Current Opportunities for Funding

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Andrew Mellon Foundation: Nonprofit Finance Fund

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.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches the 2018 Public Art Challenge for U.S. Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the launch of the 2018 Public Art Challenge. Mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more are invited to apply for up to $1 million in funding for temporary public art projects that address important civic issues. Submissions for dynamic works of art across all disciplines will be considered. Proposed projects will be evaluated on their ability to generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies.

Click here to read the full press release

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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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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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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Building Bridges Grants Program

Application Deadline: August 23, 2018

Support for Cultural Projects to Engage U.S. Muslims and Non-Muslims. The Building Bridges Grants Program, an initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations in the planning and implementation of projects that engage U.S.-based Muslim and non-Muslim populations in arts- and culture-based experiences designed to advance relationships and understanding for mutual well-being. Proposed projects should offer engaging literary, media, or performing arts experiences to foster relationships and understanding between communities. Grants will range from $25,000 to $300,000 over one to three years. Applying organizations must have annual operating expenses greater than $100,000, of which at least $25,000 is dedicated to arts-related programming. Letters of interest are due August 23, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Building Bridges Grants Program and to submit an online letter of interest.

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Grants Enhance Communities in Illinois and Pennsylvania
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.

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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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Japan Foundation

Application Deadline: October 31, 2018
The Japan Foundation is accepting proposals for performing arts projects. The annual program is designed to foster an understanding of these arts by providing educational programs for audiences in each touring location apart from public performances; and to support collaborative projects between Japanese and U.S./Canadian performing artists. 

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Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program: Local Systems

The Kresge Foundations Arts and Culture Program seeks to build strong, healthy cities nationwide by promoting the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization. The Local Systems focus area funds organizations that infuse creativity into comprehensive community development and urban planning practices. Support is provided for cross-sector and cross-disciplinary projects that embed arts, culture, and community-engaged design into municipal governments and departments and in other non-arts disciplines and sectors. Priority is given to projects that take root in economically distressed communities and ensure that residents with low incomes contribute to, engage in, benefit from, and are empowered by activities. Collaborations of multiple partners from different sectors (public/private) and disciplines (arts, health, environment, human services) are eligible to apply. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Local Systems focus area.

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Lagunitas Brewing Company: Community Grant Program

Application Deadline: September 14, 2018

The Lagunitas Brewing Company's Community Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout California, Oregon, and Washington, and in Chicago and Cook County, IL. Grants ranging up to $5,000 are given in the following categories: animal welfare, the arts, and music education. Organizations in Chicago and Cook County may apply from May 4 through June 8, 2018; California organizations may apply from August 1 through September 14, 2018.  (The grant cycle for Oregon and Washington organizations is in February of each year.) Visit the company’s website to learn more about the grant guidelines and application process.


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MAP Fund

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.

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Educational and Cultural Programs
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.

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: USArtists International grant program

Application Deadline: September 7, 2018
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. Grants are up to $15,000 for engagements between December 15, 2018 and December 14, 2019. 

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NALAC Grant Support Webinars

The NALAC Fund for the Arts is a grant program for Latinx Artists and Latinx Arts Organizations working in all creative disciplines in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. We invite you to connect with NALAC to learn more prior to the deadline on Thursday, September, 6, 2018 at 11:59pm CST. 

Support Webinars
Friday, July 20, 2018
10:30-11:30am CST

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
1:00-2:00pm CST

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
5:00-6:00pm CST

Join the webinar via Zoom with a webcam or by phone: https://zoom.us/j/2104323982. Meeting ID: 210 432 3982. Phone audio: US Toll (408) 638-0968 or (646) 558-8656.

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National Endowment for the Humanities: Public Humanities Projects

Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to illuminate significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life.  The National Endowment for the Humanities encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming. For more information click here.

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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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NewSchools Venture Fund

Application Deadline: November 26, 2018

The mission of NewSchools Venture Fund is to reimagine public education through powerful ideas and passionate entrepreneurs so that all children—especially those in underserved communities—have the opportunity to succeed. The Fund’s Diverse Leaders program invests in entrepreneurs with bold ideas to grow, advance, and support Black and Latino leadership in education. Ideas may include efforts to recruit new diverse leaders, accelerate the careers of diverse leaders, create networks of diverse leaders, etc. Nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for one-year grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000. The application deadline is September 7, 2018. The Fund’s Innovative Schools program invests in teams of educators planning to launch new nonprofit public schools that prepare young people to finish high school prepared and inspired to create and live the lives they want. Planning grants of $200,000 will be provided; at the end of the planning phase, teams may apply for an investment that would support their first two to three years of operation. The application deadline is November 26, 2018. 
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Cultural Exchange Programs Supported

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.

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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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Surdna Foundation

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.

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The Taproot Foundation Service Grants

Taproot Foundation 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.  Also 6/1, and 9/1. Click here for more information.

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Theatre Communication Group: Global Connections

Application Deadline: September 18, 2018

TCG administers a grant program called Global Connections - grants range between $5,000 and $10,000.  The program supports reciprocal international theatrical exchanges between U.S. theatre professionals and organizations and their theatre colleagues abroad. The program has an online application deadline on September 18, 2018, Noon Eastern Time and we will host two info sessions held via webinar on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 2pm-3pm EST and Thursday, August 2, 2018, 4pm-5pm EST.

For more information on the opportunity and its guidelines, click here

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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 August 15, 2018