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.

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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.

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 2020 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 support@fracturedatlas.org 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 October, 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 250 draft review requests between until October 31, 2019. Reviews can be requested on MAP’s website on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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.


Black dates on a calendar.Step 2: Important Dates and Deadlines*

  • October 21, 2019: 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.

November 12, 2019: Fractured Atlas internal deadline for online application 

Any applications submitted to Fractured Atlas after this deadline will be subject to our rush review fee.

November 25, 2019: MAP Deadline for online application. 

Note: Applications will be accepted until 7:00pm ET on November 25. 

March 2-6, 2020: Results of First and Second Panel reviews will be emailed to every applicant.

April 6-10, 2020: Results of Third and Fourth Panel reviews will be emailed to every applicant.

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022: 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 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 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 support@fracturedatlas.org for further questions on the MAP application process.
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