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Investing in Professional Artists Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofit Cultural Institutions and Artists in Eligible
Counties for Creative Development, Achievement, Residencies, and Support

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The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/15/19 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to Pittsburgh area, Pennsylvania nonprofit cultural institutions and professional artists to support local artists in eligible counties. Funding is intended for creative development, artist residencies, artistic achievements, career advancement, and financial support, based on the belief that artists are essential to the region's cultural vitality.

Artists and arts organizations located in the following counties are eligible to apply for funding: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland.

This program provides resources to professional artists for the breadth of the creative process, from concept to completion. While the program does not require presentation of a fully realized work, it challenges artists to seek to produce the artworks that will define our times, our region, and our lives.

The goals of the grant program:
- To support the creative development of professional artists in the region;
- To create career advancement and recognition opportunities;
- To incentivize creative partnerships between artists and local cultural organizations; and
- To increase the visibility of independent working artists in the region’s cultural life.

Four types of grants are being offered:
- Creative Development Grants: Professional artists in any discipline/media and at any career stage may apply directly for grants up to $10,000 to further artistic and career goals.

Competitive proposals will:
- Provide clear evidence of the range and quality of the artist’s work;
- Articulate artistic and career development goals that would be achieved with grant support;
- Demonstrate the proposed activities’ potential to advance the applicant’s artistic growth and career;
- Present a focused action plan; and
- Appear feasible and appropriate as evidenced by the scope, timeline, budget and artist statement.

Public presentation of a completed artwork is not required; however, grant funds must advance the applicant’s artistic growth and career in demonstrable ways.

- Residencies at Arts Organizations: Arts organizations may apply for grants up to $35,000 to host a residency with local, national, or international artists. Residencies should last a minimum of three (3) months to a maximum of eighteen (18) months.

A residency is defined as an immersive period during which an artist has access to the resources of a host arts organization for the expressed purpose of developing artistic work. The artist does not need to reside continuously in the region, but both the artist and organization must engage each other in an active exchange that adds value to both the artistic work and the host organization.

Proposals will be judged according to the following criteria:
- Artistic quality and range of work of both the lead artist and cultural organization;
- Originality, feasibility, and artistic strength of the residency concept based on the artist’s goals and the organization’s capacity to manage the described residency activities;
- Residency’s potential to benefit the artistic career of the lead artist and infuse new perspectives into the work of the host organization; and
- Levels of creative support and collaboration between the artist and host organization as evidenced by the project description and plan.

While residency activities may lead to work that has a social or educational benefit, priority will be given to projects that grapple with artistic challenges and questions. Artist and host organization must work together in developing the goals of the proposed residency. Competitive proposals will evidence an authentic dialogue and clearly describe available resources and the roles of both parties.

At least two-thirds of grant funds must be allocated to artistic costs. Each lead artist and organization must negotiate and agree upon the two-thirds/one-third breakout. Examples of artistic costs that might be included are the lead artist’s fee; expenses incurred during creative or rehearsal periods; materials and equipment used in creation or presentation of the work; collaborating artists, designers, or technicians’ fees; costumes; sets; etc. Organizations might consider applying the portion of the grant not allocated to artistic costs to project-related marketing and public relations, space rental, insurance (if needed), a proportion of key staffs’ salaries, or documentation.

- Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards: Two awards of $15,000 will be given annually to an established artist and an emerging artist in recognition of exemplary artistic achievements and promise for future work. Candidates are considered by nomination only.

- Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Opportunity Grants: Artist Opportunity Grants (AOG) are awarded to artists three times a year (March, May, and October). Awards range between $250 and $2,500. The purpose of these grants is to remove financial barriers between artists and game-changing experiences to advance artistic careers. These grants will not help make new art but can help artists acquire skills to improve work, pay for childcare, document work, ship work, buy a plane ticket, and pay for a residency, lesson fees, and other expenses that other grant programs do not cover.

The Foundations will also promote grantees through media outlets and special events to heighten community awareness of the importance and achievements of artists in the region.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182983

Number of Grants:

For the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards, two awards will be given annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Creative Development Grants: Up to $10,000
- Residencies at Arts Organizations: Up to $35,000
- Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards: Two awards of $15,000 each
- Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Opportunity Grants: Awards range between $250 and $2,500.

Term of Contract:

- Projects may begin when the required grant documents are returned. Grants cover a one-year period.
- Residencies should last a minimum of three (3) months to a maximum of eighteen (18) months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artists and arts organizations located in the following counties are eligible to apply for funding: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland.

For Creative Development Grants: Eligible applicants must be Professional artists with a significant body of original works of art; at least 21 years of age or older; and a resident of an eligible southwestern Pennsylvania county.

For Residencies at Arts Grants:
- Any arts organization located in an eligible southwestern Pennsylvania county may apply.
- Artists should work primarily as artists, not as teachers, art therapists, or in some other capacity.

For Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Opportunity Grants: Grants are awarded to artists.

For Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards: Two awards will be
given annually to an established artist and an emerging artist.

A professional artist is defined as an individual who has devoted significant time and training to build a career creating or interpreting works of art. For example, the definition includes playwrights and choreographers, as well as those who bring works of art to life for audiences, such as stage directors, actors, dancers, or designers. Professional artists may be emerging, mid-career, or established. In assessing an artist’s qualifications, the following is taken into consideration as appropriate to the art form and stage of career:
- Quality of creative work;
- Evidence of formal or informal training;
- History of exhibitions/performances/screenings, etc.; and
- Critical reviews or letters of recommendation from professionals in the field.

An arts organization is defined as an IRS-registered, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a mission to produce or present work in dance, film/video, digital applications, literature, music, theater, traditional/folk arts, visual arts, or interdisciplinary work. Eligible organizations may be of any budget size and must demonstrate the capacity to implement proposed activities. University arts departments, history museums, or other nonprofit cultural entities are also eligible if a strong track record and/or effective support system for working with creative artists can be demonstrated.

Full-time students and previous grantees of the Creative Development Grants program are ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. All applicants will be notified of results in May 2019.

Artist Opportunity Grants are awarded to artists three times a year (March, May, and October).

For the Creative Achievement Awards, candidates are considered by nomination only.

Projects may begin when the required grant documents are returned. Grantees will be required to submit a final report on the project one year from the date of the grant award.

For information about the Foundation: www.heinz.org

For more information about AOG grants visit: www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/aog

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://pittsburgharts.slideroom.com/

With questions, please contact:
Cindi Stueber, Program Assistant
cstueber@heinz.org
412-338-2693

To book an appointment with Anne Mulgrave, Manager of Grants and Accesibility with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, visit: www.amulgrave.youcanbook.me/

Heinz Endowments
30 EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
email: info@heinz.org
phone: 412-281-5777
fax: 412-281-5788

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh region: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties