Current Opportunities for Funding

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Funds for Native American Arts Programs in the Upper Midwest

Application Deadline: July 31, 2014

First Nations Development Institute believes that Native Peoples hold the capacity and ingenuity to ensure the sustainable, economic, spiritual, and cultural well-being of their communities. Through the Native Arts Capacity-Building Initiative, First Nations will support Native American organizations and tribal government programs that serve the field of Native American arts and artists in tribal communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Up to six grants of up to $30,000 each will be awarded to strengthen the organizational, managerial, and programmatic capacity of existing programs. Visit the First Nations website to learn more about the initiative and to submit an online application.

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Youth Service Organizations Supported

Application Deadline: July 31, 2014

Youth Service America (YSA) is a resource center that partners with organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people to serve locally, nationally, and globally. YSA’s Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Program offers organizations support to lead high-impact, high-visibility youth service activities and celebration events during Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19, 2015. Lead Agencies will receive a planning grant of $1,000 to $3,000 funded by State Farm, capacity-building training, and ongoing consultation. Typically, Lead Agencies are local, regional, or statewide nonprofit organizations with a focus on youth development and positive community engagement. Nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick in Canada are eligible to apply. Visit the YSA website to learn more about the program.

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Community Partnership Grants: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

Application Deadline: August 1, 2014

Since 1979, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has invested the proceeds from Jazz Fest directly into the community with grants to fund projects that support the Foundation's mission. The Foundation is now accepting applications in four categories of the Community Partnership Grants program for the 2014-2015 grant cycle. Activities funded by these grants must occur between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015.

The four categories now open are:

  • Jazz & Heritage In-School Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions - This category supports music and arts instruction that takes place at Louisiana K-12 schools during the regular school day. Schools may apply for money to pay for instruments/instrument repair, sheet music, art supplies or other needed materials. Only one application per school is allowed.
  • Jazz & Heritage After-School and Summer Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions - This category supports after-school and summer educational arts programs offered by nonprofit organizations and Louisiana K-12 schools. Organizations may apply for money only to pay the professional service fees of the artists or educators who will do the instruction.
  • Jazz Journey Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts - This category supports employment for Louisiana performing artists by providing funding to Louisiana-based nonprofit arts organizations that hire Louisiana-based musicians or other performing artists to perform at cultural events in the state. Only arts-based organizations in Louisiana may apply.
  • Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation - This category supports the creation, documentation or exhibition of art works that document or interpret the indigenous culture of Louisiana. Individuals and non-profits may apply. Priority will be given to Louisiana-based applicants.

The guidelines and application forms for all categories are available online.

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Grants Enhance Folk Arts in California

Application Deadline: August 1, 2014

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) promotes ways for cultural traditions to thrive now and into the future by offering advocacy, resources, and connections for folk and traditional artists. ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program seeks to sustain and strengthen the folk and traditional arts throughout the state by providing grants of $5,000 to California-based nonprofit organizations. The focus is on pathways to nurture, sustain, and engage participation in traditional arts practices. A wide range of projects will be supported, including public presentations, workshops and classes, equipment and materials, etc. The Alliance also offers the Apprenticeship Program, which contracts with master artists to offer intensive training to qualified apprentices. Visit the ACTA website to download the application guidelines.

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Support Available for Humanities Programs

Application Deadline: August 13, 2014

The Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities. Support is provided for exhibitions, interpretations, and other programs and presentations. Planning and Implementation Grants are available.

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Support Available for Media Projects

Application Deadline: August 13, 2014 

The National Endowment for the Humanities: Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects, with emphasis on the exploration of humanities ideas. 

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2015 USArtists International Program

Application Deadline: September 5, 2014

The guidelines and online application are now available for the 2015 USArtists International Program . The program provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists from across the country who have been invited to perform at significant international festivals and, new this year, performing arts markets anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories.

The application deadline for the first of three grant rounds of the 2015 program is Friday, September 5, 2014 for projects taking place between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015. This is a submission deadline.

Additional deadlines for the 2015 program cycle include: 

  • December 5, 2014 for projects taking place between March 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016  
  • April 17, 2015 for projects taking place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016

To access the program guidelines and online application, click here. Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Brigid Zuknick via email

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Native American Communities Funded

Application Deadline: September 15, 2014   

The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples and the sovereignty of tribal Nations. The Fund’s primary grantmaking program areas include the following: Arts and Cultural Expression, Environmental Health and Justice, Human Rights, Sustainable Communities, Intergenerational Leadership, and Women’s Leadership. Grants from $600 to $5,000 are provided to Native communities that address one or more of the Fund’s program areas. (Mini-grants of up to $500 are reviewed throughout the year.) 

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Humanities Programs Supported

Application Deadline: December 31, 2014 

The Programming Grants to Accompany the National Endowment for the Humanities on the Road Exhibitions program provides support for ancillary public humanities programs to accompany NEH on the Road traveling exhibitions. Typical formats involve lectures, reading and discussion programs, film discussion programs, Chautauqua presentations by scholars, family programs, and exhibition tours. 

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Pacific Power Foundation

Application Deadline: various

The Pacific Power Foundation supports the growth and vitality of the communities served by the company, including locations in northern California, Oregon, and central/southeastern Washington.

The Foundation provides grants in the following categories: The Education category supports pre-K-12 through higher educational institutions. The Civic and Community category targets environmental issues, affordable housing, and park/recreation programs. The Arts and Culture category focuses on the performing and visual arts, museums, and historic preservation. The Health, Welfare, and Social Services category supports United Ways, hospitals, health and human service agencies, and youth services. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $5,000.

Requests are reviewed quarterly; application deadlines vary by grant category. Visit the company’s website to review the application guidelines.

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The National Native Artist Exchange

The National Native Artist Exchange, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts, is designed to support the exchange of artistic skills and knowledge among Native artists.

American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists throughout the United States may apply to teach, learn, and collaborate in traditional and/or contemporary Native art forms through travel from one region to another across the nation. The applicant must identify a collaborating artist and specific project as part of the exchange, which must be beneficial to both artists. Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded based on budgets appropriate to the scope of travel.

Requests must be received at least two calendar months prior to the departure date of the proposed trip. Visit the New England Foundation for the Arts website to review the program guidelines.

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The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations worldwide that address community needs and priorities in a meaningful way. The Foundation supports programs that focus on one of the following four categories: 
  • Water Stewardship promotes access to clean water and sanitation, watershed protection in water-stressed regions, utilization of water, and water conservation.
  • Healthy and Active Lifestyles supports physical activity and nutritional education programs, programs that motivate behavior modification, and programs that encourage lifestyle/behavioral changes.
  • Community Recycling addresses litter abatement efforts, recovery and reuse, community recycling awareness, and research and innovation.
  • Education focuses on scholarships, school drop-out prevention, access to education programs, and other education initiatives.
Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the community request guidelines and application procedures.

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The Sunderland Foundation

The Sunderland Foundation primarily supports nonprofit organizations in Arkansas, western Iowa, Kansas, western Missouri, and Nebraska. Currently, the Foundation's main areas of interest include higher education, youth services, arts and culture, and healthcare and hospitals. The focus is on funding bricks and mortar projects such as building construction, renovation, repairs, and restoration. Grant requests are accepted throughout the year and reviewed quarterly. Application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.

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The Costco Wholesale Corporate Contributions Program

The Costco Wholesale Corporate Contributions Program supports nonprofit organizations in company operating communities throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as international locations. Grants and product donations are provided to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that address the areas of children's issues, education, and health and human services. Local organizations should submit requests to the Warehouse Manager at the nearest Costco. Grant or donation requests which impact a broader region should go through the appropriate regional office. Requests may be submitted throughout the year.

Visit the company’s website to review the donation and grant eligibility guidelines.

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The Bank of America Charitable Foundation

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation focuses resources on creating neighborhood excellence in the communities throughout the United States where the bank does business.

While the priorities of specific company communities drive how funding is used, giving at the local level typically falls into the following four generic categories:

  • Community Development/Neighborhood Preservation
  • Education and Youth Development
  • Health and Human Services
  • Arts and Culture

Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Bank’s website (linked above) to access the online application information.

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Communities Grant

The mission of The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation is to build strong and vibrant communities, improve the quality of life, and make a positive difference in locations served by the bank throughout the United States.

Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations in bank communities as well as selected national organizations. The Foundation’s areas of interest include education, community development, health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and civic affairs.

Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the web link above to take the required eligibility quiz and submit an online application

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Educational and Cultural Programs

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust's mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) by supporting nonprofit organizations that seek to strengthen the region's educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

The priorities of the Trust's General Grants program include educational programs offered in both formal and informal settings; performing and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region; and preventive health and human services programs, with a focus on youth. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. 

Visit the Trust's website for details on each of the grant programs.

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Grants Enhance Communities in Illinois and Pennsylvania 

The Exelon Corporate Contribution Program strives to improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in the company's service territory in northern Illinois and southeastern Pennsylvania. The company provides grants to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a proven track record in addressing key community needs. Funding priorities include education, the environment, arts and culture, and neighborhood development. Program, event, and sponsorship support are provided.

Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the link above for more information on each of the grant categories and the grant application process.

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Health Programs in Mississippi Support for Cultural Programs Promoting Sustainable Communities

The mission of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is to improve the health and wellness of all Mississippians through strategic and focused grantmaking. The Foundation's priority areas of interest include: children's health and wellness, community health initiatives, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and choices at every age. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies located in the state that address the Foundation’s commitment to a healthier Mississippi are eligible to apply. Online letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the eligibility requirements.

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National YoungArts Foundation

The National YoungArts Foundation  contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the literary, performing, visual, and design arts. Click here to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process. 

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Support for Cultural Programs Promoting Sustainable Communities

The Surdna Foundation:Thriving Cultures seeks to foster just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. The Foundation's Thriving Cultures program is based on a belief that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents. Through the Thriving Cultures program, grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following four categories: Teens Artistic Advancement, Artists Engaging in Social Change, Artists and Economic Development, or Community Engaged Design. Online letters of inquiry that focus on these categories are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review detailed program guidelines for each of the Foundation’s Thriving Cultures lines of work.

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Support for Arts Projects in California, Hawaii, and New Mexico

The LEF Foundation supports contemporary work in the fields of film, architecture, design, and the visual and performing arts.

LEF California funds projects which include an artistic and cultural overlay, with a primary focus on work taking place in three geographic areas: California, Hawaii, and New Mexico. Specific funding categories include: Architecture and Restoration; Film, Performing Arts, and Visual Art; and Environment and Community Needs.

Grants average between $2,000 and $5,000. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to review past awards and learn more about the application process.

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Support for Contemporary Performing Arts Organizations

The MAP (Multi-Arts Production) Fund, administered by Creative Capital, supports original new work in all disciplines and traditions of the live performing arts. MAP assists artists, ensembles, producers, and presenters of a high artistic standard, whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies a spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in work that examines notions of cultural difference or "the other," be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity. Grants range from $10,000 to $45,000, with an average of $25,000. Applications for MAP grants must come from U.S. nonprofit organizations. (Artists or ensembles may apply through a fiscal sponsor.) Applying organizations and artists must demonstrate at least two years of professional experience. The online letter of inquiry process opens September 8, 2014, with a due date of October 3, 2014. Invited proposals must be submitted by December 8, 2014. Visit the MAP website for eligibility information and application guidelines.

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Support for Initiatives Promoting a Fair and Sustainable Society

The mission of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is to support efforts that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society. The Foundation provides grants through the following four programs: The Pathways Out of Poverty program supports national initiatives to nurture systemic change in the educational, economic, and community systems that produce and perpetuate poverty in the U.S. The Civil Society program seeks to strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector as vital vehicles for increasing civic engagement and improving communities and societies in the U.S. and internationally. The Environment program promotes activities that protect the diversity and integrity of selected ecosystems in North America and around the world. The Flint Area program supports efforts that strengthen quality of life and economic vitality and opportunity in the Foundation’s home community of Flint, MI. Each of these four programs has clearly stated guidelines. Grantseekers are strongly encouraged to visit the Foundation’s website to review this information before submitting online letters of inquiry, which are reviewed throughout the year.

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Youth Programs in the Pacific Northwest

The Charlotte Martin Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that provide services in urban, rural, and tribal communities throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington state. The Foundation is dedicated to funding projects that enrich the lives of youth in the areas of athletics, culture, and education. Grants are also provided for the preservation and protection of wildlife and habitat. Applications, which must be submitted online, are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the goals and priorities for each of the Foundation’s program areas.

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* postings updated as of July 24, 2014.