Technological advancements might not always be the most artistic creations, but as JP Morgan Chase's corporate philanthropy foundation realizes, they are essential to any organization's success. (See JP Morgan Chase Foundation: Grants for New Your City). Each year, the JP Morgan Chase Foundation supports Brooklyn-based arts organizations to help promote artistic and cultural activities that are open to the general public. Earlier this year, the Brooklyn Arts Council announced the winners of its recent grantees, which included the Adhesive Theater Project, the Dancing Crane Company, and the Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn. (See IP Guides: Grants for Dance and Grants for Theater).
The Brooklyn Arts program indicates that JP Morgan Chase awards funds to capacity building projects that contribute to the overall stabilization, organization growth, and projection to the next level of success. But based upon this year’s winning programs, it's clear that JP Morgan Chase favors programs that improve the technological aspect of arts organizations. The foundation must have picked up an overarching need that wasn't being addressed, because almost every recent grant recipient received funds to improve their websites, software systems, and hardware upgrades.
For example, the International African Arts Festival received a grant to upgrade and train staff on new hardware, and Cora Dance received a grant to buy new computers and software. The Brooklyn Ballet is using its grant money to upgrade their software, and Archipelago Books is using theirs to create and launch a new website. So why is JP Morgan Chase giving money to the technology side of the arts? Since most other foundations are granting funds for well-publicized productions and infrastructure improvements, the behind-the-scenes issues have gone unnoticed for far too long.
If your arts organization is in need of some serious technological upgrades, JP Morgan Chase would be a great foundation to turn to. Most of Chase's annual capacity building grants range from $2,000 to $3,000 each. Although the 2013 grant application deadline has already passed, you can get a taste of what's to come for 2014 on the Brooklyn Arts Council application page. Here you can download PDF files of the program guidelines, application questions, budget forms, and submission certification forms.