Grants & Grant Writing
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Arts & Arts Organization Grants
The Aaron Siskind Foundation is a 501(c)(3) set up by preeminent photographer Aaron Siskin’s estate, which he had asked to become a resource for contemporary photographers. The award was established to support and encourage contemporary artists working in the photographic field.
Artistic Assistance is a program of Alternate ROOTS that provides direct support to individual artists and cultural workers in the South to enhance their skills, create unique projects, and build community. The program has two funding areas: Professional Development and Project Development.
Advance Gender Equity in the Arts (AGE) is offering grants to professional Portland metro-area theatre companies that demonstrate a commitment to intersectional gender equity in playwriting, directing, casting, and designing.
Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports visual artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards and fosters connections to a network of opportunities. In the past 18 years, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 300 artists throughout its participating award cities of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
Founded in 2017, Artist Grant is a new venture that aims to support and fund artists. To that end, this charitable organization funds the efforts of artists to continue their important work and contributions to society,providing a modest competitive grant of $500 to one artist every quarter.
A micro-granting organization, funding “awesome” ideas, The Awesome Foundation set up local chapters around the world to provide rolling grants of $1000 to “awesome projects.” Each chapter defines what is “awesome” for their local community, but most include arts initiative and public or social practice art projects.
The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award is a $10,000 cash grant along with a year of professional mentorship given annually to an emerging female composer. The Liz Swados Inspiration Grant is a $5,000 cash award given to a NYC based female educator of music.
Creative Capital supports adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services.
Adolph Gottlieb, one of the artists known for initiating the Abstract Expressionism movement, achieved artistic and financial success far beyond his early expectations. But, he had several colleagues who, despite their artistic achievements, were not able to support themselves financially. The Gottlieb Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success.
The Harpo Foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and to encourage new modes of thinking about art. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field.
Integrity: Arts & Culture (IACA) sponsors mini-grants for artists focusing on creative endeavors, believing the arts are essential to the health and vitality of our communities and our nation. Grants are intended to assist with such things as: art supplies, recording studio time, exhibits, performances, project related expenses, etc.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to U.S.-based visual artists who have suffered significant losses after natural or man-made disasters that have affected their community on a broad scale. The Foundation has historically granted funding to assist in the repair of homes and studios following flooding and material destruction, to replace art materials such as brushes, paints, inks, other materials such as hand or power tools and computers, and to assist in rent for a temporary studio space in which to work while cleaning up after a disaster.
The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.
The Kentucky Foundation for Women offers two annual grant programs: Artist Enrichment and Art Meets Activism. The Artist Enrichment grant provides opportunities for feminist artists and arts organizations to further their artistic development to create art for positive social change. The Art Meets Activism grant supports feminist artists and organizations in actively engaging individuals and communities in artmaking that is directly focused on positive social change in Kentucky. KFW awards $200,000 in grants annually, $100,000 in each program.
The LEAP Award was established in 2007. The program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market. The yearlong retail program features, markets and sells the work of one winner, who also receives a $1,000 prize, and 4 finalists.
The MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining — and ultimately co-creating — a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States.
These grants are available to parent-artists creating in the United States seeking funding for general artistic and/or general professional childcare support or project-specific childcare support. Union membership not required. All theatrical disciplines and administrative positions are eligible to apply for these grants. Pregnant Parent Artists and Artists in Late Stages of the Adoption Process are welcome and qualified to apply.
NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development.
OPERA America’s Innovation Grants support vibrant Professional Company Members in implementing innovative projects in opera’s most important areas of practice, including artistic vitality, audience experience, organizational effectiveness and community connections. The program enables companies to increase their investment in experimentation and innovation, and contribute to field-wide learning.
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) is a nationally recognized, year-round cultural institution that fuses the creative energy of America’s oldest active art colony with the natural beauty of outer Cape Cod that has inspired artists for generations. PAAM was established in 1914 by a group of artists and townspeople to build a permanent collection of works by artists of outer Cape Cod, and to exhibit art that would allow for unification within the community. Today, PAAM continues to offer an every-changing line-up of world-class exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and cultural events.
Established as part of Lee Krasner’s legacy, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant was set up to support and strengthen the creative lives of artists. A competitive grant for artists with extensive exhibition records, this grant has a long list of impressive alumni. Since its start in 1985, the foundation has granted over 65 million dollars in award money to artists in over 77 countries.
The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.
The Bennett Prize, created in 2018, awards $50,000 to a woman artist to create her own solo exhibition of figurative realist paintings, which will travel the country. The Prize will propel the careers of women painters who have not yet realized full professional recognition, empowering new artists and those who have painted for many years.
The SFFILM Rainin Grant funds feature narrative films that explore stories of social justice that are in the screenwriting, development, or post-production phase.
The SFFILM Westridge Grant funds feature narrative films that explore social issues or questions of our time that are in the screenwriting or development phase.
The Rubin Foundation supports arts and cultural organizations through grants to catalyze collective action, promote equality, contribute to advocacy and policy change and develop capacity for greater civic engagement. The Foundation is also interested in supporting organizations outside of the arts whose programs seek to engage communities through cultural activities.
The Shubert Foundation supports not-for-profit, professional theatre and dance companies in the United States. The Shubert Foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support, rather than funding for specific projects.
The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families. Their mission is to provide financial awards to parents pursuing creative work.
The mission of the Tecovas Foundation is to support systemic social change by ensuring change agents have access to the tools they need to scale, collaborate, and build capacity.
The Thoma Foundation provides grants for nonprofit organizations and individuals whose innovative projects and original ideas will advance scholarship in the arts.
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Guides & Books
The Foundation Center is a guide to philanthropies. They offer a directory of all foundations, private or corporate, that are from or do business in the US. The best resource they have is their website, “where you can access information about virtually any topic related to fundraising and grant-writing. So that’s where you want to go to learn how to write a grant.” They offer templates for letters of inquiry; grant proposals and applications as well as answers to any questions you may have related to grant writing.
Artists Guide to Grant Writing by Gigi Rosenburg