The Leeway Foundation believes that art is a vital tool for community building, self-expression, and individual and collective transformation and can bridge difference, center those who have been on the margins, and challenge and connect communities and individuals to live in peaceful coexistence. The foundation works to promote artistic expression that amplifies the voices of those on the margins, promotes sustainable and healthy communities, and works in the service of movements for economic and social justice.
In support of this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its annual Transformation Award. The award provides unrestricted grants of $15,000 to women and trans artists and cultural producers living in greater Philadelphia who create art for social change and have a long-term commitment to social change work as demonstrated by commitment to this type of work for the past five years or more.
Awards are made through a two-stage application process. Stage 1 is open to all eligible applicants, with applications due May 15. A panel of community-based artists will review Stage 1 applications and make decisions to invite applicants to submit work samples for Stage 2.
As noted by the foundation, Leeway is a trans-affirming organization committed to gender self-determination and uses the term “trans” in its most inclusive sense as an umbrella term encompassing transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, Two-Spirit people, and anyone whose gender identity or gender expression is non-conforming and/or different from their gender assigned at birth.
To be eligible, candidates must be a woman and/or trans person at least 18 years of age and have lived for the past two years or more in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia county.
See the Leeway Foundation website for compete program guidelines and application instructions