Opportunities, Awards and Funding
Prairie Ronde Invites Applications for Artists Residencies
Deadline: June 15, 2019
The Prairie Ronde Artist Residency is located in historic Vicksburg, Michigan, near Kalamazoo. The residency offers access to the 420,000-square foot former Lee Paper Company paper mill and its adjacent 80 acres of property to use as inspiration. From the French meaning “round meadow,” the residency is named for the swaths of grasses and wildflowers that once dotted the landscape of southwest Michigan. First settled in 1831, Vicksburg is a quaint, rural village surrounded by lush agricultural land dotted with lakes, stands of hardwood forests, and gently flowing streams.
Through the program, visual artists, writers, and musicians will receive a $2,000 stipend, a $500 travel grant, and the private use of a car for a residency of between four and seven weeks.
Artists are encouraged to use Prairie Ronde's close ties to members of the village community and the area’s creative community and ask that artists propose a community “give back” such as a workshop, final show, or open studio days, as well as donate a piece of work to the Prairie Ronde collection.
Residencies will occur October 1, 2019, through December 15, 2019.
See the Prairie Ronde website for complete residency guidelines and application instructions.
Link to Complete RFP
Women’s Studio Workshop Invites Applications for Studio Residency Grant
Deadline: June 30, 2019
The mission of the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, is to operate and maintain an artists’ workspace that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, provide professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and promote programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.
In support of that mission, WSW is accepting applications for its Studio Residency Grant.
The six-to-eight-week residency is awarded to women artists interested in creating new work in a discipline supported by the studio, including intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, photography, or ceramics.
The program provides a stipend of $350 per week, up to $500 for materials used during the residency, up to $250 for travel within the continental United States, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access. WCW can also provide technical advice and production assistance.
Residencies are limited to artists who are not currently enrolled in an academic program.
The residency has a two-step application process. A rotating, impartial jury selects finalists, and then, on behalf of the artist, the WCW applies for NEA funding for the chosen projects.
See the Women's Studio Workshop website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Florida Humanities Council Invites Applications for Community Project Grants
DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2019
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 local communities.
Mini-grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of the planning and implementation of public humanities programs and resources that meet the needs and interest of local communities. Projects may include lectures or panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, oral history projects, exhibitions, and the development of cultural resources that complement public programming. 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, as well as a list of previously funded projects, see the Florida Humanities Council website.
Link to Complete RFP
OPERA American Invites Applications for IDEA Opera Grants
DEADLINE: JuLY 29, 2019 (lETTERS OF INTENT)
Founded in 1970, OPERA America is a membership association that draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field of opera.
To that end, OPERA America, with support from the Charles and Cherise Jacobs Charitable Foundation, is inviting applications for its IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Opera Grants. Designed with a racial equity lens, the IDEA grants provide support for the promotion and development of new works by artists of color who may not have worked previously in the field. Through the program, grants will be awarded to African American, Latinx, Asian American, Arab American, and/or Native American (ALAANA) composer and librettist teams with demonstrated ability to create theatrical works for voice and instrumental ensemble.
Grants of up to $12,500 per team will be awarded in support of costs associated with the production of a workshop, reading, or other performance-based event. In addition, recipients will receive a high-quality video portrait of the composer and librettist for promotional use, multi-camera footage of the work in development, complimentary registration, travel and housing to attend OPERA America’s New Works Forum, complimentary registration, travel and housing to attend the annual opera conference, and an introduction in Opera America magazine. Two grants are awarded annually.
Letters of intent are due July 29. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by September 9, 2019.
To be eligible, applicants must identify with a specific ALAANA racial or cultural heritage and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. The composer may serve as the librettist and apply as a sole applicant. Projects involving more than two creators (e.g., one composer and two librettists) are also eligible.
See the OPERA America website for compete program guidelines and application instructions.
Link to Complete RFP
New York Foundation for the Arts Invites Applications for Recharge Foundation Fellowship
Deadline: AUGUST 7, 2019
Established in 1971 as an independent nonprofit organization with the mission of serving individual artists in New York State, the New York Foundation for the Arts today works to empower working artists and emerging arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives or professional/organizational development.
To that end, NYFA is accepting applications for a new program, the Recharge Foundation Fellowship for New Surrealist Art. Funded by the Gu family and administered by NYFA, the program will award a $5,000 grant to a painter living in the United States or a U.S. territory and working in the New Surrealist style. The New Surrealist style is an extension of the Surrealist movement, in which artists combine relatable imagery in uncanny and unexpected situations in their work.
To be eligible, applicants must be a painter at any level of his/her career working in the New Surrealist style and be at least 18 years of age at the time of application. (Young painters in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs are eligible.) Applicants also need to be a resident of the United States.
See the NYFA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Link to Complete RFP
Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation Invites Applications for Philanthropic Arts Program
Deadline: October 31, 2019
The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation is accepting applications for its Philanthropic Arts (“P/Arts”) Program.
In its inaugural year, the program seeks to promote the teaching power of the arts and, to that end, invites applicants from Florida, New York, New England, or the District of Columbia that have a good idea for how the arts and education can be combined to create a more immersive and engaging atmosphere for learners. The program’s primary goals are to enhance or transform outdated school curricula; motivate and engage children, students, and alternative learners; deepen professional development for teachers, professors, and/or childcare workers; create linkages between school and home; encourage evidence-based art-based instruction; and help close the achievement gap.
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of programs dedicated to strengthening and rebuilding visual and performing arts programs, as well as ideas that create or expand on existing art programs. Programs or initiatives should be based on the use of the arts and arts education to teach core academics in a qualified education program within a public school, private school, university, or public charitable organization.
The foundation is also interested in promoting programs and ideas where the arts are being used in early childhood education, in university and community colleges, and in the engagement of alternative learners. Proposed or existing programs must impact at least thirty children or students within the first six months of implementation and no fewer than sixty by the end of the first year.
Grant decisions for the program will be made on a monthly rolling basis until the final deadline of October 31, 2019.
To be eligible, applicants must be located in Florida, New York, New England, or the District of Columbia.
See the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Kurt Weill Foundation Accepting Applications for Grant Program
Deadline: November 1, 2019
Founded in 1962, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is dedicated to promoting understanding of the life and works of composers Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and Marc Blitzstein (1905-1963) and preserving the legacies of Weill and his wife, actress-singer Lotte Lenya (1898-1981).
The foundation awards grants to individuals and nonprofit organizations for performances of musical works by Weill and Blitzstein; for scholarly research pertaining to Weill, Lenya, Marc Blitzstein; and for relevant educational initiatives. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for projects and performances taking place on or after January 1, 2019, and before July 1, 2020.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Kurt Weill Foundation website.
Women’s Studio Workshop Invites Applications for Art-in-Education Artist Book Residency
Deadline: November 15, 2019
The mission of the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, is to operate and maintain a workspace that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, provide professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and promote programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.
In support of that mission, WSW is accepting applications for its Art-in-Education Artist’s Book Grant.
The eight-to-ten-week residency is awarded to two emerging women artists who are interested in creating a new artist's book and in teaching young people. Generally, residents dedicate their first month to producing a limited edition artist's book, which is hand-printed and bound in the studio. WSW can provide technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance.
During the second half of the residency, the artist works with young people in WSW’s studios, teaching one to two days/week for three to four weeks, and visiting the students twice in school. Studio space and equipment is reserved for students during program hours, but artists may work at any time outside of AIE.
The program provides a stipend of $350 per week for up to ten weeks, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the continental United States, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access during non-AIE sessions.
All applications must be physically mailed, with a postmark no later than November 15, to the Women's Studio Workshop:
Art-in-Ed Artist’s Book Application
Women’s Studio Workshop
PO Box 489
Rosendale, NY 12472
See the WSW website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.