*NOTE: The eligibility requirements have been carefully considered and are firm parameters. 

  • READ THE DETAILS: We want to our application process to be clear and accessible to all who apply, even first-time grant applicants! So we’ve worked to include most everything you need to know about applying for an SBMA micro-grant detailed below. Anything you still want to know after reading these details we’re happy to answer during our upcoming information sessions.*
  • TECH HAPPENS: So we suggest typing out your answers in separate Word document, then copy and paste your answers into the form when you are ready to submit your application. Note: the form cannot be saved and returned to (we’re working on a change for this in 2018!), and the website could reset if left idle too long. It’s happened to the best of us, but don’t let it happen to you, we want to receive your awesome application!
  • GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO APPLY: Tech happens, life happens, so give yourself no less than a few days to prep and apply. The application will close promptly at 5:00pm on April 23, even if you are in the middle of working on the application! Our process moves quickly once the application closes and we are not able to extend the deadline or accept late details or attachments.
  • *INFORMATION SESSIONS: The info sessions are completely optional and your participation or absence does not impact your application review, but we recommend them! People ask great questions and we give great answers that could give you more insight into your application.  This year we also added a call-in info session option! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

This year applicants can apply for one of THREE funding/resource opportunities:

  • SBMA Micro-Grant ($200 – $1,000): funding for career- or project-based resources (including professional development) or to continue or complete creative work (example: space, supplies, equipment, marketing, staff, event registration, licensing, etc.). Professional Development – funding to advance creative career through workshops, training or certification. Does not include college classes towards attainment of an academic degree.
  • SBMA Philadelphia Fringe Festival micro-grant ($200 – $500): funding for resources needed to present a performance/event in the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. (Note: Recipients will be selected by the SBMA grant voting team. FringeArts and its staff are not involved in the process of selecting or awarding SBMA Fringe Festival micro-grants. SBMA has partnered with FringeArts for shared promotion of this opportunity and general support for artists once selected).
  • SBMA Artist Space Exchange (Germantown): opportunity for free use of upstairs space at Acclaim Academy (Chelten and Germantown Avenues) for rehearsals, workshops, or film/photo shoots for up to six (6) months in exchange for a giveback to the local community. READ DETAILS & PARAMETERS HERE BEFORE APPLYING!

SBMA Micro-Grant Applicants must:

  • Be a United States citizen*
  • Live in Philadelphia, Delaware or Montgomery counties
  • Be at least 21+ years of age
  • Be non-student (students taking 6 credit hours or less will be considered)
  • Have an artistic career length of at least one full year (reflected in your bio)
  • Have not received SBMA micro-grant funding (does not include funding/payment received through SBMA programs or events)

SBMA Fringe Festival Micro-Grant Applicants must:

  • Have confirmation of paid Fringe Festival registration fee for festival before funds will be released.**

Germantown Artist Space Exchange Applicants must:

  • Propose a “giveback” project (one-time or ongoing) that benefits the Acclaim Academy community (children, family, staff and/or the physical space)

* Receipt of SBMA micro-grant funds require submission of a W9 that includes awardee social security number or EIN. 
** SBMA funds cannot cover Fringe Festival registration. Applicants can apply for a micro-grant before or after submitting to Fringe Festival, but SBMA funds cannot be released until proof of registration is provided by awardee. 

  • Online grant application
  • Two work samples
  • Use micro-grant funds within 3 months of receiving funds
            (Exception: Fringe Festival and Germantown Space applicants)
  • Provide documentation of use of funds
            (Not Applicable: Germantown Space applicants)
  • For artists applying for SBMA micro-grant project funding, the final project must include a presentation or performance that takes place in the greater Philadelphia area.

What artistic disciplines qualify for this grant?
The micro-grant application is open to most all recognized and exploratory art forms.  We give an extensive list on the application that should cover most artistic practices, but if you do not see the category that represents your primary art form, please email us.

Here is also a quick list: Acting  | Animation | Creative Writing | Dance | Digital Art | Fabric and Textile | Fashion Design | Film | Furniture Making | Graphic Design/Illustration | Installation | Interactive Design | Jazz | Mixed Media | Multimedia | Music Performance (Vocal, Instrumental, MC) | Music Production (includes songwriting, Deejaying, engineering) | Musical Theater | Painting | Performance Art | Photography | Playwriting | Podcast | Poetry/Prose | Printmaking | Puppetry | Scenic Design | Screen Printing | Spoken Word | Storytelling | Theater | Visual Art | Writing

It says the grant is only open to artists living in Philadelphia, Montgomery or Delaware counties. What if I live outside of those areas but my office/studio/project takes place in one of those counties, can I still apply?
The application process is open only to artists who live in the specified counties or whose primary creative work takes place in the specified counties. This means artists’ mailing address for their personal residence, business office or performance space must be located in Philadelphia, Montgomery or Delaware counties and specified on the application. If you live/work outside of the specified county areas, but your project/creative work takes place primarily in one of these counties, you may still choose to apply and offer further detail in your application.

Note: The voting committee may choose to give priority consideration to artists’ whose primary residence or creative work is in the specified county areas.  

It says the grant is not open to full-time students. What if I’m only enrolled in college part-time or taking one college level class, can I still apply?
We will still accept applications from applicants enrolled in college-level classes for six (6) credit hours or less. Applicant may be asked to specify enrollment details.  The committee will take this information into consideration on all grants.

Can artists submit more than one SBMA micro-grant application if I am working on multiple projects or have multiple needs?
Yes, we will accept multiple applications, but artists can only be awarded from ONE SBMA funding/resource (SBMA micro-grant OR Fringe Festival micro-grant OR Germantown space grant) whether that is an individual project or one working with another artist/project. More specifically, if an artist is awarded a Fringe Festival micro-grant, they cannot also receive a grant from one of the other opportunities. We suggest applying for the opportunity where the greatest and most timely need exists.

Can I apply for an SBMA micro-grant if it is for a project for a creative group, collective or organization that I am belong to or lead?
Yes, but applicants should focus the application on how this grant would impact YOU as an individual artist. The SBMA micro-grant is meant to serve as a crucial catalyst to advance your project or overall career, especially within the next 3 – 6 months.

Can an ensemble (that meets all of the eligibility requirements) also apply for the SBMA micro-grant?
The primary focus of our micro-grant is on individual artist, but we recognize there are many artists who lead or work with ensembles/collectives to produce their work. Artists can apply for funding to support a creative project that is presented within an ensemble or collective, but the voting committee would still like to know the impact for the individual artist, so the application should be submitted by an individual artist and focus on how the grant would impact YOU as an individual artist and advance your creative career.

If an artist applies for a grant for a project that includes collaboration with another artist who is also applying for micro-grant for a separate project, can they both potentially receive SBMA micro-grants?

If I receive an SBMA micro-grant, do I have to claim it when filing my taxes?

Can I apply for funding to use for materials, supplies or services related to my creative project?
Yes! You can apply for funding to be used for material and supply costs and expenses related to completing or furthering your creative work. You must show how that expense will help you make significant progress on the project and/or complete it. Artists can also apply for funding for professional development opportunities such as training, classes, workshops or residencies. Funding cannot be used to cover college classes in pursuit of an academic degree.

Can I apply for funding to help with our fundraising efforts/campaign?

What if I’m finding it hard to fit in all of my expenses in the budget section, what should I do?
Feel to use bullet points or list format. If you still are limited on space, prioritize inclusion of primary expenses and note which expense(s) you would cover with SBMA funds if awarded.

Is it best to ask for the full amount of my budget, a portion or some other amount?
For best consideration, it’s best to request the most realistic amount needed to keep your creative momentum for this project or opportunity (within the SBMA grant ask range $200 – $1,000), but it is helpful to list your full budget in case we cannot fulfill your full ask amount, the committee can see other expense areas they may be able to support.

What if I’m submitting a work sample link and only want the committee to view a specific page on my site or point in a video?
Grants are all about specificity, so the more specific you can be the better (“please look at page 2, paragraph 3” or “please view video starting at 3:22 until 4:56”).  We will only consider the specified information submitted when making a decision about the grant.

The application says that awarded artists must use funds within three months of receiving the grant.  Is this a strict requirement of receiving the grant?
Yes. SBMA Micro-Grants were created in direct response to local artists’ need to receive funds in a timelier manner to keep their creative momentum.  We are looking to support artists who will make immediate use of funding and make significant progress on a project, complete a project or pursue a professional development opportunity that can help advance their creative career.  Applicants can apply for funding to support a part of an ongoing or long-term project, but the SBMA micro-grant funds must be used within three months and artists should include details of how a micro-grant would help the overall project momentum. Note: We will not be able to fund projects or supply/equipment funding for projects or work that is only in the concept or idea stage.

I’d like to re-submit my application. Is this possible?
Yes. Artists can re-submit an application to add/change details for any reasons as long as it is within the application period. Applicants MUST send an email to info@smallbutmightyarts.org to let us know that you have submitted an updated application and to disregard the previous submission. We will immediately delete your old submission and only consider your new application. Please note this action is not reversible, so please be sure! In the case that we have two applications for the same project, without notification, we will only review the most recent application.

Can you explain the “giveback” portion of the SBMA micro-grant opportunity?
The SBMA artist giveback is a way to connect the community, supporters and stakeholders to the artists we support. Often, SBMA offers artist support that cannot be viewed or seen (example: supplies, marketing support, etc.) but is critical to artists’ advancement.  The giveback option supports a cycle of giving that includes the community, the artist, their work and SBMA.  Artists can opt to give an item/product of their creation or a giveback of time (which could include a performance, sitting on panel or other in-person activity).  The giveback commitment is meant to be an easy, stress-free contribution that respects the value of the work and time of the artist. The level of giveback will be noted on the application and artists can select which giveback type they would like to give. SBMA will work with each awarded artist to confirm their giveback details. We respect the right of the artist to value their work as they see fit and make the giveback according to this value.

Example of giveback in action: SBMA funds an artist $500 to cover the first round of their CD printing costs to sell at an upcoming show. The artist chooses the product option for their giveback and gives SBMA 10 CDs that SBMA includes in our “thank you” gift bag to recent donors. Donors love the CD and the thank you and give an extra $20 during our next fundraising effort. Awesome!

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