Mission: To support women and trans artists and cultural producers working at the intersection of art, culture, and social change.
About the Organization: Established in 1993 with an initial gift from Philadelphia-based artist Linda Lee Alter "to promote the welfare of women and to benefit the arts" in the Philadelphia area and "encourage their increased recognition and representation in the arts community," the Leeway Foundation today is committed to funding women, trans, and gender-nonconforming artists and cultural producers working at the intersection of art, culture, and social change. Through its grantmaking and other programs, the organization supports artistic expression that amplifies the voices of those on the margins, promotes sustainable and healthy communities, and helps foster movements for economic and social justice.
Current Programs: The organization's grantmaking programs include Art and Change, which provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans artists and cultural producers in the greater Philadelphia area, and the Leeway Transformation Awards, which provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women, trans, and gender-nonconforming artists and cultural producers in the greater Philadelphia area who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to social change work. In addition, previous Leeway grant and award recipients are eligible to apply for a Window of Opportunity grant of up to $1,500 to take advantage of opportunities that will advance their art-for-social-change practice.
Website: Visitors to the Leeway Foundation site can learn more about its grantmaking programs, how the organization defines "art for social change," and what makes a "Leeway artist or cultural producer." They can also learn about previous grant recipients; explore resources for fundraising, working with the media, and ensuring inclusion for people with disabilities and trans and gender-nonconforming people; check out videos, photos, and audio clips in the media gallery; and/or stay abreast of artist/community news and funding opportunities via the organization's blog. The site also provides information and resources for Spanish-language speakers in the form of a Leeway en Español page.