Current Opportunities for Funding

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  • Peace Development Fund: Community Organizing Grants 
  • First Nations Development Institute: Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship
  • Grants Introduce Japanese Performing Arts to U.S. and Canadian Audiences 
  • Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program: Local Systems
  • New England Foundation for the Arts: Dance
  • The Shubert Foundation 
  • The Sunderland Foundation
  • The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation

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. Priority is given to new or emerging organizations; efforts that have difficulty securing funds from other sources; organizing efforts across national borders; climate change organizing at the local policy level; groups that have a genesis in Occupy, MeToo, or Movement for Black Lives; collaborative peace initiatives led by women or youth; or issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders. Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000. Applying organizations must have an annual budget of $250,000 or less. The application deadline is December 30, 2020. Visit the Fund's website to download the grant guidelines for the Community Organizing Grants program.

First Nations Development Institute: Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), in partnership with The Henry Luce Foundation, is offering the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship program to honor and support a cohort of fellows as they work to further Indigenous knowledge creation, dissemination, and perpetuation in Indigenous communities. Through the program, ten fellowships of $50,000 each will be awarded to outstanding Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers engaged in meaningful work that will ultimately lead to broad, transformative impacts for Indigenous communities. This fellowship is a 12-month, self-directed enrichment program designed to support the growth, development, knowledge, and networks of Native leaders. The goal of the program is to provide flexible funding to selected fellows as they seek to achieve their goals and further knowledge creation and dissemination in their respective fields. The application deadline is October 22, 2020. Visit the First Nations website to learn more about the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship.

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Grants Introduce Japanese Performing Arts to U.S. and Canadian Audiences

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 November 2, 2020. Visit the Japan Foundation website to download the PAJ program guidelines and application form.

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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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Nonprofit Theatre and Dance Companies Funded

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 2, 2020. All other grant applications must be submitted by October 15, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application instructions.

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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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