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

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Nora Brigid Monahan in the cockpit of a starfighter during the battle of Sullust

Some of our loyal Lark Blog readers might remember our earlier installments of Nora's Guide to Kicking Ass and Applying for Emergency Grants from last summer, in which our very own Nora Brigid Monahan shared emergency aid opportunities and tips on how to apply for grants. Well, now Nora (and the fabulous Development Team at The Lark) is back, bringing you a new, 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 and Aid

Artist Relief

Deadline: June 23rd

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.

Artist Rescue Fund

Deadline: Rolling

The mission of Artist Rescue Trust is to provide relief funding to musicians and artists totaling $1,500 over three months and amplify their stories, performances and art to the world. We invite eligible artists and musicians who are facing financial complications from canceled events and bookings to fill out the application form to be considered. Qualifying applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be entered into a pool. A new fund recipient will be randomly selected from the qualified pool each time $1500 is donated to A.R.T. We are continuing to accepting applications, so if you feel you would be eligible, please apply!

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Deadline: Rolling

The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Funds will be disbursed in the amount of $200 USD per person, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Red Bull Arts Microgrant: Detroit

Deadline: Rolling

The Red Bull Arts Microgrant Program directly supports artists by providing unrestricted aid. The adapted Microgrant program will award two $1,000 grants each month to artists based in Detroit.

The Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance

Deadline: Rolling

To help our community during this public health crisis, The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts. Remember, you may be eligible for more than one fund. 

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Professional Development & Residencies

CultureHub Residency

Deadline: April 18

Yearlong residencies will take place between July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022 and will be anchored in either New York or Los Angeles, using a hybrid approach that uses both in person and online methodologies for collaboration and public engagement.

Stochastic Lab Residency

Deadline: Rolling

Stochastic Labs awards fully sponsored residencies to exceptional engineers, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs from around the world. Residencies are of variable length and include a private apartment at the mansion, co-working and/or dedicated work space, shop access (laser cutter, 3D printer etc), a $1k monthly stipend and a budget for materials. Residents become part of Stochastic’s creative community, participating in weekly dinners and invitation events. Residents may apply as individuals or as teams. 

Studio Museum Harlem Artist-in-Residence

Deadline: April 19th

Since 1968, the Studio Museum has earned recognition for its catalytic role in advancing the work of visual artists of African and Afro-Latinx descent through its Artist-in-Residence program. The program has supported over 100 graduates who have gone on to highly regarded careers. Every year, the Museum offers an eleven-month residency for three local, national, or international emerging artists working in any media. Each artist receives institutional guidance and professional development, research support, and a stipend of 20K paid out on a bi-weekly basis over the course of the residency.

Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Group Fellows

Deadline: May 9th

Ars Nova is looking for smart, motivated, young cultural leaders who are underrepresented in the theater field for the Emerging Leaders Group. Fellows learn the ins-and-outs of their department(s), and also participate in one or more of our all-staff Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Groups, which meet weekly to advance our anti-racism work. The Emerging Leaders Group also provides professional development and networking opportunities that prepare you to launch your career in arts administration. Ars Nova is accepting applications for a Marketing Fellow and an Arts Management and Fundraising Fellow. Fellows work 35 hours a week and recieve a weekly stipend of $525.

New York Theatre Workshop's 2050 Administrative Fellowship Program

Deadline: May 10

NYTW will accept up to eight 2050 Administrative Fellows this season. The fellowship represents one of several NYTW initiatives to address the economic barriers that may prevent talented individuals from pursuing careers in the theatre. These fellowships will entail a yearlong commitment from September to August in one field of interest including Artistic, Development, Education & Engagement, Executive, Finance & Operations, Marketing, Producing, and Production Management. Fellows are paid $16.50/hr. They also receive an additional $500 monthly stipend.

Fellowships & Grants

Jerome Foundation Film, Video and Digital Production Grants

Deadline: April 21

Production grants for specific projects of up to $30,000 for early career film, digital production and video directors based in New York City. Directors must reside in the five boroughs of New York City and work in the animation, documentary, experimental or narrative genres, or in any combination of these forms.

Also check out:

  • Creative Capital: Artist Opportunities with Upcoming Deadlines in April and May, 2021
  • NYFA Awards & Grants: Each year, NYFA provides over $3 million in cash grants to individuals pursuing artistic excellence in all forms.
  • This Is Colossal: Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies.
  • Funds for Writers: An ongoing list of grant opportunities for writers of all disciplines

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