July 14, 2008


Manhattan Community Arts Fund Offers Funds for Local Arts Organizations and Artists
Deadline: September 23, 2008

Administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Manhattan Community Arts Fund supports local arts organizations and artists that have little access to other government funding sources. MCAF seeks to provide small grants for arts projects and local artists serving Manhattan communities. An MCAF grant is often one of the first grants an artist or group receives and can help recipients to eventually leverage financial support from other sources.

The program is designed to prepare applicants for the process of obtaining public funds. The program awards grants ranging from $750 to $5,000 each to individual artists or nonprofit organizations. LMCC will award approximately $250,000 in total grants through MCAF this year. LMCC expects to award approximately 150 grants.

Last year the average grant amount was $1,200. Applications will be accepted from Manhattan-based individual artists or nonprofit organizations. To be eligible to apply, organizations must have had an operating budget of less than $100,000 for two of the last three fiscal years, and individual artists must live in Manhattan. First-time applicants are required to attend an information session. Returning applicants are also encouraged to attend to help them develop strong applications.

See the LMCC Web site for dates and locations of information sessions ( http://www.lmcc.net/grants/infosessions.html ).

Program guidelines and application materials are available at the LMCC Web site. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15014143/lmcc


Mockingbird Foundation Offers Support for Children's Music Education Programs
Deadline: August 1, 2008 (Letters of Inquiry)

The Mockingbird Foundation ( http://www.mbird.org/ ) offers competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations in support of music education for children. Mockingbird is particularly interested in projects that encourage and foster creative expression in any musical form (includ- ing composition, instrumentation, vocalization, or improvisation), but also recognize broader and more basic needs within conventional instruction.

The foundation encourages applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies. Education may include the provision of instruments, texts, and office materials, as well as the support of learning space, practice space, performance space, and instructors/instruction. The foundation is particularly interested in projects that foster self-esteem and free expression.

Mockingbird is interested in targeting youth 18 years old or younger, but will consider projects that benefit college students, teachers, instructors, or adult students. Mockingbird is particularly (though not exclusively) interested in programs that benefit disenfranchised individuals, including those characterized by low skill levels, income, or education; by disabilities or terminal illnesses; or living in foster homes, shelters, hospitals, prisons, or other remote or isolated situations.

Grants, which range in size from $50 to $5,000 each, are typically made only to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, to organizations that have a sponsoring agency with 501(c)(3) status, or to public schools.

Visit the foundation's Web site for complete application information. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15014144/mockingbird

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

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