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Some Folk Arts-Friendly Funding Agencies

A brief list of resource agencies, funding programs, and other sources of assistance for community-based traditional artists and folklife organizations in the Philadelphia area.

American Composers Forum [individuals, organizations]
PO Box 13507
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Phone: 267.639.2518
Contact: James Falconi
Email: james@acfphiladelphia.org
Web: composersforum.org
Description: Their Community Partners grant program aims to link composers (of all kinds of music) with communities. Their Subito program offers $500 - $2,000 "quick turnaround" grants to composers and performers of "new music" in the Philadelphia area, with deadlines of August 15, 2009, September 14, 2009 and March 8, 2010. More information about the program is available at the website or by calling.

Bread and Roses Community Fund
[organizations, workshops]
1500 Walnut Street, Suite 1305
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.731.1107
Fax: 215.731.0453
Web: breadrosesfund.org
Description: Grants and programs are available to a broad spectrum of organizations and individuals working for social justice, defined as the redistribution of wealth, power and resources to create systems that are equitable. Racial and Economic Justice fund grants ($5000 - $10,000) are intended to support groups using community organizing to promote racial and economic justice. The Media Justice Fund ($5,000 - $10,000) supports groups working to address media policy, infrastructure or accountability in a way that esnures the rights of all people and communities to have their information and communication needs met. The Future Fund ($2,000 - $6,000) supports new and emerging organizations (or groups new to Bread and Roses) beginning to work to change the balance of power between their community and those in positions of power. All of the above have grant application deadlines of March 1. Opportunity Fund Grants ($50 - $500) are offered for special projects or emergencies that are not part of an organization's ongoing work, with deadlines on the first of every month. Bread and Roses also offers other grant programs (Lax Scholarships, The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative) and workshops on a range of topics through their Barbara Smith Community School.

Dance Advance [organizations, individuals]
Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage
1608 Walnut Street, 18th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 267.350.4970
Fax: 267.350.4998
Email: info@danceadvance.org
Web: http://www.pcah.us/dance
Contact: Bill Bissell
Description: A funding program for dance artists, companies, and presenters of dance in any genre or cultural tradition in the 5-county Philadelphia area, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Letters of Intent are due September 16, 2009, with an application deadline of November 4th. Applications are available on their website. For more information, please contact the director at the numbers above.

The Allen Hilles Fund [organizations]
Pembroke Philanthropy Advisors
Plaza 16, Suite 102
16 East Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003
Phone: 610.896.3868
Email: jarnold@pembrokephilanthropy.net
Web: hillesfund.org
Contact: Jocelyn J. Arnold, Grants Manager; Daphne Rowe, Executive Director
Description: The Hilles Fund aims to promote social justice by offering grants (ranging from $3,000 - $10,000) for programs that target children's education, or economic development in disadvantaged communities. Deadlines are February 15, 2010 and September 10, 2010.

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
[organizations, individuals]
1616 Walnut St., #600
Philadelphia, PA 19103-5306
Phone: 215.557.7811x 11
Email: aprilw@philaculture.org
Web: philaculture.org
Contact: April Williamson
Description: This service organization for arts and cultural organizations in the Philadelphia area offers workshops and services. GPCA is now also administering PCA Project Stream (formerly known as the 5-County Arts Fund) funding: non-matching grants of up to $3,000 to individual artists and cultural organizations. The last deadline for this program was June 19, 2009 with applications available on-line. GPCA also offers workshops explaining the 5-County Grant program. Note that Commonwealth of PA budget cuts and spending freezes (detailed on the advocacy pages of the GOCA website) continue to make levels of state funding for this year uncertain.

The Leeway Foundation [individuals]
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut Street, #832
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215.545.4078
Email: info@leeway.org
Web: leeway.org
Contact: Sham-e-Ali al-Jamil
Description: Offers fellowships and grants to emerging and established Philadelphia-area women artists creating social change; Art and Change grants awards offer up to $2,500 to Philadelphia-area women artists who want to be able to take advantage of concrete opportunities. Applications available on-line. The 2010 deadlines are March 1, and September 1. The Transformation Award ($15,000) application has two stages, with the first deadline on May 15, and a later final deadline (by invitation only). Leeway also offers drop-in sessions where applicants can get help or feedback. (One is scheduled at PFP on February 11, 2010. See their website for other drop-in sessions).

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation [organizations, individuals]
201 N. Charles Street, #401
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410.539.6656
Email: sally@midatlanticarts.org
Web: midatlanticarts.org
Contact: Sally Van de Water (Program Associate, Folk and Traditional Arts)
Description: A range of grants programs for artists and presenters in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the Artists and Communities program (discontinued for 2010 - 2011), Jazz Touring Network (last deadline was August 17, 2007), and the ArtsConnect Touring Fund (next deadline is March 22, 2010). MAAF also administers the USArtists International program, which helps to fund participation of local performing artists in international festivals primarily in the European Union, Russia and the Ukraine. This year's deadlines are September 8, 2009, January 8, 2010, and May 3, 2010.

National Endowment for the Arts [organizations]
Nancy Hanks Center
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506-0001
Phone: 202.682.5678
Email: mansfieldw@arts.endow.gov
Contact: William Mansfield
Description: Major categories of grants for folk and traditional arts include Access to Artistic Excellence (March 11 and August 12, 2010 are next deadlines), Learning in the Arts (June 10, 2010) and other special initiatives. A Challenge America fast track grant program (May 27, 2010 deadline) offers $10,000 grants for specific projects reaching underserved populations, including community festivals. Applications and guidelines are available on-line. (Note that you must apply for major NEA grants through the grants.gov on-line system, which requires considerable advance planning).

New Jersey State Council on the Arts [organizations, individuals]
Folk Arts Apprenticeships
PO Box 306
Trenton, NJ 08625
Kim Nguyen
Offers funding support to New Jersey-based folk arts organizations, and artist fellowships, as well as grants for master artists to work with apprentices. Applications are available in the winter, with the deadline for apprenticeship applications in the spring (April 7, 2010 this year). Visit their website for information about workshops for applicants.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
[organizations, individuals]
Room 216, Finance Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717.787.6883
Web: pacouncilonthearts.org
Description: PCA has historically offered funding both for arts organizations and for artists through various grants programs with deadlines throughout the year. The Preserving Diverse Cultures program offers funding for culturally diverse arts organizations. (March 8, 2010 deadline). Contact Charon Battles. Program stream nd project stream grants for organizations of various sizes are available through Greater Philadelphia Cutural Alliance (listed above). The arts education program funds artists' residencies in schools and community sites (February 12, 2010 deadline) as well as an artists in education roster (December deadline) now managed for the Philadelphia 5-county region by the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (215.717.6596) which also offers workshops for teaching artists. PCA's programs for folk arts are managed by the Institute for Cultural Partnerships (ICP), 3211 North Front Street, #104, Harrisburg, PA 17110-1342. (Contact Amy Skillman: 717.238.1770). These usually includes fellowship and apprenticeship programs with an August 1 deadline). Guidelines for fellowships and apprenticeships are usually available online at ICP's website. Note that fellowship and apprenticeship programs for FY 2010 will not be funded due to cuts in the PA State budget.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission [organizations]
PO Box 1026
Harrisburg, PA 17108
Phone: 1.800.201.3231
Web: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&mode=2&objID=1426
Description: The PHMC Education, Public and Local History grant program historically funded original research and writing for oral history projects dealing with Pennsylvania's past. Grants were available for $5,000 (non-matching) and $15,000 (matching). A range of other grant programs were available for museums, historical societies, historic preservation, and technical assistance. Technical assistance grant deadlines are ongoing. Due to a 50% reduction in PHMC's allocation in the Commonweath of PA budget, the project grant program has been cancelled for this year.

Pennsylvania Humanities Council [organizations; individuals for Commonwealth Speakers]
325 Chestnut Street, #715
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215.925.1005
Email: phc@pahumanities.org
Web: pahumanities.org
Contact: Mimi Iijima
Quick (up to $500), Small ($501 to $3,000), and Large grants ($3,000 to $20,000) for humanities-based programs, dealing with issues of importance to Pennsylvania communities. Quick and Small grants have rolling deadlines, respectively 8 and 12 weeks in advance of your project. Large grants are due on September 2, with an Intent-to-Apply application due July 1. PHC also manages a Commonwealth Speakers program, offering speakers (including scholars, performers and other presenters) $400 honorarium and travel costs for sharing their knowledge. (Applications for people who are interested in being added to their roster will be made available in the spring of 2009.) Speakers also have the opportunity to be included in Humanities Live, a public television broadcast. Note that non-profit groups can engage speakers for free, for local programs.

Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour [organizations, individuals]
230 South Broad St., #1003
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.496.9424, x. 2
Email: chrissie@pennpat.org
Web: pennpat.org
Contact: Chrissie M. DiAngelus
Description: A competitive program for Pennsylvania (and some other) presenters with deadlines on February 16, 2010, October 15, 2010, and February 15, 2011. PennPAT can fund a percentage of the contracted artist fees and travel costs for a touring engagement or for longer-term "new directions" work with Penn-PAT roster artists. Artists and companies presented must have been approved for the PennPAT roster. Presenters must work with artists outside their home communities. (See website for the list and information, or call for their publication). The deadline for artists interested in applying to be on the roster for this program is June 1, 2010. PennPAT offers workshops for potential applicants. Artists who are accepted are also eligible for up to $5,000 in technical assistance funding support; grants of up to $5,000 in strategic opportunity funding have been suspended due to state budget cuts. Both of these grants have deadlines of 6 weeks in advance of the project start date. Workshops to help with applications are offered; please see their website.

The Pew Fellowships in the Arts [individuals]
Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage
1608 Walnut Street, 18th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 267.350.4920
Email: pfa@pcah.us
Contact: Melissa Franklin, Director
Web: pewarts.org
Description: Offers fellowships in the amount of $60,000 to 5-county Philadelphia-area artists, in disciplines such as folk and traditional arts, crafts, dance, theater, literature. Beginning in 2010, artists must be nominated to apply. Applications are no longer accepted.

Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) [teachers in schools]
7 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215.563.5848
Email: gretchenelise@pccy.org
Contact: Gretchen Iverson
Web: pccy.org
Description:The Picasso Project offers grants of $500 to $5000 to teachers working in Philadelphia public and charter schools that have "less than 1.5" music or art teachers. The project aims to create access to high quality arts education for students in Philadelphia. Next deadline is November 16, 2009, with grants announced in December and projects required to be completed by June. Applications are available on line. Applicants must attend workshops explaining the program, scheduled for October 5 - 8.

Philadelphia Cultural Fund [organizations]
One Parkway, 1515 Arch Street, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.731.9820
Email: info@philaculturalfund.org
Contact: June W. O'Neill, manager
Web: philaculturalfund.org
Description: Grants for general operating support in the range of roughly $1,000 to $18,000 to local arts and cultural agencies. A newly revised application and guidelines are online. The deadline was September 25, 2009. Workshops on the grant application process and the PA Cultural Data Project are being offered, as well. Consult their website.

Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative
Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage
1608 Walnut Street, 18th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 267.350.4910
Email: mbarsanti@pcah.us
Contact: Michael Barsanti, Senior Program Specialist
Web: http://www.pcah.us/management
Description: PCMI offers grants to support organizational development for cultural organizations in the five-county Philadelphia metropolitan area. Planning and Catalyst Grants require an initial Letter of Interest (LOI) due December 11, 2009 with complete applications due March 1, 2010. Professional Development Grants are avaulable on a rolling deadline and may be submitted at any time.

Philadelphia Foundation [organizations]
1234 Market Street, Suite 1800
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215.563.6417
Description: A community foundation that offers grants to non-profit organizations in the 5-county Philadelphia region. Major funding streams include the Fund for Children, Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial Fund (deadlines February 5, April 30, and September 3, 2010), an Organizational Effectiveness Fund (rolling deadline through October 15, 2010, with no new applications accepted after that date until January 1, 2011) and grants for General Operating Support (on the same schedule). These last two categories About 9% of their funding goes to arts programs. A new grant program, Engage 2020 Innovation Grants, has just been announced, with letters of intent due December 1, 2009 and full applications due February 1, 2010.

Philadelphia Music Project [organizations]
Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage
1608 Walnut Street, 18th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 267.350.4960
Fax: 267.350.4998
Email: pmp@pcah.us
Contact: Matthew Levy
Web: http://www.pcah.us/music
Description: Grants and other supports to non-profits in the region which produce or present music. Agency hopes to invest in artistic excellence and innovation, in "adventurous programming" and to thereby contribute to the advancement of participating organizations. Letters of intent are due November 2, with an application due January 15. Professional development grants of up to $3,000 are also available to recipients of past PMP grants. PMP also offers, in partnership with the Presser Foundation, the Premiere Recording Grant program to fund the production of first recordings of artistically significant works. Last year, the letter of intent was due January 15, with the full application due April 1.

Valentine Foundation [organizations]
c/o Alexandra V.A. Frazier
300 Quarry Lane
Haverford, PA 19041
Phone: 610.642.4887
Email: info@valentinefoundation.org
Contact: Alexandra Frazier
Web: valentinefoundation.org
Description: Grants (generally from $500 to $10,000) to organizations which help women and girls to develop to their full potential, or which work to challenge established attitudes and practices that inhibit that potential. Their grant process requires an initial two-page letter of inquiry, which should be received between May 1 and June 30.