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Arts Grants/Programs Available from the U.S. Government

Courtesy of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

Arts and Healing Network - Arts Grants

Arts and Healing Network - Arts Grants

Arts and Culture RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center PND Digest

Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker's Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker. Covers both nonprofit and academic funding opportunities.

The Art List

A monthly online newsletter listing grants, upcoming art contests, competitions, and juried shows across the United States. Sign up for either the free list or the subscription list for more extensive postings. Also listed under Photography.


Subscription service providing information about art funding opportunities.

Art Deadlines List

A free monthly newsletter (email & paper PREMIUM/PAID versions are also available) providing information about juried exhibitions/competitions, call for entries/proposals/papers, jobs, internships, writing & photo contests, scholarships, residencies, design & architecture competitions, auditions, fellowships, casting calls, tryouts, grants, festivals, funding, financial aid, and other opportunities (including some that take place on the web) for artists, art educators and art students of all ages. Edited and published by Richard Gardner.

Art and Design Scholarship Guide

By Ward Allebach and Joe Mellett, ArtSchools.com.

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation awards yearly grants to writers in three rotating disciplines: Theatre, Full-length Fiction, and Short Stories. All works submitted must present the gay and lesbian lifestyle in a positive manner and be based on, or inspired by, a historic person, culture, event, or work of art. Writing contests close on November 30th of each year. Grants are $1000 and are not limited to a single winner. The Foundation also offers grants (usually of $1000) to production companies to offset expenses in producing gay-positive theatrical works based on history. Listed under Grants for Individuals -- arts, humanities, writing.

Ann Arbor Graphics Arts Memorial Scholarships

Ann Arbor Graphics Arts Memorial Scholarships

Alpha Delta Kappan International Honorary Sorority for Women Educators - Fine Arts Grants - Painting All Media

Telephone: 800) 247-2311 This category is designed for artists working in painting media such as acrylic, oil, watercolor, casein, egg tempera, encaustic, gouache, mix media, etc. One $5,000 grant, one $3,000 grant and one $1,000 grant may be awarded biennially. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree and complete the applications in full. Grants are intended for a graduate degree program or a study course not part of a graduate degree program or an extensive in-depth project which would enable the applicant to grow professionally. Alpha Delta Kappa members are eligible to apply. Applicants shall not have received an International scholarship or grant from Alpha Delta Kappa within the past two years. Previous first place winners are ineligible. Applications and letters of reference must be postmarked by April 1, 2006. All supportive materials must be submitted with the application.

Actor's Fund of America - Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center

The AHIRC database was created in 1998 by The Actors


Two scholarships

Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Grants in theater, music and creation of new works by artists in partnership with community organizations for collaborative projects. Open to San Francisco, CA and Marin County, CA organizations One Lombardo St. Ste. 305, San Francisco, CA, 94111.

VSA arts/ MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Arts Access

$5000 cash award to art organizations who have excelled in creating arts experiences that are accessible to all, especially those with disabilities. accessaward@vsarts.org

Visual Aid

Visual Aid, an organization that encourages artists with life-threatening illnesses to continue their creative work, offers grants to visual artists with AIDS, cancer, or other life-threatening illnesses. Visual Aid serves professional visual artists in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Grants take the form of vouchers for art supplies. In addition, Visual Aid's grantee services include volunteer studio assistants, career skills workshops, an exhibition program, a resume service, an Archive of grantee artists, and an Art Bank, through which grant recipients can receive donated art supplies. 116 New Montgomery St., Ste. 640, San Francisco, CA 94105. 415-777-8242. visaid@visualaid.org

Utah Arts Council

Offers several funding opportunities including Community Arts Development Grants and General Support Grants for 501C-3 organizations. Professional and emerging artists 20 years or older, who have lived in Utah for at least a year prior to applying, are eligible for individual grants. Utah Arts Council, 617 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102 thaines@utah.gov

Ultimate Eye Foundation

Two grants annually of $5000 each, one for digital photography, and one for figurative photography. Must be over 18 and not a full time student. Ultimate Eye Foundation, 1534 Plaza Lane #356, Burlingame, CA 94010. ultimateeyefoundation@earthlink.net

Thatcher Hoffman Smith Prize

The Thatcher Hoffman Smith Prize, established in 2002, is a biennial prize honoring the creative process, Creativity in Motion. This prize celebrates a visionary creative work in process, recognizing the power of original thought and expression in possibly enriching the world around us. The work or project must be under way at the time of application. This prize is open to all fields of creativity, including, but not limited to, the arts, cultural affairs, education and science. The award of $40,000 is available to U.S. citizens and can be used in any way the recipient chooses.

Screen Actors Guild's Catastrophic Health Fund

Offers grants to eligible Screen Actors Guild members and their dependents suffering from catastrophic illness or injury who are unable to afford the Screen Actors Guild's health plan. Open only to Screen Actors Guild members. 323-549-6773

San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Commissions

Offers financial support in the form of grants to San Francisco-resident individual artists for the creation and presentation of work to the public in San Francisco. 25 Van Ness Ave Ste. 240, San Francisco, CA, 94102.

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Grants in drawing, printmaking, design, dance, music, painting, crafts, film, video, literature, photography, and media arts. Open to Rhode Island individuals info@risca.state.ri.us

Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC)

Supports a culturally diverse range of arts organizations and artists in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties in OREGON only. Grants awarded based on artistic excellence, proven service to the community, administrative and fiscal competence, and RACC grants history. Regional Arts & Culture Council, 108 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97209. Tel: 503.823.5426.

Purpose Prize

The Purpose Prize awards $100,000 prizes to five social entrepreneurs who are 60 years or older and are trying to improve their communities through their work. As a society, little has been done to support the remarkable efforts of these individuals, which further supports the notion of a decline in the second half of life, rather than a time of creativity, invention and contribution. These awards were created to honor and support the elders in our communities who are making a difference. Civic Ventures, 123 Townsend Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA, 94107, phone: 415-430-0141, fax: 415-430-0144 info@civicventures.org

Puffin Foundation

Grants of a few hundred to a few thousand dollars in the following fields: visual arts, writing, photography, video, public interest and documentary, music and dance, and theatre. Projects must have social relevance. The Puffin Foundation, 20 East Oakdene Ave., Teaneck, NJ 07666.

Potrero Nuevo Fund, San Francisco

Supports Bay Area community-based organizations in two primary areas: arts and environment. Administered by New Langton Arts in San Francisco. Tel: 415-626-5416.

Penninsula Community Foundation - Emerging Arts Fund

PCF will awards artist residencies to working artists who reside in San Mateo or northern Santa Clara Counties in Northern California. PCF invites applications from accomplished individual artists who wish to create their own work in a community setting and to work with participants from the community in the production of art. In addition to offering material support to an individual artist for the production of their work, the Residency seeks to foster long-term and meaningful interaction between an individual artist and an ongoing group of participants through workshops and classes. Possible Residency sites include but are not limited to schools, nonprofit organizations or public agencies. Open to artists from any of the following disciplines -- Literary, Visual, Performing, Media, and Mixed Media/Performance Art. carol@pcf.org

Partners for Arts Education (PAE): SAP Grants

Partners for Arts Education (PAE) administers School Arts Partnerships (SAP) -- a NY state-wide re-granting program. SAP provides matching funds for artists and/or cultural organizations to partner with schools to support arts-in-education projects. Through collaborative planning and teaching, educators and teaching artists will create NYS Learning Standards-based curricula that focus on the interdisciplinary and/or integrated study of arts and non-arts subjects. Limited to New York State. info@arts4ed.org

National Education Association (NEA) Foundation

NEA Foundation's Fine Arts Grants Program awards grants of $2000 to enable fine arts teachers to create and implement fine arts programs (including painting, sculpture, photography, music, theatre, dance, design, media, or folk arts) which promote learning among at risk students.

Musicians Assistance Program, American Federation of Musicians

Emergency funding for musicians who are members of Local 802. Musicians Assistance Program -- Local 802, American Federation of Musicians, 330 West 42nd St., New York, NY 10036. 212-244-1802. MAP@Local802AFM.org

Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund for Humanistic Photography

The Marty Forscher Fellowship was established in 1990 to recognize students and young professionals with a talent for humanistic photography. Grants are approximately $1200-$2200. They are awarded under the auspices of the Photo District News (PDN) annual contest - www.pdnonline.com/contests/ 646-654-5792 jgimenez@pdnonline.com

Marin Arts Council Career Grants

Grants of up to $1500 for Marin County, CA artists to pursue opportunities which may further their artistic careers. Examples include attending a booking conference, having professional documentation made of one's work, or purchasing necessary equipment. See the Marin Arts Council web site for more details and deadlines. 555 Northgate Drive, Suite 270, San Rafael, CA 94903. Phone: 415.499.8350 marinarts@marinarts.org

Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation

This program provides studio space for free in New York City (Tribeca) to visual artists for periods of up to one year. Up to 14 artists are awarded non-living studio space. For more information, send SASE to the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, 830 North Tejon Street, Suite 120, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Tel. 719-635-3220. Fax 719-635-3018. sharpeartfdn@qwest.net

Kentucky Foundation for Women

For women artists residing in Kentucky who use art for social change. Kentucky Foundation for Women, Heyburn Building, Suite 1215, Louisville, KY 40202. 502-562-0045

Katrina Artists Trust Fund of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston has launched the Katrina Artists Trust (KAT), a grant-making trust to provide financial support for visual artists in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. By focusing its support on the painters, sculptors, and other visual artists who lived in the regions damaged by the hurricane, the Museum

Karrvaz Foundation Grants

Karrvaz Foundation calls for applications for the Artist in Residence Grants Program, for visual artists and creative people, at J

John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts

Open to Santa Barbara Artists in all media. Awards of $500-$2000. John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts, Scholarship Guidelines, 3905 State St., Ste. 7-119, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

James D. Phelan Award in Printmaking

An award for California artists working in printmaking. Three awards of $2500.00. Kala Art Institute, Don Porcella, 1060 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710. 510-549-6914. kala@kala.org

James D. Phelan Award in Photography

Open to all artists born in California who are working in photography. Awards of $7500. James D. Phelan Award, SF Camerawork, 1246 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103. Tel: 415-863-1001.

Guggenheim Fellowships

Fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields to assist research and artistic creation. Average grant is around $36,000. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 90 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016. 212-687-4470 fellowships@gf.org

Funding Exchange

Funds organizations or projects whose goal is social change. The Funding Exchange, 666 Broadway, New York, NY 10012. 212-529-5300. info@fex.org

Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Program provides grants for Graduate Students, Scholars and Professionals, and Teachers and Administrators from the U.S. and other countries. Fulbright Scholar Program, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 3007 Tilden Street, NW, 5th floor, Washington DC 20008. Phone: 202-686-4000.

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

Individual Artist Fellowships and grants for the arts in education. Open to Florida residents. Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Bureau of Grant Services, 1001 DeSoto Park Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301-4555. Phone: 850-487-2980 ext. 117.

Fleishhacker Foundation

Grants in arts, cultural education, precollegiate education (individuals, painters). Open to California Bay Area/San Francisco schools, organizations, and individuals. P.O. Box 29918, San Francisco, CA 94129-0918, Tel: 415-561-5350. info@fleishhackerfoundation.org

Fifty Crows International Fund for Documentary Photography

Six grants of up to $7000 each for working documentary photographers throughout the world Fifty Crows Foundation, 1074 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. photofund@fiftycrows.org

Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation

Funds organizations led by or which support the work of people with disabilities with an emphasis on women (particularly in eduction, advocacy and the arts). info@ela.org

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

The purpose of the Foundation is to aid talented young artists in the early stages of their careers. Awards are limited to candidates working in the following: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture. The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, 1814 Sherbrooke St., West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3H 1E4. 514-937-9225. egreen@total.net

Durfee Foundation: Artist Resource for Completion Grants

ARC grants provide rapid, short-term assistance of up to $2,500 to individual artists who live in Los Angeles County. Funds must be used to enhance work that is near completion and scheduled for presentation within six months of the grant application deadline. Artists in any discipline may apply. Applicants must have a secure invitation from an established organization to present their work. There are four grant cycles per year. admin@durfee.org

Dunn Foundation

Awards for K-12 educational programs and adult visual environmental education. Emphasis on community and the environment. Dunn Founation, 333 Strawberry Field Road, Warwick, RI 02886. Tel: 401-941-3009.

Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies

The prize is intended to fund collaborative work between a writer and a photographer in the formative or fieldwork stages of a documentary project. Submissions on any subject are welcome. At the end of one year, prizewinners are invited to come to Durham to make a public presentation based on their fieldwork. The amount of the award is $10,000. Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 West Pettigrew St., Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27705.

Daniel Langlois Foundation

Grants for development of innovative (noncommercial) proejcts combining art, science, and technology. Daniel Langlois Foundation, 3530 Saint-Laurent Blvd, Suite 402, Montreal, Quebec, CANADA H2X 2V1 info@foundation-langlois.org

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