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Transformation Award (LTA)

Grants to Pennsylvania Women Artists and Cultural
Producers Who Practice Art for Social Change

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Funding Source:

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Leeway Foundation

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Deadline Date:

05/15/21 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants of $15,000 to Pennsylvania women artists and cultural producers in eligible areas who practice art in order to create social change that positively affects audiences. A preliminary application must be submitted prior to a full application. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to art for social change work and must have created art in this genre for at least the past five years. Creating social change must be integral to the ideas, beliefs, and goals that are woven throughout the applicant's art and process of creating and sharing their art. Eligible applicants must live in Greater Philadelphia, in one of the following counties: Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County.

The Transformation Award is an unrestricted award (it is not project-based) open to women and trans people working in any art form. The Transformation Award is open to individual artists and cultural producers creating art for social change in any medium, including traditional and nontraditional as well as multimedia and experimental forms.

Art for social change is art with a vision and an intentional analysis. It is an artistic or creative cultural practice that may operate in traditional or nontraditional mediums, modes, or disciplines. Art with a vision impacts people in many ways. It can:

  • Raise consciousness
  • Alter how people think about themselves, their society, or their culture
  • Create a vision of a more just world
  • Be a tool or strategy for organizing and movement building
  • Preserve or reclaim traditional cultural practices using your artistic practice as a form of resistance or empowerment
  • Create space for expression and build a sense of community
  • Challenge racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, or other oppressions
  • Question mainstream culture and beliefs
  • Shift or transform the perception of power and/or privilege and the dynamics associated with justice, equality, and/or accountability
  • Value healing justice practices focused on strengthening communities, not just individuals
  • Engage and utilize a reciprocal process — where there is teaching and learning simultaneously and the consent for engagement is mutual, as is the benefit for yourself as an artist and the community you are engaging

Social Change Intent/Vision

Applicants are asked to identify at least one but no more than three social change categories that best describe the intent or vision behind their practice.

  • Cultural preservation / restoration
  • Decarceration
  • Demilitarization
  • Disability justice
  • Economic justice
  • Environmental justice
  • Feminism
  • Immigrant justice
  • Indigenous sovereignty
  • Land sovereignty / housing security
  • LGBQA social movements
  • Racial justice
  • Transgender justice / gender self-determination

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Artistic Disciplines

Applicants are asked to choose a primary category, as well as a secondary category if needed, that best represents their artistic practice. For the list, see here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194311

Number of Grants:

Leeway usually awards somewhere between 8-10 Transformation Awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:


Term of Contract:

The 2021 Leeway Transformation Award period is from January 2022 to December 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You are eligible to apply if you:
- Have lived for the past two years or more in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County
- Are at least 18 years old
- Identify as a woman and/or trans person
- Have been creating art for social change for the past five years or more

Collaboration: Applying with Other Artists
You may apply collaboratively with other artists for the Transformation Award. Leeway understands that most projects are done in collaboration with others, so you are only required to submit an application with a collaborator if you are both playing the same roles as artistic directors or partners for the project. Applicants may only apply once per cycle, whether submitting as part of a collaborative or as an individual. Transformation Award co-applicants are held to the same eligibility requirements as primary applicants. For more information, see:

Award Period Residency Requirements:
Applicants for the 2021 Transformation Award must have lived in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County continuously since at least April 2019. Awardees must maintain residency in one of these six counties throughout the award period ending December 31, 2022.

You may not apply if you:
- Are a full-time student in an arts degree program
- Have previously received a Transformation Award
- Have not turned in all reports due from previous Leeway grants and residencies

Pre-proposal Conference:

- Facebook Live Information Session:

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

During this session, there will be a walk-through of the Art and Change Grant application and any questions you may have will be answered. If you can't make it, that's okay - not only will the session be available at any time to reply, but the next session is scheduled for February 11th. Learn more about the Art and Change Grant and download the application's guidelines before the session.

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- 2/11 Information Session via Zoom:

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Leeway Foundation Office Manager, Dani Roomes, and theater artist, writer, and 2020 Art and Change Grantee, Briyana D. Clarel, for a conversation-style Art and Change Grant Information Session before the March 1st application deadline. During the session, staff will go over best practices and how to apply for the Art and Change Grant while guest grantees share their experience successfully applying in 2020.

Register for the event now and receive video call information in your e-mail.

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- 2/16 Application Support Session

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join a member of the Leeway staff for a one-to-one virtual application support session. This is a chance to get direct feedback on your Art and Change Grant application before the March 1 deadline.

Session will occur either virtually via Zoom or by phone. After you register, call or video information will be made available within 24 hours of your scheduled session.

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- 2/17 Application Support Session

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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- 2/25 Application Support Session

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Pre-Application Information:

The Transformation Award application is a two-stage process.

Stage 1: This is a two-stage application process. The Stage 1 application is due May 15. Stage 1 is open to all eligible applicants. A panel of community-based artists will review applications and make decisions to invite applicants to submit work samples for Stage 2. If you are selected as a Stage 1 finalist, a notification letter will be sent to you 8-10 weeks after the application deadline.

These are not postmark deadlines; applications (electronic or hard-copy) must be received by the deadline date. If the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the application must be received by 10:00 am the following business day.

Stage 2: By invitation only. All invited applicants from Stage 1 will receive an application stipend to help cover the costs of preparing work samples. In addition to the stipend, Leeway will offer each applicant support through in-person meetings and application feedback, as needed. The Stage 2 deadline will be announced to finalists only. All invitees will receive notification and announcement of final Awardees in December 2021.

Applications will be accepted via hardcopy and online.

Art and Change Grant applicants may apply for the Leeway Transformation Award and/or the Window of Opportunity Grant in the same year.

If you receive a Transformation Award, you may not apply for the Art and Change Grant for the next two
years, and you may not apply for the Window of Opportunity grant or a residency during your award year.

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What makes a Leeway artist or cultural producer:

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Contact Information:

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

Drop off or mail applications to:
Leeway Foundation
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Online Application:

Co-Applicant Online Application:

Leeway Foundation
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832
Philadelphia, PA 19107
P: (215) 545-4078
F: (215) 545-4021

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