To be eligible to apply for LAB, you:
The Boston Foundation welcomes LAB applications from Groups of Artists and collaborators. A “collaborator” is a co-owner of a project and provides creative input.
Groups and collaborators should apply jointly and submit a single application. It is NOT required that all collaborators or group members meet the eligibility requirements listed above for artists; however, the primary applicant must meet ALL eligibility requirements for Individuals.
Note: Unless funds are directed to a fiscal sponsor, one collaborator or group member will ultimately need to serve as the “primary applicant” and, if the project is funded, will be the person who directly receives payment and is responsible for any applicable taxes.
To be eligible to apply for LAB, organizational applicants must:
Groups or collaborations that do not meet one or more of these criteria are welcome to apply but should apply as Groups of Artists (per above), and not as Organizations.
We anticipate funding at least 60 projects in 2020. As in prior years, we expect a highly competitive pool of applicants. In 2018 we received 361 applications and awarded 65 grants; in 2019, we received 269 requests and funded 61.
All applications are reviewed by national and regional artist and arts administrators with expertise in the philanthropic or performing arts fields. After the first review, all applicants are notified of their status and those invited to continue to the second round prepare their expanded materials, including a project budget, and submit for consideration to a second group of reviewers. This second group is comprised primarily of representatives of the local performing arts community, including prior LAB grantees and other artists. TBF staff work to ensure that both groups of reviewers reflect the diversity of Greater Boston and include people with familiarity in a wide range of performing arts disciplines.
We are happy to address your questions about program guidelines, eligibility, and the application form. However, we are unable to provide specific guidance about the content of individual applications. Due to the volume of requests for information and limited staff capacity, we are only able to respond to email requests for support at Sd6apks11AL5Qh2mUQ2anGlLGTC2iCS1Dazrt0aaZxg7lG973uNA5H9LcB5WSPoiCJ05MDS5YpLPtLAv3/rhYvpYD6NTHU7ufXptpAcqdfdbQc9CFm2D+V51NtSHUxi3. Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.