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NEW (New and Experimental Works) Program Grant

Grants to California Nonprofits for Arts and Cultural
Projects in Dance, Theater, and Multidisciplinary Arts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Conf. Date:

01/26/21

LOI Date:

02/12/21

Deadline Date:

04/23/21 5:00 PM PST

Description:

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Grants of up to $30,000 to California nonprofit organizations for arts and cultural programming in eligible counties. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying and new applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. Funding is intended for small and mid-size arts organizations with an emphasis on dance, theater, and multidisciplinary arts. Eligible projects are those that are based in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Santa Clara Counties.

The NEW program prioritizes support for:

  • Small and mid-size organizations
  • Timely and compelling projects
  • Projects that support artists pushing the boundaries of dance and theater in form and/or content
  • Collaborations across various disciplines, diverse media and technology
  • For projects with planned in-person performances, in accordance with public health guidelines: Productions in outdoor, site-specific or alternative venues
  • Activities in San Francisco and Oakland
  • Projects that compensate artists at a significant level. Projects must designate at least one-half of the grant funds to the artistic project team and their direct expenses for creating the work. 

Project Requirements:

  • At least one-half of the grant funds must go to the artistic project team and their direct expenses for creating the work. The remaining one-half of the grant funds are unrestricted to the applicant organization.
  • The grant amount requested may not exceed more than 50% of the organization’s last closed fiscal year budget. If your annual budget was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or fluctuates due to your presentation schedule and you would like to apply for more than 50% of your annual budget, contact Arts Program Staff at the email address listed in Contact Information.

Projects are not required to have a fully produced performance component to be eligible to apply. Grant funds may be used to support research and development for future projects through work-in-progress showings, readings, films of project activities, etc. Performances may be in-person (in accordance with public health guidelines) and/or virtual.

The one-half artist fee budget requirement may include artist’s direct expenses for creating the work such as materials, supplies, equipment and travel in addition to payments to artists involved in the development, creation and execution of the project. The remaining one-half of grant funds are meant to be flexible support for the applicant organization. These grant funds may be used towards artist fees, project expenses (both direct and indirect, such as administrative overhead) as well as general operating needs of the applicant organization. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163221

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant ranges from $5,000–$30,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is 24 months, from July 1, 2021–June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry from organizations that meet the following criteria. Contact Arts Program Staff at the email address listed below if you are a new applicant.

- Nonprofit organizations or 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsors (requires a written agreement).
- Organizations must be based in and/or have a demonstrated history of operating in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo or Santa Clara counties. The Foundation prioritizes support for projects that take place in San Francisco and Oakland.
- Organizations must have at least a $10,000 annual budget for their last closed fiscal year. If your annual budget was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or fluctuates due to your production schedule and you have had an annual budget of at least $10,000 in the last three years, contact Arts Program Staff.
- Current NEW Program grantees must complete previously funded projects before applying for an additional grant. If your project is complete but you have yet to submit your grant report, contact Arts Program Staff. If your previously funded NEW Program project was converted to general operating support, you are eligible to apply. Current RENEW or Open Spaces Program grantees who are interested in applying should discuss eligibility with Arts Program Staff.
- The Foundation is unlikely to fund an organization consecutively through the NEW Program.
- For projects with planned in-person performances (in accordance with public health guidelines) the Foundation will prioritize projects taking place in San Francisco and Oakland.

The foundation is unlikely to fund predominantly music-focused projects, including musicals, operas and/or other musical performances. The Foundation does not fund:
- Restagings of works that have already premiered in the Bay Area.
- Direct assistance to individuals or individual sponsorships
- Nonprofits not located and operating primarily in the United States (except for medical research)
- Start-up organizations (except for medical research)
- Sports, athletic events or league sponsorships
- Advertising or promotional sponsorships
- Deficits or retroactive funding
- Fraternal organizations
- Organizations that discriminate based on religion, race, sexual orientation or gender

Residency Requirements: The foundation acknowledges that many artists and organizational staff have relocated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists supported through the grant are not required to currently reside in one of the eligible Bay Area counties; however, they should have a demonstrated history of working in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo or Santa Clara counties.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Foundation is hosting the following pre-application webinars:

Thursday, January 21, 12–1 PM
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-program-pre-application-online-workshop-registration-131963760159

Tuesday, January 26, 5–6 PM
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-program-pre-application-online-workshop-2-registration-131965046005

Applicants may also schedule a phone call with Arts Program Officer, Adriana Griñó, starting in January here: https://krfoundation.org/arts/grants/new-experimental-works-new-program/

Pre-Application Information:

- Letters of Inquiry are accepted: January 11–February 12, 2021 at 5 PM (PST).
- Full Proposals (by invitation only): March 29 – April 23, 2021. Full proposals are due by 5 PM PST on April 23, 2021.
- Awards Announcement: June 2021
- Grant Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30 , 2023. Note: Performances must have production dates after July 1, 2021.

FAQs: https://krfoundation.org/arts/grants/new-experimental-works-new-program/new-program-faq/
Awards Schedule: https://krfoundation.org/arts/grants/awards-calendar/

Contact Information:

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

Complete the Rainin Foundation Letter of Inquiry (LOI): https://krfoundation-portal.givingdata.com/campaign/ARTSNEWLOI

arts@krfoundation.org

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USA: California: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County or Santa Clara County

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