The Massage Therapy Foundation exists to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy through the support of education, scientific research, and community service. In this vein, the foundations Community Service program is accepting applications for grants of up to $5,000 to extend massage therapy services to individuals with little to no access to them. Qualified applicants are 501(c)(3) organizations that have been in service for at least a year in the state where services will be provided, and currently provide some therapeutic or other programs to the community. For a list of past grant recipients and complete information, please see the Community Service grants page here. Applications are due April 1, 2014.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and managed b y Arts Midwest. Its mission is to support innovative reading programs in community across the country. Applications are now being accepted for grants to develop reading programs between September 2014 and June 2015. Grants range from $2,500 and $20,000 and may be used for expenses such as advertising, salaries, and speaker fees and travel. About 75 will be given to communities of varying sizes. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, tax-exempt public libraries, or divisions of tribal, local, or state governments. Included among these are institutes of higher education, museums, arts organizations and councils, and literary festivals and centers. Grants must be matched with non-federal funds on a 1:1 basis. For complete information, please see The Big Read Application Process Web page. The deadline for applications is January 28, 2014.
Also from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Our Town creative placemaking grants program is accepting applications for grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 for innovative projects that bring communities and artists together to encourage creative activity, strengthen community identity, and improve the quality of life. Projects may include cultural planning, design, or arts engagement activities. All applications must reflect a partnership that will constitute the project’s leadership. A nonprofit organization and a local government agency must be involved as primary partners. Additional partners may include design centers and professionals, institutions of education, real estate developers, foundations, artists, and community organizations. For complete information, please see the Our Town link above. The deadline for applications is January 13, 2014.