public and private initiatives

NEAAbout the NEA

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to strengthen the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

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 List of Grants available for the Arts.

1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art
Awarding $10,000 to “an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. Presented annually, the prize recognizes the highest level of artistic achievement in any media. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted from January to May each year.”

4Cs Foundation Grants
Providing “grants for community-led art-based projects and Neighbourhood Placemaking projects that focus on fostering connections between children and others in their community. Our current focus is in working with community-based organizations to support projects that bring children together with members of their community. Please note: We do not fund individual artists or Events.”

A Room of Her Own (ARHO) Foundation Awards
“Founded in 2000, A Room of Her Own (AROHO) is the preeminent nonprofit organization working on behalf of women writers today. AROHO’s mission is to inspire, fund, and champion works of art and literature by women. AROHO has channeled more than 1,000,000 publicly gifted dollars into new awards, fellowships, and life-changing opportunities for women and has inspired thousands of books and works of art by women.”

Aaron Siskind Foundation
The Individual Photographer’s Fellowship is open to photographers using still-photography based media. Eligible to US citizens not currently enrolled in a degree granting program. Several grants of up to $5000 awarded annually to photographers based upon past accomplishments and the promise of future achievement. Funds must be used to support the artist’s creative endeavors.

Academy of American Poets
The Academy Book Awards include the James Laughlin Award of $5000 for author’s second book of poetry and the Walt Whitman Award of $5000 and a one-month residency for first book of poetry.

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grants
Two grants for painters, printmakers and sculptors: 1) Individual support grant-20 yrs mature phase of art. 2) Emergency assistance grant-10 yrs mature, victim of catastrophic incident such as fire, flood, or medical emergency. No Geographical restrictions. Open to USA residents and International Artists

Aftermath Project Documentary Photography Grants
Open to working photographers, world-wide, who are pursuing long-term projects about the aftermath of conflict. The grant application usually goes online in mid-August, and the application deadline is in early November.

Alameda County Arts Commission’s ARTSFUND Grants
Providing financial support to Alameda County, California USA non-profit arts organizations each year. Supporting all art forms: dance, literature, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, traditional arts and crafts, and multidisciplinary programs.

Alexia Foundation Grants
“The Alexia Foundation offers production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place. Students also get scholarship opportunities.”

Alliance for California Traditional Arts: Living Cultures Grants Program
Seeking “to sustain and strengthen the folk and traditional arts in the state of California [USA] with grants of $5,000 to California-based nonprofits, as well as other organizations who work with fiscal sponsors. Three pathways of nurturing, sustaining, and engaging in traditional arts practice serve as a framework for prospective applications.”

Americans for the Arts Emergency Relief Fund
Supports local arts agencies affected by disasters. It was established to provide timely financial assistance to victims of a major disaster for the purpose of helping them rebuild the arts in their community. Relief funds are distributed directly to local arts agencies and other cultural relief efforts. Local arts agencies may use relief funds to assist with their own recovery as well as to provide needed services and funding to local nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists. Typical awards range from $1000 to $5000. For more information, visit their web site or call 866-471-2787.

Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts
Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists’ organizations and their cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. The program also supports the creation of new work through regranting initiatives and artist-in-residence programs.
class=”plain” valign=”top”>Arizona Commission on the Arts
Grant opportunities are open to Arizona residents only. Artist project grants are available up to $5000. Professional Development Grants are available from $500 to $750.
class=”plain” valign=”top”>Art 4 Moore
Supporting non-profit organizations that provide direct art-related services and/or programs to students, children, youth and others in order to advance art and arts education by providing art materials and supplies to individuals or organizations that have a specific need and are willing to provide proof of appropriate use of grant monies.

Art Moves Africa (AMA)
This international non-profit organization facilitates “cultural and artistic exchanges within the African continent.” They offer travel funds to artists, arts professionals and “cultural operators” living and working in Africa to travel within the African continent in order to “engage in the exchange of information, the enhancement of skills, the development of informal networks and the pursuit of cooperation.”

Art with Heart
“This project was created to support art projects and events that encourage community engagement and participation through unexpected public interactions in the spirit of the social practice art movement. Support is given through small monthly grants from the money I earn teaching yoga. Support is for low cost projects with big ideas that need a little help. I want to help you make your project happen. Grants range from $150-300.”

Artadia Awards
Providing “substantial financial support, critical validation and broader public exposure for artists across the country.” Unrestricted cash awards ranging from $3,000 to $15,000 are given in participating cities on a rotating basis.

Artists’ Fellowship
The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement.

This national, competitive grantmaking program provides grants of $80,000 to $100,000 over two years for general operating expenses to 8 exemplary arts organizations. Recipients must be focused on demographic change, aesthetic innovation, and critical social engagement. Applicants must be a U.S.-based, non-profit organization classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity and have a minimum five-year history of programming in any single or combination of arts disciplines.

This collaboration of the USA’s top foundations and largest banks accelerates “creative ‘placemaking’ across the U.S.” They invite “Letters of Inquiry” from initiatives involving arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners “to produce a transformative impact on community vibrancy.”
class=”plain” valign=”top”>Asian Cultural Center Individual Grants
Giving grants of up to $10,000 to Asian artists who are looking for funding to conduct research, study, receive special training, and pursue art in non-commercial settings, either in the United States or countries in Asia. The council gives money for anyone in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Crafts, Dance, New Media, Painting/Sculpture/Installation, and more.
class=”plain” valign=”top”>Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Created in 1977, Astraea is a global foundation providing critically needed financial support to lesbian-led, LGBTI and progressive organizations. Astraea funds lesbian organizations and cultural media projects that directly address the depth and complexities of lesbian and trans issues. Astraea’s grantmaking is guided by their understanding of how social change and movements for social justice develop. They believe art and cultural work are powerful tools for resistance and inspiration and are necessary components towards building a future guaranteeing human rights for all.
class=”plain” valign=”top”>Awesome Foundation
“The Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is given upfront in cash/check by groups of ten or so self-organizing ‘micro-trustees,’ who form autonomous chapters around geographic areas or topics of interests. The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports.”

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
This “is the oldest ongoing feminist granting agency,” giving encouragement and grants to individual feminists in the arts (writers, and visual artists). The Fund relies on a volunteer Board and judges to collaborate in making awards.” class=”plain” valign=”top”>Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer
This “project established out of the conviction that photography is a powerfully influential medium with the capacity to emotionally connect with audiences in ways that words cannot. The award consists of a $10,000 cash grant, a 3-month exhibition and reception at San Francisco Camerawork which celebrates the artist and brings the San Francisco Bay Area art community together to view their work.d class=”plain” valign=”top”>Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
“At Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, we carry out our mission of improving life in our region by investing in the vision, passion and expertise of thousands of local nonprofits. Since 1987, we have granted over $100 million to organizations that strengthen our communities. BTCF is the region’s largest funder of nonprofits, distributing over $7 million and 3,500 grants each year for programs in the arts and education, health and human services and environmental protection.”

Betty Bowen Memorial Award, Seattle Art Museum
Open to artists working in any 2-D or 3-D medium who live in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho. No video or performing arts.

Black Rock Arts Foundation Grants
Provides funds in the amounts of $500 to $10,000 to art projects that interact with people and environments and that invite, create, or enrich community.

Blade of Grass Grants
“We fund artists who are working in leadership roles and in active partnership with communities enacting social change. We also offer project support to arts organizations that enable ambitious relevant socially-engaged art projects by placing artists in leaderships roles and building active and sustainable community partnerships.”

Bourses Tontine Awards
This micro-grant of $500 funds “a woman* or group of women* or a person or persons from marginalized genders” in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada. “Winning projects will connect to the community and contribute to the vibrancy of the city. “* We strongly encourage trans women, queer women, women of colour, women with disabilities, HIV + women, women of all ages, including young women, immigrant women, single mothers and people from marginalized genders to apply.”

class=”plain” valign=”top”>Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards
“Awards to individual artists and writers with at least one child under the age of 18. Preference is given to residents of the San Francisco bay area [California, USA]. The foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing. We encourage writers working in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and poetry to apply.”class=”plain” valign=”top”>Threshold Foundation’s Community-Based Solutions Grant
Funding practical, grassroots solutions to building a sustainable world. Particular interest is given to localized, but widely applicable, solutions for energy efficiency, reducing consumption of natural resources, alternative and distributed energy, and innovations in local sustainable agriculture and food production.class=”plain” valign=”top”>University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences: Creativity in Motion Grant
Formerly, the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Prize, these two awards of $10,000 are available to University of Oklahoma students to help continue their projects, honoring the creative process.
kcain@ou.educlass=”plain” valign=”top”>Utah Arts Council
Offers several funding opportunities including Community Arts Development Grants and General Support Grants for 501C-3 organizations. Professional and emerging artists 20 years or older, who have lived in Utah for at least a year prior to applying, are eligible for individual grants.Virginia Commission for the Arts
Offers Visual Artist Fellowships, Poetry Fellowships, and Teacher Incentive Grants to Virginia residents.
class=”plain” valign=”top”>Bronx Council on the Arts
Bronx recognizes its own (BRIO) Individual Artists Grant offeres awards of $2500 each to artists who are at least 18 years old, not enrolled in art school, and live in the Bronx.

CA$H Grants: Theatre Bay Area
CA$H is a grants program designed by artists for artists to support professionally oriented theatre and dance artists and small companies with budgets under $100,000. Its purpose is to spark a creative surge throughout Northern California’s theatre and dance community by providing grants to artists ($1,500) and small-sized organizations ($2,500). Approximately $20,000 are awarded each round. Funding decisions are made by a rotating five-member panel.

California Community Foundation
Making grants to individual artists and arts organizations. They support a wide variety of programs that serve the myriad needs of Los Angeles County. Open to Los Angeles residents only.

Capelli d’Angeli Foundation
“Offering a limited number of fellowship grants of up to $500 each for individual women artists who are in treatment or are survivors of cancer at any stage and creating art in the form of painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media, except video art, sculpture, and writing.”

CEC ArtsLink
ArtsLink Projects provides support to US artists, curators, presenters and arts organizations undertaking projects in 32 eligible countries. Applicants must be working with an artist or organization in that region and projects should be designed to benefit participants and audiences in both the US and the host country.

Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI)
Launched in 2001, this organization promotes knowledge sharing, networking and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing business training, grants and loans, and incubating innovative projects that create new program knowledge, tools and practices for artists in the field. Tapping leading experts from both the nonprofit and commercial business sectors, CCI develops next generation tools and support systems that artists need.

Center for Documentary Studies Awards
Offering four awards: the Honickman First Book Prize in Photography; the Dorothea Lange/Paul Taylor Prize; the CDS Filmmaker Award; and the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award.

Changing Ideas
This organization assists charities and other individuals, including photographers and journalists, by providing support to achieve lasting, effective change. They provide imaginative solutions to humanitarian issues, and are unlike most grant giving organizations in that they also mentor, monitor, and support projects from their genesis to their completion.

CNY Arts: Grants for Artists, Arts Organization, and Schools
Providing “financial support for arts activities throughout Central New York [USA] through several competitive grant programs,” including Community Arts Grants, Individual Artist Commissions, and ArtStart Arts Education Grants.

Two Grants: 1. The Community Art Program (CAP) encourages the use of meaningful, quality, participatory arts to build community. Limited to fund projects and programs in Minneapolis, MN and St. Paul, MN. 2. The General Fund supports 501(c)(3) organizations as they endeavor to produce art projects and programs that reach new audiences or that use the arts to serve the community.
nancy@compas.orgd class=”plain” valign=”top”>Springboard Emergency Relief Fund
Started by artists, this fund helps meet the emergency needs of artists to cover an expense due to loss from fire, theft, health emergency, or other catastrophic, career-threatening event. Artist applicants living in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin, USA may access up to $500 to meet or defray unexpected, emergency expenses.”

class=”plain” valign=”top”>Guggenheim Fellowships
Fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields to assist research and artistic creation. Average grant is around $36,000.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)
CERF accomplishes its mission to strengthen and sustain the careers of craft artists through direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists, including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance.
Creative Time’s Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art & Social Change
This annual, $25,000 award is presented each year at the Creative Time Summit and honors an artist who has committed his or her life’s work to promoting social justice in surprising and profound ways.
Creative Work Fund
Funds for artists and non-profit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to the strengthening of communities. Grants range from $10,000 to $35,000.
Dancer’s Group’s Parachute Fund
The Parachute Fund provides emergency financial support to members of the San Francisco Bay Area dance community facing the free fall of AIDS or other life-threatening illnesses.
Do Something Grants Program
Community Action Grants for U.S. or Canadian citizens, 25 years old or younger, to help turn dream projects into a reality and take existing projects to the next level. Through monthly alumni calls, newsletters, Boot Camps and online content, grants also provide winners with the skills to grow and sustain their projects.
Documentary Photography Project Distribution Grants
This grant is offered to documentary photographers who have already completed a significant body of work on issues of social justice to collaborate with a partner organization and propose new ways of using photography as a tool for positive social change. Grants of $5,000 to $30,000 are awarded.
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
“This Foundation provides financial assistance to artists who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpting, or printmaking, are in the early or developmental stage of their career, and demonstrate a commitment to making art a lifetime career.”
Ella Lyman Cabot Trust
“The Ella Lyman Cabot Trust seeks to assist people who want to take their lives in a new, other-oriented direction. The twice-annual awards given out by the Board of Trustees of the Trust have enabled scores of individuals to develop their passion for serving others. By identifying and funding promising projects, the Trust aims to have a meaningful impact on both the proponent of the project and on the project’s intended beneficiaries.”
“Our programs support the development and implementation of mission-centered new strategies by professionally-managed arts and culture organizations of all sizes. The programs vary in scope and duration to meet the needs of our partners, ranging from those that directly incubate specific innovation projects to introductory programs that enable new thinking and build a culture of innovation across local arts and culture communities.”
Emily List Fund for Performing Arts Therapy
This Fund offers grants of up to $1,000 and supports “theater, dance and music projects aimed at helping the sick and disadvantaged in the interest of making their lives better and brighter through the performing arts.” class=”plain” valign=”top”>FEAST: Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics
This recurring, public dinner is designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging artmakers. At each FEAST, participants pay a sliding-scale entrance fee for which they receive supper and a ballot. Diners will vote on a variety of proposed artist projects. At the end of dinner, the artist whose proposal receives the most votes will be awarded funds collected through the entrance fee to produce the project. The work is then presented during the next FEAST.
Fleishhacker Foundation
Grants in arts, cultural education, precollegiate education (individuals, painters). Open to California Bay Area/San Francisco schools, organizations, and individuals.
Florence Tyson Fund for Creative Arts Therapies
This fund supports therapists and clinical programs that provide creative arts therapies, including music, dance, drama, art and poetry therapy to people who suffer from, or are at risk for psychiatric problems.
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
Individual Artist Fellowships and grants for the arts in education. Open to Florida residents.
Focus for Humanity Foundation Grant
Providing financial support, resources and training for professional and amateur photographers who capture “stories of our shared humanity” as well as to help fund work with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
Forward Thinking Museum’s Joy of Giving Something Award
“An ongoing juried international photography contest that encourages artists eighteen years and older to submit their own new work. Please make sure your three selected images have not already been published and relate to one another, adding up to a larger story.”
Foundation for Contemporary Art Grants
Providing “grants in five categories: dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts. Grants are awarded annually to outstanding or unusually promising artists and arts organizations which create, present, or support work of an imaginative, contemporary nature and need this kind of assistance. Since 1963, hundreds of grants have been made to individuals, groups and organizations. This support has provided opportunities for artistic exploration and development, encouraging recipients to engage in a variety of projects of their own choosing.”
Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art
Franklin Furnace awards grants of $2,000-$5,000 to performance artists, allowing them to produce major works anywhere in the State of New York. Artists from all over the world are invited to apply.
Franz and Virginia Bader Fund
Welcoming “applications from visual artists aged 40 years or older, who live within 150 miles of Washington, D.C. [USA], and can demonstrate that they have the potential to benefit as artists from a grant.”
FRIDA: The Young Feminist Fund
“The only youth-led fund focused exclusively on supporting global young feminist activism to advance social justice movements and agendas. FRIDA was created to bring new resources and new opportunities to young women and trans* youth globally. We believe that supporting young feminists is key to the expansion, rejuvenation and sustainability of women’s movements and organizations, both now and in the future.” class=”plain” valign=”top”>Fulbright Scholar Program
The Fulbright Program provides grants for Graduate Students, Scholars and Professionals, and Teachers and Administrators from the U.S. and other countries.
Getty Images’ Grants for Good
Supporting photographers and communications professionals who use imagery to promote positive change in our world by offering two grants of $15,000 annually, to cover photographer, filmmaker and agency costs as they create compelling new imagery for the non-profit of their choice.
Harpo Foundation
“The Harpo Foundation grant program awards 10 to 15 grants annually to support the production of new work by visual artists. They also support two fellowship programs: the Native American Fellowship, to support the development of artists and the potential for inter-cultural dialog; and the Emerging Artist Fellowship, for visual artists 25 years and older who need time and space to explore ideas and start new projects.”
“Hatchfund is where accomplished artists can post projects, art supporters can help fund projects, and partner organizations can join in with matching funds – a place where art communities connect and turn artistic visions into reality. The Hatchfund platform supports artists by helping them connect with and cultivate donors to fund their projects.”
Individual Artist Program (IAP)
Created in 1999, this grant provides support to artists residing in Indiana USA, in all disciplines for career development projects. The program cycle runs from July 1 to June 30th and offers flexibility to respond to artists’ needs and goals. Applicants must plan a project, or phase of a project, which can be realized within the requested budget and completed within the proposed timeline.
Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grants
Providing “emergency support to artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing after natural or manmade disasters that have affected a community. PLEASE NOTE: This grant is specific to “natural or man-made disasters. We acknowledge the tremendous need for support following personal emergencies, such as medical related expenses, however the Foundation is currently unable to provide this type of emergency funding.”
John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts
Open to Santa Barbara Artists in all media. Awards of $500-$2000.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
“Often characterized as ‘midcareer’ awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean.”
Kentucky Foundation for Women
For women artists residing in Kentucky who use art for social change. class=”plain” valign=”top”>Kickstarter
In this unique funding platform, artists submit their projects for funding and if approved, are added to the site for any and all visitors to donate to.
Knight Foundation’s Fostering the Arts Program
“Through its arts program, the foundation seeks to weave the arts into the fabric of Knight resident communities [in Detroit, Michigan USA] to engage and inspire the people living in them. The foundation believes that the arts are a catalyst for public dialogue, and that shared cultural experiences contribute to a sense of place and communal identity. The foundation seeks innovative ways to reach, engage and increase audiences for the arts, including through the use of technology.”
Leeway Foundation
Grants to women artists who reside in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Region,to help them achieve personal and community transformation. Short-term grants of up to $2000 allow artists to take advantage of unique opportunities that could significantly benefit their work or increase its recognition..
Lillian Orlowsky & William Freed Foundation Grant
“Grants are offered to American painters aged 45 or older who demonstrate financial need. The primary emphasis is to promote public awareness and a commitment to American art, as well as encouraging interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.”
Liquitex Start Your Studio Scholarship Program
For exceptional art students in college studio classes that “deserves recognition.” $1000 of Liquitex products are provided to students to start their own studio. Students must be nominated by a teacher and if your student wins you get $250 of free product as well.
Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation
This program provides studio space for free in New York City (Tribeca) to visual artists for periods of up to one year. Up to 14 artists are awarded non-living studio space. *special note*: this grants program has absorbed and replaced the Richard Florsheim Art Fund.
McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers
Supports “mid-career artists residing in Minnesota (USA) who use photography as a primary means of creative, personal expression. The $25,000 fellowships will enable four artists to study, reflect, experiment, and explore over a twelve-month period.”
Michael P. Smith (MPS) Fund for Documentary Photography
Honoring the life and work of Michael P. Smith, one of New Orleans’ most legendary documentary photographers, this fund awards one US$5,000 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project.
Mira’s List
This lively blog highlights grants, fellowships, residencies for artists and more. It’s a wonderful resource for all types of artists.
Musicians Foundation, Inc.
Providing financial assistance to those who need help in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses. class=”plain” valign=”top”>Nathan Cummings Foundation
The Foundation’s core programs include arts & culture; the environment; health; initiatives for social & economic justice; and the Jewish life & values/contemplative practice programs. Several basic themes run through all of these programs and inform the Foundation’s approach to grant-making, including: concern for the poor, disadvantaged, and underserved; respect for diversity; promotion of understanding across cultures; and empowerment of communities in need. PLEASE NOTE, this Foundation DOES NOT FUND: Individuals; Scholarships; Sponsorships; Capital or Endowment Campaigns; Foreign-Based Organizations; Specific Diseases; Local Synagogues or institutions with local projects; Holocaust related projects; Projects with no plans for replication; General support for Jewish education; or Grant Profile and Process.
National Endowment for the Arts
Individuals and organizations looking for funding for cultural programming. Contact them for specific grant opportunities.
National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA)
This grant was created to nurture and support young artists as they pursue their dreams, providing support, education, and recognition to high school senior-aged artists. Grant recipients can come from a range of disciplines in the performing, visual, and literary arts. Winners share $500,000 in cash awards. An additional $3 million in scholarship opportunities is also available. NFAA also supports young artists through its programs for alumni, including internships, grants, awards, and career development opportunities.
Nevada Arts Council Grant Program
Supporting “the efforts of nonprofit arts and community organizations, public institutions and individual artists to make cultural activities and experience widely available to those who live in or visit Nevada.”
New York Foundation for the Arts: Artists’ Fellowships
Artists’ Fellowships are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for use in career development. Grants are awarded in 16 artistic disciplines or practices. Since the awards began in 1985, NYFA has awarded over $17 million to nearly 2,800 artists.
Norton Foundation, Inc.
“Grants are made to 501-C-3 public charities in the Louisville and Jefferson County, KY [USA] area. Grants are not made to private foundations or to individuals. Grants range from $5,000 to $60,000 with 38 grant recipients.”
Open Circle Foundation
Supporting projects by artists that increase understanding of our natural environment. Grants in the past have been awarded to schools, organizations, and individuals. Preference is given to efforts that build relationships at the grassroots level, like projects that galvanize communities, bridge gaps and support neighborhoods.
Open Meadows Foundation
For projects that are led by and benefit women and girls and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or ability. Up to $2000 is offered to projects that: reflect the diversity of the community served; builds community power; promotes racial, social, economic and environmental justice; has limited financial access and/or has encountered obstacles in their search for funding. The deadlines for proposals are February 15th and August 15th of each year.
Pabst Community Impact Grant
This grant is for “individual artists with great ideas for impacting their communities. Artists across all disciplines may be nominated because of their current work and impact on community needs, like wellness, environment, or education. Grants will be awarded for at least $10,000. We are particularly interested in the individual who proposes a project that impacts community and at the same time mentors new and emerging artists who are already demonstrating promise in their respective fields.”
Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center), established in 2005, is dedicated to stimulating a vibrant cultural community in the greater Philadelphia region. The Center makes project grants in two areas, Performance and Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, as well as awarding grants to individual artists through our Pew Fellowships. class=”plain” valign=”top”>PhotoPhilanthropy’s Activist Award & Student Grants
PhotoPhilanthropy offers both an annual Activist Award, which is awarded to a photographer depicting the work of a charitable organization, and Student Grants that have varying themes throughout the year.
Pirkle Jones Foundation Grant
$25,000 grants are awarded to an emerging or mid-career individual, visual artist residing in Marin County, California USA. The grant is offered to support a promising artist and may be used for any purpose including living expenses. An application and guidelines can be downloaded from their website.
Pollination Project
“The Pollination Project believes in the power of ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We make grants to individual change-makers with an idea and a plan to make their community and their world a better place. We give $1,000 seed grants to individual change makers, every day, 365 days a year. We fund in a wide range of issue areas including environment, justice, community health and wellness, and arts and culture. We emphasize projects that are designed to expand compassion in the world.”
Pollock-Krasner Foundation
One year grants to US individual working artists of established ability — painters, sculptors, printmakers. Also makes emergency assistance grants for problems resulting from catastrophes.
Puffin Foundation
Grants of a few hundred to a few thousand dollars in the following fields: visual arts, writing, photography, video, public interest and documentary, music and dance, and theatre. Projects must have social relevance.
Recology Artist-in-Residence Program
“The Artist-in-Residence Program at Recology, San Francisco [in California USA] is an innovative program that inspires and educates people about recycling and resource conservation by providing local artists with access to materials, a work space, and other resources at the Recology Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center.”
Regional Arts Commission (RAC) Grants Program
This organization offers several kinds of grants to non-profit organizations doing arts programming in St. Louis City and County in Missouri USA.
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Grants in drawing, printmaking, design, dance, music, painting, crafts, film, video, literature, photography, and media arts. Open to Rhode Island individuals
Rufford Small Grant For Nature Conservation
A grant for nature conservation projects for individuals or small groups. Projects must be outside the first world and impact must be pragmatic, measurable and long lasting.
San Francisco Arts Commission Grants
The Community Arts & Education Program (CAE) provides two grants in support of arts activities within social service and neighborhood settings: The Programs in the Community grant supports nonprofit, non-arts organizations that use the arts to better serve their constituents (maximum request: $20,000); The Neighborhood Festival Grant supports neighborhood festivals where art and culture are the main components for strengthening neighborhood ties (maximum request: $3,000).
judy.nemzoff@sfgov.orgclass=”plain” valign=”top”>Screen Actors Guild’s Catastrophic Health Fund
Offers grants to eligible Screen Actors Guild members and their dependents suffering from catastrophic illness or injury who are unable to afford the Screen Actors Guild’s health plan. Open only to Screen Actors Guild members.
Seeds of Tolerance
Founded as an initiative for unlearning intolerance in the new millennium, this organization gives grants all over the world focusing on childhood education and human rights with an emphasis on supporting social entrepreneurs among global youth. In connection with Third Millennium Foundation, the Seeds of Tolerance has recently supported projects where children in communities of poverty and violence use dance for positive social change.
Travel opportunities of up to 45 days are awarded to 15 selected U.S. artists to design and develop programs in cooperation with local arts organizations in host countries including China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Venezuela.
Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program
Supporting “the independent, self-organized work of artists and small groups that play a critical and significant role within the San Francisco Bay Area [California, USA] arts community. Alternative Exposure provides monetary awards – giving grants of up to $5,000.”
This crowdfunding source is for “creatives & innovators” where the artist can keep the funds raised, “even if your optimum funding target isn’t reached.” The artist is also not charged if your campaign “does not hit its minimum funding target.”

VSA Emerging Young Artists Program
Recognizing and showcasing the work of emerging young artists living with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are currently residing in the United States. 15 artists are selected to showcase their work and receive: 1) a $20,000 grand prize, a $10,000 first prize award, a $6,000 second prize award, and 12 $2,000 awards of excellence; 2) 2 days of all-expenses paid professional development workshops in Washington, D.C.; and 3) the opportunity to have their work displayed in an exhibition that opens in Washington, D.C. and tours for one year around the United States.

Walter & Elise Haas Fund
Grants in theater, music and creation of new works by artists in partnership with community organizations for collaborative projects. Open to San Francisco, CA and Marin County, CA organizations

Women’s Studio Workshop Grants
Offers funding for women artists to complete an artist’s book, to work on individual projects, or to participate in their art ed program – most grants involve a residency at the Women’s Studio Workshop.

Zellerbach Family Foundation
“The Community Arts Program supports local artists who are creating new and innovative work that is representative of the diverse cultures and communities of the Bay Area [California USA]. Grants range from $1,000 to $7,500. Grant applications are evaluated by a rotating panel of local artists who are professionals in their fields.”

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