If you do not apply, you will not get one!
Thoughts for applying
- Consider the context of the grant, and vary your content and language accordingly; an application to a school board will be different than that to a politically-driven grant program.
- According to Judith Stephen-Wells, “by far the most important component of any grant application is the presentation of visual and other materials documenting your previously completed works.”
- Images for sculpture: ensure that each piece is captured from various angles.
- Emphasis should be placed on your most recent work; if your proposal includes a departure from your usual work, explain why.
- There should be a clear relationship between the visual support material and the written proposal.
- Keep the written material short and precise as jurors may be looking through hundreds of proposals.
- Tom Sherman, the former Head of Media Arts at the Canada Council, advises that you write the proposal as if you are having a telephone conversation with the jurors; anticipate which questions may come up and explain yourself in comfortable and appropriate terms.
- For the budgetary part of the application, find out how precise and detailed the grant requires you to be by calling the program officers.
- If you are including very high amounts in an area, be precise as to what the money is being spent on.
- Have as many people read your proposal as possible.
- Ask for both grammatical/style and content suggestions.
- The presentation of your ideas has a great deal to do with whether or not you receive the grant monies.
- Remember, great writing is the product of great editing!
For More information on how to write a grant go to grantproposal.com. It is a great resource for learning to write a grant proposal.
GYST-ink Art Grant and Project Proposal Review is an excellent resource to help articulate your vision. “Whether you are an emerging artist with little or no grant experience, or you are a seasoned arts professional just seeking another set of eyes on your grant, we can help!”
Other recommend books about grants:
Fundamentals of Grantsmanship. Rasey, Janet S. Ph.D., Director, Research Funding Service, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Grant Writing for Dummies. Browning, Beverly A. ISBN-10: 0470291133, New York: Wiley Publishing.
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grant Writing (The Complete Idiot’s Guide). Thompson, Waddy. ISBN-10: 1615640975, Indianapolis: Alpha Books.
Here is Katz Four Step Program of Requirements for grant proposals:
- What do they want to fund
- What do you want to do that they want to fund
- Why are you the person to do this
- Why is now the time.
If you can’t get 1,2,3 you need to change the grant or your idea.Adding # 4 is a clincher.
Fundraising and Grant Writing Resources
Grant writing support.
GrantSelect is the online version of the GRANTS Database, produced by The Oryx Press, containing over 10,000 funding opportunities provided by over 3,400 sponsoring organizations. Michigan State university faculty, staff, and students can identify additional funding opportunities related to arts by searching this database.
State Development Creative Arts Exchange: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. There are state Development Creative Arts Exchange grants available.
(Grants listed by state or country toward the end of the page. Grants for specific populations, besides location, listed at the end)
Crowd sourcing Grants (crowd funding):
Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Since our launch on April 28, 2009, over $350 million has been pledged by more than 2.5 million people, funding more than 30,000 creative projects.
Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform where people who want to raise money can create fundraising campaigns to tell their story and get the word out. Indiegogo is also a place to discover what people all over the world are passionate about and how to get involved.
Grant Opportunities: U.S. Residents
Virginia A. Groot Foundation
Each year the Virginia A. Groot Foundation offers three grants (up to $35,000, $10,000, $5,000) to artists who have exceptional talent and demonstrated ability in ceramic sculpture or sculpture. Artists may be at any stage of career development, from emerging through mature.
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation offers funding to emerging American artists and craftspeople through a biennial award. Selection process is made through nomination by Foundation trustees, previous recipients, artists, critics, and museum professionals in the U.S. Awards are granted in the following media: painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and crafts.
The Ruth Chenven Foundation
The Ruth Chenven Foundation awards up to $1,500 to U.S. crafts’ artists engaged in or planning a project.
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc.
Invites painters, sculptors, mixed media, installation artists, and artists who work on paper to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $30,000. The sole purpose of the foundation is to provide financial assistance to individual working artists of established ability.
Performing & visual arts, media, new fields. Grants up to $20,000.
The Gunk Foundation
For “public” works of art.
The George Sugarman Foundation
Grants in Support of Working Artists. Funding is available to painters and sculptors. Funding is provided for projects that incorporate human themes and address socially conscious issues.
Federal Opportunities – Cultural Arts Funding
Compilation of resources courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.
College Art Association
The College Art Association assists artists financially in completion of MFA and Ph.D. programs. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to individual artists.
American Craft Council
The American Craft Council offers grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. Partial financial assistance is available for exhibitions, education programs, publications, films, workshops, seminars, and demonstrations; as well as other programs which promote the understanding and appreciation of craft.
Fractured Atlas wants to help you raise money for your artistic work. As the country’s largest arts fiscal sponsor, we provide accessibility, efficiency and affordability. We work with thousands of artists and arts organizations to provide education and support for raising funds.
Americans for the Arts
Funding Opportunities, describes funding support possibilities in the United States.
Grants listed by state
Alabama State Arts Council
The Alabama State Arts Council awards Artist Fellowships of $5,000 or $10,000 for Alabama artists working in crafts, dance, design, media/photography, music, literature, theater and the visual arts. Recipients must be residents of Alabama.
Arizona Commission on the Arts
The Arizona Commission on the Arts “Artist Projects” is a program to support individual artists in all disciplines for project-related costs that allow the artist(s) increased time to research and develop ideas or new works.
Marin Arts Council
Individual Artist Grants of up to $10,000 are given annually to Marin artists through the Marin Arts Council. The granting cycle is September to June and categories are funded biennially.
San Francisco Arts Commission
Individual Artists Commissions–A one-year grant program which supports arts activity that culminates in public presentation or participation in San Francisco, and targets San Francisco-resident artists with at least a two-year history of accomplishment in the art form of the proposed project.
Arts Council Silicon Valley
Up to six fellowships of $4,000 each will be given annually to artists living in the Silicon Valley in rotating artistic categories. No specific project needs to be carried out with the funds awarded.
LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. Please refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying.
Fort Mason Center
Shulte Grants for the Arts & Crafts
The Shulte Grants program was established in 2002 as a result of a bequest to the Foundation from the estate of Mrs. Leta Shulte. It is designed to foster, promote, and provide education in the arts and crafts for people of all ages.
Colorado Council on the Arts
Colorado Council on the Arts Artist Fellowships acknowledge artistic integrity and quality among Colorado’s artists and promote public awareness of their work. Artist Fellowship Awards are $5,000.
LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. Please refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying.
Connecticut Commission on the Arts
Connecticut Commission on the Arts’ Artist Fellowship program is designed to encourage the continuing artistic development of Connecticut’s finest creative artists who are seriously committed to their art form and who have a demonstrated history of professional activity in the state. Twenty to thirty-five awards are made each year in the amounts of $5,000 and $2,500.
Delaware Division of the Arts
The Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships provide cash awards to artists which enable them to set aside time, purchase materials, and advance their careers as their needs demand. As an acknowledgement of artistic achievement, fellowships provide artists with recognition and exposure in addition to a financial stipend.
District of Columbia
The District of Columbia Commission on Arts and Humanities
The Arts Commission offers funding for the arts in the District of Columbia. The Artist Fellowship Program offers grants to individuals in a broad range of artistic endeavors. Individual fellowships support individual artists who make significant contributions to the arts and who promote the arts in the District of Columbia through artistic excellence.
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
Division of Cultural Affairs for the state of Florida awards grants to individual artists.
Idaho Commission on the Arts
Idaho Commission on the Arts offers grants to individuals.
Illinois Arts Council
The Illinois Arts Council awards grants to individuals for up to $7000.
Indiana Arts Commission
Indiana Arts Commission Grants support individual Indiana artists, in all disciplines, for specific project-related costs. Eligible projects are purposely left flexible to respond to the artists’ ideas, dreams, and needs; however, the goal of this program is to aid the artists’ career development.
Iowa Arts Council
Iowa Arts Council provides grants to individual artists working in all disciplines, to develop significant and specific projects that will be presented to or shared with the public during or after the grant period. Applicants may request up to $15,000 which must be matched dollar-for-dollar.
Kansas Arts Commission
The Kansas Arts Commission awards a limited number of Kansas Artists Fellowships in 10 disciplines, 5 every other year, to Kansas creative artists to recognize sustained achievement and excellence. Each Kansas Artist Fellowship recipient will be awarded $5,000.
Kentucky Arts Council
Kentucky Arts Council offers many different grant opportunities, including the Individual Artist Fellowship, Individual Artist Professional Development Program, and Individual Artist Project Grant.
Louisiana Division of the Arts
Louisiana Division of the Arts offers Individual Artist Mini-Grants ($500) and Artist Fellowships ($5,000).
Maine Arts Commission
The Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded annually, one in each category: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Literary Arts.
LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. Please refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying. For projects in development outside these two regions, please contact the main office in California. LEF Foundation, 1095 Lodi LN., Saint Helena, CA 94574.
Maryland State Arts Council
Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards are grants awarded to Maryland artists through an anonymous donor, competitive prices to encourage and sustain their pursuit of artistic excellence. A limited number of awards of $1,000, $3,000 and $6,000 are offered each year.
Massachusetts Cultural Council
The Artist Grants Program provides direct assistance to Massachusetts artists, to recognize exceptional work and to support the further developments of their talents. Fellowship grants of $5,000 are offered in discipline categories which rotate according to fiscal year.
Art Serve Michigan
Art Serve Michigan Creative Artist Grants (CAG) a project grant that funds the creation of new work in all arts disciplines and community service activities by professional artists. Awards of up to $8,000 are available.
Five Wings Art Council
The Five Wings Art Council is one of eleven designated Regional Arts Councils in Minnesota who provide grants and services to nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists on a regional basis. The Individual Artist Grants ($100-$500) are designed to help strengthen an artist’s career by taking advantage of arts related, short term opportunities.
The Jerome Foundation makes grants to support the creation and production of new artistic works by emerging artists, and contributes to the professional advancement of those artists. Open to residents of Minnesota and New York City. Individual grants are available in Media Arts, and for travel or study.
Minnesota State Arts Board
The Fellowship program is designed to recognize, reward and encourage outstanding, individual artists. Twelve-month fellowships can provide time, materials and living expenses for artists working in the visual, literary and performing arts. All fellowships are $8,000.
McKnight Artist Fellowships
Ceramic Artists interested in the McKnight fellowship program should contact Northern Clay Center, Fellowships: Two $25,000 awards. Application and panel review. National and International Residencies: Four $5,000 awards for a 3-month residency in Minnesota, plus $300 for a public workshop.
Mississippi Arts Commission
The Mississippi Arts Commission offers Artist Fellowships in the following areas: Folk Arts, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts and Crafts. It also offers Folk Art Apprenticeships.
Montana Arts Council
Montana Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowships Program seeks to recognize, reward and encourage individual artists in Montana. Fellowships of $5,000 are awarded to professional Montana artists who demonstrate excellence in their work.
Nebraska Arts Council
Nebraska Arts Council offers Artist Fellowships which provide monetary awards to Nebraska artists in various disciplines.
Nevada Arts Council
Nevada Arts Council (NAC) awards Fellowships ($5,000) and “Jackpot” Grants to individual artists.
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts’ Artist Services Programs offer the following grants to individuals: Individual Artist Fellowships with awards of $5,000; New Works Grant, which provides funds for working in collaboration with other artists; and Percent for Art Grant which funds purchases or commissions of art and craft work for state buildings.
The Jerome Foundation makes grants to support the creation and production of new artistic works by emerging artists, and contributes to the professional advancement of those artists. Open to residents of Minnesota and New York City.
Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council
Individual Artist Grants are available to individual artists residing in Warren or Washington County. One grant of $2500 is available for artists who reside in Washington County, and a grant of $2500 and another for $1000 are available to artists who reside in Warren County.
New York Foundation for the Arts
New York Foundation for the Arts
New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowships awards grants of $7,000 in sixteen separate disciplines to individual originating artists in New York State. Through Artists & Audiences Exchange, each fellowship recipient performs a public service activity in collaboration with a non-profit organization located in New York State.
Durham (NC) arts council emerging artist grant
The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. While no specific minimum has been established, a project will be awarded no more than $1,500.
North Dakota Council on the Arts
North Dakota Council on the Arts awards Individual Artists Fellowships in the amount of $2,500.
Ohio Arts Council
The Ohio Arts Council offers several programs for individual artists.
Oregon Arts Commission
“The Arts Commission recognizes the achievements of outstanding Oregon artists through annual Individual Artist Fellowship grants.”
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts offers funding opportunities and services for Pennsylvania artists. Opportunities include individual fellowships up to $10,000 and an annual catalog of Fellowship Recipients.
Awards to individual women artists are offered in a selected visual or literary discipline each year. The Leeway Foundation’s mission is to support individual women artists, arts programs and arts organizations, focusing on the Greater Philadelphia region, in order to help them achieve individual and community transformation.
Pew Fellowships in the Arts
Pew Fellowships in the Arts awards grants of $50,000 to artists working in a wide variety of performing, visual, and literary disciplines which rotate on a four-year cycle. Up to twelve fellowships are awarded annually to artists living and working in the five-county, Philadelphia area.
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts makes direct grants to Rhode Island artists. Grants to individuals include Fellowships and Folk Arts apprenticeships. Proposals for funding for individual artists are also considered.
South Carolina Arts Commission
South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowships recognize and award the artistic achievements of South Carolina’s exceptional individual artists. Six fellowships are awarded each year on a rotation by arts discipline.
South Dakota Arts Council
South Dakota Arts Council awards several different kinds of grants to individual artists. These are: Artist Grants, Artist Collaboration Grants, and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants.
Tennessee Arts Commission
The Tennessee Arts Commission offers Individual Artist Fellowships and Professional Artist Support grants.
Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County
The Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County offers fellowships that are cash awards of $2,500 and $5,000 for artists who have resided in Houston for at least two full years prior to the application deadline.
Utah Arts Council
Individual Artist Grants (for Utah residents only) for up to $1,200 are available two times annually with deadlines on the 1st day of June and October.
Vermont Arts Council
The Vermont Arts Council awards Creation Project grants ($1,000-$5,000) and Artist Development grants ($250-$750) to individual artist.
Virginia Commission on the Arts
Through the Virginia Commission on the Arts a limited number of fellowships with awards of $5,000 are available to professional creative artists living in Virginia. Specific arts disciplines will be eligible for support each year on a rotating basis, depending on the amount of state and federal funding available to the Commission.
The Artist Trust
The Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines. Grants awarded to individual artists are Grants for Artist Projects which awards up to $1,400 to artists to begin, further or complete specific works of art, and Fellowships, which are unrestricted awards of $6,000 to recognize artistic merit and continued dedication to art-making.
West Virginia Commission on the Arts
West Virginia Commission on the Arts annually awards fellowships in various categories of the visual, literary, and performing arts based on the originality, creativity, and accomplishment of previous work, as well as the level of commitment and potential for further growth. Fellowship awards are for $3500.
Wisconsin Arts Board
Wisconsin Arts Board Artist Fellowship Awards recognize the significant contributions of professional artists in Wisconsin. Fellowships of $8,000 are available, in odd-numbered years, to individual artists working in the Visual Arts and Media Arts.
Grant Opportunities: International
The U.S. Fulbright Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, as well as young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience.
Asian Cultural Council
The Asian Cultural Council supports cultural exchange between Asia and the United states in the performing and visual arts, primarily by providing individual fellowship grants to artists, scholars, and students. Some of the grants listed on this site are for Americans who wish to study in China, Japan, or Taiwan.
Australia Council: Visual Arts/Craft:
Visual Arts/Craft: Grants: Fellowships. The purpose of this category is to provide financial support for two years to visual artists, craftspeople, specialist, visual arts and craft writers of outstanding achievement to enable them to create new work and further develop their practice.
This website contains a page of links to arts funding sources for Canadian artists. National funding sources are listed as well as funding sources in each of the provinces.
Alberta Craft Council
The spirit of the grant is to provide seed money to as many visual artists and crafts people in Canada as possible.
Canada Council for the Arts
The Grants to Professional Fine Craft Artists program supports projects or activities that reveal innovation and artistic expression.
Edmonton Arts Council-Canada
The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
A $10,000 award for young (under 40) artists working with figurative content. Artists may reapply every 3 years. The application form is short and only six slides of works are requested. No reference letters are required.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts are for individuals, arts organizations, national touring and other people who use the arts in their work. They are for activities that benefit the people in England or that help artists and arts organizations from England to carry out their work.
Finnish Cultural Foundation
The Finnish Cultural Foundation was established in 1939 for the advancement of Finnish culture. It awards grants and scholarships to scientific research and arts in all fields.
Foundation des Etats-Unis
The Foundation des Etats-Unis annually awards up to four Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarships to American visual artists and musicians. The stipend covers room and board for one academic year (October-June) at the Foundation.
The Japan Foundation Artist Fellowships provide artists the opportunity to pursue creative projects in Japan for 2 to 6 months.
The American-Scandanavian Foundation
The American-Scandinavian Foundation promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Each year, the ASF wards more than $500,000 in fellowships and grants to individual students, scholars, professionals and artists for projects abroad.
Grants for Students:
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarships are designed to encourage and support outstanding students from 7th grade through graduate school who have a breadth of interests, work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need.
Grants for Women
AAUW Educational Foundation
The AAUW Educational Foundation is one of the nation’s largest sources of private funding for educational programs that directly benefit women and girls. The Foundation funds: groundbreaking research; fellowships and grants for outstanding women from around the globe; special awards; and vital community action projects.
The Kentucky Foundation for Women
The goal of the Kentucky Foundation for Women is to change the lives of women by supporting feminist expression in the arts in Kentucky; by publishing The American Voice, a literary journal; and by operating Hopscotch House, a rural retreat for women near Louisville.
The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund provides grants to women whose projects focus on peace and social justice. Grant range is up to $1,500.
Fund for Women Artists
Choices include film/video projects, international projects, and visual arts projects. Grants are given to individual feminist women artists whose work in some way focuses upon women.
The Art and Change Grant
The Art and Change Grant provide immediate, short-term grants of up to $2500 to women artists in the Philadelphia region who need financial assistance.
Third Wave Scholarship Program for Young Women
Third Wave Foundation’s Scholarship Program for Young Women is available to all full-time or part-time students age 30 and under who are enrolled in, or have been accepted to, an accredited university, college or community college. Students should also be involved as activists, artists, or cultural workers working on issues such as racism, homophobia, sexism, or other forms of inequality.
The fund is a non-profit private foundation, which gives business grants to women who wish to start a business, or grow a business they have already begun.
Finance Center for Women
The SBA offers many different lending programs to help you finance your business. This link will give you more information about each of these programs and how to apply for them.
Are awarded for full-time graduate or postgraduate study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Supplemental grants support community-based projects in the fellow’s home country.
Career Development Grants
Support women who hold a bachelor’s degree and who are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force. Applicants must be U.S citizens or permanent residents.
Grants for Minorities
Association of Hispanic Arts
Grants and Other Opportunities for Artists, identifies jobs, grants, fellowships, calls for entries, etc.
Joyce Awards to Support Creation of Works by Minority Artists
Funded by the Joyce Foundation in Chicago, the Joyce Awards support projects that advance the creation and production of works by minority artists in dance, music, theater, and visual arts.
The World Studio Foundation
The World Studio Foundation provides scholarships to minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying the design/arts disciplines in American colleges and universities. Recipients are chosen for their abilities as well as a demonstrated commitment to giving back to the larger community.
Grants specific to artists with a BFA
Kinley Memorial Fellowships
Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowships are made to provide meaningful opportunities for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree in the fine and applied arts to enhance their professional status, to aid their pursuit of an advanced degree, or to finance a special project within the field.
The National Network for Artist Placement (NNAP)
The National Network for Artist Placement (NNAP) has joined forces with Women, Incorporated (WI) a not-for-profit organization that helps any artist with start-up capital and services for small businesses. NNAP believes the services offered by WI can help artists obtain their entrepreneurial vision of a financially secure career in the arts.
For Small Business Grants Look to the States
Small business grants are closer than you think. In fact, the small business grant you need to start or expand your business may be available.
The Center for Crafts, Creativity and Design
The Center for Crafts, Creativity and Design seeks to advance scholarship in the field of craft by supporting high-quality research undertaken by university faculty, graduate students, museum curators, artists and independent scholars. The Fund supports research that demonstrates the relevance of craft within contemporary culture. Its aim is to increase the number of creative scholars and practitioners interested in pursuing craft studies and research.
If you are an artist and are looking for information on grants, this user aid will help you in your search. We have selected a few of the most important print and electronic resources for you to begin your search.
Foundations, Grants, Trusts, and Scholarships
A Comprehensive Resource for Sculptors. A collection of links and descriptions of organizations which fund sculptor’s training, special commissions and projects, improved communications between 3D artists, and conservation.