TCA Mini Grant Program

2017 TCA Mini Grants


The Taiko Community Alliance is seeking mini-grant proposals for projects that align with, further, and promote the mission of the TCA to empower the people and advance the art of taiko. More information about the TCA core values and guiding principles can be found here.

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of taiko in North America, and TCA has dedicated a total of $5,000 to the mini-grant program in honor of this milestone. Projects that celebrate this 50 year anniversary are especially welcome. However, project type is not further defined to encourage creativity and innovation in proposals. Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with TCA mission- 40%
  • Feasibility- 30%
  • Significance- 30%

Amount of Award

In honor of 50 years of taiko in North America, TCA has dedicated a total of $5,000 to be awarded under this mini-grant program. It is hoped multiple projects will be supported; therefore, requesting the full $5,000 is not encouraged.

A 1:1 match is required. For example, if an applicant requests $1,000, that applicant should demonstrate that they have $1,000 worth of resources to dedicate to the project. Both cash and in-kind match are accepted; the match can be 100% in-kind.

Applicants must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Fiscal sponsors may be used, and, in the case of individual artists are highly encouraged. Applicants do not have to be members of the TCA. TCA Board members, employees and contractors are not eligible to apply.

Application & Funding Process

Applications will be accepted between 10/13/17-11/13/17. Applications are due by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on 11/13/17. Late applications will not be accepted. A review panel made up of TCA Board, Committee members, and other community members will evaluate applications in November; awards will be announced in December.

Awardees will receive one lump-sum payment of their full grant amount in January 2018. In addition, within 30 days of completing their project, grantees will be asked to submit a 200 – 500 word blog post describing the project and  its impact; 3-5 photos should also be included with attribution information. This material will appear as a guest post (with grantee listed as author) on the TCA website and be linked in a future TCA newsletter.

Our funding application process has ended for 2018.  Please check back next year for more funding opportunities!



Contact Rome Hamner, TCA Fundraising Committee Chair, at or (520) 461-5922.