A program of the American Academy in Rome, the Rome Prize, is awarded annually to emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who exemplify the highest standard of excellence in arts and humanities scholarship.
Fellows are chosen from the disciplines of architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, landscape architecture, literature, musical composition, visual arts, ancient studies, medieval studies, Renaissance and Early Modern studies, and Modern Italian studies. Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. Those with children under the age of 18 live in partially subsidized apartments nearby. Winners of six-month and eleven-month fellowships receive stipends of $16,000 and $28,000, respectively.For more information and to apply, please click here.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Dogtown Dance Theatre strives to cultivate the performing arts by offering rental space and performance opportunities to established or rising artists within the community of Richmond, Virginia. The location of the organization has made an impact on the development and awareness of performance art since 2010. Under the direction of new Artistic and Executive Director Jess Burgess, Dogtown Dance Theatre is starting a new opportunity for a space grant, available to any individual artist or organization in Richmond or beyond, to further the development of their work and contribution to the community. The Space Microgrant will allow one receiving individual artist or group free rental space for a total of 150 hours of free rental space over the course of six weeks, from 11am-4pm. A recipient is chosen based on a competitive applicant pool and will be awarded with the aforementioned space.
For more information and to apply, please click here.
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 Japan Foundation is now seeking applications for project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboration grants for the 2016 - 2017 fiscal year. This program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the US and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop a new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences.
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.
National Dance Project's Touring Awards support U.S. tours of dance works by national and international artists with up to $35,000 in subsidy reserved for each project's tour through National Dance Project (NDP) Presentation Grants.
After an artist/company’s dance work has been selected for an NDP Touring Award, they must designate a tour coordinator to organize the tour. NDP publishes details about each project, including contact information for tour coordinators, in the National Dance Project Awards publication and online to help promote these projects to interested presenters around the U.S. Eligible projects must be in an advanced stage of development.
National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town aims to build and disseminate creative place-making knowledge more broadly. These projects can be carried out by arts service or design service organizations, and/or other national or regional membership or university-based organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work, to expand the knowledge base about creative place-making to their members and the field.
These projects should expand the capacity of artists and arts organizations to be more effective entrepreneurs, to work more effectively with economic and community development practitioners, and to improve the livability of the communities and create opportunities for all.
The National Endowment for the Humanities' Common Heritage program emphasizes how homes, family histories, and life stories factor into America's cultural heritage. The program supports day-long events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. Projects must also present public programming that would expand knowledge of the community’s history. These public events allow the public to contribute to the country's cultural mosaic. For more information, please click here.
The National Young Arts Foundation serves young artists between the ages of 15-18 who hold interest in literary, performing, visual, and design arts. Recipients will gain professional support through mentors, various scholarship opportunities, and exposure to a week of master classes with renowned artists. For more information and to apply, please click here.
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.
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Plum Creek Foundation (PCF) is committed to working with others to promote sustainable forestry, conservation, and rural communities. PCF partners with a wide range of non-profits and community organizations as well as with partner organizations such as universities and conservation groups to strengthen the communities. The Foundation awards grants to rural communities that do not have access to a wide range of services. The funding is intended for social service needs, educational programming, environmental stewardship projects and opportunities in the arts.
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.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2015
The principal goal of The Shubert Foundation is to support not-for-profit, professional theatre and dance companies in the United States. The program areas of Arts Related Organizations and Education are smaller than those of Theatre and Dance and necessarily limited. The Shubert Foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support, rather than funding for specific projects. These grants are awarded exclusively to US organizations, which must have current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to be eligible for funding.
The Foundation provides grants only to organizations that have an established artistic and administrative track record, as well as a history of fiscal responsibility. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, nor does it provide funds for project support, audience development, direct subsidy of reduced-price admissions, conduit organizations (agencies that disburse funds to individuals or other organizations), renovation projects, loans, capital or endowment campaigns.back to top
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
USArtists International (USAI) is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of expression of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad. The program contributes to the creative development of American artists by providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices with their colleagues in other countries, and helps to sustain their careers through exposure to new audiences and access to the international marketplace. Through USAI, grants are available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets anywhere in the world outside of the United States and its territories.
* postings updated as of September 11, 2015.