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 communities and individuals to live in peaceful coexistence. To that end, 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.
To advance this mission, the foundation invites applications for its annual Transformation Award program, which provides unrestricted grants of $15,000 annually to women and trans artists and cultural producers living in the greater Philadelphia area who create art for social change and over the last five years or more have demonstrated a commitment to social change work.
Applying for the award is a two-stage process, with stage-one applications due May 15. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a stage-two application.
(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 to encompass 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 who is at least 18 years of age and has 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.