Cultural grant opportunities opened

400-E-PLURIBUS-UNUMHistoric City News received word of several new and ongoing grant opportunities for local members of the arts and cultural community who may qualify for funding as a performer, artist, or not-for-profit organization.

Music USA Seeking Proposals for MetLife Creative Connections Program
(Deadline: January 7)
A program of New Music USA and the MetLife Foundation, the MetLife Creative Connections Program provides support for composers to participate in public activities related to specific performances of their original music. Awards range from $250-$3500.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
(Deadline: February 4)
The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards recognize 12 outstanding out-of-school arts and humanities programs in the United States. Recipients receive a $10,000 grant, the opportunity to visit the White House, and a full year of capacity-building and communications support.

New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development Grant Opportunity
(Deadline: March 8)
Chamber Music America is now accepting applications for their New Jazz Works program. The program supports professional United States jazz ensembles in the creation and performance of new works. Grants provide up to $16,000 in core funding for creation and performance of the new work.

National Leadership Grant for Museums Opportunity
(Deadline: January 15)
The National Leadership Grants for Museums is seeking submissions for their FY 2013 grant program to help support current and future needs of the museum field. Web conferences are available for interested applicants. Grant amount ranges from $50,000 – $500,000.

Southern Exposure Grant Opportunity
(Deadline: February 8)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is seeking submissions for their Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program. Southern Exposure supports projects that include public performances and complementary activities intended to build appreciation for artists’ work and cultures. Award ranges from $5,000 – $25,000.

NEA Grant Opportunity for Creative Placemaking Projects
(Deadline: January 14)
The National Endowment for the Arts is seeking proposals for the next round of funding for Our Town, a creative place-making grants program. This program seeks to fund projects that are contributing to the transformation of cities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with a focus on art. Applications must reflect a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a government entity. Grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Florida Non-Profit Grant Opportunity
(Deadline: April 12)
The Division of Cultural Affairs is announcing a new grant opportunity for Florida non-profit organizations and public entities. The Fast Track Project Grant Program is designed to provide expedited access to funds supporting small organizations through arts and cultural projects. Organizations with an operating budget of $250,000 or less are eligible to apply for up to $2,500. Organizations awarded the Fast Track Project Grant will receive funding at their full request amount. Contact Sarah Stage at (850) 245-6459 or email for more info.

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