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Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF) - For Organizations

Grants to New York Media Arts Organizations for
Professional and Organizational Development

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New York State Council on the Arts and Wave Farm

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Grants of up to $4,000 to New York media arts organizations to retain the services of outside consultants for the purposes of professional and organizational development. Funding is also available for conference and convening attendance. Priority is given to organizations whose primary activities are specific to media as an art form including time-based and moving image media, and emergent technology.

Applicants may request support for the following:

Organizational Development:
Enables organizations to hire consultants to work with organizations in the evaluation and assessment of programs and operations, and planning for sustainability and growth. Proposals must be directed to consultant fees or other professional fees addressing: research, assessment, and evaluation of current programs; research and planning for new initiatives; strategic planning for new operations and partnerships; board development, staff retreats, succession planning; or preservation planning.

Professional Development:
Builds knowledge and technical expertise of media arts organizational staff and Board members. Proposals must be directed to: staff training and education; Board training and education; seminars and workshops; or skill-share exchanges with other media arts facilities in New York State.

Supports open lines of communication, information, consortium building and resource sharing among media arts organizations, including staff and sponsored artist attendance at New York State conferences. Organizations may apply for conducting one or two-day local, regional or State-wide convening on issues and topics relating to the media arts, and to facilitate targeted networking, focus groups and think tanks. Proposals may also be directed to attendance at festivals and conferences.

Media Match Ups:
Technology is an ever-evolving event that challenges our capacity to meet the benefits of its creative potential. And often, there is no greater benefit than learning from peers. Media Match Ups encourage organizational staff to travel, site visit, see what others are doing, and how they are talking about it. The Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF), a NYSCA EMF/Wave Farm Partnership provides organizations with up to $500 in funding to support travel expenses related to a professional visit to a peer media arts organization anywhere in New York State. This opportunity is available to NYS Media Arts Organizations and does not impact eligibility for additional support from MAAF in the same fiscal year.

For implementation projects, requests must be made in conjunction with a thorough planning process. Implementation requests are not a priority and will be considered on a case by case basis.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176725

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may request funding support up to a maximum amount of $4,000.

Note that for conference attendance, $500 is the maximum award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations have missions specific to the media arts, and dedicate the majority of their programming to technology as an art form.

Organizations who receive direct NYSCA support (as well as those who do not) are eligible to apply to the Media Arts Assistance Fund.

Multi-disciplinary organizations are eligible to submit requests for support, but should do so only for organizational and professional development projects that specifically address their media arts programs. Applications from multi-disciplinary organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but are not a MAAF priority.

Not Funded:
-Project-based or operational support for consultants such as grant writing, hands-on fundraising, website management, or other activities such as side-by-side staff support, which may be considered staff positions
-Allocations of staff salaries or overhead
-Catering, hospitality, and related supplies (for convening requests)
-Expenses related to travel outside of New York State (Your budget at large can include out of state travel, but you must show other income in your budget that meets this expense.)
-Conference attendance outside of New York State

Pre-Application Information:

The next application deadline is April 1, 2018.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The April deadline will be the last deadine in calendar 2018. MAAF for organizations will return to a quarterly deadline in 2019.

Questions regarding your application should be directed to Wave Farm's Media Arts Grants program (email address below). Please note that the staff will respond in as timely a fashion as possible prior to the deadline, but it is recommended that you submit all questions well in advance of the application deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Click here to apply for Media Match Up support.:

For questions, contact:

Galen Joseph-Hunter, Executive Director

Wave Farm/WGXC Acra
5662 Route 23
Acra, NY 12405
(518) 622-2598

WGXC Hudson Studio
704 Columbia St
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 697-7400

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