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Alliant Energy Foundation Grants

The foundation supports organizations and programs in the areas of human needs, education, culture and art, civic and environment. Projects that qualify in multiple categories receive special consideration for funding. Organizations that support the physical and emotional well being of people across all age groups, educate and motivate today's youth, place an emphasis on excellence in education, promote literacy, culture and arts activities that enhance the overall quality of life in the area, civic organizations that strengthen the overall quality of life, and organizations that promote environmental initiatives are all supported. Requests are accepted on an ongoing basis through the year, but are considered only in the next grantmaking cycle.

Horizon Foundation Grants

The Foundation supports programs and organizations that aspire to create and maintain sustainable and livable communities by: protecting and conserving land and water resources; educating children and adults about being good stewards of the environment; promoting vibrant, child-oriented arts; teaching respect for and preservation of historic assets; enabling children and adults to lead their communities in thoughtful and healthy ways; and encouraging service to others.

Cooper Foundation Grants

The objectives of the foundation are to fund innovative ideas that promise substantial impact in Nebraska and that encourage others to make similar or larger grants for the same purpose. All grants are made in Nebraska, with the majority in Lincoln and Lancaster County. The foundation's highest priorities are education, including projects to improve teaching and learning and parent education at pre-school and K-12 levels as well as educational solutions to human service issues; human services; the arts, especially in the area of non-traditional areas of curriculum to increase accessibility by under-served audiences; the humanities; and the environment. Types of support include seed money, technical assistance, matching funds, and programs and projects. Requests for general operating funds and capital campaigns for physical facilities receive less priority.

Cooper Industries Foundation Grants

Grants are awarded to support activities in domestic and international communities where Cooper has concentrations of employees. Areas of interest include education--community libraries, mentoring programs, vocational schools, college scholarship programs, and higher education institutions; health and human services--groups helping the disabled, disadvantaged, and people facing emergencies or crises; culture and the arts--public TV and radio, community theaters, museums, and arts education and access; and community and environment--safety, preservation, community improvement, and neighborhood revitalization. Types of support include operating budgets, continuing support, annual campaigns, seed grants, emergency funds, matching funds and employee matching gifts, employee-related scholarships, building funds, and capital campaigns. Budgets are compiled each fall for the following calendar year; therefore, requests should be received well before that time

Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching Awards

The award recognizes exemplary contributions of humanities teachers in Texas elementary, middle, and high schools. Awards will be presented to the winning teachers and their schools; six teachers will receive awards with an additional award payable to their schools for the purchase of instructional materials. Six additional teachers will receive awards of $500. One additional teacher will be presented with the Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award. The teacher recognized for this distinguished award will receive an award, with an award for his or her school. Teachers of English, foreign languages, history, and social studies are eligible for the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Awards. Teachers of art, drama, and music are eligible if they emphasize the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. To nominate a teacher, complete the nomination form and mail it or fax it to the office. Guidelines are available online.

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Art Works for Kids Grants

The program provides grants, community development assistance, and encourages networking and advocacy to promote quality, sequential arts education in Utah schools. Grants fund teaching artists in schools, equipment and materials, professional development opportunities for teachers, district and university initiatives, and community arts programs.

Idaho Commission on the Arts Artists in Education Residencies

The residency program is designed to place professional artists in educational settings to work and demonstrate their artistic disciplines. The program is intended to encourage continuing cooperation and collaboration among artists, teachers, administrators, students, and the community. Sponsors and artists design a residency that involves the participants in the creation, interpretation, and appreciation of the art form and the artist's perspective. Annual deadline dates vary; contact the program office for exact dates.

Idaho Humanities Council Grants

The Council is dedicated to increasing the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the humanities in Idaho. It supports educational programs for the general public and various target audiences. The Council meets twice a year to review applications for Major and Mini Grants. Applicants should submit rough drafts one month before deadline dates.

Connecticut Community Foundation Grants

The foundation supports nonprofits in the Waterbury, CT, area to enrich the quality of life of residents. Categories of support include teenage growth and development--education, employment, culture, delinquency prevention, family support, and emotional and physical health; and arts and humanities--increasing access to the arts, new art forms, performances, and education for youth and adult audiences. A broad range of program types will be funded, including seed money, emergency funds, building/renovation, equipment, land acquisition, matching grants, research, projects/programs, publications, conferences and seminars, capital campaigns, consulting services, scholarship funds, student aid, and technical assistance. Applicants must discuss their application with the program officer before submission.

Community Foundation of Greenville Grants

The community foundation exists to support charitable purposes for the mental, moral, intellectual, and physical improvement of the people of Greenville County, SC. Areas of interest include early childhood education, adult basic education and literacy, health care, community development, and children and family services. Types of support include capital campaigns, equipment, program development, conferences and seminars, seed money grants, internships, matching funds, and technical assistance. The board meets in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

Isabel Bloom Art Education Fund

The fund provides extra financial support to the visual arts programs within the primary and secondary schools of Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island County in Illinois. The grants are to further the education of local children and art instructions, foster greater appreciation of the visual arts, and help enhance the quality of life in the Quad Cities. Guidelines and application are available online.

Iowa Arts Council Artists in Schools/Communities Residency Grants

The program helps to bring professional teaching artists into communities to benefit students and teachers. Students learn to be critical and visionary thinkers and grow in confidence and self-esteem. Teachers benefit by enhancing their existing curriculum and discovering new approaches to teaching. Application information is available online.

Charles A. Dana Arts Education Grants

Dana has extended its longtime interest in education to support innovative professional-development programs leading to improved teaching of the performing arts in public schools. Within this broad field, the foundation is interested primarily in training for in-school arts specialists and professional artists who teach in the schools. In-school arts specialists are teachers who are part of the permanent school staff (full- or part-time) and who teach the performing arts as their primary area of instruction. Guidelines are available online. The program is designed to benefit schools and school systems throughout the country but are not ordinarily made directly to individual schools.

Jane's Trust Grants

The Trust has particular interest in organizations and projects which primarily benefit underserved populations and disadvantaged communities. Fields of interest are in arts and culture, education, the environment, and health and welfare. The first step in the application process is submission of a concept paper. Complete information is available online.

Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust Grants

The trust funds projects in New England in the areas of health, education, the natural and urban environment, and philanthropy. The trustees are interested particularly in projects that primarily benefit underserved populations and disadvantaged communities in New England, as well as projects that focus on prevention rather than remediation. The trust also is interested in fostering collaborations among nonprofit organizations in communities throughout New England and welcomes collaborative concept papers. Operating support is considered on occasion. Interested applicants should submit a concept paper. Application information is available online.

Jerome Foundation Grants

The Foundation supports programs in dance, literature, media arts, music, theater, performance art, the visual arts, multidisciplinary work and arts criticism. The Foundation seeks to support artists who exhibit significant potential yet are not recognized as established creators by fellow artists and other arts professionals. Examples of recognition include exhibitions, reviews, commissions, performances, grant awards, residencies, fellowships, publications and productions. Applications are available online.

Target Foundation Grants

The foundation welcomes applications from nonprofit organizations in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area. Types of support include operating, project, and capital grants. The foundation is specifically interested in partnering with arts and cultural institutions to make special exhibitions, performances, and events visible and accessible to the community; and supporting direct service organizations that sustain the basic shelter, food, and clothing needs of individuals or families at risk. Proposals are accepted throughout the year; the preferred submission time is February through November. Organizations that fit foundation guidelines may apply for funding by submitting a grant request via US postal mail.

Target Corporation Local Store Grants

Grants focus on arts, reading, and family violence prevention. In the area of arts, the company's goal is to make the arts more accessible and affordable for the entire family. Grants support programs that provide art exhibits, classes, or performances. Programs that bring arts to schools or kids to the arts are encouraged. In the area of reading, the company funds programs that promote a love of reading or encourage children to read together with their families. Preference is given to programs that focus on programs that inspire young readers (birth through third grade). The corporation also awards All-Around Scholarships--including four national scholarships and two smaller scholarships for each Target store--to high school seniors and college students age 24 or younger. The scholarships recognize volunteer work as well as academic achievement. In the area of family violence prevention, the company funds programs that help prevent family violence, such as parent education, family counseling, support groups, and shelters. Organizations making efforts to reduce domestic violence or prevent child abuse and neglect receive preference.

San Diego Women's Foundation Grants

The San Diego Women

San Diego Community Impact Grants

The primary areas of focus for this fund include arts and culture, civil society, environmental issues, health and human services, and science/technology. There are distinct guidelines available at the web site for each of these focus areas.

3M Foundation Grants

The foundation supports organizat ions involved with arts and culture, education, the environment, and human services. Special emphasis is directed toward programs designed to help prepare individuals and families for success. Types of support include: building construction and renovation, capital campaigns, curriculum development, employee matching gifts, general operating support, in

Erie Community Foundation Grants

Grants will be awarded in four program areas: quality of life; human services; health; and education. The Foundation's goal is to help local charities more effectively and efficiently accomplish their missions. Application information is available online. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Foundation's program officer prior to submitting an application.

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Artist Enhancement Grant

The Artist Enhancement Grant Program is designed to assist practicing, professional, and emerging artists residing in Florida. The program provides support for artists to take advantage of specific, professional development, skill-building opportunities to advance their work and careers.

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs State Touring Program

The State Touring Program's purpose is to provide performances, activities, and exhibits, all by Florida artists, to as many Florida communities as possible. This is accomplished through two steps: The selection of a roster of artists who have been through a peer review process and; the provision of funding to presenters to assist in subsidizing the fees of the roster artists. Presenters may receive one-third of the artists' total fee for their venue or, if the presenter is located in an underpopulated county (population of 75,000 or less), two-thirds of the fee.


Arts-in-Education (AIE) Program Grants provide programming and operational support for community organizations and arts organizations serving young people. Programs may take place in school and after school hours.

CICF Legacy Fund's Noblesville Community Fund Grants

The City of Noblesville Community Fund was established to support the charitable intentions of the City of Noblesville. Further purposes of the fund include, but are not limited to, providing for the promotion of and public awareness of the human services, recreational programming, art, cultural, and humanities needs and issues of the City of Noblesville.

AAB Public Policy Fellowships

Short term fellowships of six to eight weeks are available for the Bosch Fellows in Public Policy. Fellows are sought from the fine arts including painting, sculpture, music, film, and drama; scholarly disciplines such as art history, history, philosophy, sociology, political science, and public policy; as well as from professional fields including architecture, law, business, economics, and journalism. Fellows are encouraged to take up an association with a Berlin institution such as a museum, library, archive, university, government agency, film studio, or media organization. Specialists on German topics as well as other persons for whom the cultural opportunities or political setting of Berlin offers an advantageous professional venue are encouraged to apply. Completed applications, with the exception of visual art and music applications, should be received by October 25 by the Berlin office only (ATTN: Application for Fellowship, Am Sandwerder 17-19, D-14109 Berlin, Germany; +49 30 804 83 0; fax: +49 30 804 83 111; e-mail: applications&&americanacademy.de).

Adobe Youth Voices Grants

The Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Grants Program supports leading youth-focused programs and organizations

Illinois Arts Council Project QuickStart

Project QuickStart is designed to support project grants of up to $1000 for schools and school districts that are planning to conduct a short term residency experiences with specific Illinois artists during a school year. Priority is given to first-time applicants to the Illinois Arts Council. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to encourage schools to build new relationships with the state's artistic community. The proposed project should meet a specific community or curricular need identified by current staff and/or expand the artistic opportunities for the targeted group of students. Activities are limited to hands-on workshops, classes, demonstrations and lectures. Performances for large audiences must be linked with specific programs for a smaller group of students.

PHF Undergraduate Humanities Forum Research Fellowships

Each year, a number of Fellowships are offered to promote undergraduate research in the humanities and cultivate the importance of humanistic thought across all disciplines. Interested candidates should be conducting work related to the Forum's theme for the year in which the award is granted. Calls for applications are solicited in February of the year preceding the fellowship. One $1500 PHF Coordinating Research Fellowship and approximately eighteen PHF Research Fellowships at $600 each are available each year. Applicants are drawn from students across Penn, as well as from the university's twelve undergraduate College Houses.

PHF Regional Mellon Faculty Research and Cultural Fellowships

The PHF research stipends of $3,000 are intended for faculty in the humanities from Philadelphia-area colleges and universities and for department directors and curators of Philadelphia-area arts and cultural organizations. The stipends are designed to encourage interdisciplinary exchange among the region's academies and cultural institutions. Fellows must be engaged in research directly related to the Forum's theme for the year in which the award is granted, and are expected to participate in the Forum's weekly Mellon Research Seminars.

PHF Penn Faculty Research Fellowships

Applications are solicited from standing faculty members in the humanities and allied departments at Penn for the Penn Humanities Forum's Mellon Faculty Research Fellowships. Available are junior faculty awards of $5000 disbursed as salary, as well as senior faculty awards of $10,000 paid directly to departments to offset the cost of a course release. Fellows must be engaged in research directly related to the Forum's theme for the year in which the award is granted, and are expected to participate in the Forum's weekly Mellon Research Seminars.

Ohio Arts Council Arts Learning - Arts Partnership Grants

This program provides one or two year grants to support activities that enhance the quality of and access to learning in the arts for learners of all ages, backgrounds, experience levels and abilities. Effective and sustainable arts learning projects and programs are achieved through strong collaborations or partnerships. In this category, priority is given to collaborative efforts that emphasize skill acquisition and direct participation in and access to quality arts experiences. Additional priorities include fostering commitment to arts learning in school and community settings and supporting research, evaluation, and scholarship about teaching and learning in the arts. Grant amounts in this program generally do not exceed 50% of the project budget. The Arts Partnership program requires a 1:1 cash match. Applicants may request a minimum of $4,000 and as much as $25,000 per year.

Ohio Arts Council Arts Individual Excellence Awards

The awards are peer recognition of creative artists for the exceptional merit of a body of work that advances or exemplifies the discipline and the larger artistic community. These awards support artists' growth and development and recognize their work in Ohio and beyond. Awards are offered in the following areas: choreography, crafts, fiction/nonfiction, poetry, playwriting/screenplays, criticism, design arts/illustration, interdisciplinary/performance art, media arts, music composition, photography and visual arts. The anonymous review process is not project-based; awards are based solely on the quality of past work. The awards are either $5,000 or $10,000. Grant amounts are determined by the review panel. Recipients are required to sign a Grant Agreement with the OAC. The awards may be used for any purpose designated by the receiving artists except to pursue a degree-granting program.

Ohio Arts Council Arts Innovation Program Grants

The OAC believes that encouraging Ohio

Ohio Arts Council Artists and Communities Program Grants

The program supports artist-initiated projects that are collaborative art-making experiences with a specific community and that result in the creation of new work. Projects underscore the fundamental and transformative role of the arts in daily life. They also illuminate the creative vitality of Ohio

Ohio Arts Council Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants

This program strives to keep alive Ohio's traditional and folk arts by supporting collaborations between master artists and dedicated apprentices who are preserving their ethnic, occupational, regional group, community, or family traditions that have been passed down for generations. The program provides support for a master artist and one or more apprentices to work together in an intensive individual study program that preserves traditional art forms of Ohio residents. Examples of traditional arts include, but are not limited to, Polish paper cutting, blues music, stone carving, Appalachian fiddling, embroidery, Laotian khene playing, icon painting, Irish step dancing, woodcarving, Chicano corridor singing, quilting, tamburitza music and polka. Grants are up to $2,500 for a master and apprentice(s) to work together, regardless of the number of apprentices. The master artist

Columbus Foundation Major Arts Organizations Grants

The Foundation accepts applications from regional Arts organizations with budgets at or above $350,000 per year. Criteria for awarding grants to major art organizations include the following: financial stability; attendance; inclusiveness; artistic quality; leadership; and overall administration. A Letter of Intent (LOI) is required as the first step in the application process. The LOI will give an opportunity to provide an overview of the organization's mission and funding request. Timely feedback will be received about whether a request is competitive to move to full proposal submission. All LOIs and full proposals must be submitted using the online grantmaking process.

Ohio River Border Initiative Grants

The Ohio River Border Initiative (ORBI) is a joint project of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council to support the arts community in the Ohio River valley. ORBI

IMLS Conservation Project Support Grants

The grants provide matching funds to help museums identify conservation needs and priorities and perform activities to ensure the safekeeping of their collections. Projects may assess four types of collections: nonliving, systematics/natural history, living plants, and living animals. Grants are available for different types of conservation projects, such as environmental improvements, research, surveys and long-range plans, training, and treatment. Projects may not exceed two years. IMLS will pay up to one-half the cost of the project. A museum's matching funds must come from cash contributions, earned income, in-kind contributions, or nonfederal funds. This program also funds Exceptional Projects. These are projects with broad-reaching effects that benefit multiple institutions. The November 1 deadline apples to programs for museums in counties of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi that have been declared disaster areas by the federal government. Application and guidelines are available online.

Benton County Foundation Grants

The Foundation

Mead Johnson Nutritionals Evansville-Area Organizations Grants

Evansville area non-profit organizations of all varieties may submit charitable giving applications throughout the year. However, if a request exceeds $1,000 it is highly recommended that the applicant submit an application between June 1 and August 31 in the year prior to when the funds are needed. Requests greater than $1,000 are generally reviewed as a group, one time a year. If approved, funding will be awarded in the following year. Requests greater than $1,000 received after August 31 might not be considered and the applicant might be asked to reapply the following year.

Teaching Tolerance Grants

The program offers grants of $500 to $2500 to preK-12 grade classroom teachers for projects designed to reduce prejudice among youth, improve intergroup relations in schools and/or support educator professional development in these areas. Proposals from other community organizations and houses of worship will be considered on the basis of direct student impact. Funding will foster equity, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond with special projects, events, curriculum development, and other creative endeavors that address tolerance themes. Programs should promote racial, ethnic, and religious harmony. The grants will target small-scale, resourceful, student-focused projects that promote acceptance of diversity, peace making, community service, or any other aspect of tolerance education. Applicants should submit a cover letter with name, grade and subject taught, school and home addresses, and phone numbers; and a typed 500-word description of project idea and a detailed proposed budget. There are no application deadlines.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund Charles E. Culpeper Arts and Culture Grants in New York City

The Fund seeks to foster an environment in which artists and the creative process can flourish by supporting organizations that assist individual artists and the creative process, provide infrastructure to sustain the artistic life, and offer additional opportunities to artists for developing skills complementary to their creative talents. In addition, the Fund seeks to sustain and advance small and mid-size cultural organizations, particularly those that are community based and/or culturally specific through the following strategies: supporting core operations by providing non-renewable, two-year capacity-building grants of up to $50,000 per year; strengthening long-term financial viability by providing endowment grants and cash reserve grants of up to $250,000 to cultural and arts organizations that demonstrate the potential for long-term leadership and excellence in the presentation of creative work to the broadest possible audiences; enhancing institutional leadership through competitive awards to arts and cultural organizations for innovative, team-based leadership conferences designed to strengthen long-range organizational management and governance; and offering grants of up to $15,000 to cover the costs of the leadership conference, including the participation of professional consultants, advisors, or facilitators (following completion of a leadership conference, the Fund may make an additional award of up to $25,000 to support the participating organization's efforts to implement some aspects of what was learned through the conference.

ACC Residency Program in Asia

The program in Asia assists individual American artists, scholars, and professionals undertaking research, teaching, and creative residencies at cultural and educational institutions in East and Southeast Asia. Projects supported in the Program demonstrate close collaboration in design and execution between the visiting American specialist and the host organization and produce tangible results such as publication, course development, or the creation of new artistic work. The program helps to foster the growth of Asian cultural studies in the U.S. and of American cultural studies in Asia, as well as to stimulate long-term relationships in the arts and humanities between American individuals and institutions and their colleagues in Asia. Eligible fields for consideration include archaeology, architecture (design, history, and theory), art history, conservation, crafts, dance, film, museology, music, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, theater, and video.

ACC Starr Foundation Fellowship Program

The contemporary visual arts of Asia are the focus of this fellowship program, established with an endowment grant from the Starr Foundation. Assistance is provided to artists and arts specialists from Asia for creative activity, research, training, and observation in the United States in the fields of art criticism, crafts, design, film, museology, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Assistance is provided for periods ranging from one month to one year. Approximately seventeen Fellowship grants are given annually supporting artists, curators, and critics from Asia traveling to the United

ACC Humanities Fellowship Program

The program assists American scholars, doctoral students, and specialists in the humanities to undertake research, training, and study in Asia in the following fields: archaeology; conservation; museology; and the theory, history, and criticism of architecture, art, dance, film, music, photography, and theater. Fellowship grants range in duration from one to nine months. The program also supports American and Asian scholars participating in international conferences, exhibitions, visiting professorships, and similar projects. Funding includes international travel, maintenance, per diem, and related research expenses. Completed applications must be submitted at least six months prior to the planned date of implementation.

ACC Ford Foundation Fellowships

This fellowship program provides support for training, travel, and research in the United States by individuals from Asia engaged in the study, documentation, and preservation of Asian traditional arts. Funded by an endowment grant from the Ford Foundation, this program offers awards in archaeology, art history, conservation, dance ethnology, ethnomusicology, museology, and other disciplines involving traditional Asian culture. Fellowships are generally awarded for periods ranging from three to 12 months. Completed applications must be submitted at least six months prior to the planned date of project implementation.

Indiana Arts Commission Multi-regional Major Arts Institutions Grants

This program provides annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations that provide quality arts and cultural activities on a statewide or multi-regional basis, with special attention to underserved communities. An underserved community is one in which individuals lack access to arts programs due to: geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, disability or age. Operating expenses may include, but are not limited to, salaries, administrative fees, staff development and training, space and equipment rental, promotional costs, and production costs, etc., needed to support the organization

NYCT Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund Grants

The Trust concentrates on projects that: improve New York City's public education system; promote diversity, equity, and access in the arts; and advocate for the rights of all people. Specifically, the Fund provides grants for operating support to small and mid-sized dance and theater companies. Separate guidelines are available. The grant review process takes from two to six months. Grants range from $5,000 to $100,000; an average grant is around $60,000.

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