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Alumni Leadership Grant guidelines and eligibility

Application Requirements and Deadline

Applicants must submit all the following materials by January 31, 2020:

  1. A completed application, which includes the following documents
    • Purpose Statement (example)
    • Proposed timeline of project tasks (example)
    • Proposed budget for grant, including income and other potential sources of funding (example)
    • (Optional) A current resume, detailing relevant experience
  2. Two (2) recommendation letters, emailed directly from recommenders to artsleadership@fromthetop.org.

Application Checklist for Printing


From the Top alumni ages 18–26 who have appeared on the From the Top radio show, been part of From the Top’s See the Music videos, or have participated in The Center for the Development of Arts Leaders (Boston) are eligible to apply. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

If you are not a From the Top alum but are interested in applying, please contact us directly at artsleadership@fromthetop.org.

Deadlines/Key Dates

November 15, 2019 Application opens

January 31, 2020 Application closes

Week of March 9, 2020 Award results announced

June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021 Granting period

June 14, 2021 Final reports due

Upon acceptance, grantees will be paired with a member of the From the Top education staff to advise them throughout the granting period. With their advisor, recipients will establish benchmarks and deadlines, meeting on a regular basis to review the status of the project, budget, and documentation.

Funding Restrictions and Grant Disbursement 

Applicants must submit a budget proposal with their application, detailing the potential use of grant funds. Please be aware of the following funding restrictions:

Eligible expenses include

  • artist/performer honoraria
  • supplies
  • transportation
  • travel and lodging
  • audio/visual services
  • photography or video recording/editing
  • venue and equipment rental
  • marketing/design
  • printing
  • postage

Ineligible expenses include

  • staff/teacher salaries and/or stipend (including yourself)
  • artist commissions
  • tuition
  • school fees

If you are unsure if an expense is eligible, please contact us at artsleadership@fromthetop.org.

Project Documentation and Evaluation

Grantees will be asked to document their projects through photos, videos, and written reflection, to capture and share their learning. The grantee’s From the Top advisor will assist recipients in refining your documentation and presentation plan.

Upon completion, grantees will be required to submit a final report including a reconciled budget, photo/video documentation, and evaluation of impact.

For more information, check out the FAQs.
Application Checklist for printing

The Alumni Leadership Grant is generously funded by the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation. 

    Applications for the Alumni Leadership Grant are now open!