The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation is pleased to announce a new grant program for Digital Changemakers in the Arts. Five grants will be disbursed among small and midsize cultural organizations in Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas. Each individual award of up to $100,000 will support initiatives that reimagine the role and use of technology to achieve the organization’s mission, and successful projects will be eligible for renewed funding.
This grant aspires not only to help organizations execute cutting-edge digital projects, but also to raise the bar on what is perceived as possible for smaller institutions to achieve by funding examples that inspire institutions nationwide. Because the Thoma Art Foundation views technology, wisely deployed, as a tool of equity and accessibility, we are seeking applications from a broad array of cultural organizations, including but not limited to museums, cultural heritage centers, tribal organizations, libraries, and local arts councils. Please note: applicants must engage with visual/material culture in a significant capacity; we do not fund organizations that work exclusively in the performing arts.
Funds can be used for myriad purposes, including but not limited to curating digital exhibitions, improving overall audience engagement with the organization, digitizing collections, and improving accessibility to content and services. All projects should set realistic, measurable goals, and have a concrete plan for evaluating their achievements. Successful projects will advance or facilitate institutional learning, incorporate digital and technological best practices, reach a broad public audience, and create a lasting impact. This is not an emergency grant; rather it is meant to help resilient cultural organizations meet the increasing demand for digital engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Grantees who achieve successful results and demonstrate efficient use of funding will be eligible to renew their grants, and to receive additional support of up to $100,000.
The projects funded through this grant may help to refine or evolve an organization’s existing digital strategy. Eligible applicants will already have a set of guidelines that details how the use of digital technologies advances the organization’s broader mission and values. These guidelines may be part of an internal working document only or a piece of the organization’s formal strategic plan.
The deadline for this grant is March 11, 2021, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. This means that the sooner we receive your application, the sooner we will make a funding decision. Because the funding pool is limited, early applicants will have an advantage. The application portal will open on November 17, 2020.
Have questions? Please read our Digital Changemaker FAQ page. Want to run an idea by us before submitting a full proposal? Email email@example.com and our grants team will be happy to workshop ideas with you OR sign up here for our new Zoom Open Hours on December 7 from 10 am to 2 pm MT.