Opportunities, Awards and Funding

J.M. Kaplan Fund Offers Grants to Nonprofit Publishers

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Through its Furthermore program, the J.M. Kaplan Fund 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 that 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."

Individual grants range from $1,500 to approximately $15,000 and may be used to support writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and/or printing and binding.

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization. Trade publishers and public agencies may apply for grants in partnership with an eligible nonprofit sponsor.

See the Furthermore website for complete application guidelines, and FAQ, and program information.

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Accepting Applications for USArtists International Grant Program

Deadline: April 5, 2018

Administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the USArtists International program supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe.

USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of American artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange, and enhancing the creative and professional development of U.S.-based artists through connections with presenters, curators, and artists around the world.

To that end, grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals and/or for performance engagements anywhere in the world outside the U.S.

Individual applicants must be a professional dance, music, or theater ensemble or solo artist, including practitioners of folk and traditional forms, or be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. If an ensemble, the majority of its members must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. (whether a U.S.-based ensemble or a collaborative project with artists in the host country); if a solo performer, he/she must be invited to perform as a soloist without accompaniment and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

To be eligible, festivals must be sponsored or organized primarily by a non-U.S.-based organization; be international in scope, with representation from at least two countries outside the host country, or have a U.S. theme with representation from at least three U.S. ensembles and/or solo artists; reach a wide audience and be open and marketed to the general public; provide some support in the form of cash remuneration or paid or in-kind contributions toward eligible project expenses; and provide the applicant with a signed letter of invitation or signed contract to perform at the festival.
Complete program guidelines and an application form are available at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website.

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Kress Foundation Accepting Applications for Digital Resources Program

Deadline: April 1, 2018

The Kress Foundation's Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to teaching and learning about art history.

The program awards grants for the digitization of important visual resources (especially photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history and primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history), as well as for promising initiatives in online publishing and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history. The program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.

Grant amounts will be determined on a project-by-project basis. Past grant amounts have ranged between $12,000 and $70,000.
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit institution with 501(c)(3) status based in the United States.
See the Kress Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Princess Grace Foundation-USA Accepting Applications for Student Films

Deadline: June 1, 2018

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is accepting applications for its 2018 Princess Grace Film Awards.

Through the annual program, grants are awarded in support of student thesis film projects at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The categories of eligible films include narrative/documentary/experimental/animation/hybrid work, as well as newer forms such as media installations, transmedia, webisodes, interactive Web work, and other projects where the moving image is the primary component.

These grants will be made in accordance with the student's thesis project budget; administrative charges, overhead, and indirect costs incurred by the school may NOT be charged against the grant.

To be eligible, nominees must be a full-time or matriculated student who has not yet have completed a thesis film, or who have completed at least one film as a director and is the director of the proposed film.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the PGUSA website.

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