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CSAW Microgrants for US Circus Artists of Color are monthly $1,000 grants which are available to BIPOC artists to help fund ANY immediate circus related need. The intention of the Microgrant program is to provide an easy application and no-strings attached grant for individuals in need of assistance with their circus pursuits (performing, learning, teaching, costumes, equipment or anything that qualifies as circus.) The CSAW Microgrant Program strives to provide BIPOC circus artists with more opportunities and more abundance in order to promote a more inclusive circus industry. 


Please review the following before applying:

To be eligible to apply for a CSAW Microgrant for U.S. Circus Artists of Color you must identify as a person of color who is a citizen, resident alien, or permanent resident of the United States looking to fund their circus related projects, education, or needs.


For this Microgrant program, CSAW will be following a broad definition of Circus Artists of Color which encompasses all who identify in part or in whole as non-white persons. 


You may apply as an individual on behalf of an organization or company, but please be sure you indicate that you are doing so in the specified portion of the application and submit your budget proposal accordingly. If you are a parent, guardian or adult applying on behalf of multiple children, please list all of their names and do your best to submit materials for each of them. If you have questions or concerns about this, please email    

The CSAW Microgrant for U.S. Circus Artists of Color is open for all applicants of all ages. However, if you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent, guardian or adult helper sign the terms and conditions found at the end of this application on your behalf. 




The CSAW Award for New Circus Work at Cannonball Festival in Philadelphia is an opportunity available to BIPOC artists, ensembles, companies or collectives who are creating a new full length circus show (40-60 minutes).

As part of this grant, artists will perform their work a minimum of four times during the running of the festival.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 16, 2023 BY 11:59 EST. This grant comes with: 

The $5,600 CSAW Award for New Work by Circus Artists of Color at Cannonball recognizes the unique challenges that circus artists and small circus companies can face in developing and self-producing full length works, as well as the ongoing lack of resources available to produce this work.


Compounding this, artists of color remain under-represented in the circus industry and face systemic challenges in finding support for their work and artistic growth. This partnership with Cannonball, which creates performance and presentation opportunities for independent artists of all disciplines through resource sharing, brings dedicated resources and support to begin the work of a more inclusive and supportive circus community with fewer challenges and more opportunities.  

*Cannonball Festival is providing all of the resources listed for this grant as well as hosting the application and subsequent selection process. CSAW has collaborated and sponsored this grant by providing funding as well as support for Cannonball by spreading the word and making the circus community aware of this opportunity. 




Thanks to an extremely generous donation from Spiegelworld, CSAW is thrilled to announce that our $5,000 Tuition Grant program will return Summer of 2023! 

The CSAW Tuition Grant program will provide two $5,000 Tuition Grants for US Circus Artists of Color every year - one for Adults (18 years and up) and one for Youth (18 years and below.)


 The CSAW Tuition Grant Program recognizes that access to circus education is often expensive and inaccessible. Those factors are increased for BIPOC members or our community. This program strives to promote accessibility and inclusion in circus education. CSAW hopes our tuition grant program will continue to grow and provide more opportunities as the years go on. 

To be eligible to apply for the CSAW Tuition Grant for US Circus Artists of Color you must identify as a person of color who is a citizen, resident alien, or permanent resident of the United States looking to further their education in circus. A CSAW Tuition Grant may be applied for to help pay for any circus education related expense. This includes, but is not limited to: circus school, application fees and/or audition expenses for pursuing circus school, higher education in circus arts, preparatory programs, pre-professional programs, attending pole or aerial dance studios, private lessons, classes or any other cost which is related to learning in circus. 

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