Teaching Artist Microgrants



This partnership between the Bartol Foundation and Small But Mighty Arts (SBMA) directly responds to a critical need reflected in the local creative community.  These micro-grant 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/SBMA Teaching Artist Micro-Grants support individual teaching artists who are actively engaged in a community project with grants of $500.  Our first ten grants were made in 2018 and you can check them out below.

Project must be already confirmed or underway and you must include a letter of support from your host site or program partner as part of your application.  NOTE: If an organization you are working with is already applying for or awarded a Bartol grant, you cannot also receive a teaching artist grant for the same Bartol-funded project.

2019 Teaching Artist Micro-Grant Important Dates
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019: Application Opens
  • Information Session: Tuesday, August 6, 2019; 6:00-7:00 pm (Friends Center)
  • Information Session #2: Thursday, August 15, 2019; 6:00-7:00 (Friends Center)
  • Sunday, August 25th at 5:00 pm: Application Closes
  • Week of September 16, 2019: Grantees notified.
  • September 21, 2019: Grant acceptance due.
  • Week of September 23, 2019: Grant award letters/checks out.

Note that the 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 it to complete it.

Check Your Eligibility

For you

  • I am the lead, initiator, or founder of this project.
  • I am  21+ years of age.
  • I am not a student taking more than 6 credit hours in the fall of 2019.
  • I have worked as a teaching artist for at least 1 year.
  • I have not received a SBMA 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.
  • I can use the funds by December 31, 2019.

Information Sessions/FAQ’s

Join us for an information session to learn more about the grant opportunity.  And make sure to read these FAQ’s before applying!

Application Opens August 1, 2019.

The online application will open on August 1, 2019.  In the meantime, you can begin to collect your required attachments:

  • A budget for your project showing how your $500 micro-grant will be used.
  • 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.

READY?  Apply here!

Questions about your project or eligibility?  Attend an information session or contact us at bfbrandt@bartol.org.

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.