Current Opportunities for Funding

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  • Arts Research Funding, NEA
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation 
  • The Coca-Cola Foundation
  • Community Arts Education Leadership Institute
  • The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation
  • The Costco Wholesale Corporate Contributions Program
  • Creative Capital Awards 
  • Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program: Local Systems
  • Laura Jane Musser Fund: Rural Arts and Environment Programs
  • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: USArtists International 
  • Nellie Mae Education Foundation: Supporting Organizations Led by People of Color
  • New England Foundation for the Arts: Dance
  • Peace Development Fund: Community Organizing Grants 
  • TD Charitable Foundation: Non-Profit Training Resource Fund
  • The National Dance Project: Production Grants
  • The Sunderland Foundation
  • The Taproot Foundation Service Grants
  • Travel Subsidies for Performing Artists 
  • The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation

Arts Research Funding

The Research Grants in the Arts program supports research that investigates the value or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other or with other domains of American life. The focus is on research that identifies and examines factors that enhance or inhibit arts participation or arts and cultural assets; detailed characteristics of arts participation or arts and cultural assets, and their interrelationships; individual-level outcomes of arts participation, specifically outcomes corresponding with social and emotional well-being, physiological processes of health and healing, and creativity, cognition, and learning; and societal or community-level outcomes of arts and cultural assets, specifically outcomes corresponding with civic and corporate innovation, attraction for neighborhoods and businesses, and national or state-level economic growth. Applications must be submitted to grants.gov by March 30, 2020. Applications must be submitted to the NEA applicant portal by April 9, 2020.

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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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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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Community Arts Education Leadership Institute 

The National Guild is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI), an intensive, transformative experience for experienced and developing leaders. Whether you have spent years as an arts education leader or you are growing into that role, CAELI will give you new tools, perspectives, and support that will expand your leadership vision and effectiveness.

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Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation

The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation 

The P/Arts (Philanthropic Arts) Program, an initiative of the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations, accredited schools, universities, government agencies, and public agencies in Florida, New York, New England, and Washington, DC. The focus is on organizations that implement or enhance programs utilizing art and art education in daily curricula, early childhood education, and to assist alternative learners. Proposed programs must impact at least 30 children or students within the first six months of implementation and no less than 60 by the end of one year. In 2019, 25 grants totaling $1 million will be provided. Online applications may be submitted through the month of October. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the P/Arts Program.

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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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Creative Capital Awards Application

The application for the Creative Capital Awards is now open through Saturday, February 29 at 4pm ET. Artists working in all disciplines can apply for funding of up to $50,000 for innovative project ideas, plus receive career development and advisory services valued at more than $500,000, for a total value of over $100,000 per award. Click here for more information and to start the application process!

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In-Kind Advertising Support for Nonprofit Organizations

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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Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program: Local Systems

The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program is currently accepting letters of inquiry through the Increase Creative Capacity to Shape Healthier Neighborhoods focus area. The emphasis is on Creative Placemaking activities in neighborhoods and field building efforts that seek to position culture and creativity as drivers of more just communities. Through this focus area the Foundation will support arts and community development organizations that advance innovative approaches to community development that lead to inclusionary practices and policies, and use creative strategies to foster residents' agency, social cohesion, and narrative change.

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Laura Jane Musser Fund, Intercultural Harmony

The Laura Jane Musser Fund will begin accepting applications for the Rural Arts and Environmental Initiative grant programs in February. The Fund's Rural Arts program assists arts organizations in targeted states that offer artistic opportunities for adults and children in the areas of literary, visual, musical, and performing arts. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to organizations in rural communities with a population of less than 20,000 throughout Colorado, Hawaii, and Wyoming, as well as rural communities in selected counties in Minnesota, New York, and Texas. The Fund's Environmental Initiative program supports projects that enhance the ecological integrity of publicly owned open spaces, while encouraging compatible human activities. Organizations throughout Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, and Wyoming, as well as organizations in selected counties in New York and Texas, are eligible to apply for planning grants up to $8,000 and implementation grants up to $35,000. Applications for the Rural Arts program must be submitted by March 11, 2020; applications for the Environmental Initiative program must be submitted by March 18, 2020. Visit the Fund's website to access the application guidelines for both programs.

To learn more about the process and details on how to apply, click here

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: USArtists International 

USArtists International supports performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. USArtists International grantees reflect the vibrant diversity of U.S. artists and creative expression in the performing arts. 

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Nellie Mae Education Foundation: Supporting Organizations Led by People of Color

The mission of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation is to champion efforts that prioritize community goals that challenge racial inequities and advance excellent, student-centered public education for all New England youth. The Foundation has issued a request for proposals through the Supporting Organizations Led by People of Color grant fund. This grant fund will support a cohort of 15 community-based organizations led by people of color who are working with communities of color serving parents, youth, and educators around transforming barriers to racial equity in public education. Three-year grants of up to $300,000 for general operating costs will be provided. Eligible organizations must be located in one of these communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, or Rhode Island, or be an Indigenous-led and -serving organization located anywhere in New England. The application deadline is February 27, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to download the request for proposals.

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New England Foundation for the Arts: Dance

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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Peace Development Fund: Community Organizing Grants 

The Peace Development Fund believes that the change in values needed to establish a more just and peaceful world can come about only if it is strongly rooted in local communities that recognize the importance of building movements to create systemic social change. The Fund’s Community Organizing Grants provide support to community-based organizations in the United States, Haiti, and Mexico that are working for social justice. The funding priorities include organizing to shift power, working to build a movement, dismantling oppression, and creating new structures.

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Program Brings Arts to the Underserved 

The Challenge America program offers support to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Applications must be submitted to grants.gov by April 9, 2020. The deadline for submissions to the NEA applicant portal is April 21, 2020.

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Grants Promote the Creation and Touring of Dance Works

The National Dance Project (NDP), a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, is widely recognized as one of the country's major sources of funding for dance. NDP's signature approach invests in artists to make new work and provides grants to the organizations that present those works on tour in their communities. The program provides a package of support that includes up to $45,000 towards the creation of a new work, approximately $10,000 in general operating support, and up to $35,000 to support a U.S. tour of the work. Production Grants are highly competitive and are awarded to around 20 dance projects each year. The upcoming preliminary application deadline is March 2, 2020; invited applications will be due June 1, 2020. Visit the New England Foundation for the Arts website to review the funding criteria and access the application forms.

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Support for Professional Development Opportunities for East Coast Organizations

The Non-Profit Training Resource Fund, an initiative of the TD Charitable Foundation, provides grants to charitable organizations for employees to attend approved classes and courses that will enhance job performance. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to organizations within the TD Bank market area on the East Coast that focus on affordable housing, economic development, financial literacy, or after-school and extracurricular programming. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis in 2020 and will be reviewed monthly. Visit the TD Bank's website to review the application guidelines.

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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 Taproot Foundation Service Grants

Taproot Foundation's technical assistance grants are available in the areas of Strategy Management, Leadership Development, Marketing, and Information Technology for nonprofit organizations in the arts, education, the environment, health, and/or social services. Click here for more information.

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Travel Subsidies for Performing Artists and Presenters Supported 

The Cultural Exchange Fund, an initiative of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, is a travel subsidy program that assists U.S.-based presenters in building partnerships with international touring artists, companies, and their collaborators. 

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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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* postings updated as of February 7, 2020


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a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, is widely recognized as one of the country's major sources of funding for dance. NDP's signature approach invests in artists to make new work and provides grants to the organizations that present those works on tour in their communities. The program provides a package of support that includes up to $45,000 towards the creation of a new work, approximately $10,000 in general operating support, and up to $35,000 to support a U.S. tour of the work. Production Grants are highly competitive and are awarded to around 20 dance projects each year. The upcoming preliminary application deadline is March 2, 2020; invited applications will be due June 1, 2020. Visit the New England Foundation for the Arts website to review the funding criteria and access the application forms.