March 10, 2008

two grants

Mellon Foundation Grant Program to Support New York City's Small and Midsized Theaters
Deadline: March 12, 2008 (Intent to Apply)

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ( ), in partnership with the New York Foundation for the Arts ( ), has redesigned the New York Theater Program to offer funding to New York City's small and midsized producing theaters. This program replaces the program that was formerly administered by the Alliance of Resident Theatres / New York. Theaters may now choose to apply on a competitive basis for either Core Program Support or Artistic Vision Support, depending on their respective organizational priorities.

The New York Theater Program will provide three-year funding to selected New York City producing theaters through an open-application and juried process. To be eligible for funding an organization must fit the following criteria: organization must be a producing theater in any of New York City's five boroughs; organization must have at least a five-year history as a 501(c)(3) organization, actively producing theater work; and organization's average operating expenses for FY06, 07, and 08 must be between $300,000 and $3.5 million per annum. The New York Theater Program is aimed at supporting producing theaters defined broadly to include traditional "season-based" resident theaters, ensemble theaters, and new-work incubators.

Visit the New York Foundation for the Arts Web site for complete application guidelines. RFP Link:


Open Society Institute Seeks Proposals for Documentary Photography Distribution
Grant Deadline: June 20, 2008

The Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Project is offering a grant to documentary photographers who have already completed a significant body of work on issues of social justice to collaborate with a partner organization and propose new ways of using photography as a tool for positive social change. All photographers must have another entity (such as a nonprofit, NGO, or community-based organization) that will work with the photographer to design an innovative distribution strategy that targets specific communities and advocates for social change.

To be eligible for support, proposals must: present strong images that are contextualized, when necessary, with text, sound, or other media; address a current social justice issue (preference will be given to work that coincides with the issues and geographical areas that concern OSI); and engage a specific audience, community, and/or site and use creative distribution strategies that are tailored specifically for that context. Applicants must partner with an organization that will provide administrative, programmatic, and financial and/or in-kind support. Grants of $5,000 to $30,000 each will be awarded.

For more information, please see the Distribution Grant guidelines at the OSI Web site. RFP Link:

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