National Funding Opportunities

Support for Performing Arts Infrastructure Projects
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Fund for National Projects
The Fund for National Projects, an initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theatre fields. In addition, the Fund works to improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in the targeted fields. Grants of $60,000 to $200,000 are provided for projects that engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field. Examples of eligible projects include research projects assessing the national health of arts groups or of individual artists, national convenings for performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences), and special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire field. Projects by single performing arts entities are not supported. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is August 2, 2011. Visit the Foundation’s website for program details.

Hunger Relief Programs Funded
Presbyterian Hunger Program
The Presbyterian Hunger Program provides grants to nonprofit organizations addressing hunger and its causes in the United States, including Puerto Rico. Grants are provided in the following five categories: Development Assistance grants focus on creating a multi-faceted approach to the empowerment of poor people. Public Policy Advocacy grants encourage activities that advocate for political and economic policy changes that provide food for the poor. Lifestyle Integrity grants target programs that help the church to move toward sustainable lifestyles sensitive to the reality of the Earth’s limited resources. Education and Interpretation grants promote activities to educate the church and the public at large about the root causes of hunger. Direct Relief grants support programs that provide food to poor people in either acute or chronic conditions of hunger. Nonprofit organizations and Presbyterian congregations are eligible to apply. Applications are due June 30, 2011. Visit the program’s website to download application guidelines and forms.

Grants Address Climate Change Issues
Schmidt Family Foundation
The Schmidt Family Foundation supports efforts to help transform the world’s environmental and energy practices in the 21st century. The Foundation’s mission is to advance the creation of an increasingly intelligent relationship between human activity and the use of the world’s natural resources. The emphasis is on meaningful efforts to aid the change in public perception and the transition from an oil-dependent society to one that operates on a renewable and sustainable energy platform. The Foundation funds research and other activities to ensure the availability of high-quality unbiased data on global warming and potential solutions. In addition, the Foundation supports public education around issues of energy and the environment and promotes public understanding of the science of climate change. Online letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant priorities and the application process.

U.S. Film Festivals Supported
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Festival Grants Program
The Festival Grants Program, an initiative of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, provides grants of up to $30,000 to a wide variety of film festivals based in the United States. Grant recipients include major international film festivals, independent and alternative festivals, and festivals that support social and cultural diversity. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, give screening access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and bring the public into contact with filmmakers. Grants are only available to applicants that have held at least five festivals as of December 31, 2010. Applications must be submitted by July 1, 2011. Grant range information and application guidelines are available on the Academy’s website.