Current Opportunities for Funding

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USArtists International, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Application Deadlines: April 18, 2014

USArtists International, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of the performing arts in the U.S. is represented abroad, and that American artists can enhance their creative and professional development through participation at important international festivals.

Support is available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists that have been invited to perform at significant international festivals anywhere in the world outside of the United States and its territories. Grants, which generally range from $1,000 to $10,000, will seldom cover the applicant's total expenses. The upcoming application deadline is April 18, 2014.

Eligibility details and application guidelines are available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website.

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The Princess Grace Awards

Application Deadline: April 30, 2014

The Princess Grace Awards is a national program dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging theater, dance, and film artists who are at the outset of their careers or at early stages of professional development. 

Nominations for dance grants are invited from the Artistic Directors of non-profit dance companies and the Deans or Department Chairs of professional, non-profit schools where dance performance is the focused discipline of study.

Nominations for a choreography fellowship are invited from the Artistic Directors of professional dance companies and Directors of organizations/festivals hosting residencies for emerging choreographers that culminate in a public performance. University residencies are not eligible.

All submitted materials become the property of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and will not be returned.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2014 and should be addressed to:

Ms. Diana Kemppainen
Program Manager
Princess Grace Foundation-USA
150 E. 58th Street, 25th Floor
New York, New York 10155
212.317.1470

or sent via email 

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Arab Fund for Arts and Culture

Application Deadline: May 1, 2014

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) supports individuals and organizations in the fields of cinema, performing arts, literature, music, and visual arts while facilitating cultural exchange, research, and cooperation across the Arab world and globally.

AFAC is currently accepting applications in the categories of visual arts and performing arts through its 2014 general grants program. Arab individuals living in the Arab region or in diaspora and local, regional, and international institutions whose projects are related to contemporary Arab culture are eligible to apply.

For more information, please visit AFAC's website.

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Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Application deadline: May 1, 2014

Organizations with activities in dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry and the visual arts that provide opportunities for artists to present their work or offer artists professional services may apply to Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) for assistance. Grants of not more than $5,000 are awarded annually. Grants are made for specific project or general operating support. Applications are only available by download from this website; please do not call FCA for an application.  

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Application Deadline: May 1, 2014 

 The Challenge Grants program, through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term support for their humanities programs and resources. Through these awards, many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities. Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment, and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities. Funds spent directly must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Grantee institutions may also expend up to 10 percent of total grant funds (federal funds plus matching funds) to defray costs of fundraising to meet the NEH challenge. Because of the matching requirement, these NEH grants also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support.

Questions? Contact the staff of NEH’s Office of Challenge Grants at 202.606.8309 or by email

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Trust For Mutual Understanding

Application Deadline: May 1, 2014

The Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU) awards grants to American nonprofit organizations to support the international travel component of cultural and environmental exchanges conducted in partnership with institutions and individuals in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. Priority consideration is given to projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration; that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation; and/or that respond to social contexts and engage local communities.

TMU reviews applications two times a year. To make the experience more user friendly, the application process is broken down into two parts: 1. Initial Inquiry stage and 2. Full Application. The deadlines are as follows:

Initial inquiry: May 1, 2014
Full Application: August 1, 2014
Notification: mid-November

Please contact TMU if any questions arise during this process. Click here to begin the TMU Initial Inquiry.

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Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation: Guest Artist Initiative Program
Application Deadline: May 5, 2014

The Guest Artist Initiative Program, an initiative of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, funds the hiring of professional stage directors and choreographers to helm theater productions at universities and colleges across the country. American colleges and universities are eligible to apply for matching funds of up to $5,000 to support the guest artist fee for a director or choreographer for a specific project. This year the Foundation will provide up to $6,000 to be shared by at least two schools. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application guidelines and form.

Please email Ellen Rusconi, producing director, with any questions regarding eligibility, guidelines and application process.

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National Endowment for the Arts

Application Deadline: May 8, 2014

The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

This category encourages and supports the following two outcomes:

Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art.
Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts. 

Please contact Challenge America Fast-Track Specialists via email with any questions.  

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Pacific Power Foundation

Application Deadline: various

The Pacific Power Foundation supports the growth and vitality of the communities served by the company, including locations in northern California, Oregon, and central/southeastern Washington.

The Foundation provides grants in the following categories: The Education category supports pre-K-12 through higher educational institutions. The Civic and Community category targets environmental issues, affordable housing, and park/recreation programs. The Arts and Culture category focuses on the performing and visual arts, museums, and historic preservation. The Health, Welfare, and Social Services category supports United Ways, hospitals, health and human service agencies, and youth services. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $5,000.

Requests are reviewed quarterly; application deadlines vary by grant category. Visit the company’s website to review the application guidelines.

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The National Native Artist Exchange

The National Native Artist Exchange, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts, is designed to support the exchange of artistic skills and knowledge among Native artists.

American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists throughout the United States may apply to teach, learn, and collaborate in traditional and/or contemporary Native art forms through travel from one region to another across the nation. The applicant must identify a collaborating artist and specific project as part of the exchange, which must be beneficial to both artists. Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded based on budgets appropriate to the scope of travel.

Requests must be received at least two calendar months prior to the departure date of the proposed trip. Visit the New England Foundation for the Arts website to review the program guidelines.

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The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations worldwide that address community needs and priorities in a meaningful way. The Foundation supports programs that focus on one of the following four categories: 
  • Water Stewardship promotes access to clean water and sanitation, watershed protection in water-stressed regions, utilization of water, and water conservation.
  • Healthy and Active Lifestyles supports physical activity and nutritional education programs, programs that motivate behavior modification, and programs that encourage lifestyle/behavioral changes.
  • Community Recycling addresses litter abatement efforts, recovery and reuse, community recycling awareness, and research and innovation.
  • Education focuses on scholarships, school drop-out prevention, access to education programs, and other education initiatives.
Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the community request guidelines and application procedures.

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The Sunderland Foundation

The Sunderland Foundation primarily supports nonprofit organizations in Arkansas, western Iowa, Kansas, western Missouri, and Nebraska. Currently, the Foundation's main areas of interest include higher education, youth services, arts and culture, and healthcare and hospitals. The focus is on funding bricks and mortar projects such as building construction, renovation, repairs, and restoration. Grant requests are accepted throughout the year and reviewed quarterly. Application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.

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The Costco Wholesale Corporate Contributions Program

The Costco Wholesale Corporate Contributions Program supports nonprofit organizations in company operating communities throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as international locations. Grants and product donations are provided to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that address the areas of children's issues, education, and health and human services. Local organizations should submit requests to the Warehouse Manager at the nearest Costco. Grant or donation requests which impact a broader region should go through the appropriate regional office. Requests may be submitted throughout the year.

Visit the company’s website to review the donation and grant eligibility guidelines.

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The Bank of America Charitable Foundation

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation focuses resources on creating neighborhood excellence in the communities throughout the United States where the bank does business.

While the priorities of specific company communities drive how funding is used, giving at the local level typically falls into the following four generic categories:

  • Community Development/Neighborhood Preservation
  • Education and Youth Development
  • Health and Human Services
  • Arts and Culture

Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Bank’s website (linked above) to access the online application information.

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Educational and Cultural Programs

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust's mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) by supporting nonprofit organizations that seek to strengthen the region's educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

The priorities of the Trust's General Grants program include educational programs offered in both formal and informal settings; performing and visual arts projects that enrich the cultural environment of the region; and preventive health and human services programs, with a focus on youth. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time.

Visit the Trust's website for details on each of the grant programs.

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Communities Grant

The mission of The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation is to build strong and vibrant communities, improve the quality of life, and make a positive difference in locations served by the bank throughout the United States.

Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations in bank communities as well as selected national organizations. The Foundation’s areas of interest include education, community development, health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and civic affairs.

Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the web link above to take the required eligibility quiz and submit an online application

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Grants Enhance Communities in Illinois and Pennsylvania 

The Exelon Corporate Contribution Program strives to improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in the company's service territory in northern Illinois and southeastern Pennsylvania. The company provides grants to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a proven track record in addressing key community needs. Funding priorities include education, the environment, arts and culture, and neighborhood development. Program, event, and sponsorship support are provided.

Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the link above for more information on each of the grant categories and the grant application process.

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Health Programs in Mississippi Support for Cultural Programs Promoting Sustainable Communities

The mission of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is to improve the health and wellness of all Mississippians through strategic and focused grantmaking. The Foundation's priority areas of interest include: children's health and wellness, community health initiatives, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and choices at every age. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies located in the state that address the Foundation’s commitment to a healthier Mississippi are eligible to apply. Online letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the eligibility requirements.

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Support for Cultural Programs Promoting Sustainable Communities

The Surdna Foundation:Thriving Cultures seeks to foster just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. The Foundation's Thriving Cultures program is based on a belief that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents. Through the Thriving Cultures program, grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following four categories: Teens Artistic Advancement, Artists Engaging in Social Change, Artists and Economic Development, or Community Engaged Design. Online letters of inquiry that focus on these categories are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review detailed program guidelines for each of the Foundation’s Thriving Cultures lines of work.

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Travel Support for Native Artists

The National Native Artist Exchange, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts, is designed to support the exchange of artistic skills and knowledge among Native artists. American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists throughout the United States may apply to teach, learn, and collaborate in traditional and/or contemporary Native art forms through travel from one region to another across the nation.

Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded based on budgets appropriate to the scope of travel.

Requests must be received at least two calendar months prior to the departure date of the proposed trip.

Visit the New England Foundation for the Arts website to review the program guidelines. 

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Youth Programs in the Pacific Northwest

The Charlotte Martin Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that provide services in urban, rural, and tribal communities throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington state. The Foundation is dedicated to funding projects that enrich the lives of youth in the areas of athletics, culture, and education. Grants are also provided for the preservation and protection of wildlife and habitat. Applications, which must be submitted online, are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the goals and priorities for each of the Foundation’s program areas. 

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Support for Arts Projects in California, Hawaii, and New Mexico

The LEF Foundation supports contemporary work in the fields of film, architecture, design, and the visual and performing arts.

LEF California funds projects which include an artistic and cultural overlay, with a primary focus on work taking place in three geographic areas: California, Hawaii, and New Mexico. Specific funding categories include: Architecture and Restoration; Film, Performing Arts, and Visual Art; and Environment and Community Needs.

Grants average between $2,000 and $5,000. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to review past awards and learn more about the application process.

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* postings updated as of April 14, 2014.