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8/31: FUNDING

  • Shubert Foundation Announces 2012-13 Grant Guidelines for Support of Theater and Dance
  • Artist Call – New Images Photography Awards in San Francisco, CA
  • MacArthur Foundation Announces Open Call for Documentary Film Proposals
  • UCIRA Initiative Planning & Implementation Grant (UC Faculty/Staff/Students)

Shubert Foundation Announces 2012-13 Grant Guidelines for Support of Theater and Dance

Deadlines: October 15, 2012 (Dance, Arts Related, Education) & December 3, 2012 (Theater)

The Shubert Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theater and a secondary focus on dance.

The foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support, rather than for specific project funding. Grants are awarded exclusively to U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The foundation does not make grants to individuals.

Not-for-profit, professional resident theater companies are the primary recipients of Schubert Foundation funding, with an emphasis on producing, rather than presenting, organizations. A smaller amount of funding is provided for dance companies. The foundation also makes a limited number of grants to arts-related, not-for-profit organizations that help support the development of theater and dance, and to graduate drama departments of private universities.

Grants will be made only to organizations that have an established artistic and administrative track record as well as a pattern of fiscal responsibility. The foundation does not provide funds for project support, audience development, direct subsidies of reduced-price admissions, media (film, TV, and radio), renovation projects, or capital or endowment campaigns. No grants are made to conduit organizations (agencies that disburse funds to individuals or other organizations).

Applicants may not request a specific grant amount; if the foundation determines that it will fund an organization, it will also determine the amount of the grant.

The foundation has two grant application timetables. Applications in the dance, arts related, and education categories must be submitted by October 15, 2012. Theater applications must be submitted by December 3, 2012.

to apply, visit: http://www.shubertfoundation.org/grantprograms/default.asp

 

Artist Call – New Images Photography Awards in San Francisco, CA

Deadline: 09-20-2012

Gallery Photographica presents the New Images Photography Awards featuring a San Francisco exhibition of fresh works by photographers worldwide. The theme is open. Photography of all genres, produced since January 1, 2011, is eligible.

Eligibility:
 All photographers worldwide, 18 years or older.

Awards:
$6,000 in prizes are awarded:

1st place: $3,000

2nd place: $2,000

3rd place: $1,000

Gold Medal Award winners will be featured in the Exhibition, and both Gold and Silver Medal Award winners will be displayed on the Gallery Photographica site.

Exhibition:
The Exhibition at Studio 17 in San Francisco opens with a reception on November 10, 2012, and runs through November 25, 2012. Printing and framing for the Exhibition is offered to Gold Medal Award winners at an affordable cost.

Juror: 
Rose Marasco, Distinguished Professor of Art, University of Southern Maine. Professor Marasco brings to the judging over 30 years of experience as a photographer, curator, and teacher.

email: info@galleryphotographica.com

Website: galleryphotographica.com

 

MacArthur Foundation Announces Open Call for Documentary Film Proposals

Deadline: 09-07-2012

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives program supports the production and distribution of social-issue documentary films that address important contemporary topics and are intended for a broad audience, particularly in the United States.

The program seeks to fund documentary projects that address the significant social challenges of our time or explore important but under-reported topics. Domestic and international topics are welcome, and preference will be given to projects that align with one of MacArthur’s grantmaking areas.

Support will be provided primarily for production and post-production activities, and to experienced filmmakers based in the U.S. with track records of completing feature-length films that have been broadcast nationally and internationally and received critical recognition.

In selecting documentary films for support, the foundation looks for projects that address important, contemporary social topics — international or domestic; that align with MacArthur’s programmatic interests in the U.S. and international grantmaking areas; that follow an issue over time, providing in-depth reporting that goes beyond conventional news coverage; that utilize compelling personal stories to engage viewers and create empathy; that appeal to a broad audience because they are accessible, interesting, and balanced; that are factually correct and follow best practices in journalism; that have a strong likelihood of being broadcast in the U.S. and elsewhere, and thoughtful plans for broad dissemination in educational, community, or policy settings; and that are led by experienced U.S.-based filmmaking teams that have past success in bringing a documentary project to successful completion and reaching broad U.S. Audiences.

Grants will be made only to eligible organizations. MacArthur does not make grants to individuals and does not make grants through fiscal agents or sponsors. In order to qualify for a MacArthur grant, a project must be applied for through a nonprofit or for-profit incorporated entity that can claim it has complete financial and editorial control over the documentary film project for which it is seeking MacArthur support.

Applicants may request any funding amount, but the typical grant range is between $50,000 and $200,000. In each round of funding, the foundation is able to support eight to twelve projects.

For the current round, proposals will be accepted between August 6 and September 7, 2012.

Visit the MacArthur Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and the online grant proposals form:
http://www.macfound.org/info-grantseekers/grantmaking-guidelines/media-grant-guidelines/media-documentary-films-guidelin/

 

UCIRA Initiative Planning & Implementation Grant (UC Faculty/Staff/Students)

UCIRA is offering planning and implementation grants for projects relating to any of our three current areas of interest:

Art+California: California-centric embedded arts research

Art+Exchange: new models of value exchange

Art+Science: re-negotiating the Art/Science paradigm.

1. Planning Grants 
Planning grants are available for projects that may need further development before applying for implementation. [See application guidelines for Planning Grants.] This planning can include convening groups of faculty, students, and outside partners to explore the possibility for new collaborative area(s) of research and/or project. Applicants may request funds to support the costs of meeting(s) for a core group of participants including potential outside advisors to the project; travel to relevant sites/resource areas to learn from other similar projects and consult with advisors there, and/or to identify collaborating partners/organizations for subsequent stages of the potential project.

2. Implementation Grants
Implementation grants are offered to artists, collaborative teams, and organizations to move their ideas from planning into practice. Implementation grants support the final preparation or research that will enable the public presentation or engagement component of the work. Applicants for implementation grants should have already finished most of the planning for their projects, including the identification of the key themes, relevant scholarship, partner artists/organizations, advisors, and program/presentation formats.

UCIRA’S KEY AREAS OF INTEREST:

- ART+CALIFORNIA: CALIFORNIA-CENTRIC EMBEDDED ARTS RESEARCH

With an eye to California’s diverse landscape and the often embattled relationship between its natural and developed spaces, UCIRA will provide opportunities for artists to investigate the radically diverse terrains of the state. Embedding artists within various California institutions and field contexts provides support for arts researchers interested in topics as diverse asagriculture, land and water use, emergent technologies  and new forms of knowledge production and practice.

- ART+EXCHANGE: NEW MODELS OF VALUE EXCHANGE

Current economic conditions have precipitated a re-emergence of forms of artistic collectivism, exchange and ‘anticipatory’ practices, i.e. those that seek to imagine and address possible future economic and social modalities. UCIRA will establish opportunities for artists from across the UC system to enter into situated partnerships with artists, collectives and other agencies/institutions in order to explore new methods of value and idea exchange.

- ART+SCIENCE: RE-NEGOTIATING THE ART/SCIENCE PARADIGM

Artists generate unconventional and imaginative knowledge systems that emerge from aesthetic reflection and risk-taking processes. Their creative energies and skills can be used to catalyze, visualize and re-contextualize the work of scientists, encouraging alternative investigative methods and oblique approaches to problem-solving. UCIRA will support art/science and artist/scientist collaborative configurations designed to facilitate new, hybrid, and fusion models of exchange, co-creation and research practice

1. PLANNING GRANT GUIDELINES:

Purpose of the planning grants:
To convene groups of faculty, students, and outside partners to explore the possibility for new collaborative area(s) of research and/or project development in relationship to one of our three new areas of interest: Social Ecologies: California-centric embedded arts research; Social Technologies: new models of value-exchange; and Integrative Methodologies: re-negotiating the Art/Science paradigm. Applicants may request funds to support the costs of meeting(s) for a core group of participants including potential outside advisors to the project; travel to relevant sites/resource areas to learn from other similar projects and consult with advisors there, and/or to identify collaborating partners/organizations for subsequent stages of the potential project. We recognize that not every planning grant will lead to a new collaboration; however, if a substantial project/area of inquiry develops from the convening, applicants should work to develop a preliminary proposal for initiative-related funding in subsequent years.

Planning Grant Selection Criteria:
In keeping with the mission of the Institute, UCIRA funding is intended to support projects, both individual and collaborative, that represent the most innovative and relevant arts research taking place within the UC system. Quality and depth of proposals will be the primary consideration for evaluation over questions of campus or disciplinary representation. We continue to have an interest in work that encourages curricular development and innovative resource-sharing across two or more UC campuses, as well as expanded praxis/participation-oriented proposals in which UC faculty and/or students partner as co-researchers and co-learners with representatives from a broad range of off-campus communities, organizations and agencies. UCIRA is committed to supporting risk-taking research that might not otherwise find funding from other University or extramural sources. We encourage you to consult with UCIRA staff before submitting a proposal.

Planning Grant Eligibility:
Applicants must be UC faculty, staff or students whose research and teaching interests intersect with one of our three new areas of interest: Social Ecologies: California-centric embedded arts research; Social Technologies: new models of value-exchange; and Integrative Methodologies: re-negotiating the Art/Science paradigm. Projects generated by students, staff and part-time faculty must have a full-time faculty sponsor.

Planning Grant Support:
Up to three grants will be offered within each of our three new areas of interest. The award amounts will range from $500-$2,000 depending on the scope and needs of the project. UCIRA expects that the applicant’s home department will undertake the administrative and clerical work needed to keep the convening(s) running smoothly.

Planning Grant Application Materials must include:

- a preliminary concept paper, generally not to exceed two pages, summarizing: the principal focus and objectives of the proposed project/area of inquiry and an estimated timetable

- Host venue form (even if you have not confirmed the actual space, please write in venue(s) you are considering)

- project Summary Sheet (available for download below and on application portal)

- preliminary budget
- short budget narrative

- a c.v. for each of the lead applicant(s)

- letters of support/intent to participate from proposed outside consultant(s) (upload this under “Letter of Recommendation” section of application portal or “Other” section)

Deadline for applications:
Novemeber 15th, 2012 – Planning and Implementation Grants. Off-cycle/unsolicited proposals will not be considered or funding.

2. IMPLEMENTATION GRANT GUIDELINES:

Proposals should include the following in the narrative description of the project [10 pages maximum 1.5 to double-spaced]

On the application portal you can upload this description under “Optional Narrative Description and disregard the 1200 word limit or under the “Other” category:

- A summary description of the planning process that has already taken place

- The process used for partner and/or team selection

- The principal focus and objectives of the proposed project/area of inquiry

- The process to determine site selection

- The methods to ensure ongoing community engagement and education

- A brief discussion of how the process and the completed work will be documented

- A clear plan for funding the implementation project beyond the limited resources of this grant

- A project timeline

The following support materials are necessary for an adequate evaluation of an implementation proposal:

- Documentation of the previous planning process (written planning report, photos, video, CD/DVD)

- Resumes of the artist(s) involved in the project (work samples are encouraged as appropriate)

- Visual documentation of the considered site(s) of work, as appropriate
- Resume of the project director and/or consultant(s)

- An itemized project budget and budget narrative

- Letters of support/intent to participate from partners and proposed outside consultant(s) (upload this under “Letter of Recommendation” section of application portal or “Other” section)

- Host venue form (even if you have not confirmed the actual space, please write in venue(s) you are considering)

- Project Summary Sheet (available for download below and on application portal)

The Panel Process :

- Your grant will be reviewed first by UCIRA staff for completeness, then by a peer review panel. The panel is made up of UCIRA board members, arts administrators, and faculty representatives from throughout the state who are familiar with one or more aspects of UCIRA’s initiatives.

- Each panelist receives all applications in advance for review and numerical evaluation.
- A sub-committee drawn from the full panel then meets to evaluate every application and make recommendations for funding.

- Because of the different areas of focus and geographic diversity of the panelists, it is not likely that every panelist will be familiar with your work and/or area of interest. Don’t assume that your work and/or its influences are known. In your narrative you should include pertinent information that would describe and situate your work for an arts professional hitherto unfamiliar with it.

The more concise and straightforward a proposal is, the easier it is to review. Your project goals, value and support must be easy to understand.

Implementation Grant Selection Criteria:
In keeping with the mission of the Institute, UCIRA funding is intended to support projects, both individual and collaborative, that represent the most innovative and relevant arts research taking place within the UC system. Quality and depth of proposals will be the primary consideration for evaluation over questions of campus or disciplinary representation. We continue to have an interest in work that encourages curricular development and innovative resource-sharing across two or more UC campuses, as well as expanded praxis/participation-oriented proposals in which UC faculty and/or students partner as co-researchers and co-learners with representatives from a broad range of off-campus communities, organizations and agencies. UCIRA is committed to supporting risk-taking research that might not otherwise find funding from other University or extramural sources. We encourage you to consult with UCIRA staff before submitting a proposal.

Implementation Grant Eligibility:
Applicants must be UC faculty, staff or students whose research and teaching interests intersect with one of our three new areas of interest: Art+California: California-centric embedded arts research; Art+Exchange: new models of value-exchange; and Art+Science: re-negotiating the Art/Science paradigm. Projects generated by students, staff and part-time faculty must have a full-time faculty sponsor.

Deadline for applications:
December 15th, 2011 – Planning and Implementation Grants

Implementation Grant Support:
Up to three grants will be offered within each of our three new areas of interest. The award amounts will range from $5,000-$20,000 depending on the scope and needs of the project. UCIRA expects that the applicant’s home department will undertake the administrative and clerical work needed to keep the project running smoothly. Please consult with your departmental fiscal administrator prior to submitting a proposal and budget to UCIRA.

Implementation Grant Application:
Off-cycle/unsolicited proposals will not be considered for funding. Implementation applications may cover any activity or phase of a project after conceptual design, through completion and presentation. This category is reserved for applicants who have completed a planning process and have selected partners or formed a project team. Applicants must be able to demonstrate how a proposed project reflects a prior collaborative dialogue or master planning process. Grants that combine planning with implementation phases will not be considered. This category encourages applicants to think broadly about the role of the artist in contemporary life, as well as the important role that artists can play in designing solutions to key problems.

To apply, visit: http://www.ucira.ucsb.edu/grants/how-to-apply/

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