range from $10,000 to $45,000. The average award amount is $22,000. Application deadline: January 20, 2009.
Home Depot Foundation Affordable Housing Built Responsibly Grant Program 2009
The Home Depot Foundation, through the Affordable Housing Built Responsibly Grant Program, administers funding to nonprofit organizations whose missions align with the foundation's interests in supporting the production and preservation of affordable, efficient, and healthy housing. The foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charities in the United States and to charitable organizations in Canada. To better support its mission, the Home Depot Foundation awards most of its grants by directly soliciting proposals from high-performing nonprofit organizations with demonstrated ability to create strong partnerships, impact multiple communities, and leverage grant resources. In order to identify potential future nonprofit partners or respond to unique community revitalization opportunities, a limited amount of unsolicited grant funding is set aside to be awarded through a competitive process. Preference is given to proposals that encourage community involvement and result in the production, preservation, or financing of housing units for low to moderate income families. The most promising proposals will incorporate a number of "green" building design practices. Also, in 2009, preference will be given to proposals that clearly demonstrate how urban forestry strategies will be utilized to create healthier, more vibrant communities. The foundation makes Affordable Housing Built Responsibly grant decisions three times per year and grants typically range from $50,000 to $125,000 each. Letters of inquiry are due on March 1, 2009; and July 1, 2009. The foundation will consider only one proposal from the same organization per calendar year.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Upcoming event; Florida State Cultural Grants

7th Annual Miami Short Film Festival
November 17 - 23Discover the world of short films at the 7th Annual Miami Short Film Festival, presented by UM School of Communication. Over 80 films from 26 countries will show throughout 22 screenings at 6 venues. Panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A's and after-parties are all part of the weeklong festival. November 17 marks the Opening Night Red Carpet Gala at the Bill Cosford Cinema, University of Miami – Memorial Building, with films from Denmark, the Arctic, Iran, the UK and the US, plus an after-party to celebrate. Awards Night on November 22 will feature winning films from each category, awards presentations, naming of Best of Festival grand prize, and the Festival closing party. Check the website for the entire schedule, including six "Just For Kids" programs screened at the Miami Children's Museum - tickets include museum admission.
Various VenuesIn South Florida305-854-2229
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs:
DECEMBER 8, 2008
The Arts in Education (AIE) program supports activities that promote the arts as an integral part of education and lifelong learning for all people in the State of Florida.
DECEMBER 15, 2008 (Specific Projects only)
The mission of the Cultural Support Grants Program is to foster excellence and diversity in art and culture for all the people in the State of Florida.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Grant Alert & Special Sale!

Sara's Birthday Sale announcement: For this week only, if you purchase Fifty Funders for South Florida Youth Programs, I will send you free Simply: Grant Writing! See the right side panel for ordering information.

The Big Read
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The initiative brings together partners across the United States to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to conduct month-long, community-wide reads between September 2009 and June 2010. Organizations selected to participate in the Big Read will each receive a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, financial support to attend an orientation meeting, educational and promotional materials, an Organizer's Guide for developing and managing Big Read activities, inclusion of the organization and activities on the Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national initiative. Approximately four hundred organizations of varying sizes across the country will be selected for this cycle. Applicant organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a division of state, local, or tribal government, or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include such organizations as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Applicant organizations must partner with a library (if the applicant organization itself is not a library), and must select one of the twenty-seven available book titles or one of the three available poetry books. Application deadline: February 3, 2009.

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation helps young people, ages 9 to 24, from low-income backgrounds become independent, productive adults in three ways: improving educational skills and academic achievement; preparing for the world of work and making the transition to employment and economic self-sufficiency; and avoiding high-risk behaviors such as drug abuse, violence, and teen pregnancy. Rather than design initiatives or programs itself, the Foundation works to develop and expand a pool of organizations that can serve thousands more youth each year with programs that produce these outcomes. It focuses solely on high-performing organizations and believes that making significant, long-term, financial investments in them (coupled with extra-financial supports) is an efficient and effective way to meet the urgent needs of low-income youth. The Foundation holds itself accountable for significantly increasing the number of low-income young people benefiting from proven services, and for helping to develop stronger, sustainable organizations that serve low-income youth on a significant scale. Recognizing that young people are most at risk when they are not in school or at home, the Foundation focuses primarily on organizations that deliver services and programming outside school hours. Eligible applicants include: stand-alone 501(c)(3) organization with a history of service to young people. Although the foundation is not accepting proposals from individual organizations, it does invite organizations to complete its Youth Organizations Survey. Based on an organization's responses, the foundation will determine whether it should take a closer look at the organization's programs, leadership, and overall operations.