CraftNOW brings together a variety of capital sources in Philadelphia in this new virtual series

Applying for Grants

Wednesday,  May 26, 2021 at 5:30pm (EDT)

CERF+, Leeway Foundation, and The Velocity Fund come together to share information about their grant programs and upcoming deadlines. 

CERF+’s emergency relief grants are focusing on materials-based craft and folk/traditional artists that have incurred significant medical expenses related to treatment and recovery from COVID-19 AND/OR experienced a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster. Deadline → Rolling

Leeway Foundation‘s grantmaking programs fund women, trans*, and gender non-conforming artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia who engage in art and social change. Currently, there are two public-facing opportunities:

Art and Change Grant offers up to $2,500 in art for social change project-based funding. Deadlines → March 1 & August 1

Transformation Award offers $15,000 of unrestricted funding for artists who create art for social change and have done so for the past five year or more. Deadline → May 15

The Velocity Fund directly supports artists to organize new collaborative projects throughout the city of Philadelphia by awarding grants up to $5,000. It is open to a wide range of experimental practices, particularly those that emphasize collaboration between artistic genres leading to expanded audiences, fresh outcomes and an enriched multi-disciplinary discourse. Deadline → June 14

The City of Philadelphia’s Illuminate the Arts Grant is now open to individual artists, small and mid-size nonprofit arts organizations, and small creative enterprises.  Deadline → May 28


Coming Up –

CapitalNOW will be an ongoing series focused on capital readiness to provide creative entrepreneurs with a working understanding of three key forms of funding – grants, crowdfunding, and financing – and the business readiness required to secure the investments and put them to good use. The goal is for attendees to leave with a deeper understanding of the funding options available to them when the next opportunity or challenge presents itself.

Check back for future dates and presenters.