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TCA Grant Program


The 2019 TCA Grant Deadline has passed.

Our next grant application will be available in Spring 2021.

The Taiko Community Alliance annually seeks proposals for grants to support projects that align with, further, and promote the mission of 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.

Since 2016, TCA has dedicated increasing amounts of funds to the Grant Program, culminating this year in a record $15,000 to fund grants that support projects in 2020. To encourage creativity and innovation in proposals, a wide variety of project types are considered. If you are unsure if your project is a fit, please read the FAQ (below).


Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria. Beneath each criteria are some of the detailed questions panelists will consider in reviewing proposals.

Alignment with TCA Mission: 40%
How well does the proposal embody the TCA mission, values, and current strategic framework goals? 

Feasibility: 30%
Does this project demonstrate a high likelihood of success in accomplishing goals? (i.e., does it have the right people (skills, time, etc), a realistic and clear budget, and a realistic timeline?) Are admin/overhead costs justified? If this request is part of a larger project, is there a high-level overview of the entire budget? (i.e., full cost of the project, how much of the required revenue has been identified, how much has been raised.)

Significance: 30%
Does this project have broad reach and/or deep engagement? For how many? Is this a topic that has widespread demand, interest, and/or impact across the many types of taiko styles and players that make up the TCA constituency? What benefits does this project convey for the larger taiko community, in addition to benefits it brings to the primary applicant’s group/region?  

Projects with a broad reach, involving multiple groups, and having a scope beyond the immediate region of applicant tend to be a better fit for this opportunity than projects whose benefits are limited to one city/group. For example, a gathering of taiko people in a region where there aren’t many groups, or for a targeted population of taiko players, is a strong fit; a single concert by one group is less strong. 

Amount of Award:

TCA has dedicated a total of $15,000 to be awarded under this grant program. It is hoped that multiple projects will be supported; therefore, requesting the full $15,000 is not encouraged. Similarly, please note that this is no longer a “mini-grant” program. As such, the minimum request is $2,000; you must request at least this amount in order for your proposal to be considered.

Award Eligibility:

Please note that all of the below criteria must be met in order to be eligible for consideration:

A 1:1 match is required. For example, if an applicant requests $2,000, that applicant should demonstrate that they have $2,000 worth of resources to dedicate to the project. Both cash and in-kind matches are accepted, and the match can be 100% in-kind.

Applicants must be a 501c3 nonprofit. US-based fiscal sponsors may be used, and are required for an individual artist wishing to apply.

Applicants do not have to be members of TCA.

TCA Board members, employees, and contractors are not eligible to apply.

TCA is only able to make grants to US-based nonprofits. Therefore, any international applicants must use a US-based 501c3 as a fiscal sponsor.

Applications who do not include the EIN of a valid 501c3 will not be reviewed.

Application & Funding Process 2019

Applications will be accepted between 9/16/2019 – 10/16/2019 and are due by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on 10/16/2019. Late applications will not be accepted. A review panel made up of TCA Board members will evaluate applications and awards will be announced in December.  

Awardees will receive one lump-sum payment of their full grant amount in January, 2020. Within 30 days of completing their project, grantees must submit a 200 – 500 word blog post describing the project and its impact; 3-5 photos should also be included along with attribution information. This material will appear as a guest post (with the grantee listed as author) on the TCA website and be linked in a future TCA newsletter.

To submit your application, please complete the form linked below. As this form cannot save information, we recommend composing your answers in a separate word document and then copying and pasting them into the form once you are ready to submit. Please note that ONE supporting document (letter of support, video links, etc.) may be submitted, but is not required.

Additional Information

Webinar. Rome Hamner held an informative webinar on 9/22/2019 at 11 AM PDT. View it here: 2020 TCA Grant Program Informational Webinar

Questions? Contact Rome Hamner, TCA Board Member, at: rome@taikocommunityalliance.org.


What is a fiscal sponsor?
A fiscal sponsor is a registered nonprofit that agrees to receive grant funds on behalf of a grant applicant who is not a registered nonprofit. For TCA Grants, this nonprofit must be based in the US. Typically, fiscal sponsors will receive a small percentage of the grant award for their sponsorship. More details can be found here. If you need a fiscal sponsor, it is highly recommended that you arrange that partnership well in advance of submitting your application. TCA cannot serve as a fiscal sponsor for this grant.  

What’s an EIN?
Employer Identification Number; it is a number assigned to an organization by the US Federal government at that organization’s request. Essentially, it’s the organizational equivalent of a Social Security Number.

I have a social security number, is that the same as an EIN?
Unfortunately, no. You must apply through a nonprofit organization with a valid EIN. TCA can only legally make grants to US-based nonprofits, not individuals.

How can I tell if my EIN is linked to a valid 501c3?
As a first step, search for your organization on Guidestar. If it doesn’t show up, your EIN might not be connected to a valid 501c3. You’ll need to dig further within your organization to answer the question.

Can international taiko groups apply?
Yes, but only with a US-based fiscal sponsor.

Can individuals apply?
Yes, but only with a US-based fiscal sponsor.

What does it mean that the match can be “in-kind?”
In-kind match is a non-cash contribution towards your project. As an example, imagine that you’re proposing to host a gathering of taiko groups in an isolated region. The facility where you plan to hold this gathering agrees to let you use it for free, rather than charging you their usual $500 fee. That is a $500 in-kind match. Your entire match can be in-kind.

My group wants to submit a proposal for our 10th anniversary concert. Is that a fit?
Panelists rotate regularly, so it’s hard to say what any one panel will consider a fit. Historically, panelists have focused on projects that benefit the larger taiko community, as opposed to projects that primarily benefit a small number of groups/artists. Concerts that substantially strengthen a regional taiko community, promote visibility of a key underrepresented segment of taiko artists, or that are held in conjunction with meaningful documentation of taiko history have been funded. 

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