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Apply To Toyota Alumni Fund

The applications for Spring 2020 are now open!

Please read the updated guidelines below.

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Thanks to the generous support of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is proud to offer GSA alumni the opportunity to apply for the Toyota Alumni Fund (TAF.)


As society responds to the spread of COVID-19, artists can provide vitally relevant and needed tools/resources: creative outlets, inspiration, innovation, resiliency, compassion, and connection in a time of “social distancing.”  In response to the unprecedented nature of current events, the guidelines of the Toyota Alumni Fund have been modified for the Spring 2020 grant cycle.  We have also extended the application deadline to April 24th, 2020.


The fund still seeks to support GSA alumni in their artistic development; however, we encourage applications that focus on initiatives that respond to recent shifts in the arts and/or elevate artists’ role in response to current events while maintaining guidelines for social distancing, remaining healthy at home, etc.  This can include funding for virtual artistic programming to be shared with the public, funding for virtual sources of artistic/professional development, etc.  Funding requests for traditional in-person programming in the future will still be considered.  It is not required that the proposal be in direct response to the spread of COVID-19.

We know this is a challenging time for many artists. If you are looking for additional resources, funding opportunities, etc., review this list of artist resources compiled by Creative Capital in response to the spread of COVID-19.

If you are a relative of a Kentucky Performing Arts employee, please contact GSA via email prior to applying for the Toyota Alumni Fund.

Deadlines & Notification Dates

Spring Application Deadline: April 24, 2020.

Spring Award Notification: May 2020

All funds are distributed upon receipt of a signed contract from the grant recipient. All applicants will be notified of their award status.

Who Is Eligible?

  • Alumni of The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts, regardless of whether you have previously received a TAF grant and regardless of how many TAF grants you have previously received. Individual and group applications are acceptable.
  • For the Spring 2020 cycle, GSA is waiving the previous requirement that current TAF recipients must wait one year after receipt of their grant to reapply.
  • For the Spring 2020 cycle, GSA is waiving the previous requirement that gantees may receive a TAF award a maximum of 3 times.

What Is Funded?

  • Costs associated with a training opportunity: tuition, printing, instructional fees, equipment, supplies, etc.
  • Projects providing training opportunities for artists, e.g., a music training program for elementary aged students in a community, acting classes for adult actors, etc.
  • Costs associated with the development of an arts-based project: equipment, space rental, marketing, artist fees, etc.
  • Creation of materials to further promote the artist.
  • For the Spring 2020 round of the Toyota Alumni Fund, GSA is waiving the previous requirement that no more than 50% of your proposed budget can be devoted to artist fees.  Please still present a comprehensive budget as possible in your application.

What Is Not Funded?

  • Post-secondary tuition
  • Reimbursed expenses. Aspects of the project can be in-progress at the time of the grant cycle or the project can start after the grant cycle. We can not reimburse for projects that already took place


  • Maximum Monies Awarded Per Grant Cycle is $5,000.00
  • Minimum award per applicant: $50
  • Maximum award per applicant: $2,500
  • Partial funding is at the discretion of the grant review panel
  • Applicants may apply for one grant per grant cycle
  • A final grant report is required within six months of the completion of the professional development/project. Failure to complete and submit the final report will render the applicant(s) ineligible to apply in the future

Information For Grantees

A Final Grant Report is due six months after the completion of your professional development/project. Failure to complete and submit the final report will render the applicant(s) ineligible to apply in the future.  

Download the Final Grant Report document, here. 

Ready to submit your grant proposal for the Toyota Alumni Fund?  You can apply for Spring 2020 Funding, here.

We look forward to viewing your grant proposal shortly!

Questions? Contact us!

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