Call for Proposals: Membership Engagement Grants for Projects to be completed in 2023, 2024 and 2025
The CSP Board of Directors are setting aside monies for member-initiated creative projects which engage the CSP membership. Projects are limited to your imaginations. We are especially interested in projects which engage the membership beyond the San Francisco Bay Area.
The next review of proposals will be in early October.
Proposal submission deadline: September 30, 2022
Notice of acceptance sent by December 1, 2022
The details and application process for this Membership Engagement Grant may be found on the CSP Submittable.
- Projects must engage a minimum of seven current CSP Members.
- Request for amount of financial assistance is open, yet must be reasonable and financially sound. Most projects will fall between $250–$1250. We will consider projects which request funding beyond $1250 and this will be based on perceived merit.
- Projects are to be initiated during 2023, and completed by the end of 2025. Projects which extend into 2025 will likely be due to venue availability/booking. Extensions to the timeline will require a formal request to and approval of the board of directors.
- Completed projects will require official documentation in the form of a written report with images. Video is optional. Documentation may be published by CSP on a variety of platforms.
- If the project involves an edition, CSP will hold two copies: one for our archives at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley; and one for possible exhibitions and/or fundraisers.
- Projects must recognize the support of CSP at all stages. Acknowledgment of CSP with the credit line “Recipient/Project was generously supported by the California Society of Printmakers through a Membership Engagement Grant, (year). This project was independently curated and executed by (awardee).” Crediting CSP in the publication or promotion of the project increases visibility for the project and the organization, and supports our mission to advance printmaking, bookmaking, and the graphic arts.
- Monies will be paid at project completion and will require: receipts and invoices; two from the edition, if the project is an edition; submission of project documentation to the board of directors; and the above acknowledgement of CSP support on all pubic presentations.
- Projects which involve publications may involve additional stipulations.
- This opportunity is open to all current Artist, Student, Lifetime and Honorary members.
Proposals need include the following:
(Submit as a single pdf file with items numbered and ordered as below. Incomplete proposals may not be considered.)
- Project Title
- Project Description
- Statement of the project’s value and/or interest to the larger CSP and/or additional printmaking communities
- Project Management Personnel and their email addresses (the person(s) submitting the proposal and their worker buddies)
- Number of CSP member participants
- How participants are selected to participate if a call, and/or names of participants if already selected
- Action plan / Project needs for success
- Additional CSP resources requested such as access to CSP accounts for Submittable, Zoom, Social Media; or the CSP Website
- Project Timeline including year of completion
- Project Budget. Itemized. This should include any stipend(s) for the organizer(s) and/or participants. Consider also if the project requires professional documentation, materials, packaging, venue rental, promotional materials, or administrative work. Include the minimum amount needed to fund the project; whether the project will be co-funded by another entity or by the project participants, and if so by how much. Note: While current board members are encouraged to both participate in and manage projects, according to the CSP bylaws they are not eligible to receive compensation for services rendered. Article 3. Section D.
A sample budget and timeline worksheet may be found here
Documentation of completed Membership Engagement Grant Projects may be viewed here
Proposal Evaluation Criteria:
- The number of CSP members that will be able to participate
- The number of CSP member participants involved in relation to the amount of funding requested
- The feasibility of project success based on the soundness of all elements of the project proposal
- The anticipated value and/or interest of the project to the larger CSP and additional printmaking communities