Funds for Citizen Media, Food Security and the Arts!

Supporting citizen media projectsWelcome to Tuesday, Funds Fans!  Here are a few more funding opportunities to help get your project off the ground.

Rising Voices is seeking project proposals that share their mission of bringing voices from new communities, as well as underrepresented language groups to the online global conversation through the use of participatory citizen media. The project’s primary activities should be to provide citizen media training workshops to the target community, as well vital ongoing support and mentoring.  Up to five microgrants in the amount of $2,500-$4,000 USD will be awarded.  Deadline: March 1st, 2013.  Rising Voices has sought to support individuals, grassroots groups, networks, and organizations committed to helping their local communities participate more fully in the digital online space.  Successful applicants will have demonstrated a strong and clear idea how to best provide training and ongoing support to their local community members. Selected grantee projects will join the Rising Voices community of projects and be featured prominently across the Global Voices network.

The Food for All grant program is provided through the United Way of the Lower Mainland.  Successful applicants will receive funding for a three year term at a maximum of $20,000/year.  Deadline: March 1st, 2013.    The focus of this funding stream is to tackle food insecurity for vulnerable children and seniors in our community.  Successful applicants will clearly define their intended outcomes for children or seniors.  Improved food security may be made possible through programs that provide both short term hunger alleviation as well as increased skills acquisition, capacity to procure food, access to community supports and social inclusion for individuals and families.

Food security at the community level may also be improved through activities that increase community engagement around food insecurity. Activities aimed at improving community capacity to address the underlying causes of food insecurity will also be considered, including ones that aim to influence public attitudes, policy and systems, strengthen the network of services and engage a diverse group of stakeholders active in your community.

Applicants must offer programs and/or services in at least one of the following communities: Anmore, Belcarra, Bowen Island, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Lions Bay, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pemberton, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver, Whistler and White Rock and be considered a “qualified donee” such as registered charities, government bodies (i.e., municipalities) and certain other specific entities. First Nations Bands or other Aboriginal-based entities not otherwise considered a qualified donee must be recognized as a public service body performing a function of government in Canada.

The BC Arts Council is offering several streams of Operating Assistance Grants.  Grants range from under $10,000 to over $100,000.  Deadline: March 15th, 2013

Performing Arts Organizations:  Operating Assistance contributes to the support of organizations that sustain an annual artistic program encompassing creation, development, production, and public presentation.

Professional Arts Training Organizations: Operating Assistance contributes to the support of organizations that sustain annual programs of professional arts training. Eligible activities may include specialized training for professional artists and cultural workers or specialized training for those who are committed to pursuing professional careers in the arts.

Arts Periodicals:  Applications for operating assistance awards are available once each fiscal year. Assistance is available to non-profit organizations that publish arts periodicals devoted primarily (at least 75%) to the first publication of any form of artistic expression or social, cultural, or intellectual commentary or inquiry. Awards under this program are intended to support the artistic development of established periodicals with regular publication and stable artistic and administrative leadership.

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