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Building Bridges 2020 Grants Program

Grants and Resources to USA Nonprofits to Promote
Mutual Understanding Through Arts and Media

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Foundation / Corporation

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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation - Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA)

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Deadline Date:

07/10/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants and other resources to USA nonprofit organizations for projects that foster greater understanding between communities. A letter of interest is required prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to be used for arts and media projects toward developing relationships and enhancing mutual respect between Muslim-Americans and non-Muslims. Grantees will also receive strategic communications support during the grant period from a Foundation-appointed consultant.

The Building Bridges 2020 Grants Program will support planning and implementation of projects that engage U.S.-based Muslims and their neighbors in arts- and media-based experiences designed to advance relationships and understanding for mutual well-being. Through this approach, the program’s larger aim is to contribute toward a more just civil society and greater well-being among people.

Proposed projects or programs should offer engaging, immersive and interactive experiences that may be conducted in collaboration with other organizations and are tailored to the needs and interests of the specific intended audience(s). There are many ways organizations might design, structure and implement projects that engage U.S.-based Muslims and their neighbors through literary, multi-media- and/or performing arts-based experiences to foster relationships and understanding between communities. Organizations are encouraged to draw upon their core capabilities, knowledge of the selected population(s) and resources in the creation of their proposals.

Competitive projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of new programs informed by past experience with successful U.S.-based or international artistic programming.
  • Expansion of existing programs that advance Building Bridges Grants Program goals.

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GrantWatch ID#: 143617

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants ranging from $25,000 to $300,000 over one to three years will be awarded. Grantees will also receive strategic communications support during the grant period from a Building Bridges Program-appointed consultant.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must have a start date between November 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021. Projects may take place over a period of one to three years from the start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Applicant organizations must be able to document tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 501(c)(3) as amended and be publicly supported under IRC 509(a). Fiscal sponsors with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status may apply on behalf of a project for which there is an existing fiscal sponsor relationship.
-Organizations must have at least three years of professional experience producing or presenting literary,
multimedia and/or performing arts‐based programs or may partner with an organization that does.
-The applicant must be able to cover at least 25% of the overall project budget with funds from sources other than the Building Bridges Program.

Projects and Areas Not Funded:
-Requests from individuals.
-The development, publication or distribution of books or reports.
-Initiatives based exclusively on scholarly research or scholarly presentations.
-Initiatives that focus solely on historical, as opposed to contemporary, arts and cultures from Muslim-majority regions.
-Film production or distribution of a single film will generally not be competitive.
-Projects that support a performance by a single artist or single performance production will generally not be competitive.
-Direct costs for the development and installation of exhibitions. Public programs associated with exhibitions are eligible.
-Physical infrastructure or capital campaigns
-The Building Bridges Program does not fund visual art exhibitions.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An online webinar will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada).

Webinar Registration:

Submit your questions in advance of the webinar:

Questions will be accepted until Tuesday, March 31 at 5 PM EST.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Schedule:
-An online webinar will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020
-Letter of Interest Due Friday, April 17, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET
-Invitations to submit full proposals will be issued during the week of June 1-5, 2020 following panel review of the LOIs.
-Full proposals Due Friday, July 10, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET
-Grants awarded - October 2020

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.



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