August 08, 2008

grants for performing arts

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Accepting Letters of Inquiry for National Projects in Performing Arts
Deadline: November 1, 2008 (Letters of Inquiry)

An initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's ( ) Arts Program, the Fund for National Projects supports projects designed to strengthen the national infrastructure of the dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields; or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in dance, jazz, and theater.

During a two-year pilot phase, the fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants to support key national projects in the dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields. Grants will range from $60,000 to $200,000 and cannot exceed 40 percent of a project's total cost. National projects engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field.

Organizations are encouraged to submit Letters of Inquiry for activities such as research projects assessing the national health of arts groups or of individual artists; special national convenings for entire performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences); and special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire field.

The fund expressly does not support the following types of activities: projects by single performing arts entities (e.g., national tours of a particular dance or theater work); individually produced conferences, performances, or symposia (e.g., a festival produced by a single organization or by a consortia of local groups in a specific city or locale); regranting programs; translations or commissions of new works (even if expected to have national impact); and production start-up activities.

Single nonprofit organizations and consortia are both eligible to apply. National organizations receiving core support from the DDCF are not eligible to request additional support from the fund for single-discipline activities.

Deadlines for Letters of Inquiry are November 1 and May 1, with full proposals (upon invitation) due no later than December 1 and June 1, respectively.

Visit the DDCF Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures. RFP Link:

For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit:

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