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Chapter 2 : Grants

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.

Budgeting

  • 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.

From: The Emerging Artist Project: A Practical Guide for “New” Artists in Canada by Max Liboiron © (BFA, 2002), April 2002, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada (Grants p. 23)

Proof reading

  • 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.

Another excellent resource is the Fundamentals of Grantsmanship, by Janet S. Rasey, Ph.D., Director, Research Funding Service, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. It is available online at healthlinks.washington.edu.

Browning, Beverly A. Grant Writing for Dummies. New York: Wiley Publishing, 2001.

Thompson, Waddy. Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grant Writing (The Complete Idiot’s Guide). Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2003.

Here is Katz Four Step Program of Requirements for grant proposals:

  1. What do they want to fund
  2. What do you want to do that they want to fund
  3. Why are you the person to do this
  4. 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
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.


Grant Opportunities:

(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
kickstarter.com

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. 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
ingiegogo.com

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
virginiaagrootfoundation.org

The Virginia A. Groot Foundation established the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant in 1988 so that a ceramic sculpture or sculpture artist may have the opportunity to devote a substantial period of time to the development of his or her work. 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. s.

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
louiscomforttiffanyfoundation.org

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
chenvenfoundation.org

The Ruth Chenven Foundation awards up to $1,500 to U.S. crafts’ artists engaged in or planning a project.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc.
pkf.org

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.

Creative Capital
creative-capital.org

Performing & visual arts, media, new fields. Grants up to $20,000.

The Gunk Foundation
gunk.org

For “public” works of art.

The George Sugarman Foundation
georgesugarman.com

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
Cultural Funding

Compilation of resources courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.

College Art Association
collegeart.org

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
craftcouncil.org

The American Craft Council offers grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. Partial financial assistance is available for exhibitions, education programs, publications, films, workshops, seminars, demonstrations, as well as other programs which promote the understanding and appreciation of craft.

Fractured Atlas
fracturedatlas.org

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.
There is a passionate community of philanthropic individuals, charitable foundations, and government institutions devoted to funding the arts. The catch is that many independent artists and small companies lack the 501(c)(3) tax status that makes them eligible to apply for grants and incentivizes individual gifts.

Americans for the Arts
americansforthearts.org

Funding Opportunities, describes funding support possibilities in the United States.


Grants listed by state

Alabama

Alabama State Arts Council
arts.state.al.us

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 may use funds to set aside time to create art, improve their skills, or to do what is most advantageous to enhance their artistic careers. Recipients must be residents of Alabama.

Arizona

Arizona Commission on the Arts
azarts.gov

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.

California

Marin Arts Council
marinarts.org

Individual Artist Grants of up to $10,000 are given annually to Marin artists through the Marin Arts Council. Grants are awarded to artists working in a variety of media based solely on the quality of artwork submitted. The granting cycle is September to June and categories are funded biennially.

San Francisco Arts Commission
sfgfta.org

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
svcreates.org

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 Foundation
lef-foundation.org

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.

Fort Mason Center
Shulte Grants for the Arts & Crafts
fortmason.org

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. It is also intended to strengthen existing institutions that support artists or launch new cultural endeavors.

Colorado

Colorado Council on the Arts
coloradocreativeindustries.org

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.

Connecticut

LEF Foundation
lef-foundation.org

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.

Connecticut Commission on the Arts
cultureandtourism.org

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. Visual artists are eligible for this program during odd numbered years.

Delaware

Delaware Division of the Arts
artsdel.org/grants

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. This year, fellowships were awarded in two categories: Established Professional and Emerging Professional.

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia Commission on Arts and Humanities
dcarts.dc.gov

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. Fellowship artist disciplines rotate on a biannual basis. Fellowship application deadline June 15th

Florida

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
dos.myflorida.com

Division of Cultural Affairs for the state of Florida awards grants to individual artists.

Idaho

Idaho Commission on the Arts
arts.idaho.gov

Idaho Commission on the Arts offers grants to individuals.

Illinois

Illinois Arts Council
arts.illinois.gov

The Illinois Arts Council awards grants to individuals for up to $7000

Indiana

Indiana Arts Commission
in.gov/arts/

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

Iowa Arts Council
iowaculture.gov

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

Kansas Arts Commission
k-state.edu/arts/

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

Kentucky Arts Council
artscouncil.ky.gov

Kentucky Arts Council offers many different grant opportunities, including the Individual Artist Fellowship, Individual Artist Professional Development Program, and Individual Artist Project Grant.

Louisiana

Louisiana Division of the Arts
crt.louisiana.gov

Louisiana Division of the Arts offers Individual Artist Mini-Grants ($500) and Artist Fellowships ($5,000).

Maine

Maine Arts Commission
mainearts.maine.gov

The Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded annually, one in each category: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Literary Arts.

LEF Foundation
lef-foundation.org

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

Maryland State Arts Council
msac.org

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. Different categories of the Visual Arts are awarded in alternate years.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Cultural Council
massculturalcouncil.org

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.

Michigan

Art Serve Michigan
creativemany.org

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.

Minnesota

Five Wings Art Council
fwac.org

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. Five Wings provides services to Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena Counties. The Individual Artist Grants ($100-$500) are designed to help strengthen an artist’s career by taking advantage of arts related, short term opportunities.

Jerome Foundation
jeromefdn.org

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
arts.state.mn.us

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. Designed for artists at various stages in their careers, fellowships allow artists to set aside time to work, purchase supplies and materials, undertake advanced study not related to a degree or to pursue other career goals. All fellowships are $8,000.

McKnight Artist Fellowships
mcknight.org

Support for individual artists has been a cornerstone of The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program since it began in 1981. A fellowship can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project. 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

Mississippi Arts Commission
arts.state.ms.us

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

Montana Arts Council
art.mt.gov

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

Nebraska Arts Council
nebraskaartscouncil.org

Nebraska Arts Council offers Artist Fellowships which provide monetary awards to Nebraska artists in various disciplines.

Nevada

Nevada Arts Council
nvdtca.org

Nevada Arts Council (NAC) awards Fellowships ($5,000) and “Jackpot” Grants to individual artists.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
nh.gov/nharts

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.

New York

Jerome Foundation
jeromefdn.org

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, as well as for travel or study.

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council
larac.org

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. These proposals must be for the creation of new art that will impact the community creatively or involve the community in the creative process.

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. The Foundation also offers Career Advancement Mini-Grants($100-$600). Cannot be a matriculated student, craft is a category every two years. Artists’ Fellowships are not project grants but are instead intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development.

North Carolina

Durham (NC) arts council emerging artist grant
durhamarts.org

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. The EAP Committee generally tries to grant the full amount requested.

North Dakota

North Dakota Council on the Arts
nd.gov/arts

North Dakota Council on the Arts awards Individual Artists Fellowships in the amount of $2,500.

Ohio

Ohio Arts Council
oac.ohio.gov

The Ohio Arts Council offers several programs for individual artists.

Oregon

Oregon Arts Commission
oregonartscommission.org

“The Arts Commission recognizes the achievements of outstanding Oregon artists through annual Individual Artist Fellowship grants.”

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
artsnet.org/pca

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.

Leeway Foundation
leeway.org

The Leeway Foundation was established to promote the welfare of women and benefit the arts. 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. Specific grants are available for emerging and established women artists. There is also a Window of Opportunity Grant which help artists take advantage of unique, time-limited opportunities that could significantly benefit their work or increase its recognition.

Pew Fellowships in the Arts
pcah.us

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. The primary function of the fellowships is to free artists from other activities-literally to “buy time”-so they can focus on creative development for an extended period. Up to twelve fellowships are awarded annually to artists living and working in the five-county, Philadelphia area.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
arts.ri.gov

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

South Carolina Arts Commission
southcarolinaarts.com

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. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive process and are based on only one criterion: artistic excellence.

South Dakota

South Dakota Arts Council
artscouncil.sd.gov

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

Tennessee Arts Commission
tnartscommission.org/art-grants/

The Tennessee Arts Commission offers Individual Artist Fellowships and Professional Artist Support grants.

Texas

Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County
houstonartsalliance.com

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

Utah Arts Council
heritage.utah.gov

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

Vermont Arts Council
vermontartscouncil.org

The Vermont Arts Council awards Creation Project grants ($1,000-$5,000) and Artist Development grants ($250-$750) to individual artist.

Virginia

Virginia Commission on the Arts
arts.virginia.gov

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.

Washington

The Artist Trust
artisttrust.org

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

West Virginia Commission on the Arts
wvculture.org/arts/index.html

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. The Commission also awards Professional Development grants to individual artists.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Arts Board
artsboard.wisconsin.gov

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

Fulbright Program
eca.state.gov/fulbright

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.

Asia

Asian Cultural Council
asianculturalcouncil.org

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

Australia Council: Visual Arts/Craft:
australiacouncil.gov.au

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.

Canada

CanadianArtsNet
canadianartsnet.com

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
albertacraft.ab.ca

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
canadacouncil.ca/visual-arts/find-a-grant

The Grants to Professional Fine Craft Artists program supports projects or activities that reveal innovation and artistic expression.

Edmonton Arts Council-Canada
edmontonarts.ca

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
elizabethgreenshieldsfoundation.org

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.

England

Arts Council England
artscouncil.org.uk/funding

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.

Finland

Finnish Cultural Foundation
skr.fi/en

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.

France

Foundation des Etats-Unis
nfrance.com

The Foundation des Etats-Unis annually awards up to four Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarships to American visual artists and musicians. The grant is designated for study at the graduate level and allows young, talented musicians and artists to continue their studies in Paris. The stipend covers room and board for one academic year (October-June) at the Foundation.

Japan

Japan Foundation
cgp.org

The Japan Foundation Artist Fellowships provide artists the opportunity to pursue creative projects in Japan for 2 to 6 months.

Scandinavia

The American-Scandanavian Foundation
amscan.org

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
jkcf.org

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
canadacouncil.ca

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
kfw.org

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
demingfund.org

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

Funding Lists
womenarts.org

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
fundsforwriters.com

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
thirdwavefoundation.org

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. The primary criterion for funding is financial need. Students should also be involved as activists, artists, or cultural workers working on issues such as racism, homophobia, sexism, or other forms of inequality.

WomensBusinessGrants.com
WomensBusinessGrants.com

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
sba.gov

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.

International Fellowships
aauw.org

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
aauw.org

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
nalac.org

Grants and Other Opportunities for Artists, identifies jobs, grants, fellowships, calls for entries, etc.

Joyce Awards to Support Creation of Works by Minority Artists
joycefdn.org

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
scholarships.worldstudioinc.com

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
joycefdn.org

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.

Business Start-up

The National Network for Artist Placement (NNAP)
artistplacement.com

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. Their multi-billion dollar loan pool for both start-up and growing businesses speaks for itself.

For Small Business Grants Look to the States
usgovinfo.about.com

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.

Research Opportunities

The Center for Crafts, Creativity and Design
craftcreativitydesign.org

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.

Foundation Center
foundationcenter.org/find-funding

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
sculptor.org

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.