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Building Demand for the Arts Grants - Implementation Grant

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #153733

Grant Description

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Grants starting at $55,000 to USA arts organizations working together with artists from around the world to increase interest in jazz, theater, and contemporary dance. Intent to Apply Forms are due on April 24 and Preliminary Proposals are due on May 29. On May 6 and 14, a webinar will be offered, and an additional webinar will take place on July 29, 2015.

Organizations must have a prior history of working together with the artist/s, and they must mutually conceive the proposals in order to receive a grant.

While this program will certainly support artists at an organization of the same discipline, it will also support partnerships between organizations and artists not of the same discipline, e.g., a film artist at a jazz organization or a dance artist at a theater, etc. In all cases, however, the purpose of the grant is to build demand for jazz, dance, or theater, even if the artist comes from another field.

Grant funds will be apportioned in the following way:

1. Artist Support: At least half of the grant amount ($27,500 of a $55,000 grant; $55,000 of an $110,000 grant) must be designated for compensation, benefits, and per diem costs for the participating artist(s). Organizations may choose to allocate even more than half of the grant to artist support.

2. Organization Support: Up to half of the grant amount is available to support the costs of the demand-building project and specific costs associated with the artist’s work at the host organization.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicant organizations must meet the following criteria:
- Be a publicly supported, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (including dance companies, theaters, presenting organizations, and select service organizations)
- Employ, contract, and/or serve professional artists and administrators
- Have a minimum of 3 years existence as a professional producing, presenting, or service entity
- Provide appropriate compensation to artists
- Demonstrate the capacity to host an artist(s) on site, to provide substantial support services to artists and to sustain pilot program efforts after the grant period has ended.
- Present, produce and/or provide services to jazz, theater, and/or contemporary dance artists (i.e. be either presenting organizations, producing organizations and/or service organizations) as demonstrated through programming, services and/or activities in each of the last three years and the current year, totaling at least $300,000 of related expenses in each of those years.

Artist Eligibility Requirements:

Both United States-based and international artists are eligible for consideration: however, proof that a non-USA artist has received all necessary approvals for visas or work permits, where applicable, will be required before any grant funds will be disbursed.

All applicant artists must have worked a minimum of three years as a professional artist, and may, but are not required to, come from the jazz, contemporary dance, and/or theater field.

Partnerships with Multiple Artists and Ensembles:

Although organizations may apply for funds to partner with multiple artists or ensembles, the issue of significant compensation for each artist will be a strong review consideration. Organizations engaging ensembles or multiple artists will likely need to provide funds above and beyond the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation grant. In addition, careful attention will be given to the amount of time each specific artist spends at the host organization.

Eligible organization costs include:
- Additional consultants/ retreats to help create new programs
- Market research
- Marketing and project costs incurred
- Costs related to production/expansion of technology but only when it can be viewed as directly connected to and primarily targeted for this project and its outgrowth
- Administrative overhead not to exceed 12% of the total grant award
- Additional evaluation efforts (all grantees receive $5,000 in addition to their grants to defray evaluation costs, but may include additional evaluation costs in the project budget)

- Production royalties
- Rehearsals, productions, or running costs from productions or projects that are part of the usual season of activities
- Salaries of personnel already on staff or for paid positions already in existence (except as coming under the administrative overhead allowance of 12% or less)

Organizations with annual expenses related to professional jazz, contemporary dance, and/or theater of less than $300,000 in any of the prior three completed and audited fiscal years and current year are not eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An optional technical assistance webinar for all applicants who have received the link to submit a Preliminary Application will be offered on May 6, 2015 and repeated on May 14, 2015, at 1:00 PM EDT to answer any questions and help applicants create optimal proposals.

In order to help finalists shape specific and strategic evaluation plans, an additional webinar will be offered on July 29, 2015, at 1:00 PM EDT and up to 60 minutes of additional individual consultation time with WolfBrown staff will be available between August 3 and August 28, 2015. While all grantees will be required to work with WolfBrown Associates during their grant period, this additional pre-proposal assistance is optional.

Pre-Application Information:

All organizations wishing to apply must submit an Intent to Apply Form before submitting a full proposal. The deadline to submit the Intent to Apply form is Friday, April 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT, and the form must be submitted online.

On April 27, 2015, a link to the online Preliminary Proposal form will be sent to all organizations that have submitted the Intent to Apply form.

These forms will be made available only to those who submitted the Intent to Apply form. If your organization files an Intent to Apply form but does not receive a link to the online application, please contact the Arts Program staff immediately.

Preliminary Proposals are due no later than 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on May 29, 2015 (Friday). Applicants must submit all materials electronically (unless otherwise noted on the application form). Online forms include clear instructions about space, formatting, etc., which must be followed. Hard copy and fax applications will not be accepted.

A panel will screen the Preliminary Proposals, and all applicants will be notified of panel decisions by July 21, 2015. Based on panel recommendation, 30-40 organizations will be invited to submit full proposals. Links to the full proposal form will be sent only to those invited no later than July 21, 2015.

Full Proposals will be due no later than 3:00 PM EDT on Monday, September 14, 2015.

Please use the following instructions and links for submitting your Intent to Apply form online:
Tutorial of Online Submission Process:
Start a New Exploration Grant Intent to Apply Form:
Start a New Implementation Grant Intent to Apply Form:
Return to a Pending Intent to Apply Form:

Please Note the Following:

- Organizations may apply for Exploration or for Implementation Grants, but may not apply for both programs in the same year. Similarly, artists may be part of only one application in total and may not be part of both an Exploration application and an Implementation application. Any organization submitting more than one application or any artist identified in more than one application will be deemed ineligible for further consideration and the application(s) rejected.

- Not all Exploration grantees will be awarded Implementation grants; additionally, receipt of an Exploration grant will not be a prerequisite for applying for an Implementation grant.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Building Demand for the Arts grants will support at least 50 partnerships between artists and dance companies, theaters, presenting organizations and/or select service organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations with annual expenses of $300,000 - $749,999 may apply only for grants of $55,000.

Organizations with annual expenses of more than $750,000 may choose to apply for grants of either $55,000 or $110,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants will learn whether or not they have been selected for funding no later than November 30, 2015. First grant payments will be made to grantee organizations no earlier than January 1, 2016.

Approved projects may begin no earlier than January 1, 2016, and must be completed within 36 months, but no later than June 30, 2019.

Please Note: Funded organizations must host the artist/s on-site for a minimum of 90 days.

Contact Information:

Questions about program intent or review process should be addressed to:
1. Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts: 212-974-7107 or
2. Cheryl Ikemiya, Senior Program Officer: 212-974-7108 or
3. Zeyba Rahman, Program Officer: 212-974-7104 or

Logistic questions about deadline dates, submission of electronic forms, and/or technological difficulties should be addressed to Lillian Osei-Boateng, Program Associate, at: 212-974-7109 or

RFP & Supporting Documents:

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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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