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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Arts Program Invites Letters of Inquiry for Fund for National Projects

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund for National Projects seeks to support projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields; or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theater.

From 2009 through 2011, the fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants each year to support these projects.

To be eligible, national projects must engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field. Eligible initiatives include research projects to assess the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists; special national convenings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences); and special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field. Highest priority will be given to projects that improve the health of the DDCF Arts Program’s priority performing arts fields and do not duplicate ongoing efforts or existing services.

The fund expressly does not support the following types of activities: projects by single performing arts entities (e.g., national tours of a particular dance or theater work, even if they aspire to be a national model for others); individually produced conferences, performances, or symposia (e.g., a festival produced by a single organization or by a consortia of local groups in a specific city or locale); re-granting programs; translations or commissions of new works (even if expected to have national impact); production start-up activities/production costs; arts education; avocational arts activities; capital projects; or endowments.

Single nonprofit organizations and consortia are both eligible to apply.

Grants range from $60,000 to $200,000 and cannot exceed 40 percent of a project’s total cost.

Letters of Inquiry are reviewed on a rolling basis up to the deadline. If invited, full proposals will be due approximately six weeks after receiving an invitation to submit.

For complete program guidelines and the LOI form, visit the DDCF Web site.

Contact: Link to Complete RFP

Deadline: August 2, 2011 (Letters of Inquiry)

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