MICRO-GRANTS MAKE A MIGHTY DIFFERENCE.
The SBMA micro-grant directly responds to a critical need reflected in the local creative community. The SBMA micro-grant is a timely, critical method of support to ensure that the creative projects, partnerships, and performances that artists create, not only see the light of day, but create a beneficial resource for creative “artrepreneurs” to persist and thrive. The SBMA micro-grant program was developed to limit the likelihood that artists will quit or further delay projects or professional development that would limit their participation in the city’s creative endeavors and opportunities.
Past award recipients have not only utilized funds to create work, but feedback confirmed that there was an intrinsic value to receiving a micro-grant (no matter the amount) that motivated them to persist overall. We know that micro-funding, provided in a timely manner and accompanied by ongoing resource connections, can make a mighty difference.
2018 SBMA MICRO-GRANT
READ BELOW FOR DETAILS FOR GRANT OPPORTUNITIES IN 2018
The SBMA Micro-Grant application will open on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 9:00am EST.
Applications are due by Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 12:00pm EST
In the interest of our mission, our annual micro-grants our intended to support the creative momentum and persistence of individual artists. This year applicants can use our online application to apply for one of THREE funding/resource opportunities.
- SBMA micro-grant ($200 – $1,000)
Funding for individual artists for 1) project-based resources to continue or complete creative work; 2) professional development resources to advance creative career through training or certification (does not include college classes towards degree acquirement).
- SBMA Fringe Festival micro-grant ($200 – $500)
to purchase resources needed to complete a 2018 Fringe Festival performance (examples: insurance, marketing, space, staff, costumes, equipment rental, travel, etc. Cannot be used to cover Fringe Festival registration).
- NEW! Bartol Teaching Artist micro-grant ($500)
funding for teaching artists working to complete a community-based project. Project must be already confirmed or underway (with letter of support from host site or program partner).
- READ ALL GRANT DETAILS
Below is most everything you need to know about applying for an SBMA micro-grant, including a page of questions and answers to give more details about parameters and eligibility. Please read this page and the F.A.Q. page before applying for one of the micro-grant opportunities.
- BRACE YOURSELF…TECHNOLOGY HAPPENS!
Note: the form cannot be saved and the website could reset if left idle too long. We suggest typing out your answers in separate Word document, then copying and pasting your answers into the form when you are ready to submit your application.
- ATTEND AN INFORMATION SESSION
The info sessions are completely optional and your participation or absence does not impact your application review, but we highly recommend them! People ask great questions and we give great answers that could give you more insight into your application. Options to attend in-person or online.
SIGN-UP AT tinyurl.com/sbma2018grantinfo
ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS
Eligibility and requirements have been carefully considered by the grant planning team and are firm parameters.
ALL Applicants Must:
- Be the sole or lead artist, initiator, manager or founder of the project for which you are applying for funding
- Be a United States citizen
- Live in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery counties
- Be 21+ years of age
- Have not received prior SBMA micro-grant funding (does not include funding/payment received through SBMA programs or events)
- If awarded, all awarded artists must:
- use micro-grant funds within 3 months of receiving funds (exception: Fringe Festival applicants)
- provide documentation of use of funds
SBMA Micro-Grant Applicants:
- Performance-based projects must include a presentation or performance that takes place in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery counties
SBMA Fringe Festival Micro-Grant Applicants:
- performance/event must take place during the 2018 Fringe Festival (Sept. 6 – 22, 2018)
- If awarded, must submit confirmation of paid 2018 Fringe Festival registration fee before funds will be released
Bartol Teaching Artist Applicants:
- community project must be confirmed or already underway
- projects must take place in Philadelphia (county)
- must submit a letter of support from host site or project partner of community project
- when providing work samples, must include one sample on your personal work and one showing your community work
- applicants cannot use all of the $500 to pay themselves
- applicants who receive a micro-grant will receive the full $500 amount
2018 GRANT APPLICATION
Applications are due by Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 12:00pm EST
The online form will ask applicants for the following details:
(specific questions will vary depending on the grant type)
- Artist Bio or Teaching Artist Bio
- Description of…
- the project/resource need
- where you are in creative process
- time-sensitive need of funds
- how receipt of funding would have immediate and ongoing impact on creative work and career
- Overall budget and how SBMA funds would be used
- Two work samples
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SBMA 2017 MICRO-GRANT AWARDEES
Update coming soon…
SBMA 2016 MICRO-GRANT AWARDEES
Final awardees included 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.
READ MORE ABOUT THE 2016 SBMA-FUNDED ARTISTS & THEIR FUNDED WORK BELOW
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. 2016 Grant Voting Committee: 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.