April 05, 2008

new grants

ASCAP Foundation Announces New Grant Guidelines
Deadline: August 1, 2008 (Letter of Inquiry)

The ASCAP Foundation ( http://www.ascapfoundation.org/ ) is a publicly supported charitable organization dedicated to support- ing American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. As part of this mission, the foundation annually provides grants to non- profit organizations engaged in educational programs for aspiring songwriters and composers. The foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry from U.S.-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations engaging in music education and talent development programs that are consistent with the mission and objectives of the ASCAP Foundation and that support music education programs for aspiring songwriters and composers.

The foundation's average grant is between $3,000 and $5,000, and is made on an annual one-time basis. The foundation does not consider requests for general operating or administrative support or annual giving campaigns, capital purposes, endowments, deficit operations, recordings, marketing efforts or performance and production funding. The foundation does not purchase adver- tisements, sponsor events, or donate equipment. Full grant applications are by invitation only. Those interested in applying for a grant must first submit a Letter of Inquiry Form by August 1, 2008. Applicants will hear within one month of receipt of their Letter of Inquiry whether their organization will be invited to submit a full grant application. Letters of Inquiry should be submitted to the ASCAP Foundation as early as possible. Full grant applications for 2009 funding must be re- ceived by October 1, 2008.

Visit the ASCAP Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines, application procedures, and information on previously funded programs. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15012258/ascap

For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit: http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_arts.jhtml


Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., Accepting Proposals for Community Heritage Projects
Deadline: May 1, 2008

The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. ( http://wdchumanities.org/ ) has announced its second annual Request for Proposals for projects focused on community heritage, history, and preservation projects in the District of Columbia. Projects may focus on a range of ideas and issues from commu- nities across the district, and may include a wide variety of formats, from a historical resource center for a neighborhood to an oral history project for a community. Projects that will bring neighborhood histories and heritage and preservation resources to a wider audience, such as Web site creation or expansion, are strongly encouraged.

Grant funds are available to organizations that are headquartered within the District of Columbia and have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or D.C. nonprofit government status. Groups and organizations without nonprofit status may work with a qualifying organization that agrees to act as a fiscal sponsor. Eligible projects must be D.C.-based and -focused; grounded in the humanities; and centered on community heritage, history, or preservation. The program will provide up to two grants per ward of up to $4,000 each. Funds are designated for short projects that can be completed within the 120-day grant period; contained components of larger projects that can be completed within those 120 days; or for planning work to develop a larger project.

Visit the Humanities Council Web site for complete program information. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15012259/humanities

For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit: http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_arts.jhtml


National Storytelling Network Invites Applications for Applied Storytelling Award
Deadline: May 2, 2008 (Preliminary proposals)

The National Storytelling Network ( http://www.storynet.org/ ) invites applications for the fifth annual Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling. The award focuses on the transformational properties of story- telling and aims to increase understanding of the ways story- telling can promote change in individuals and communities. The award provides a grant of $5,000 for a project that will be completed in calendar year 2009.

The grant will support a model storytelling project that is service-oriented, based in a com- munity or organization, and to some extent replicable in other places and situations. Many different sorts of projects can be considered for the award, including community, organizational or institutional programs, curricular activities, short residencies, and projects combining complementary art forms. Applicants who are not members of the National Storytelling Network must pay the current membership fee to become an NSN member.

Program information and an application form are available at the NSN Web site. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15012260/storytelling

For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit: http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_arts.jhtml

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