$35M Available for Teen Arts Program

grantsPrivate Funder: Surdna Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 Thriving Cultures Grants-Teens’ Artistic and Cultural Advancement; Funding Focus: Education and the arts; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Schools and nonprofits; Funding: Varies, generally in the $35,000 to $80,000 range (the foundation made $34.6 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: These grants support education and arts opportunities for teens. The foundation supports projects helping teens from many cultures contribute to the evolution of new art forms.

Surdna seeks programs to: provide an unwavering institutional commitment to teens; offer young people increasingly complex and long-term opportunities to create art with accomplished artists; and provide experienced, faculty and guest artists who can introduce diverse cultural and contemporary art-making approaches.

The foundation recently gave $35,000 to the Mattress Factory (www.mattress.org), Pittsburgh, PA, for a program to provide teen artists with the opportunity and resources to work with professional artists to create installations and develop conceptual thinking. It gave $170,000 to the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (www.jjpl.org) for the New Orleans Youth Organizing Collaborative.

Other Funding

The popular Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship Program was renamed the Nat’l Arts Teacher Fellowship. It is on hiatus, Adriane Brayton, program coordinator, tells us. Check the website at: http://natf-arts.org/

The Artists Engaging in Social Change supports programs that help artists deepen the cultural understanding or help communities achieve social change. Awards range from $25,000 to $150,000; open to nonprofits and artists. It can be found here, http://tinyurl.com/o5lulcb

Info: http://tinyurl.com/CDP2a0i7r; 212/557-0010; grants@surdna.org

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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