Attention Artists: Ford Foundation Launches Funding Initiative to Develop Arts Spaces

April 14, 2010

Ford Foundation Launches Funding Initiative to Develop Arts Spaces

The Ford Foundation has announced a ten-year, $100 million initiative to support a new generation of arts spaces nationwide. The new initiative, Supporting Diverse Arts Spaces, will provide funding for projects that incubate and produce creative work across all disciplines. Grant funds will support both new projects and the revitalization and expansion of existing arts spaces.

As part of the initiative, the Ford Foundation has joined with LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity), and the MetLife Foundation, to call for applications for the first round of Ford Foundation Space for Change predevelopment and planning grants. Through an open Request for Proposal process, grants will go to organizations that are in the early stages of planning facilities that support artistically innovative and culturally diverse endeavors that will strengthen relationships between the community and artists.

Nonprofit arts organizations with strong track records of artistic excellence, who are intending to buy, build, renovate, partner in the development of, or become anchor tenants in a vibrant artist space can apply for grants of up to $100,000 each over two years in capital and/or planning support. All applicants must, at a minimum demonstrate a track record of excellence in their programming and artistic production; be 501(c)(3) organizations that directly serve both artists and communities; demonstrate strong community ties; and have the fiscal and organizational capacity necessary to partner in or carry out a facility project.

Examples of the wide range of facilities that would be eligible for support include work- and/or live-work spaces for artists; performance facilities; rehearsal spaces; gallery spaces; community arts and educational facilities; and any other type of spaces where artists work, where art works are made, or presented, or where educational activities associated with the arts and involving artists take place.

Letters of Inquiry will be accepted on a rolling basis. For the Spring 2010 Cycle, LOI will be reviewed from April 14 to June 22, 2010 (for LOI received on or before May 28, 2010). For the Fall 2010 Cycle, LOI will be reviewed from September 22 to November 3, 2010 (for LOI received between May 29 and September 17, 2010). LINC will invite organizations with strong LOI to submit a full proposal within 30 days of receiving the LOI.

Link to info and application

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