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Martha Boschen Porter Fund Grant

Grants to New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts
Artists and Organizations for Artist Career Development

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) - Martha Boschen Porter Fund

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts individual artists and organizations to promote artistic advancement in any discipline. Applications are invited from both emerging artists and established artists who are taking a new artistic direction. Applications will also be considered from organizations that commission artists or provide artists with new opportunities to work or present their work to new audiences.

Funding supports these artists to work alone or in collaboration with other artists in the creation of new work. The Fund supports artists as they advance to the next level of their development or in the presentation of their work in innovative ways.

The core belief of the Boschen Fund is that the world is made a better and more humane place if artists have the resources they need to create work and make it available to the public and have the opportunity to think in new ways about their future as artists. The Boschen Fund seeks, in its modest way, to help create a more innovative and nurturing climate for artists in the Berkshire Taconic region by making grants available at important points in an artist's career.

The fund awards grants directly to the applicant artist or organization to carry out the work outlined in the application. The grants may be applied to any expense that may enhance the artist's ability to create new work.

An advisory board for the Boschen Fund will review all applications. The board comprises artists and arts professionals in a variety of artistic disciplines from the greater Berkshire Taconic region. Their recommendations will be sent to Berkshire Taconic for approval. The advisory board will use the following criteria in their review:

-The excellence of the artist's work as evidenced by samples of recent work submitted as part of the application.

-The potential of the project to advance the artist's work.

-The potential of the grant from the Boschen Fund to advance the artist's work.

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GrantWatch ID#: 172099

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The grants usually range between $1,000 and $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artists, both creative and interpretive, in all media may apply to the Boschen Fund; "creative artists" refers to artists who originate work while "interpretive artists" refers to artists who interpret work, such as dancers, singers, musicians, and performers.

This includes visual and craft artists; writers (poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers); installation, performance or cross-disciplinary artists; and artists who work in digital and new media.

Applicants must have been full-time residents in the Berkshire Taconic region (Berkshire County, MA; Northeast Dutchess County, NY; Columbia County, NY and Northwest Litchfield County, CT) for two years prior to applying. Artists with a significant connection to the area are also welcome to apply.

Artists who have received an award from the Boschen Fund may reapply no sooner than five years after the date of their previous award.

While the focus of the fund remains on individual artists, it also accepts proposals from organizations in the region that commission artists or provide artists with new opportunities to work or present their work to new audiences.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Maeve O’Dea, Program Director
413.229.0370 x 111

Natashea Winters, Community Engagement Officer for Education & Scholarships
413.229.0370 x 106

Brandon Williams, Grants Coordinator
413.229.0370 x 115

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
800 North Main Street
PO Box 400
Sheffield, MA 01257-0400

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Northwest Litchfield County;   Massachusetts: Berkshire County;   New York: Northeast Dutchess and Columbia Counties

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