Leeway Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Leeway Foundation supports women and trans artists who create art for social change.

IP TAKE: The foundation does most of its grantmaking in the greater Philadelphia area. Creative writing grant seekers will compete with other artists including those working in performance and visual art.

PROFILE: Created in 1993 by artist Linda Lee Alter, Leeway Foundation promotes “increased recognition” of women and their “representation in the arts community.” It seeks to support “women and trans artists and cultural producers working in communities at the intersection of art, culture, and social change” and to “promote artists expression that amplifies the voices of those on the margins, promotes sustainable and healthy communities, and works in the service of movements for economic and social justice.” The foundation supports artists through its Window of Opportunity Grant, the Transformation Award, and the Art and Change Grant.

The Window of Opportunity Grant supports previous Leeway Grantees with up to $1,500 to “help them take advantage of immediate opportunities, such as travel, performance, or exhibition, to support their art for social change practice.” Deadlines are the middle of every month from February through November and the event must occur within 90 days of the grant application. Grantees must also live in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia county.

The Transformation Award provides unrestricted funding to women and trans artists and cultural producers living in 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.” The grant is for $15,000 and open to artists working in any “art form, traditional or non-traditional.”

The Art and Change Grant is a $2,500 grant to women and trans artists whose project is “supported by or in collaboration with a Change Partner.” Leeway defines Change Partner as “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.”

Grant seekers should check out Leeway’s list of past grantees and its checklist of artist qualifications.

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