Formerly known as the Doris Duke Artist Residencies to Build Demand for the Arts grant, the Building Demand for the Arts program, sponsored by the Charitable Foundation of the same name, supports artists and organizations in their efforts to develop audience demand for theater, jazz, and/or contemporary dance. Exploration Grants will award up to $40,000 to organizations in order to host artists for the purpose of brainstorming and planning ways to build demand for the arts, for between 30 days and 15 months. Implementation Grants will award up to $110,000 to organizations for the purpose of hosting artists, for between 90 days and 36 months, to implement and evaluate demand-building projects, programs, or activities. Interested organizations may only apply for one of the two grants. For complete information and to access application materials, please see the program Web page above. The deadline for filing a Letter of Intent is April 24.
The National Storytelling Network is currently taking applications for the 2015 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling, recognizing the transformative properties of storytelling as well as its capacity for change in communities and individuals. Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to storytelling projects that are based in a community or organization, are service-oriented, and are replicable in some way. Projects should have an impact beyond their own clients, organizations, or communities, inspire excellence in applied storytelling, and communicate its humanitarian possibilities to new audiences. Projects may involve various kinds of stories, including traditional tales and ad hoc narratives. Oral storytelling should be the main focus of the project, but the work need not be conducted by professional storytellers. So long as they have suitable storytelling expertise and experience to draw upon it, naturalists, therapists, educators, or organizational practitioners, internal or external, may carry out the project. Areas of interest include community or organizational development, education curriculum at all levels, leadership, multicultural awareness, empowerment of the disabled, intergenerational initiatives, law, environmental education or activism, and substance abuse prevention. Preliminary applications are due April 30. Please see the Award Web page above for an FAQ, a list of previous recipients, and application materials.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) seeks to support teachers of mathematics incorporating lessons or materials engaging students in 6th through 8th grades in tasks or experiences that deepen content knowledge. Awards of up to $3,000 will be made available to fund the purchase of materials such as visual displays, books, videotapes, or other appropriate media. The award may not be used to purchase computers, calculators, and related equipment. Materials should focus on connecting mathematics to other fields, or to the wider world. Eligible applicants must have a full individual or e-membership to NCTM, or teach at a school with a current NCTM pre-K-8 membership (active on or before October 15, 2015). Proposals must address one or more Content Standards (algebra, number and operations, geometry, measurement) and a plan for developing and evaluating materials, as well as anticipated impact on student learning. Projects must be implemented between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. Past grant recipients are not eligible to re-apply. No person or persons may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year. Please see the Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grant Web page for more information and a list of past awardees. Proposals are due November 6.