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

Equity in the Arts
A photo of Nora brigid monahan, the cast of schitts creek, and adam elsayigh in front of the rosebud motel

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: May 31st, 2021

Artist Relief is an emergency initiative organized by the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists—all mid-sized national arts grantmakers that have come together in this unprecedented moment—to distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we define “dire financial emergencies” as the lack of or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine, caretaking, and food. We are aware that each artist’s needs differ so we ask that you thoroughly and accurately describe your situation. Applicants should demonstrate a pressing and critical need for emergency support to be considered for this grant. READ MORE>

The Barbara and Carl Zydney Grant for Artists with Disabilities

Deadline: June 15, 2021 at 5pm EDT

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to launch The Barbara and Carl Zydney Grant for Artists with Disabilities. The program will distribute unrestricted cash grants of $1,000 to artists with a disability who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. The program is open to visual, media, music, performing, and literary artists who live in New York City (five boroughs). READ MORE>

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants

Deadline: June 29th 2021

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. Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants are not for lost wages, living expenses or medical care for individuals other than the artist. READ MORE>

Professional Development, Residencies, and Fellowships

Wingspace Mentorship Program

Deadline: June 20, 2021

The Wingspace Mentorship Program is a free, one-year program designed to broaden access and disrupt barriers early-career designers encounter while trying to advance their careers in the performing arts. We seek to create a learner-centered community that empowers curious and passionate mentees to connect to career opportunities, build connections in the design community, and hone their skills. Mentorships are offered in direction, scenic design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, and projection design. READ MORE>

Prince Fellowship

Deadline: June 15, 2021

The Prince Fellowship honors the legacy, career and memory of the Broadway producer, director and Fellowship founder Harold Prince. The Fellowship is designed to support the development of gifted emerging theatrical producers. The goal of the Fellowship is to support the development of gifted emerging creative theatrical producers. The Prince Fellowship is committed to sustaining the finest traditions of producing by exposing new talent to the producing process in a manner that supports creative involvement. Although the environment in which theatre is produced continues to change, many of the underlying challenges and principles remain and must be understood and adapted if the art form is to thrive. READ MORE>

The JGS Fellowship for Photography

Deadline: June 30, 2021

The JGS Fellowship for Photography is a $7,000 cash grant open to New York State photography artists living and working outside of New York City. The Fellowship will be awarded to five artists working in traditional and experimental photography or any form in which photographic techniques are pivotal. The support for this funding is provided by The Joy of Giving Something (JGS). Applicants must work in photography, be a current full-time resident of New York State and have lived full-time in one of the regions listed above for a minimum of 12 months at the time applications close, and be at least 25 years of age at the time the application closes.READ MORE>

Grants and Funds

Bed-Stuy Create & Connect Fund

Deadline: May 16th

The Bed-Stuy Create and Connect Fund seeds the creative ideas and civic actions of artists, cultural practitioners, community builders, organizers, and makers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. We will provide $1,000 grants towards each funded project, for a total of 10 to 11 projects. We are looking for creative initiatives and projects that are rooted in community, foster connections, and ignite conversations and/or collaborations. In other words, we support community building amongst neighbors. We encourage you to apply if you have a new creative project or an ongoing/long-term initiative that positively impacts and engages a group, audience, or community in Bed-Stuy. We are particularly interested in projects that nurture creativity and uplifts collective recovery, and/or community wellness.  READ MORE>

Green/Arts Live NYC

Deadline: May 28th, 2021 at 12pm ET 

The new GREEN / ARTS LIVE NYC program will provide microgrants, subsidized production support, and other guidance to ensure that our city’s most under-resourced communities have the opportunity to benefit from free performances in their neighborhood parks, plazas and community gardens this summer and fall. GREEN / ARTS LIVE NYC is designed to equitably provide financial, consulting and production support to NYC artists, arts groups, cultural, and community-based organizations, and volunteer stewardship groups throughout the five boroughs, who require experienced support and infrastructure needed to present, perform, and produce cultural programs outdoors, in local parks, plazas and community gardens. We hope that grantees will build partnerships that create long-term relationships within the community to continue programming beyond the scope of this funding. READ MORE>

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