Current Opportunities for Funding

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To list your upcoming professional development
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Other Funding Opportunities

  • Special Awards in the Arts, Gerbode Foundation
  • Virtual Performance Grant Opportunity, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation
  • Production Grant, Dance Film Association
  • Creative Capital Awards
  • Actos de Confianza: Relief Grants, NALAC
  • National Dance Project Production Grant
  • Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program: Local Systems
  • New England Foundation for the Arts: Dance
  • The Sunderland Foundation
  • The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation

Special Awards in the Arts

Organization: Gerbode Foundation
Application Deadline: May 20, 2021

The Special Awards in the Arts Program supports the creation of new works in dance, theater production, and music composition. These nationally respected awards have helped underwrite acclaimed new works that are culturally and aesthetically diverse, by prominent and emerging artists. These grants have supported artists at critical junctures in their careers; enabled nonprofit local arts groups to develop and debut substantial, original works; and enriched Bay Area audiences, readers, and viewers by giving them first access to ambitious new creations.

For more information, click here.

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Virtual Performance Grant Opportunity

Organization: USArtists International

USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at impactful international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories. The program supports the engagements of exemplary solo artists and ensembles across all performing arts disciplines including dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts.

USArtists International is designed to encourage the presence of U.S. performing artists on international stages and in the global arts community; to support engagements that develop and expand both the careers and artistic goals of U.S. performers by providing connections with presenters, curators, and fellow artists; and to promote justice in the arts community by elevating the diverse voices contributing to the vibrant array of creative expression in the United States.

USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 toward eligible expenses; please reference the guidelines for further detail.

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Production Grant

Organization: Dance Film Association
Learn more and apply here!

DFA's Production Grant submission period opens February 17th! Looking for funds for your next dance film in either development, production, or post-production? Please submit this application. Once we receive all the submissions, our selection panel will meet to determine the grant awardees. Notifications will be sent on May 1. Grant Application Window opens February 17, 2021 and closes March 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Creative Capital Awards

Creative Capital helps visionary artists in all disciplines build thriving careers, and every year we review applications from artists ready to take the next step in their creative practices. The selected artists receive the Creative Capital Award, which includes up to $50,000 in funding for bold new projects, as well as a wide range of counsel, career development, and networking opportunities to make their work come to life.

Artists can submit their project ideas through a free application, open this year, from February 1 to March 1, 2021 at 4pm ET. This application helps us identify a selection of artists working at the forefront of their fields. It’s designed to provoke deep thought about project ideas to determine intention, impact, timeliness, and capacity.

For more information and to learn how to apply, click here.

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Actos de Confianza: Relief Grants

In collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Intercultural Leadership Institute partners, the 2021 Actos de Confianza relief effort will expand to support Latinx artists and arts organizations who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. NALAC will distribute $2,500 grants to Latinx artists and cultural workers and $5,000 grants to Latinx arts organizations facing critical financial emergencies. Open calls organized by geographic region will take place between January and May 2021. Read the press release here or access the guidelines.

The first open call is for for applications from Mid-America and will open Wednesday, January 13, 2021 through January 27, 2021 (11:59PM CST).

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National Dance Project Production Grant

NDP Production Grants provide funding to artists/companies to create new dance works and touring subsidies to the U.S. organizations who bring those works to their communities.

The preliminary round of proposals are due March 1, 2021. For more information, click here

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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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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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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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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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