Apr 30, 2010

Here are some essential resources for grants and fundraising related to technology.

General Resources

The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust.
Since 1996 Fundsnet’s Fundraising & Grants Directory has been provided at no cost to users. Grantwriting & fundraising resource assistance is also available to those in need of funding for their programs & initiatives.
TechGrants is a monthly newsletter of featured technology grants produced by TechFoundation, a Cambridge-based, non-profit organization that delivers technology, expertise, and capital to help non-profit organizations.
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.

Technology Grants

The Rockefeller Foundation’s NYC Cultural Innovation Fund, launched in 2007, supports creativity and the arts, with an emphasis on innovation.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s organizational transformation initiatives offer grants to support planning, technical assistance and implementation for bold, innovative approaches to addressing challenges facing the performing arts: the impact of technology, the loss of audiences and/ or changes in leadership.
The National Endowment for the Arts offers grants to performing arts under a category called The Arts for Radio and Television. The next deadline will be September 2, 2010; new guidelines will be posted late May/early June.

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation's Arts and Culture Program contributes to the health and vibrancy of cities and towns throughout the Pacific Northwest. Projects under this priority area may include the following:
  • Audience development and marketing initiatives to expand reach and earned income
  • Resource development to increase and diversify contributed income
  • Technology enhancements to improve customer experience and increase operational efficiencies
  • New models testing different operating frameworks and adaptive strategies

Having completing a decade-long study on orchestras, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has made the determination that going forward, preference will be given to those institutions whose long-term strategic initiatives include the development of diverse, artistically ambitious models of performance and presentation, strategies for broadening orchestras’ reach through dissemination of their work via new technologies, wider-ranging roles for their musicians, new approaches to creating participatory experiences for audiences within and beyond their communities, and synergies among orchestras through partnerships or the licensing of artistic presentations.
Jazz.NEXT is a national jazz initiative of the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation designed to encourage innovative approaches that can be enhanced through the incorporation of technology to broaden and deepen relationships with new and existing audiences, promote enhanced communications with the public, more effectively market and distribute the work of jazz artists, and build links that create a more informed and cohesive jazz community better equipped to meet the challenges of a fast-changing marketplace.
With support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation, Dance/USA launched Engaging Dance Audiences (EDA), a $2.1 million pilot program that enables Dance/USA to analyze current dance-going activities, and its members to explore and research methods of engaging audiences for dance, learn from peers, and share the learning nationally.


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