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Women, Arts and Equitable Social Change Grant

Grants to New York City Nonprofits and Individuals to Create
Cultural and Social Equity Among Eligible Ethnic Groups

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Ms. Foundation for Women - Asian Women Giving Circle (AWGC)

Deadline Date:

03/13/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $15,000 to New York City nonprofit organizations and individuals to create cultural and social equity among eligible ethnic groups. Funding is intended to support projects that use a variety of artistic disciplines to positively impact social issues. Priority is given to projects created by Asian-American female artists that address areas of concern to Asian-American women, girls, and families, and that promote progressive social transformation.

Asian Women Giving Circle (AWGC) believes culture is an essential part of any strategy for social change. Individual artists are encouraged to apply across all disciplines, including music, drama, literary, performance, visual and interdisciplinary arts. The Foundation supports Asian American women-led organizations and individual artists in NYC who are using arts and culture to:

  • Bring about progressive social transformation
  • Raise awareness and catalyze action around critical issues that affect Asian American women, girls, and families
  • Highlight and promote women’s central role as leaders, creators, developers, and managers of these projects

Project criteria include:

  • All artistic disciplines will be considered, including cross-disciplinary work
  • Projects must incorporate the arts in an integral way
  • Projects must highlight women’s leadership and/or central role
  • Projects must demonstrate a deep commitment to a specific community in NYC
  • Proposals must make a clear case for the theory of change envisioned by the project, based on the applicants’ own criteria for defining and measuring impact

Applications will be reviewed on the basis of:

  • The quality of the project concept in relation to social change
  • The potential impact of the project to change hearts, minds, and communities towards progressive social change
  • The artist’s or organization’s strong commitment to a particular community in NYC
  • The central role of Asian American women and girls in the project’s conceptual framework, design and implementation
  • The artist’s or organization’s ability to complete the project and use the grant funds effectively

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180174

Number of Grants:

In this grants cycle, the Foundation anticipates that 5-8 project grants will be awarded, contingent on available funding.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant amount is $15,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Open to both 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists. AWGC supports AsianAmerican female artists and women-led organizations in NYC.

Please Note: Starting this year and moving forward, AWGC strongly encourages individual artists to apply. The AWGC is doubling down on its commitment to support bold and innovate artistic vision across all disciplines, particularly in music, dance, drama, literary, performance, visual and interdisciplinary arts.

Artists and collectives that are not 501(c)(3)s must apply under a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization, which they must list on their application as the applying organization.

Applicants can be at any stage in their careers but must have a track record of developed work that demonstrates their capacity to complete the proposed project and manage the funds requested.

Grants must be applied to specific projects and cannot support the organization’s ongoing programs, operations, capital or endowments.

Not funded:
- Capital or endowment campaigns
- Equipment purchases
- Support to address financial crises or shortfalls
- Purely personal works of artistic expression with little or no social justice impact
- Documentation that is primarily of cultural events
- Performances or personalities that do not provide a social change analysis or social justice focus
- Student productions or projects associated with a degree program and academic credit

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020, by 5:00 PM EST
Notification of Grant Awards will be made by mid-June 2020.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Work Samples may be mailed by the Application Deadline to:

Asian Women Giving Circle
c/o Ms. Foundation for Women
12 MetroTech Center, 26th floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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