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 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.
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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Application Deadline: October 31, 2017
The mission of the Japan Foundation is to establish international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Foundation’s Performing Arts JAPAN (PAJ) program is designed to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences in North America. PAJ supports initiatives created by U.S. and Canadian nonprofit organizations to provide geographically diverse audiences with greater exposure to Japanese performing arts, as well as encouraging collaborations between Japanese and North American artists. PAJ Touring Grants assist in the presentation of Japanese performing arts in the U.S. and Canada, emphasizing locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants allow Japanese and American/Canadian artists to create new works that will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American and Canadian audiences. The application deadline is October 31, 2017. Visit the Japan Foundation website to download the PAJ program guidelines and application form.
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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.
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. Applications for Round 2 are due December 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET for engagements between March 15, 2018 and March 14, 2019. Click here for additional deadlines. How to apply for USArtists International:
Step 1: Read program guidelines carefully to ensure eligibility. Guidelines have been revised for the 2017-2018 grant cycle. Join us for a webinar below!
Step 2: Review the work sample and budget instructions.
Step 3: Complete the online application.
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. Applications for Round 2 are due December 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET for engagements between March 15, 2018 and March 14, 2019. Click here for additional deadlines.
How to apply for USArtists International:
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.
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 2017 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.
Application Deadline: October 18, 2017
The Shubert Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theatre and a secondary focus on dance. The Foundation provides general operating support to nonprofit, professional resident theatre and dance companies that have an established artistic and administrative track record, as well as a history of fiscal responsibility. A limited number of grants are also made to arts-related organizations that help support the development of theatre and dance, as well as graduate drama departments of private universities. Applications for theatre grants are due December 1, 2017. All other grant applications must be submitted by October 18, 2017. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application instructions.
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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 September 7, 2017.