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Morgan Fund – Investment Grant Opportunity

Grants to Washington and Washington, DC Nonprofits for
the Advancement of Performing Arts in Eligible Areas

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Seattle Foundation - Morgan Fund

Deadline Date:

09/30/18 11:59 PM (PDT)


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Grants ranging from $1,500 to $15,000 to Washington, DC area and Washington State nonprofits in Seattle and the Western region to promote high-quailty performing arts. Priority is given to proposals with a focus on theater and dance. Funding is intended to assist with a wide range of needs including equipment purchases and strategic business development to help advance and deepen artistic quality.

Investment Grants are given to companies that are demonstrably striving toward a high artistic level, but that can identify specific impediments to that goal which a grant from the Morgan Fund would help address.

Investment grants should be requested for specific projects that will aid in moving an organization toward a higher artistic level. The Foundation is open to any project that will help the organization advance and deepen their artistic process and product.

The Foundation wants an Investment Grant to have a long term impact on your organization – not just support an upcoming production (of course, you are welcome to try and convince us that support for a specific production will have a long-term effect on the work you continue to produce)

Investment Grants from the Morgan Fund fall into one of the following general categories:

- Capital Equipment. Anything from the purchase of lighting or sound equipment, building new drops for a ballet, or support for a capital campaign. This is the most common investment request made to the Fund.

- Strategic Business Development. Hire a consultant to help establish a strategic plan, or bring in an expert to kick start organized fund raising. While the Foundation is not interested in paying salaries on an ongoing basis, nor in paying salaries of current employees, the Foundation is happy to consider requests to hire specialists to work towards specific, defined goals.

- Audience Development. Art cannot survive in a vacuum. Grants in this category are intended to help widen the scope of who attends the productions and how organizations communicate with the public at large. This could include assistance in developing a website, or other activities.

- Professional Development / Education. The will may be there, but your staff may need specific training, and the Morgan Fund is happy to consider requests for the professional development and education of the people who make up your organization.

- Other. The above list is not complete, and the applicant may have ideas for projects the Foundation hasn’t dreamed of. If an idea doesn’t fit in any of the above categories, here is where it belongs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184048

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Proposals for Investment Grants ranging from $1,500 to $15,000 will be considered.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation will consider applications for single and multi-year projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organizations must be a tax exempt nonprofit under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization.

The Foundation is not able to provide grants to individual artists.

A Note About Youth Education Programs:
Please note that the Foundation will not accept applications for youth dance, theater education, or internship programs unless they are specifically focused on developing "pre-professional" skills in youths or young adults who are preparing to enter a career in the arts. While the Foundation values arts enrichment programs, they are not the focus of the Fund.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are being accepted through September 30, 2018.

The Foundation anticipates all grants to be decided and dispersed by the end of the following January. Application dates will be posted on this website as well as advertised by the Seattle Foundation and other organizations.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC;   Washington: Seattle/Western Washington