Arts

Tri-M Foundation seeks performing arts grant applications

Written by Mindia Whittier

The program supports development and presentation of innovative performing arts projects and festivals by regional organizations.

Tri-M Foundation, which cultivates the production and presentation of regional performing arts through grants to new and established organizations, is currently accepting applications in the areas of music, theatre and dance.

The deadline to apply for projects scheduled from August 2022 – July 2023 is February 15th. Investments will fund up to $10,000 for organizations with projects that provoke important discussions.

Projects should represent a unique regional perspective – addressing a location’s culture, history, aesthetic, or character.  Organizations are invited to submit proposals for projects that address sensitive topics, controversial politics, and uncomfortable subjects.

Projects with intentionally misleading representations of history, populations, peoples, or cultures are not accepted, and funds are not provided for multi-year projects. Grantees must make their programs open and accessible to all members of the public, regardless of sex, race, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual preference, or gender expression.

Three categories of arts organizations are eligible for funding under the Program:

  • Small to medium size non-profit arts organizations that possess an active 501(c)(3) designation, have been in operation for a minimum of 2 years, and have an annual operating budget of under $1,000,000
  • Non-profit umbrella arts organizations that produce performing arts festivals and propose to fund the participation of individual artists or arts organizations that have not obtained 501(c)(3) status (operating budget limitations do not apply), or
  • Individual artists or small arts organizations that have not obtained 501(c)(3) status who identify a non-profit umbrella arts organizations with an active 501(c)(3) that has agreed to serve as the fiscal sponsor for the project. Operating budget and 2-year minimum work history limitations do not apply for the applicant but do apply for the fiscal sponsor.

Grant funds may be used for the following activities including development and presentation of new works, regional premieres of new works, presentation of works for new audiences, performances related to performing arts research, touring/traveling/housing expenses for artists and performing arts technicians, travel expenses for artists and technicians to attend and present works at arts festivals, project-specific marketing expenses and more.

Five to 10 awards will be made. Recipients will be announced in April. Additional details are available online. Applicants must prepare and submit a complete grant proposal via the grant application page.

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Mindia Whittier