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Nora's Guide to Kicking Ass & Applying for Grants: August 2021

Equity in the Arts
It's Laura Dern from Big Little Lies, but with Nora's face photoshopped in. Text Reads: (Renata Screams)

...And we're back with another installment of Nora's Guide to Kicking Ass and Applying for Grants! The Lark's Director of Development, Nora Brigid Monahan (and the fabulous Development Team at The Lark) is back, bringing you this monthly series to help you find opportunities for funding and to encourage you to keep kicking ass! Each month, we'll highlight grant, fellowship, and aid opportunities with upcoming application deadlines (p.s. if you're looking for playwriting specific opportunities, head over to The Chirp).

If you have any questions about applying to grants, please contact The Lark's Director of Development, Nora Brigid Monahan ( And if you have any ideas of what we should photoshop Nora into next, let us know in the comments!

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

Deadline: Rolling; December 13, 2021

Created in 1993 to further FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding; Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates. Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Grants range in amount from $500 to $3,000, and the average grant is now $1,700. READ MORE>

Black Screenwriters Grant

Deadline: August 31, 2021

One-Eyed Rabbit's annual BLACK SCREENWRITERS GRANT was established to amplify Black voices, create a bridge between Black writers and more funding opportunities, and to increase representation within the film & television industry. This year's Black Screenwriters Grant of $500 will be awarded to one writer/writing team to aid them in submitting their winning script to larger screenwriting competitions and/or furthering their writing career(s) in whatever way they choose. READ MORE>

Center for Performance Research 2022 Artist-in-Residence

Deadline: September 7, 2021

Established in 2012, this year-long residency seeks to support a wide range of artists, from emerging to established, working within various perspectives of contemporary dance and performance, and time-based forms. CPR’s AiR Program provides rehearsal space, presentation and performance opportunities, curatorial and project support, professional development, and peer dialogue, all of which are designed to support the individualized creative process and an open environment for research, experimentation, embodiment, exchange, and creation. Up to 10 AiRs will be selected for a year-long residency (January–December 2022), which provides each AiR with up to 150 subsidized rehearsal hours in CPR’s Large Studio or Small Studio with advance booking privileges, curatorial support and feedback from CPR staff and fellow artists, access to equipment and production resources, and a $1,000 stipend.  READ MORE>

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Grants

Deadline: September 14, 2021

In 2022 the arts will remain essential to the health and livelihoods of our neighborhoods, once again bringing communities together across the borough for collective re-imagining, cultural preservation, and energizing celebration. In this spirit, the 2022 Manhattan Arts Grants are designed to support Manhattan artists and organizations in accessing public funds for presentations that respond to the current needs of our local communities and amplify the cultural breadth and identity of our city. With support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts, LMCC’s Creative Engagement and Creative Learning programs provide technical support to applicants and awards of up to $9,000 to enable hundreds of arts projects in all disciplines, serving communities from Inwood to The Battery. READ MORE>

Brooklyn Arts Fund

Deadline: September 17, 2021

Brooklyn-based artists, collectives, and 501©3 organizations are invited to apply to Brooklyn Arts Fund (BAF) for up to $5,000 to support high-quality arts projects in all disciplines, genres and styles. This program aims to cultivate Brooklyn’s artists, arts organizations, and audiences through its support of performances, exhibitions, pop-up galleries, workshops, reading series, festivals, public art and more. READ MORE>

Inevitable Foundation Screenwriting Fellowship

Deadline: Rolling

The Screenwriting Fellowship gives professional disabled screenwriters $25,000 in unrestricted funding, bespoke mentorship and access to in-depth workshops to advance their careers and projects. The Fellowship is meant to help advance the careers of disabled screenwriters so we require all Fellows to focus full-time on their craft and career.  READ MORE>