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

Equity in the Arts
Screenshot from Disney's Cruella with Nora Brigid Monahan's face photoshopped in

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!

Relief & Aid

Artist Relief

Deadline: June 23rd

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and work with the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists. READ MORE>

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants

Deadline: June 29th

The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in the past six months. READ MORE>

Professional Development, Residencies, and Fellowships

Public Artists in Residence

Deadline: June 27th

Public Artists in Residence (PAIR) is a municipal residency program that embeds artists in city government to propose and implement creative solutions to pressing civic challenges. Launched in the fall of 2015, PAIR takes its inspiration and its name from the pioneering work of artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles. Selected artists will have demonstrated experience in socially engaged art or collaborative art practice addressing social and political issues relevant to the hosting city agency. Artists working in all media are welcome to apply. The PAIR award for each residency is $40,000, inclusive of any production and fabrication expenses. READ MORE>

ArtBridge: Bridging the Divide

Deadline: June 30th

ArtBridge is one of several nonprofit organizations selected to implement City Artist Corps -- a Mayor's Office initiative that will fund hundreds of artists to culturally revitalize NYC as it emerges from the pandemic. ArtBridge's component of City Artists Corps will consist of a large-scale expansion of our ongoing program, Bridging the Divide -- artists fellowships at New York City housing Authority (NYCHA) developments throughout the city, in which artists design public artworks that reflect the lives, histories, cultures, talents, and aspirations of NYCHA residents. With this program, we aim to partner hyper-local artists with NYCHA developments -- and especially artists who live in those developments. Artists and residents will work together to find ways that public art can best capture their voices, challenges, needs, talents... or anything else that residents want represented. Artists recieve a $6,000 stipend. READ MORE>

Black Theatre Coalition Fellowship

Deadline: July 16

Fellowships will be offered in producing, writing, composition, directing, choreography, set design, lighting design, costume design, sound design, video design, wigs/hair design, stage management, theatre management, musical direction, casting, marketing and advertising, public relations, digital media, and talent agenting, with a 24-month fellowship available in general management. Two fellowships will be awarded for each category, except for general management and producing, which will both include six fellows each. Fellows will receive $50,000 in salary over the 12- month fellowship. READ MORE>

I Am Soul Producing Residency

Deadline: July 19

Launched in 2015, the Soul Producing Residency Program’s mission is to unveil, uplift and inform the next generation of Black leaders in cultural production. As writers and artists of color continue to conquer new feats in the performing arts industry, it has become increasingly important to equip emerging Black producers with the tools needed to step into their power as leaders, general managers and cultural curators. READ MORE>


Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists

Deadline: June 30th

The Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists, a $10,000 grant, supports visual artists who are self-identified Black trans women and trans femmes. This new grant is made possible entirely through support provided by visual artist Mariette Pathy Allen with key consultancy by Aaryn Lang. This year, Mariette Pathy Allen has decided to expand the grant to further recognize finalists for their artistic achievements. Moving forward, Queer|Art is pleased to announce that the grant will provide a $1,250 award to four distinguished finalists. This $10,000 grant, awarded to draw attention to an existing body of work, sheds light on the under-recognized contributions of Black trans women visual artists and provides critical support to their continuing work. Winning artists will receive additional professional development resources and further guidance to bolster their creative development in the field.  READ MORE>

City Artists Corp Grants

Deadline: Rolling

City Artist Corps Grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The program will distribute one-time $5,000 grants to over 3000 artists to help sustain their practice and engage the public across New York City’s five boroughs this summer beginning July. Artists working in any discipline are eligible to apply. READ MORE>

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