Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative Grants
The application deadline for FY24 funding has passed
To support the passing of traditional artistic and cultural knowledge from mentors to apprentices
Traditional artists who meet the requirements of mentors or apprentices.
$3,000 to the mentor and $750 to the apprentice
July 1, 2023-May 1, 2024
Applicant coaching call recording
About This Grant
Traditional arts are expressions of shared identity that are learned as a part of the cultural life of a particular group. This shared identity may be rooted in family, geographic, tribal, occupational, religious, ethnic, or other connections. As expressions of a living culture, traditional arts are generally handed down from one generation to the next and reflect the shared experience, aesthetics, and values of a group. Traditional arts are dynamic, reflecting change over time and individual innovation over generations of practitioners.
The purpose of this grant is twofold:
- To support mentors who seek to pass their artistic and cultural knowledge to qualified apprentices.
- To provide apprentices with an opportunity to advance their artistic and cultural knowledge to a higher level so that they may continue to pursue the art form beyond the life of the apprenticeship.
Grant guidelines are subject to change until application opens.
How to Apply
- Review all of the information in these guidelines.
- Contact the program director: Folklife and Traditional Arts Director Laura Marcus Green, Ph.D. (803.734.8764 | firstname.lastname@example.org).
- To be considered for this grant, you must contact the program director by February 24, 2023.
- If your project meets the guideline requirements, the program director will schedule a meeting in which the prospective mentor and apprentice will be interviewed (including discussion and/or collection of work samples & support materials).
- Applicants are urged to consider the review criteria (detailed in the “Review Process” section of these guidelines, under “After You Apply”) as you discuss your work with the program director. These criteria will be used to evaluate the application and determine the appropriateness of your project.
- Following the interview, the program director will create a narrative based on the application interview questions, work plan, and public component as discussed during your meeting.
- With your approval, this narrative and your work samples & support materials will be submitted as your application for an apprenticeship grant.
- The application process must be completed by April 14, 2023.
After You Apply
I’m Here to Help!
- If you are seeking advisement, please contact Folklife and Traditional Arts Director Laura Marcus Green, Ph.D. (803.734.8764 | email@example.com) before submitting an application.
- If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Team (803.734.8695 | firstname.lastname@example.org).
We also highly recommend a visit to our Grants Coaching webpage, for
- open coaching calls for artists,
- category-specific information for grant applicants,
- topic sessions, and
- opportunities for one-on-one assistance.
Missed a group call or session? Look for the video link to access a recording of that presentation.