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Platforms Fund: Artists Grants

Grants to Louisiana Artists in Eligible
Regions for Innovative Artistic Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Platforms Fund - Antenna, Ashé Cultural Art Center, and Junebug Productions

Conf. Date:

07/22/21

Deadline Date:

07/30/21 Before 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Louisiana individual artists in eligible regions for creative arts projects. Funding is intended to support a wide range of arts-based activities, such as interactive exhibitions, public art projects, or other initiatives that emphasize resiliency, creativity, and collaboration in the community. Eligible artists live and work in the Greater New Orleans region.

Eligible projects:

  • Projects that are initiated by individuals currently residing in the Greater New Orleans area
  • Projects that take place within the Greater New Orleans region (Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, and St. Tammany Parishes or within a 50-mile radius of New Orleans in Louisiana)
  • Projects that have a strong visual arts component
  • Projects organized and implemented by (but not limited to) visual or performance artists, curators, writers, cultural organizers, collectives, collaboratives, or artist-run spaces
  • Projects that are open and accessible to the public at large
  • Projects that are innovative to the New Orleans area

Preference will be given to projects that achieve one or more of the following:

  • Exemplify core values of creativity, collaboration, or resiliency
  • Develop an innovative or unconventional approach to an idea
  • Benefit others outside of the applicant(s)

Examples:

  • Interactive and/or participatory exhibitions
  • Public art projects such as murals, outdoor sculptures, or installations with a temporary or permanent physical presence
  • Screenings, performances, parades, and/or festivals with a strong visual arts component
  • Publications, including books, zines, and digital publications
  • Temporary or ongoing physical or online presenting spaces
  • Projects that take an innovative approach to engagement or collaboration with traditional indigenous cultural practitioners
  • Projects that partner with an out-of-town artist or cultural practitioner to present in the Greater New Orleans region

Funds may be used to pay artist fees or stipends and to purchase equipment that is necessary for the development of your project. You can still apply for a Platforms Fund grant if your project will make money.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177595

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$60,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded with most being $5,000 or less. The Platforms Fund will reserve $10,000 grants for particularly ambitious projects developed by established artists or collectives, and will continue to provide research-and-development grants in the amount of $1500 each to support projects in their earliest stages. Research-and-development grantees will be eligible to apply for up to $3500 in the next grant cycle to help actualize their projects.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must commence between September 1, 2021 and September 1, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible projects are those that are initiated by individuals currently residing in the Greater New Orleans area (Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. Tammany Parishes or within a 50-mile radius of New Orleans in Louisiana). The lead applicant for each grant must live and work in this area.

The Platforms Fund is looking to support art that is driven by independent artistic initiatives or that encourages experimentation with alternative organizational structures. For this reason, funds will not be able to support 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or for-profit businesses.

Ineligible projects:
-Projects organized by existing incorporated businesses (includes LLCs, B Corps, state non-profits, 501(c)(3) organizations, and 501(c)(4) organizations), universities or schools (private, public, charter), religious institutions*
-Projects initiated by students (where the lead applicant is a student)
-Projects seeking to get support retroactively or seeking reimbursement
-Projects that have previously received a Platforms Fund grant and projects led by artists who received funding during the 2019–20 grant cycle

Please note: Artist-led projects can partner with otherwise excluded incorporated businesses (see above), but the project must be distinct and separate from that organization’s regular programming. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the Platforms Fund team in advance of applying.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Public Information Sessions:

Platforms Fund Public Info Session 1
Thursday, June 17 (Virtual, hosted by Antenna)
Click here for Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85435281861?pwd=T0pSV3NZMFFINnAxT3RrMWk3TzBnQT09

Platforms Fund Public Info Session 2
Thursday, July 1 (In-person at Ashé Cultural Arts Center)
Location: Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Platforms Fund Public Info Session 3
Thursday, July 15 (Virtual, hosted by Junebug Productions)
Click here for Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81184965761?pwd=a2F1VEF3Vm94VS9CWUgrL1ZMNFovUT09

Office Hours:

Connect by Zoom during the following office hours for questions regarding your application.

Thursday, June 10
12 – 1 pm
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83429707036?pwd=REtueUt0cGdXdnVrSmJUdmFyM3l5QT09

Thursday, June 24
12 – 1 pm
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87057394101?pwd=YjNJQVRuV1BDNUNzOHk1dk1jOWFXZz09

Thursday, July 8
12 – 1 pm
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87314341969?pwd=UjhVMm1JSWU1U2Z2OE5JL0dTdkYydz09

Thursday, July, 22
12 – 2 pm
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88527278568?pwd=VmlpY2V5cldEZjE3YTRQb3ozYk0zdz09

Pre-Application Information:

Friday, July 30, 2021 before 11:59 PM: Application Deadline
Wednesday, September 1, 2021: Selections Announced

The Fund can accept projects that have already begun. It cannot, however, accept already finished projects that are seeking reimbursement.

You can only be a lead applicant on one application per grant cycle. If you have affiliations with any other projects seeking funding or who have previously received funding, you must disclose those affiliations.

Additional Information: https://platformsfund.org/application/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:
https://antenna.submittable.com/submit/194961/platforms-fund-artists-grants-2021-22

Jo Ann Minor
Ashé Team Associate Director
jominor@ashenola.org
Phone: 504 569 9070

For general program inquiries or questions:
Shana M. griffin
Antenna Associate Director
504-298-3161 (office)
shana@antenna.works

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