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The Phoenix-based Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has announced $4.6 million in second-quarter grants, more than half of which are intended to provide relief for cash-strapped arts and human service organizations in Maricopa County, Arizona. The grants included $500,000 to the Phoenix Theatre for new works and outreach programs.

Action: Visit the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to learn more about their grant opportunities.

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation recently announced grants totaling nearly $4.4 million. Grants were awarded in education, the environment, media and arts and culture. Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (a TCG member theatre) was awarded $125,000 for its mainstage and educational programs.

Action: Visit the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s website to learn more about their grant programs.

The NEA has announced the inaugural round of “Our Town” funding, totaling $6.575 million in grants to 51 communities in 34 states that have created public-private partnerships to strengthen the arts while shaping the social, physical and economic characters of their neighborhoods, towns, cities and regions.

Our Town grants range from $25,000 to $250,000 and represent a range of rural, suburban and urban communities. Grants were awarded for planning, design and arts engagement projects that strengthen arts organizations while increasing the livability of communities across America. By requiring a partnership between local government and an arts or design organization, Our Town encourages creative, cross sector solutions to the challenges facing towns, cities and the arts community.

An example of a theatre group that won an Our Town grant this round is the Hennepin Theatre Trust in Minneapolis, MN. They received $200,000 to support a planning process for the revitalization of Hennepin Avenue as a cultural corridor. This project will engage neighborhood groups, arts organizations, institutions and the business community to develop a plan for Hennepin Avenue that will map cultural assets, propose arts uses for underdeveloped spaces, and foster economic vitality.

Action: Visit the NEA website to see the complete listing of Our Town grants.

New Federal Grants Supporting the Arts

July 26, 2011 Arts Education

Most everyone in the arts is familiar with the NEA, however, many may be less familiar with grants from other federal agencies that can benefit arts organizations. Two new federal grants are highlighted below: 1) Investing in Innovation (i3) – A grant derived from the $100 billion in stimulus funding that the U.S. Department of [...]

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Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Awards $1 Million in Philadelphia Theatre Initiative Grants

July 26, 2011 Development

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has announced grants totaling slightly more than $1 million to ten theatre companies, presenters and independent theatre artists in the Greater Philadelphia region. Four of these grants went to TCG member theatres: $138,000 to 1812 Productions for The Women and Comedy Project; $150,000 to the People’s Light Theatre [...]

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NEA Theatre Grants: Art Works

July 18, 2011 Advocacy from TCG & PAA

The NEA supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement, lifelong learning and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Within these areas, innovative projects are strongly encouraged. Grants are available in a variety of categories including theatre, musical theatre, literature and arts education. Within these areas, innovative projects [...]

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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fund for National Projects

July 14, 2011 Development

The Fund for National Projects supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation funds projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional not-for-profit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields, or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional not-for-profit dance, jazz and theatre. National projects are defined to engage a broad national [...]

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NEA Webinars: The Arts in Media

July 12, 2011 Advocacy from TCG & PAA

The NEA is conducting webinars which will provide an overview of the guidelines for the new The Arts in Media grant opportunities. Following the presentation, NEA staff will be available to answer any questions. The next two webinars will be held July 13 and August 10 from 2–3pm Eastern time. Action: Visit the NEA to [...]

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Berkley Repertory Theatre has Received $1 Million from the James Irvine Foundation

June 28, 2011 Development

Through its Arts Innovation Fund, the James Irvine Foundation has awarded $1 million over four years to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre to establish the Center for Artistic Innovation and Summer Lab, which will offer artist residencies and facilitate the development of new work. Action: Visit the James Irvine foundation website to learn more about the [...]

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Study Shows How Tax Code Changes Could Affect Giving

June 23, 2011 Development

A new Congressional Budget Office study is looking into how changes in the way donors calculate their tax deductions for charitable donations would affect giving—and the federal budget. Action: Visit The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Congressional Office Budget study for more detailed information.

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