Bartol/Small But Mighty Arts Micro-Grants: Frequently Asked Questions!

Application Closes Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Are you an artist who has experience engaging community members to make creative work together?

You may not formally call yourself a “teaching artist” but if your creative projects include working with a community to create something art-full, consider applying for the Bartol/SBMA Teaching Artist Micro-Grant.

This grant values an artist‘s creative work in which the community’s voice, input and perspectives inform, shape and create the project.

Teaching artists are not limited to teaching a workshop or working with kids.  Below are just a few examples of the kinds of creative work a teaching artist may do.  These are not the only examples, and we look forward to considering projects that present examples like the ones below, or other innovative ways artists and communities can create together.


  • An artist uses their artistic/creative talents to help community members create their own art, for example, working with veterans to write poetry or helping residents of a shelter create a mural.
  • An artist (with the buy-in of community members) creates their own work based on community stories or experiences, for example to illuminate a story or issue from that community in a way that is respectful and authentic.
  • An artist runs a program for community members to learn a particular creative skill, for example, teaching girls about fashion design or music recording.

Frequently Asked Questions

What artistic disciplines qualify for this grant?

The micro-grant application is open to most all recognized and exploratory art forms that may include:

Acting  | Animation | Creative Writing | Dance | Digital Art | Fabric and Textile | Fashion Design | Film | Furniture Making | Graphic Design/Illustration | Installation | Interactive Design | Jazz | Mixed Media | Multimedia | Music Performance (Vocal, Instrumental, MC) | Music Production (includes songwriting, Deejaying, engineering) | Musical Theater | Painting | Performance Art | Photography | Playwriting | Podcast | Poetry/Prose | Printmaking | Puppetry | Scenic Design | Screen Printing | Spoken Word | Storytelling | Theater | Visual Art | Writing

This program does not support culinary arts or horticulture.

It says the grant is only open to artists living in Philadelphia, Chester, Montgomery or Delaware counties. What if I live outside of those areas but my office/studio/project takes place in Philadelphia, can I still apply?

The application process is open only to artists who live in the specified counties and for a project that will take place in the City of Philadelphia. This means artists’ mailing address for their personal residence, business office or performance space must be located in Philadelphia, Chester, Montgomery or Delaware counties and specified on the application. If you live/work outside of the specified county areas, but your project/creative work takes place primarily in one of these counties, you may still choose to apply and offer further detail in your application.  Note: The voting committee may choose to give priority consideration to artists’ whose primary residence and creative work is in Philadelphia.

Can I get a Bartol/SBMA Teaching Artist micro-grant if an organization my project is connected to has also received a 2019 Bartol Foundation organization grant for the same project? 

No. If an organization has received a 2019 (June) Bartol Foundation general operating grant that will use funds to support all or part of your teaching artist project, you cannot also apply for a Bartol/SBMA Teaching Artist micro-grant. We suggest applying for a micro-grant with a different organization or host partner.

One of the requirements is a letter of support? What is needed as a “letter of support”?

A letter of support comes from an organization or venue that you are working with or whose support you have in order to pursue or complete your project. Because this is community-focused micro-grant, an artist must show some connection to successfully work within the community with an established organization or venue (i.e. “host site”). The letter would come from a main contact person at the organization or venue who is familiar with your project OR who is directly involved.  The letter would confirm that you will be working on your project with the organization or at the venue, a brief sentence on what you will be doing and the span of time you will be working on the project.  The letter should be signed and dated by this main contact person.  There is a place on the online grant application to upload a copy of your letter which can be a copy of an email to you.

It says the grant is not open to full-time students. What if I’m only enrolled in college part-time or taking one college level class, can I still apply?

We will still accept applications from applicants enrolled in college-level classes for six (6) credit hours or less. Applicant may be asked to specify enrollment details.  The committee will take this information into consideration on all grants.

Can I apply for an Bartol/SBMA micro-grant if it is for a project for a creative group, collective or organization?

Yes, if the applicant is the lead, initiator, manager, or founder of the project. You should focus the application answers on how this grant would impact YOU as an individual artist. The Bartol/SBMA micro-grant is meant to serve as a crucial catalyst to advance your project or overall career, especially within the next 3 – 6 months.

Example: A dancer who founded a dance ensemble applies for an SBMA grant to pay for performance space for the ensemble’s tenth production. Potential Impact: complete 10th production, founder able to continue creating future projects, performance makes it possible for founder to secure future grant funding, helps founder continue to work with/grow ensemble, etc.

Can an ensemble (that meets all of the eligibility requirements) also apply for the SBMA micro-grant?

We recognize there are many artists who work with ensembles/collectives to produce their work. The primary focus of our micro-grant is on the individual artist, so anyone applying for a Bartol/SBMA micro-grant that is part of an ensemble/collective must be the lead, initiator, manager or founder.  Answers on the application must focus on how the grant would impact YOU as an individual artist. We will not accept applications from collective members, assistants, interns or non-lead participants.

Can I apply for funding to use for materials, supplies or services related to my creative work in general?

Yes! You can apply for funding to be used for material and supply costs and expenses related to completing or furthering your creative work. You must show how that expense will help you make significant progress in your creative practice or on a project. Artists can also apply for funding for professional development opportunities such as training, classes, workshops or residencies. Funding cannot be used to cover college classes in pursuit of an academic degree.

Can I apply for funding to help with our fundraising efforts/campaign?


What if I’m submitting a work sample link and only want the committee to view a specific page on my site or point in a video?

Grants are all about specificity, so the more specific you can be the better (“please look at page 2, paragraph 3” or “please view video starting at 3:22 until 4:56”).  You can upload a cover page with directions plus the link you want us to view.  We will only consider the specified information submitted when making a decision about the grant.

The application says that awarded artists must use funds within three months of receiving the grant.  Is this a strict requirement of receiving the grant?

Yes. Bartol/SBMA Micro-Grants were created in direct response to local artists’ need to receive funds in a timelier manner to keep their creative momentum.  We are looking to support artists who will make immediate use of funding and make significant progress on a project, complete a project or pursue a professional development opportunity that can help advance their creative career.  Applicants can apply for funding to support a part of an ongoing or long-term project, but the Bartol/SBMA micro-grant funds must be used within three months of receiving grant funds, and artists should include details of how a micro-grant would help the overall project momentum.

Note: We will not fund requests for projects or work that is only in the concept or idea stage.

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