Teaching Artist Micro-Grants

The Bartol Foundation’s Micro-Grants directly respond to a critical need reflected in the local creative community.  These micro-grants reflect a timely method of support to ensure that community-based creative projects and partnerships can be completed while helping creative “artrepreneurs” persist and thrive.

The Bartol Foundation/Teaching Artist Micro-Grants support individual teaching artists who are actively engaged in a community project with grants of $500.  Our first grants were made in 2019 and you can check them out below.

Start with this video that summarizes the information below!

2020 Teaching Artist Micro-Grant Important Dates

  • Monday, January 13,2020: Application Opens
  • Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 5 PM: Application Closes
  • Week of March 16, 2020: Grantees Notified
  • March 20, 2020: Acceptance of Grant Due

Note that the online application will close at exactly 5:00 pm even if you are in the middle of completing your application so don’t wait until the last minute!  You can save a draft of your application and return to complete it.

Information Session

There will be one information session where you can learn more about the application process.  Join us on Wednesday, January 22nd at noon at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street to meet with Beth Feldman Brandt, Executive Director of the Bartol Foundation.  Bring your lunch and we will have some snacks!  RSVP here.

Check Your Eligibility

For You

  • I am the lead, initiator, or founder of this project.
  • I am 18+ years of age.
  • I am not a student taking more than 6 credit hours in the spring of 2020.
  • I have worked as a teaching artist for at least a year.
  • I have not received a Bartol Micro-Grant before.

For Your Project

  • My project will take place in the City of Philadelphia.
  • I have a host site or community partner who will write a letter of support.
  • My project is already planned or underway.
  • I can use the funds by June 30, 2020.
  • Projects must already be confirmed or underway and you must include a letter of support from your host site or program partner as part of your application.  We will not fund a project that is just in the concept or idea stage.
  • NOTE:  If an organization you are working with was already awarded a Bartol grant in July 2019, you cannot also receive a teaching artist grant for the same Bartol-funded project.

How to Apply

The online application is now open.  You can begin to collect the information you will need to complete the application and watch the video below for tips on completing the online application.

  • A detailed description of your project.
  • A budget for your project showing how the $500 will be used.
  • Your bio including a description of your work as a teaching artist.
  • A work sample of your own creative work.
  • A work sample of your work with community members.
  • A brief letter of support from your community partner or host site that confirms their commitment to the project with the resources (e.g. space, staff, participants) they are providing.  This can be a copy of an email.


Want to learn more?  Check out our Frequently Asked Questions here. Or email us at bfbrandt@bartol.org.


Microgrant Awardee: Carolyn Chernoff (2019)

Carolyn Chernoff is a zines and narrative artist.  This project grant will support Arts of Resistance Zine Workshops.  For more information:  www.carolynchernoff.com.

Microgrant Awardee: Enoch the Poet (2019)

Enoch the Poet is, well, a poet.  This project grant will support Wellness/Writing Workshops at the Woodstock Family Center.  For more information:  www.enochthepoet.com. 

Microgrant Awardee: Erika Guadalupe Nunez (2019)

Erika Guadalupe is a visual artist working in folkloric art and printmaking.  This project grant will support Dia de los Muertos Workshops and a Celebration Event in conjunction with Juntos.  For more information: https://www.leeway.org/who_we_are/erika_guadalupe_nunez and/or https://www.instagram.com/monequiltia

Microgrant Awardee: Gabriela Sanchez (2019)

Gabriela Sanchez is a theatre, storytelling, and multidisciplinary artist.  This project grant will support theatre classes in conjunction with Power Street Theatre Company’s production of MinorityLand . For more information:  www.powerstreettheatre.com.

Microgrant Awardee: Gabrielle Clark (2019)

Gabrielle Clark is a multi-displinary artist working in journalism, storytelling, visual Arts and photography.  This project grant will support the  Visual Storytelling Project centered on Black Women and Femmes.  For more information:  www.gabrielleSclark.com.

Microgrant Awardee: Jamal Parker (2019)

Jamal Parker is a writer and theatre artist. This project grant will support a Spoken Word and Poetry Workshop Series.  For more information:  https://www.newerapoets.com/jamalparker

Microgrant Awardee: Jaye McNair Obaseki (2019)

Jaye McNair Obaseki is a multi-disciplinary artist working in textile, fiber art, and narrative storytelling.  This project grant will support Identity Quilt Workshops focused on girls.  For more  information email:  queenjaye.mcnair@gmail.com.


Microgrant Awardee: Marcy Francis (2019)

Marcy Francis is a music and folk arts artist.  This project grant will support an After-school Sekere Percussion Program.  For more information email:  missladyfingersbass@gmail.com


Microgrant Awardee: Mira Treatman (2019)

Mira Treatman is a dance and theatre artist.  This project grant will support Duets with Strangers Community Dance Classes.  For more information: www.miratreatman.com.

Microgrant Awardee: Alexandra King (2018)

Alexandra King is a theatre artist whose practice includes facilitating performances within communities.  Her grant will support Theatre of the Oppressed Training for Living Well Theatre, a collective of elder African-Americans who create performances about public health.

Microgrant Awardee: ChaCha N’Kole (2018)

ChaCha N’Kole is an international fashion designer, philanthropist, motivator, and educator. Her grant will support The SEWcial Café, pronounced The Social Café, a community sewing space for women to create, collaborate, and develop handmade products. More info at http://www.thesewcialcafe.com

Microgrant Awardee: Chris Coyle (2018)

Chris Coyle is a bassist, composer and music educator based in Philadelphia, PA.  He will use his micro-grant to buy music/sound equipment for use in school residencies.  More info at http://www.chriscoylemusic.com.

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Microgrant Awardee: Ellen Reynolds (2018)

Ellen Reynolds is a filmmaker whose work includes projects with children at the center.  Her grant will support documentation of an animation and poetry workshop with children.  More info at http://ellenreynolds.net.


Microgrant Awardee: Emily Bate (2018)

Emily Bate is a teaching artist who creates original work using amateur singers, empowering people to discard negative beliefs about their abilities and claim their voices. Her grant will support expanding the “Trust Your Moves” community choir. More info at http://emilybate.com

Microgrant Awardee: Li Sumpter (2018)

Li Sumpter is a multidisciplinary artist and educator whose work addresses social justice and environmental issues. Her grant will support the creation of BOOM4REALEmergency Response Kiosk, a super-sized “little free library” in North Philly Peace Park. More info at http://www.mythmediastudios.com/

Microgrant Awardee: Misty Sol (2018)

Misty Sol is an interdisciplinary artist, visual artist (painter and gardener), writer (poetry and prose) and educator. Her grant will support a workshop at Art Sanctuary that connects agriculture, nature, and African American art. More info at https://www.instagram.com/mamamistysol/

Microgrant Awardee: Rose Benson (2018)

Rose Benson is a fine artist and a registered nurse anesthetist at Temple University Hospital whose work takes an investigative look into the needs of women affected by violence. Her grant will support handmade books featuring stories of women who have survived gun violence.

Microgrant Awardee: Shanel Edwards (2018)

Shanel Edwards is a dancer, photographer, poet, and educator who uses artistry as activism. Their grant will support free dance classes for the Black Queer/Trans communities. More info at https://www.instagram.com/shaneledwardsart/

Microgrant Awardee: Yinka Orafidiya (2018)

Yinka Orafidiya is a socially engaged ceramic artist based in Philadelphia, PA.  Her project will share ceramic practices learned in Ghana.  More information at http://www.yinkaorafidiya.com.