TCA Mini-Grant Program
The Taiko Community Alliance annually seeks proposals for mini-grants to support 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.
Since 2016 TCA has dedicated increasing amounts of funds to the mini-grant program, culminating in a record $10,000 to fund mini-grants that support projects in 2019. To encourage creativity and innovation in proposals, a wide variety of project types are considered.
Proposals are evaluated on the following criteria. Beneath each criteria are some of the detailed questions that panelists consider when reviewing proposals
Alignment with TCA mission: 40%
How well does the proposal embody the TCA mission, values, and current strategic framework goals?
Does this project demonstrate a high likelihood of success in accomplishing its goals: Does it have the right people? Do they have the right skills? Is the project timeline realistic? Is the budget clear and realistic? Are admin/overhead costs justified? If this request is part of a larger project, is there a high-level overview of the entire budget that includes, at the least, the full cost of the project, how much of the required revenue has been identified, how much has been raised.
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?
In general, projects that have a scope and impact beyond the immediate region of applicant – projects that move the needle for the broader taiko community – will fare best. Funded project types have included: convenings and gatherings; creating resources the entire community can freely access; historical documentation projects; artistic projects with national and/or international significance. Projects that benefit one group or one local region, e.g., a concert or equipment repair, are less likely to receive funding.
Amount of Award
The TCA Mini-Grant Program was piloted in 2016 with $1500 awarded to 3 projects. The initial success of the program led to its continuation in 2017 with $5000 awarded to support 5 projects. And in 2018, to celebrate 50 years of taiko in North America, TCA awarded over $10,000 to 6 projects. Awards vary in size. They have ranged in value from $500 to $2500.
A 1:1 match is required. For example, if an applicant requests $2,500, that applicant must demonstrate that they have $2,500 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 501c3 nonprofit. Fiscal sponsors may be used, and, in the case of individual artists, are encouraged. TCA is only able to make grants to US-based nonprofits. Therefore, international applicants are encouraged to partner with a US-based 501c3 who can serve as a fiscal sponsor.
Applicants do not have to be members of the TCA. TCA Board members, employees and contractors are not eligible to apply.
Application & Funding Process
In general, applications are accepted and reviewed in the fall. A review panel made up of TCA Board, TCA Committee members, and other community members evaluates applications. During the 2018 mini-grant cycle, applications were accepted until the end of October, applications were reviewed in November and awards were announced in December.
Awardees receive one lump-sum payment of their full grant amount, generally in January of the project year. Within 30 days of completing their project, grantees are required to submit a 200 – 500 word blog post describing the project and its impact. Grantees are asked to include supporting photos. The text and images are featured in a TCA newsletter and on the TCA website.
Contact Rome Hamner, TCA Board Member, at email@example.com.