MICRO-GRANTS MAKE A MIGHTY DIFFERENCE.
In the Greater Philadelphia area, access to funding is just one of many barriers preventing artists from completing projects. According to an SBMA survey of more than 100 artists, these challenges include juggling creative pursuits with immediate financial responsibilities like rent, childcare and household expenses; and receiving adequate compensation for creative work. Of the artists surveyed, 81% of participants reported using $20-$2,000 in personal funds on a monthly basis to sustain their projects. Further, 75% of artists said they had never received outside funding for their work, and 71% said they would reconsider completing a project without sufficient funds. As a result, artists often choose to postpone creative pursuits or relocate to areas where they believe they can better maintain their creative work.
Most artists rely on their own funding to complete projects, and many artists postpone work on projects due to a lack of financial resources. To help meet this need, SBMA launched a pilot of our micro-grant program in 2013, to award artists from various artistic disciplines up to $500 to continue or complete a creative project. Since artists often need funds at a pivotal point in the creative process, the speed with which funding is delivered is crucial. SBMA disbursed funds just two months after the application deadline for projects that could be pursued and created within 2-3 months of receiving funding.
SBMA 2017 MICRO-GRANT UPDATE
The next application period for the SBMA Micro–Grant will be released in April. To be among the first to know when the application becomes available online and dates for the information sessions, please be sure to join our email list HERE if you haven’t already done so.
SBMA 2016 MICRO-GRANT
JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING THE 2016 SBMA MICRO-GRANT AWARDEES!
We are excited to share the list of recipients of the 2016 SBMA Micro-Grant! Final awardees include eleven (11) Philadelphia artists from varied disciplines, range of experiences and levels of funding. Local artists applied for the SBMA microgrant for funding up to $1,000 to move their creative careers or projects forward and/or towards completion. We know that micro-funding, provided in a timely manner and accompanied by ongoing resource connections, can make a mighty difference. We look forward to sharing news about each artists’ work and their creative progress throughout the year! To receive updates for our next round of funding, please join our email list HERE.
READ MORE ABOUT THESE ARTISTS & THEIR FUNDED PROJECTS BELOW!
A special THANK YOU to our 2016 Grant Planning Team: Lillian Dunn, Jos Duncan, Pam Hetherington, Tezarah Wilkins and Jake Winterstein | Click here to learn more about each of their creative leadership roles in Philadelphia.
THANK YOU to our 2016 Grant Voting Committee for their time and feedback: Greg Corbin, Akeem Dixon, Danielle Green, Shenille Melton, Mikisha Morris, Paury Flowers, Andrew Simonet, Jamaine Smith, Stanford Thompson and James Wright
2016 micro-grants were made possible through individual donations and funds from the Knight Foundation and Ignite Philly: