In 2012,Chances Dances expanded the Critical Fierceness Grant to include the Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant, which specifically funds artwork by feminine spectrum (such as woman-identified and trans-feminine) queer artists of color. The Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant supports grantees through project-based financial assistance of up to $1000. Chances Dances is proud to provide both these opportunities for personal exploration, developing community, and radical change. Deadline is January 31, 2015.
What we fund:
The Critical Fierceness Grant is intended for proposals for projects in visual art, performance, media art, creative writing, independent publishing, and music. In general, the grant covers expenses directly related to your proposal, such as raw materials and supplies, fees for performers, assistants, or other essential personnel, venue rental, temporary or permanent equipment, shipping, preparation, printing, etc. While we do not solely fund general expenses for art practice (such as studio rental, or research costs like travel and residency fees), we understand that such expenses may be essential to the completion of an artwork. Such requests will be permitted within the context of a specific project’s larger budget.
What we DO NOT fund:
We do not fund requests for non-specific personal stipends, indirect expenses (e.g. paying your bills while you take time off to work on a project), or the general operations of non-profit or for-profit organizations.
For January 2015 Applicants:
For this granting cycle, we are encouraging proposals with an intended completion date on or before late summer 2015. Chances is mounting a ten-year retrospective of work centered around the Critical Fierceness Grant in September 2015, and is looking to place this round of finalists’s work into that exhibition. We are excited to extend the impact of the grant by providing this follow-up and exhibition platform.
How to Apply
The Critical Fierceness Grant is awarded twice yearly. Deadlines are always on July 31st and January 31st. The application is open to all residents of Cook County who identify with the above criteria.
Applications are accepted via email only. You can download the writeable PDF application here: CRITICAL-FIERCENESS_ALL_CYCLES.pdf - NOTE: DO NOT USE YOUR BROWSER to fill in the application - it will not save your entries. Please download the application, fill it out using your computer's default PDF reader, and return the saved file via email.
Email chances.dances[at]gmail[dot]com for more information.