Funding women and trans artists and cultural producers creating social change
Leeway Foundation's grantmaking programs honor women and trans* artists and cultural producers for their ability to create social change through their artistic and cultural work.
The Art and Change Grants and the Leeway Transformation Awards fund women and trans artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia (Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties), who engage in art and social change work and have financial need.
Leeway supports the natural intersection of art and social change. We understand that art is not born in a vacuum. Art is created within a context. Who we are, where we live, how we relate to our communities, and how we view the world influence what we create, how we create, and why we create art for social change.
Art for social change is art with a vision and impacts people in many ways. It can: raise consciousness; alter how we think about ourselves, our society, or our culture; create a vision of a more just world; be a tool or strategy for organizing and movement-building; reclaim traditional cultural practices as a form of resistance or community building; challenge racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism or other forms of oppression; and question mainstream culture and beliefs.
With the ideals of social change in mind, we created these programs to challenge the norms of traditional grantmaking. We seek to recognize women and trans artists whose work is often ignored, silenced, and marginalized because of what they create or who they are - such as people of color; immigrants; gay, lesbian, and bisexual people; poor and working-class people; and people who take risks with art form and content to share their social change vision.
*Leeway is a trans-affirming organization committed to gender self-determination, and we use the term “trans” in its most inclusive sense, as an umbrella term encompassing transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, Two-Spirit people, and anyone whose gender identity or gender expression is nonconforming and/or different from their gender assigned at birth.
The Leeway Foundation and NextFab have partnered to offer a residency to a past Leeway grantee at NextFab from September 2018 to March 2019. NextFab is a makerspace that provides access to and training in traditional machinery and digital tools to aid makers in their creative ideas. Leeway Foundation grantees of all artistic disciplines are encouraged to propose an art for social change project that utilizes NextFab's facilities. The deadline to apply is June 18, 2018. Review the eligibility requirements and apply online.
The Leeway Foundation and Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) have partnered to offer a residency to a past Leeway grantee at Asian Arts Initiative from October 2018 to November 2018. The deadline to apply is June 25, 2018. Review the eligibility requirements and apply online.
The Window of Opportunity (WOO) Grant provides financial assistance of up to $1,500 to previous Leeway grant and award recipients only to help them take advantage of immediate opportunities, such as travel, performance, or exhibition, to support their art for social change practice. The deadline is on the 15th of every month from February through November, and awards are made within three to five weeks of that deadline. The opportunity you are applying for must have a deadline or occur within 90 days of when you apply for the grant. Review the eligibility requirements and apply online.
The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers in Greater Philadelphia to fund art for social change projects. [learn more]
The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia 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. [learn more]