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Grant Opportunity: Collaborative Project Grants from Creative Work Fund

Collaborative Project Grants
Creative Work Fund


Deadline: 12-02-2011


Media and Performing Artists and Nonprofit Organizations in Northern and Central California Invited to Apply for Collaborative Project Grants


Launched in 1994, the Creative Work Fund is designed to help address the decline in support for artists and new works. Since its inception, CWF has contributed $8 million to advance art-making by California artists in a variety of disciplines. Grants are awarded to genuine, creative partnerships between artists and nonprofit organizations. Each year, CWF focuses on projects from different disciplines; the 2012 grants program will fund collaborative projects that feature media or performing artists.


The CWF grant program emphasizes the creation of new work – not distribution or productions of work already developed. Projects may culminate in any form, but they must feature a lead artist with a strong track record as a media artist or performing artist and collaboration between that artist and a nonprofit organization.


The fund uses the following definitions for eligible artists. Media artists create narrative, documentary, animated, or experimental time-based works using audio, digital, film, and/or video media.


Computer arts also are included in this category. (Please note that the fund considers still photography in its visual arts category.) Performing artists create or execute work in dance, opera, performance art, theater, and vocal and instrumental music. (Please note that the fund considers spoken word artists in its literary arts category.)


Any kind of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization may apply (but not a private foundation). A recognized religious organization, even if it does not have 501(c)(3) status, may apply, as may a public agency (such as a parks department, health department, or public school). A nonprofit organization that clearly fills a charitable or educational purpose but does not have nonprofit status may apply with an eligible nonprofit fiscal sponsor.


The principal collaborating artists and organizations must live or be located in the Northern or Central California counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Stanislaus; and have been there for at least two years.


A total of up to $810,000 will be available through grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000.


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