Opportunities, Awards and Funding

Florida Humanities Council Invites Applications for Community Project Grants

Deadline: May 18, 2018

The Florida Humanities Council is accepting applications from Florida nonprofit organizations for the planning and implementation of public humanities projects related to Florida or of interest to Floridians.

Mini-grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for single events, lectures or panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, and/or online resources such as interpretive brochures, reading lists, audio/video recordings of scholarly presentations, and classroom resources. Eligible projects must be rooted in one or more of the disciplines of the humanities, enlist the participation of humanities scholars and/or experts in the project's planning and execution, and engage the public in thoughtful and informed activities that explore humanities topics, especially those related to Florida or of interest to Floridians.

Priority will be given to proposals from organizations with annual budgets of less than $1 million, projects that reach new and/or underserved audiences, and/or projects that build on partnerships between two or more organizations or institutions.

To be eligible, organizations must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, be based in Florida, and serve Floridians.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Florida Humanities Council website.

Aaron Siskind Foundation Invites Applications for 2018 Individual Photographer's Fellowships

Deadline: May 18, 2018

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is accepting applications for its 2018 Individual Photographer's Fellowships program. The annual program encourages and celebrates artistic achievement in contemporary photography by supporting the creative endeavors of artists working in photography and photo-based art media.

A limited number of fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to artists working in photography and photo-based art. Qualified applicants must provide a portfolio of still photography of any subject matter, genre, or process. Works submitted may be a traditional photography project or a more experimental work, but photographic techniques must be pivotal to the work submitted. Examples of ineligible work include film, video, and interactive multimedia.

Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, an accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium. Fellowship funds must be used to further the artist's creative endeavors.

Citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States who reside in the U.S. and who are 21 years of age are eligible to apply.

The foundation will begin accepting applications for the 2018 prize on March 1. There is a $20 application fee due at the time of submission.

For complete program guideline and application instructions, see the Aaron Siskind Foundation website.
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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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NEA Invites Creative Placemaking Proposals for Our Town Grant Program

Deadline: August 1, 2018

The National Endowment for the Arts has published guidelines and the application for the next funding round of Our Town, the agency's primary creative placemaking grants program.

The Our Town program supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. The funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place.

Through the program, subject to the availability of funding, the endowment will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities.

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

1) Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects: In this category, projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000.

2) Projects That Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations and industry or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and information on previously funded projects are available at the NEA website.

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Radcliffe Institute Accepting Applications for Fellowship Program

Deadline: September 13, 2018 (Creative Arts Humanities & Social Sciences) October 4, 2018 (Natural Sciences, and Mathematics)

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is accepting applications for its 2019-20 Fellowship Program.

Through the program, stipends of up to $77,500 over twelve months (and additional funds for project expenses) will be awarded to individuals working in the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics to pursue a project within their respective field. In addition, some support for relocation expenses will be provided (where relevant).

In addition to the stipend, fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard during the fellowship year, which runs from early September 2019 through May 31, 2020. Visual, film, and video artists may apply for either one or two semesters. In the event that they come for one semester, the stipend is $38,750.

Radcliffe Fellows are expected to devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area during the fellowship period and to have their primary office at the institute to participate fully in the life of the community.

The deadline for individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences is September 13, 2018. For applications in the natural sciences and mathematics, the deadline is October 4, 2018.

See the Radcliffe Institute website for complete program guidelines, information about fellows from previous years, and application instructions.

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Millard Meiss Publication Fund

Deadline: September 15, 2018

The College Art Association is accepting applications to its Millard Meiss Publication Fund.

The program supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy.

Commercial, university, and museum publishers of all nations are encouraged to apply. Applicant authors and presses must be institutional CAA member, however.

See the CAA website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previously supported publications.

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Kress Foundation Accepting Applications for Digital Resources Program

Deadline: October 1, 2018

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

Grants will be awarded for the digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history and of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); 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 grants 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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Herb Block Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects That Defend Basic Freedoms

Deadline: October 4, 2018

When Herb Block died in October 2001, he left $50 million with instructions to create a foundation to encourage the art of editorial cartooning and to support charitable and educational programs that help promote and support the causes he championed during his seventy-two years of cartooning. As such, the Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending basic freedoms, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the condition of the poor and underprivileged. The foundation also seeks to provide educational opportunities through scholarships and to promote editorial cartooning through continuing research.

As part of this mission, the foundation, through its Defending Basic Freedoms program, awards grants of up to $25,000 for projects that help safeguard the basic freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, that help eliminate all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and/or that assist government agencies in being more accountable to the public.

Grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide, but projects must be nonpartisan and may not involve lobbying for specific legislation or candidates.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than October 4. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by December 13, 2018.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Herb Block Foundation.

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