March 21, 2008

upcoming grant deadlines

A Room Of Her Own Foundation Invites Applications for Literary Gift of Freedom Award
Deadline: October 31, 2008

A Room Of Her Own Foundation ( is dedicated to helping women artists achieve the privacy and financial support necessary to pursue their art. To this end, the foundation annually provides an award of $50,000 to a woman writer. The foundation's 2009 Literary Gift of Freedom Award will be given to an American woman writer who is a U.S. citizen and will be living in the U.S. during the grant period. Acceptable genres for this grant are poetry, playwriting, creative nonfiction, and fiction.

Visit the foundation's Web site for complete program guidelines. (Please note: The program requires an application fee.) RFP Link:

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Arts Writers Grant Program Announces New Application Process for Book Proposals
Deadline: May 5, 2008 (Letter of Inquiry)

The Creative Capital Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant is a three-year pilot program designed to support writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants issued directly to individual authors. The grant program is spearheaded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts ( ) as part of its broader Arts Writing Initiative and is administered by Creative Capital ( ).

Beginning with the program's 2008 grant cycle, applicants for book projects will no longer be required to submit a letter of strong interest/intent to publish from an editor as part of their proposal. In place of this requirement, the program is implementing a new Letter of Inquiry phase for all book proposals, which will serve as a gateway to the formal grant application process. The addition of the LOI phase and the elimination of the letter of strong interest/intent to publish will enable the Arts Writers Grant Program to process a higher volume of book proposals and to consider book projects at an earlier stage of their development.

LOIs will only be accepted from writers who meet the program's general eligibility requirements and who have been writing professionally on the contemporary visual arts on a regular basis for at least three years; or have previously published a book with a reputable publisher; or have completed a Ph.D. dissertation. There is no LOI phase for writers seeking support in other categories (articles, short-form writing, and blogs/new and alternative media). Those writers may apply directly to the program during the general application phase. (For these projects, the online grant application form opens on August 4, 2008. Grant applications are due September 22, 2008.)

For more information and to access the complete 2008 grant calendar, visit the program's Web site. RFP Link:

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Dance/USA Announces Continued Funding for American Masterpieces: Dance - College Component
Deadline: May 19, 2008

Dance/USA ( ) has announced renewed funding for American Masterpieces: Dance - College Component through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts ( ). The AMDCC brings classic American dances of the past century to college students and audiences in communities across the United States. The NEA and Dance/USA welcome projects that embrace choreography from all forms and styles representing the cultural richness of the U.S. and its many dance traditions. Awards are available to reconstruct or restage works by master American choreographers of the twentieth century.

These works will increase students' access to and understanding of dance heritage and the role played by artists such as George Balanchine, Bob Fosse, Martha Graham, Susan Marshall, Meredith Monk, Jerome Robbins, and other artists. For all projects, public involvement within and/or beyond the academic community is critical. At each site, performances, panel discussions, lectures, school showings, open rehearsals, film or video showings, symposia or other activities should allow general audiences access to the history of the dance work and the process of creating choreography.

Other organizations may collaborate, including musical ensembles, dance companies, community-based dance organizations, presenting institutions, or elementary and high schools. It is permissible for several colleges to collaborate on one project. Awards will be made in the amount of $10,000 each.

For more information and to download the program guidelines, visit the Dance/USA Web site. RFP Link:

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National Endowment for the Arts Invites Entries to Design Rosa Parks Statue for U.S. Capitol
Deadline: May 30, 2008.

The National Endowment for the Arts ( ) has announced a design competition, in partnership with the Joint Committee on the Library and the Office of the Architect of the Capitol ( ), for a statue of civil rights pio- neer Rosa Parks. Commissioned by the U.S. Congress, the sculp- ture will be permanently installed in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building. The Chrysler Foundation has pro- vided $100,00 to support the administration of the competition. The design competition, to be administered by the endowment, is open to U.S. citizens. Interested artists should submit an application, including a proposal for the sculpture and work samples that demonstrate their ability to cast large-scale bronze sculptures and to work in the portrait mode.

Proposals will be reviewed by a peer panel of experts and judged on artistic excellence and artistic merit. Up to ten semifinalists selected by the panel will be contracted by the Architect of the Capitol to produce a maquette, or small-scale model, of the proposed sculpture as well as a portrait drawing of Ms. Parks. Up to three finalists will be recommended to the Joint Committee on the Library, which will award the commission.

The selected artist will receive up to $250,000 to create the bronze statue and pedestal.

Competition guidelines are available on the NEA Web site. RFP Link:

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Rockefeller Foundation Announces New York City Cultural Innovation Fund 2008 Competition
Deadline: April 4, 2008

The Rockefeller Foundation ( ) has announced the start of this year's New York City Cultural Innovation Fund competition. In 2007, its inaugural year, the fund awarded $2.6 million through sixteen two-year grants of $50,000 to $250,000 each for groundbreaking initiatives that enrich the city's cultural life, helping to ensure the continued economic strength and diversity of the city's creative sector.

Projects selected by the fund fall into one or more of the following categories: 1) programming and premieres of new artistic works that demonstrate innovation and can activate new directions in the artistic breadth and depth of institutions in the visual, performing, and media arts; 2) creative engagement with the issues shaping New York City's future cultural and civic agenda; 3) partnerships that bring cultural and community-based institutions together with universities and the private sector; and 4) interventions designed to confront longstanding bottle- necks and limitations to the expansion of cultural vitality with fresh approaches and solutions.

To qualify, organizations must be based in one of the five boroughs of New York City. Applications -- which must encompass innovative approaches -- should be submitted online through the Rockefeller Foundation's Web site by April 4, 2008. Shortly thereafter, applicants will learn whether or not they will be invited to submit full pro- posals, which will be due at a date to be announced in the summer. Those who participated in last year's inaugural Cultural Innovation Fund competition are encouraged to submit ideas again this year.

To learn more about applying for an award from the 2008 New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, visit the Rockefeller Foundation Web site. RFP Link:

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