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By Courtney Harge on November 4th, 2018

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MAP Fund’s FY19 Application for Fiscally Sponsored Projects

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Fractured Atlas member Renegade Performance Group at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Fractured Atlas member Renegade Performance Group at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Attention all presenting artists and arts organizations: If you’re fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas and interested in applying for the MAP Fund, keep reading to find out important grant review deadlines, and how to apply.

About MAP Fund

The MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining — and ultimately co-creating — a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP awards $1 million annually to up to 40 projects in the range of $10,000 — $45,000 per grant.

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MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States.

Funded projects address these concerns through the processes of creating and distributing live performance to the public, and/or through the content and themes of the work itself. MAP is committed to intersectional anti-racism, and does not support cultural appropriation or oppressive project language, structures, or content.

MAP has provided this excellent 2019 Application Guide for your reference. Please review it thoroughly before and during the preparation of your application.

Step 1: Are you Eligible?

MAP has provided its applicants with a comprehensive Eligibility Quiz. In order to apply as a fiscally sponsored project, we are requiring each project to take this quiz and email the results to with your request to apply. Take a screenshot or save as a PDF and send it as an attachment. Remember, we’ll also hold you to our own grant eligibility requirement.

During the month of November, MAP offers support to applicants who would like MAP staff to read and respond to a project description draft prior to submitting an application. The draft dialogue provided will be focused on grant writing skills only (i.e, have you communicated what you intend to communicate?). In no way can MAP staff predetermine how reviewers might respond to the artistic/aesthetic components of your proposal, or how strongly they may feel your work aligns with MAP’s goals.

MAP staff will read and respond to the first 200 draft review requests between November 1–30, 2018. Request a review here.

Once you submit your request, MAP staff will send a reply within five (5) business days. Please be sure the draft you send is close to its final version, as they cannot provide responses for subsequent drafts.

Step 2: Important Dates and Deadlines*

  • December 3, 2018: Online application opens
    Please note: There is only one (1) round of applications this year. All application information needs to be entered by the deadline.
    This is different from previous years where there were multiple stages to the application process.
  • February 4, 2019: Fractured Atlas internal deadline for online application 
    Any applications submitted to Fractured Atlas after this deadline will be subject to our $75 rush review fee.
  • February 15, 2019: MAP Deadline for online application
  • April 12, 2019: Results of First and Second Panel reviews will be emailed to every applicant.
  • May 13, 2019: Results of Third and Fourth Panel reviews will be emailed to every applicant.
  • July 1, 2019–June 30, 2021: Grant activities period
    *This info is subject to change so bookmark this page and check back for possible updates.

Step 3: Important Application Information!

  • Make sure you are budgeting your ask just right
    MAP Fund is unable to fund more than 30% of your the total project expenses, but grants are generally closer to 25%. Project grants range from $10,000–$45,000.
  • Read the application guide!
    The information you need about every question on the application is in this guide. Please read it thoroughly!
  • Keep these deadlines in mind!
    The MAP application process can be rigorous, so you should not wait until the last minute to complete it. We may charge a $75 rush fee if Fractured Atlas’s internal deadlines are not met. To avoid the fee, be sure to plan ahead!
  • Fractured Atlas needs to review your application first hand.
    Please email us your username and password, so we can access your application. This is the only way we can review and provide approval prior to submission.
  • You will be responsible for submitting your own application once Fractured Atlas staff has reviewed your application and given explicit approval for it to be submitted.
  • When in doubt — email us at for further questions on the MAP application process.
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About Courtney Harge

Courtney Harge is a producer, director, and professional arts administrator originally from Saginaw, MI. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Colloquy Collective, a theater company based out of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She has worked for the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center, Theater for the New City, The Public Theater, Gibney Dance, and, most recently, the New York Foundation for the Arts with a focus on institutional fundraising, crowdfunding, and fiscal sponsorship. She holds a Masters of Professional Studies, with Distinction, in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and a Bachelors of Fine Arts with Honors from the University of Michigan in Theater Performance. Her credo (#HustlingKeepsYouSexy) is not merely a hashtag; it’s a way of life.