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James Irvine Foundation Invites Applications for Arts Grants

Deadline: December 3, 2012

The James Irvine Foundation is accepting grant applications for the third round of its Exploring Engagement Fund and the second round of the more targeted Exploring Engagement Fund for Priority Regions.

(Note: The foundation is streamlining its grantmaking process and will offer only one funding round a year — in December — for both funds.)

The foundation’s new strategy seeks to promote engagement in the arts for all Californians, and the Exploring Engagement Funds are the first opportunities offered to date under the new strategy.

The Exploring Engagement Fund supports eligible California-based
nonprofit arts organizations that have an annual operating budget of
between $100,000 and $5 million. The Fund for Priority Regions supports
nonprofit arts organizations that are based in the San Joaquin Valley
and Inland Empire and have annual operating budgets of between $100,000
and $5 million.

Both funds are designed to help arts organizations experiment with new
ways of engaging audiences and participants. Grant awards are intended
as risk capital for organizations to engage low-income and/or ethnically
diverse populations that have traditionally been underserved by arts
nonprofits, utilize active participation in the arts (including
participation afforded by new technology), and experiment with the use
of non-traditional venues for arts experiences.

Proposed projects may represent a completely new investigation or
approach by an organization to its work of presenting and/or producing.
Applicants can request up to 10 percent of their annual operating budget
for each year of the proposed project, up to a maximum of $125,000 per
year (or $250,000 over two years).

The funds cannot be used to support in-school, afterschool, or
out-of-school arts education programs for children and youth. Projects
that target families (i.e., designed primarily for intergenerational
arts engagement) may be appropriate for support.

For complete program guidelines, application procedures, and information
on funded projects, visit the Irvine Foundation Web site.

For complete RFP click here.

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