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 strengthens the folk and traditional arts in the state of California by providing grants of up to $5,000 to California-based nonprofit organizations or organizations who apply through a California-based fiscal sponsor. ACTA also offers the Apprenticeship Program, which provides contracts of $3,000 to master artists, so that they may offer intensive training to qualified apprentices. Applications for both Programs must be postmarked by July 15, 2016.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Mellon) and Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) are pleased to offer a new round of funding under the Mellon Loan program, a $1.1 million fund providing interest-free loans to eligible arts and culture organizations. Current or recent Mellon grantees (either through a direct grant or from one of the Foundation’s regranting programs) are eligible to apply for a loan. Current and prior borrowers of the loan fund are also eligible. NFF administers the fund, and inquiries may be directed to NFF Senior Associate Sonia Montoya via email.
ArtsLink Projects provides support to US artists, curators, presenters, and arts organizations undertaking projects in any of the 37 eligible countries listed below. 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. 2016 applications will be accepted from individual artists, curators, and non-profit arts organizations working in dance, music, theater, and literature.
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.
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:
Communities Connecting Heritage, a program of the US Department of State, provides support to bring together U.S. and international communities, especially youth, women, ethnic minorities, and other underserved groups, through collaborative exchange projects that focus on cultural heritage.
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.
The Digital Projects for the Public, a program of National Endowment for the Humanities, supports projects that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with the humanities through digital platforms, such as websites, mobile applications, virtual environments, etc.
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.
The Google Ad Grants program supports nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. It is a unique in-kind advertising program that harnesses the power of the company's flagship advertising product, Google AdWords. Through the program, selected organizations receive $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords advertising to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com. Online applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Google website for program details.
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The Jim Henson Foundation supports the creation and development of innovative, new works of live puppet theater in the U.S. The Foundation awards production and workshop grants annually. The Foundation also offers Family Grants for new and innovative work specifically for children, families, and teenagers. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations only; however, individual artists may apply through a fiscal sponsor. Visit the Foundation's website to review the funding guidelines.
The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that exploration drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape.
The program pursues its mission by welcoming the widest range of artistic points of view to apply and employing a comparably wide range of evaluators and panelists in the grant selection process.
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.
Inquiry Application Deadline: March 1, 2016; Complete Application Deadline: June 3, 2016
National Dance Project (NDP), administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts, fuels the creation of new dance works and brings the work of the most compelling dance artists of our time to audiences across the nation. The upcoming inquiry application deadline is March 1, 2016; invited full proposals are due June 3, 2016. Click on the link above to review the funding criteria and access the application forms.
New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) plays a leadership role in contemporary dance through grantmaking and other programs that support and sustain a vibrant national ecology for dancemakers and presenters. Click here to see a listing of NEFA's grants specifically for dance.
The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage is now accepting letters of intent for the 2016 Project grants. Project grants are for making big ideas happen: bringing ambitious, imaginative, and substantial performances, exhibitions, or interpretation projects to fruition. Discovery grants are for focused exploration that will seed future project proposals. Costs that are not eligible for support include, but may not be limited to: individual exhibitions of private collections, acquiring collections or property, ongoing seasonal support, capital improvements or real estate expenditures, debt service or retirement, endowment funds, or operation support (including salaries).
For more information and to apply, please click here.
The Saudi American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants program provides funding for cultural exchange programs between Saudi Arabian and American non-governmental and community organizations. Funds are offered to expand the diversity of activities in the U.S.-Saudi partnership and develop the next generation of leaders to support mutual understanding and respect through long-term partnership and cooperation between the two countries. Proposals are reviewed on a monthly basis.
The Surdna Foundation's Thriving Cultures Program supports efforts that provide artists with business training and financial resources that enable them to be, and create, valuable economic assets for their communities. The Foundation seeks funding opportunities that operate business and entrepreneurship training programs for artists and cultural organizations; provide financing to artists and artist-centered enterprises (such as financial institutions and resource providers); and support arts and culture-based programs and services that directly engage and support the people who live and work in the area as a strategy for equitable economic development.
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
* postings updated as of May 12, 2016.