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Art Meets Activism (AMA)

Grants to Kentucky Feminist Artists and Organizations to
Achieve Social Change for Women and Girls Through the Arts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Kentucky Foundation for Women (KFW)

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Deadline Date:

03/02/18 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $7,500 to Kentucky feminist artists and organizations for a range of art activities in the performing, media, visual, and literary arts disciplines, with a goal of inspiring positive social change and improving the lives of Kentucky women. Eligible activities include individual or collaborative artmaking with women and girls, community participation in artistic creation, artists’ creation of new work in a community context, and arts education programs primarily focused on women or girls.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate their commitment to feminism, their ability to engage community members and have a concrete plan for positive social change through arts-based activities.

Applicants to the AMA grant program should show high artistic quality in the work sample and should be able to demonstrate their commitment to feminism and their understanding of the relationship between art and social change. The grant program is arts-based and feminist in nature.

Reviewers assess each application based on the following criteria:

- Artwork in sample is strong, highly original, and reflects feminism and social change.
- Proposed activities will engage communities in artmaking that directly benefit women and girls in Kentucky.
- Application and work sample demonstrate applicant’s understanding and practice of feminism.
- Application and work sample demonstrate a clear understanding of the relationship between art and social change.
- Work plan, timeline, and budget are clear, detailed, and realistic.
- Applicant’s ability to complete the proposed activities is clearly shown.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177505

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum requests are $7,500.

Term of Contract:

The timeframe for this grant is July 1 - June of the following year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual artists and organizations based in Kentucky who are engaging in arts-based activities may apply. KFW is committed to making grants accessible to all regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, educational level, economic condition, or geographic origin.

Grants cannot be used for:
- Business enterprises or for-profit organizations
- Tuition costs or living expenses while working toward a degree (or fees for auditing a class)
- Promotion of specific religious doctrines
- Endowment or capital campaigns or renovations of institutional facilities
- General operating costs for organizations

Because KFW focuses on supporting the creation of art by feminists in Kentucky, KFW does not fund:
- Non-art related expenses (i.e., overdue bills, taxes, etc.)
- Work conducted by artists or organizations that are not residents of Kentucky
- Activities that do not focus on improving the lives of Kentucky women.

For more information on eligiblity, please see the "Thinking About Eligibility" found in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

KFW will offer participatory workshops in three different locations around the state. Workshops include networking time, a discussion on feminist art for social change, an overview of KFW opportunities, and a detailed look at the grant application process.

- Louisville on Monday, January 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Louisville Free Public Library main branch, 301 York St, Louisville, KY 40203
- Berea on Saturday, February 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Union Church (basement), 200 Prospect St, Berea, KY 40403
- Owensboro on Saturday, February 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, 211 E. 2nd St, Owensboro, KY 42303

To RSVP, please contact Jenrose Fitzgerald, Grant Program Manager.

Grant workshop schedule and information:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the 2018 Art Meets Activism grant is Friday, March 2, 5 pm EST.

Notification sent to applicants in early June; Checks are sent at the end of June.

For help with the online system, or for a paper copy of the grant information, or to submit a paper application, contact Jenrose Fitzgerald.

Each application should provide two current letters of recommendation. Partner applicants may submit up to two letters for each applicant.

Application Information:

Thinking About Applying:

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Jenrose Fitzgerald, Grant Program Manager

Kentucky Foundation for Women
Heyburn Building
332 West Broadway, Suite 1215
Louisville, KY 40202

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kentucky