2019 Grant Cycle Updates

Generation Space (MAP 2018)


MAP’s 2019 grant application opens on December 3rd, 2018 and closes on February 15th, 2019 at midnight ET.

You can find detailed information about program goals and values, eligibility criteria, and application, review, and funding processes in the 2019 Application Guide.


We’re excited to open the 2019 MAP Fund application on December 3, 2018. We wanted to share a few updates to the 2019 grant cycle as you start to prepare your materials:

  • The timeline to submit an online proposal has been extended by several weeks (December 3, 2018 to February 15, 2019).
    • The application period was previously a 4-week window. We are hoping that this will leave a little more space to create applications during what is often a heightened period of live performance activity.
  • The Budget and Artistic Team sections in the 2019 application have been updated for greater user ease.
    • Rather than uploading and downloading Excel sheets outside of Submittable, applicants will provide responses directly in the form.
  • A streamlined eligibility quiz is included in the 2019 application.
    • Prior to filling out the application, applicants must first complete the quiz and check their eligibility. Our hope is that this saves ineligible applicants some time and effort, and reassures eligible applicants that they meet MAP’s basic eligibility criteria. The eligibility quiz is also available here.
  • 60 reviewers (rather than 5-6 panelists) will make the final funding recommendations. The 60-person cohort will offer deep knowledges of the live performance field and reflect geographic and aesthetic diversity. Spanning 13 weeks, the 2019 review process features four identical rounds of evaluation and concludes in the creation of the final list of grantees. By moving towards a funding process that includes many points of view, rather than a select few, we aim to:
    • support more participation and decentralize power in funding decisions;
    • support greater access to learning about artists and artistic activity;
    • encourage risk-taking and mitigate cognitive biases;
    • explore other kinds of meaningful cohort gatherings.
  • Applicants whose projects are not recommended for funding will have a more self-directed opportunity to learn about the scores they received.
    • Requesting “feedback” or learning about how a proposal was received in the review process will be similar to the proposal draft review structure. Applicants will receive a link to a request form in their notification letter. From there, they can select exactly what they would like to learn about, with options including ranking percentile, average scores, anonymous reviewer comments, etc.
  • The only applicants who will be required to provide further details about their nonprofit partner (the “applicant organization’) are the 2019 grantees.
    • In the past, we have required applicants to provide their applicant organization’s IRS Determination letter and audit information earlier in the application period.
    • This year, MAP staff will work closely with grantees during the contract process to meet eligibility requirements and to confirm the most appropriate nonprofit partner for the project.

Questions? Email us at mapinfo@mapfund.org.

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