upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

Art and Change Grant

The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans* artists in the Delaware Valley region to fund art for social change projects.

We encourage you to apply if you are a woman or trans* artist who:

  • Has an art for social change project or opportunity that impacts a larger group, audience, or community.
  • Has financial need and limited or no access to other financial resources.
  • Has a project supported by or in collaboration with a Change Partner (a person, organization, or business that is a part of the project in some way).
  • Lives in the Delaware Valley area: Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County

Applications will be accepted via hardcopy or online. 2018 applications will be available here in early 2018. 

*We use the term “trans” in its most inclusive sense, as an umbrella term encompassing transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, Two-Spirit people, and more generally, anyone whose gender identity or gender expression is nonconforming and/or different from their gender assigned at birth.

Change Partner

Most art and social change work happens through relationships and working with other people or organizations. A Change Partner is a person, organization, or business that is part of an applicant's Art and Change Grant project in some way and/or is a member of the community in which the project takes place. 

Eligible Change Partners include mentors, editors, collectives, art spaces, theaters, nonprofit organizations, dance studios, radio stations, production companies, and clubs.

2018 Change Partner forms will be available here in early 2018. 

Helpful Hints 

Consider the following when applying:

Experience: Leeway values experiences that are often not included in traditional resumes and knows that life experiences can be defining moments for an artist.  Share information about your artistic or cultural background that has led you to this project.
Social Change Intent/Vision: ​Be thoughtful when choosing your social change intent(s), as you will be asked to elaborate on your choice in the application. What larger issue are you trying to address, or what are you seeking to change? How is that reflected in your project?
Project Description (Question 1): Start by answering questions 2 through 6, then go back and summarize that information in your response to question 1.
Community/Audience (Question 4): Tell us who you are, and why you are working with a particular audience, community, or group? (Ability, education, geography, gender, race, religion, etc.) 
Community Engagement (Question 5):  Who are you working with? What are they doing? How will they and the region be affected?
Review: We recommend that you ask someone unfamiliar with your work to read your application for clarity. 
deadline 03/01/2018


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Leeway Transformation Award

The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists living in the Delaware Valley region who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work. 2018 applications will be available in January, 2018. [read more]

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