The link to the 2014 application for ORBI’s annual grant program is now up on the ORBI Grants page. There are several changes to the 2014 application including questions about attendance/participation trends, information about your project timeline and more specifics on your marketing plan.
If you have any questions, or would like the Project Director to read a draft of your application, please call 304-655-8255. Unless you call to make other arrangements, the Project Director cannot review drafts after January 20, 2014. First time applicants to the program always do better if they submit a draft for review.
A number of organizations have applied for and received ORBI’s Accessibility Mini-Grants over the years. Over the last ten years, we have averaged less than one application per year.
The Mini-Grants, up to $1000, are designed to help organizations initiate a new accessibility project that is part of their plan to improve access to their programs by audiences, students and artists.
Theatre de Jeunesse has been funded for the last two years. In 2012, the youth theater group initiated sign language interpreters at their performances. In 2013, Theatre de Jeunesse purchased an assistive listening device for use by audience members who have hearing impairments. In both cases, Theatre de Jeunesse expanded the impact of their projects by offering workshops in signing for theater performances in 2012 and by offering their listening device to other community arts organizations when they are not using it.
If your organization wants to expand accessibility to your programs, and you are located in the ORBI region, you need to look over the Accessibility Mini-Grant program application and guidelines at this link.
Here is a link to a list of the grants awarded in ORBI’s 2013 annual grant program.
The Sprout Fund is hosting an information session about their grant opportunities on Monday, May 13 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the West Liberty University Highlands Center.
Sprout catalyzes small-scale and first-time projects that create more relevant and impactful connected learning opportunities in Pittsburgh, Southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.
Hive funding supports connected learning experiences in the greater Pittsburgh region that help prepare tweens, teens, and young adults for college, the workforce, and civic participation. Grants are available up to $15,000. Eligible projects primarily target youth older than age 10.
Spark funding supports projects in the greater Pittsburgh region that help children develop hands-on skills and digital literacies by expanding their capacity “to do” as well as “to know”. Grants are available up to $15,000. Eligible projects primarily target children age 10 and under.
Information about the information session and the grant opportunities can be found at: http://remakelearning.org/opportunity/2013/05/13/information-session-for-hive-spark-funding-at-west-liberty-university/
Registration is requested at firstname.lastname@example.org
A link to the application form for the 2013 annual grant program is now up on the ORBI Grants page.
Theatre de Jeunesse, a youth theater group in the Parkersburg area, is providing a workshop training for signers and other theater organizations focused on the special techniques for signing for stage performances. Theater performance signing is a special art, and is very different from signing for a single speaker. If you are a signer or are involved with a theater organization that really wants to make your work accessible to everyone in your community, this workshop is for you.
Here is Theatre de Jeunesse’s press release on the workshop:
“Sign Language Interpretation For The Stage” Workshop Invitation
Theatre de Jeunesse, a local young adult theatre arts organization, invites Mid-Ohio Valley sign language interpreters to attend a workshop entitled “Sign Language Interpretation For The Stage”. The workshop will be held on Saturday, July14, 2012, at 1:00 PM on the campus of Marietta College at the Friedrich Theater in the Hermann Fine Arts Center, 500 Butler Street (corner of 4th and Butler Streets) in Marietta, Ohio.
The subject matter covered will be the differences between interpretation for the stage versus other types of events, and ASL Theatre Certification information. Workshop presenters will be Janelle St. Martin and Brianna Butler who have a combined total of over 30 years experience in interpreting for stage productions. There is no charge for the workshop and light snacks will be provided. Workshop attendees will be offered a discount coupon to attend the performance of the musical comedy Once Upon A Mattress that evening to observe stage interpretation.
Registrations accepted through Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Please contact Linda Buchanan by phone at 304-354-7506 or by email to email@example.com, and provide the following information: Name, Address, Phone, Email, and Number of Years Experience in sign language interpretation. This workshop is presented with financial assistance from the Ohio River Border Initiative, a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
The application form for the 2012 annual grant program is now on the Grants Page.
There is one major change this year. Based on the evaluation following the 2011 grant panel meeting, we have added an optional page that you can file with your application.
If you believe that the income and expense categories on the project budget page need more explanation, you may include a one page budget narrative to your application. This page will not count as one of your five support materials pages.
The budget narrative will be limited to one page, so you need to keep your explanations brief.