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Over the years, the Firefly Arts Collective (FAC) has been proud to provide grant support to Firefly artists to enable them to express and fulfill their varied creative visions. These grants are intended to support and promote radically-expressive, community-based, interactive and/or collaborative projects that help define and shape the creative core of the event.

For this request for proposals, we are seeking artists who want to broaden their skillsets by taking a class or training so you can gain the skills you need to tackle your art projects.  Firefly will consider funding any class up to $300.

Skillshare Grants are evaluated differently from the other grants because we are not judging a specific artistic proposal, so the usual criteria of Thoughtfulness, Creativity, and Feasibility do not apply. Instead, these Grants will be allocated based upon our goals of increasing diversity (of knowledge, skills, and individuals) within our community.

Summary of Deadlines

  • February 4th: Skillshare Grant applications open

  • April 28th, 11:59PM EST: Skillshare Grant applications due. This is a strict deadline. Proposals submitted after the deadline will NOT be considered.

  • May 8th: Skillshare grants awarded. All applicants will be notified via email. If your project is funded, we will send you a contract to ensure that you are willing to commit to using the funds as proposed and that you agree to follow through on attending your class. If you fail to send in the contract by the contract deadline, your art grant funds will be distributed to the next grant in the waiting list.

  • TBA: Firefly Event!

  • July 22nd: Grant Documentation Deadline

Grant disbursement schedule

  • 50% – once the signed contract is received.

  • 50% – upon receipt of class documentation

How to apply

The Skillshare Grant uses a streamlined application process compared to other art grants. It’s just a google form!

The Skillshare Grant form is not yet up for 2019. Watch this space!

A note about tickets

In addition to the donation of your time and efforts, all attendees and their helpers must apply for their own tickets to the event. Receipt of a Skillshare Grant does not entitle the recipient to any discretionary tickets to Firefly.

  • Am I required to register for a ticket? Yes! All participants in the Firefly Arts Festival must register for a ticket.
  • If my grant proposal is accepted will I still have to pay for my ticket? Yes! All participants are expected to pay for their ticket.

Art Grant review committee

In order to create an impartial review, applications will be blinded before they are submitted to the Art Grant Review Committee. The committee members will score each proposal based on the criteria listed above.


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