Special Arts Grants :: Apply


Potential applicants must send a Letter of Inquiry to the Foundation’s Executive Director to approve the submission of a proposal for this grant program. Please review the Special Arts Grants program guidelines and eligibility criteria for deadlines and instructions for doing so.

  1. If your Letter of Inquiry is approved, you will be provided with an access code to apply. To do so, please register online to create an application account, if your organization does not yet have one. Choose a username and password and follow the online instructions. Please note your login information, since you will need it every time you access the grantee portal.
  2. Once you have logged in, click apply, and enter the access code you were provided (in the upper right-hand corner of the screen). You will then be able to view and complete the Special Arts Grants Program application. You may save and return to your draft application using your login information, but applications may not be edited once they are submitted.

In order to review a Special Arts Grants application, the Foundation will need the following:

  1. A brief description of the organization that provides, in order: its mission and history, when it was founded and by whom, its key accomplishments, and a short summary of its programs, activities, and the benefits it provides for the local arts community. (Up to 4,500 characters)
  2. A brief summary of the status of the organization, how COVID-19 closures have impacted its programming, operations, and finances, and how it has responded. (Up to 2,500 characters)
  3. The amount of any existing deficit, if applicable, and a brief description of plans for how it might be addressed. (Up to 1,500 characters)
  4. A description of the organization’s artistic projects, plans, and priorities for the year ahead, focusing on activities between November 15, 2021 and October 15, 2022. (Up to 4,000 characters)
  5. A description of the artists and communities the organization serves and how it engages them. Please include any relevant demographic information the organization may already have available about its artists, audiences, and/or staff, and the approximate annual total attendance at public events, before COVID. (Up to 2,500 characters)
  6. Filmmakers: A narrative description of the film project for which grant support is being sought, an estimated timeline for completion, a listing of funding that has been received to date, and other materials detailed in the Instructions for Filmmakers page on this website. Filmmakers should have raised and spent at least 50% of their project budget before applying. Please note funds are awarded for the post-production phase of film projects only. (Up to 4,000 characters)

Attachments: (Please note that all documents must be uploaded as PDFs.)

  1. Current fiscal year’s organizational budget, with itemized income and expenses, including the amount for payments to artists.
  2. A financial statement for the organization’s last completed fiscal year, with itemized income and expenses (actual).
  3. A list of confirmed and pending foundation, corporate, and government grants, as well as government loans, for the current fiscal year with amounts.
  4. Board of Directors list with affiliations and the percentage of board members who made a financial contribution to the organization within the last year.
  5. Optional: Up to three supporting documents such as press reviews and program material.
  6. Optional: An image and/or link to a brief video work sample.
  7. Required for filmmakers: A filmography, a Vimeo link to a full rough cut of the film project, and, if applicable, production company financials.

All applicants will receive written confirmation of receipt of their proposal. Funding decisions for the fall cycle will be communicated in November.