EDA applicants could pursue one or more of the following forms of assistance: town meetings in select cities, guidelines workshop webinars, proposal coaching from an outside consultant, and/or conversations with the EDA program manager.
EDA program manager Suzanne Callahan led meetings for prospective applicants across the country prior to the November Letter of Inquiry deadline. To assist organizations that might be new to EDA and applying for funding in general, EDA hosted two-part meetings in most cities. Part one was a presentation about Round Four, when prospective applicants could ask questions about the application process. Part two was a short workshop about how to submit letters of inquiry in general.
September 19 – New York, NY: Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, 280 Broadway,10:00am-12:00pm (Studio B) and 6:00-8:00pm (Studio G). RSVP here.
September 21 – Boston, MA: 4:30-6:15 pm, The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. Hosted with The Dance Complex and Boston Dance Alliance. RSVP here.
September 26 – Orlando, FL: 8:00-9:00 am, SouthArts Performing Arts Exchange, Special Interest Group, Caribe Royale All Suite Hotel and Convention Center, 8101 World Center Drive. Attendees must be registered for the PAE conference. Meeting includes part one only.
October 3 – Washington, DC: 6:00-8:30 pm, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lab II, 1333 H Street NE. Hosted with Dance Metro DC as part of an evening to share resources with the DC dance community. RSVP here.
October 20 – Chicago: 2:00 - 4:15 pm. Space by Doejo, 444 N. Wabash Ave., basement level. Hosted with Audience Architects. RSVP here.
October 25 – Los Angeles, CA: 6:30-9:00 pm. Ebony Repertory Theatre, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd. Hosted with Dance Resource Center of Greater LA. Refreshments at 6:30; EDA presentation and questions from 7:00-8:00; optional LOI workshop from 8:00-9:00. RSVP here.
October 27-28 – San Francisco, CA: Thursday, October 27, 2:00-5:00 pm, Malonga Center, 1428 Alice Street, Studio A, Oakland. Friday, October 28, 2:00-5:00 pm, ODC Commons, 351 Shotwell Street, Conference Room. Hosted with Dancers' Group. RSVP here.
EDA staff conducted two guidelines workshops for potential applicants via webinar. An overview presentation was followed by a Q&A session. Listen to the webinar presentation here.
Organizations that had never been funded by EDA could sign up for a proposal coaching session. Keryl McCord, consultant, was available for these 30-minute sessions, which were designed to provide applicants that are newer to applying for funding with the guidance to write an LOI. It was recommended that these coaching sessions be attended by program staff, rather than development staff alone. This coaching was intended to increase applicants' skills at submitting LOIs but did not guarantee funding by EDA.
Suzanne Callahan, consultant and EDA program manager, was available to all applicants to discuss theirproject ideas and answer questions. Organizations were encouraged to contact her in advance of either deadline. .
Return to the Round Four Overview and Guidelines.