Current Opportunities for Funding

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Andrew Mellon Foundation: Nonprofit Finance Fund

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Mellon) and Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) are pleased to offer a new round of funding under the Mellon Loan program, a $1.1 million fund providing interest-free loans to eligible arts and culture organizations. Current or recent Mellon grantees (either through a direct grant or from one of the Foundation’s regranting programs) are eligible to apply for a loan. Current and prior borrowers of the loan fund are also eligible. NFF administers the fund, and inquiries may be directed to NFF Senior Associate Sonia Montoya via email.

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ArtsLink Projects provides support to US artists, curators, presenters, and arts organizations undertaking projects in any of the 37 eligible countries listed below. Applicants must be working with an artist or organization in that region and projects should be designed to benefit participants and audiences in both the US and the host country. 2016 applications will be accepted from individual artists, curators, and non-profit arts organizations working in dance, music, theater, and literature.

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A Blade of Grass: Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art

Letters of Interest Deadline: September 19, 2016
Full Application Deadline: January 6, 2017

A Blade of Grass provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. The Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art, an initiative of A Blade of Grass, supports artists who are working in leadership roles, in active partnership with communities, to enact social change. Artists both locally and nationally, as well as artists based in the U.S. who are working internationally, are eligible to apply. Half of the fellowships are earmarked for artists working in New York City, and four are open to all applicants. For more information and how to apply click here

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Support for Initiatives Promoting a Fair and Sustainable Society

The mission of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation  is to support efforts that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society. The Foundation provides grants through the following four programs: The Pathways Out of Poverty program supports national initiatives to nurture systemic change in the educational, economic, and community systems that produce and perpetuate poverty in the U.S. The Civil Society program seeks to strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector as vital vehicles for increasing civic engagement and improving communities and societies in the U.S. and internationally. The Environment program promotes activities that protect the diversity and integrity of selected ecosystems in North America and around the world. The Flint Area program supports efforts that strengthen quality of life and economic vitality and opportunity in the Foundation’s home community of Flint, MI. Each of these four programs has clearly stated guidelines. Grantseekers are strongly encouraged to visit the Foundation’s website to review this information before submitting online letters of inquiry, which are reviewed throughout the year. 

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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 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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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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Youth Active Lifestyle Programs in Company Communities Supported

Deadline: December 31, 2016

The Finish Line Youth Foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities where company employees and customers live by supporting youth development and active lifestyle programs. Programmatic Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations that provide opportunities for youth participation in the following areas: 1) youth athletic programs, with emphasis on community-based programs addressing active lifestyles and team building skills; and 2) established camps that focus on sports and active lifestyles, with emphasis on programs serving disadvantaged and special needs kids. For more information and how to apply click here

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In-Kind Advertising Support for Nonprofit Organizations

The Google Ad Grants program supports nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. It is a unique in-kind advertising program that harnesses the power of the company's flagship advertising product, Google AdWords. Through the program, selected organizations receive $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords advertising to promote their missions and initiatives on Online applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Google website for program details.

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MAP Fund

The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that exploration drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape.

The program pursues its mission by welcoming the widest range of artistic points of view to apply and employing a comparably wide range of evaluators and panelists in the grant selection process.

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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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National Association for Latino Arts and Cultures Grant

Diverse Arts Spaces

Awards: $5,000 - $10,000
Deadline: November 3, 2016

Diverse Arts Spaces is a funding initiative open to Ford Foundation Diverse Arts Spaces organizations and to LINC Space for Change Planning and Pre-Development grantees for the presentation or commissioning of work by Latino artists and  ensembles in dance, music, performance, theater or visual arts.

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National Endowment for the Arts: Arts Works

The National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Research & Analysis makes awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. For more information click here

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National Endowment for the Humanities: Public Humanities Projects

Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to illuminate significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life.  The National Endowment for the Humanities encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming. For more information click here.

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New England Foundation for the Arts: Dance

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) plays a leadership role in contemporary dance through grantmaking and other programs that support and sustain a vibrant national ecology for dancemakers and presenters. Click here to see a listing of NEFA's grants specifically for dance.

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The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage

The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage is now accepting letters of intent for the 2016 Project grants. Project grants are for making big ideas happen: bringing ambitious, imaginative, and substantial performances, exhibitions, or interpretation projects to fruition. Discovery grants are for focused exploration that will seed future project proposals. Costs that are not eligible for support include, but may not be limited to: individual exhibitions of private collections, acquiring collections or property, ongoing seasonal support, capital improvements or real estate expenditures, debt service or retirement, endowment funds, or operation support (including salaries).

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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Fine Arts and Film Grants

The Puffin Foundation seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to art organizations and artists throughout the country who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their genre or social philosophy. For the 2017 grant cycle, the Foundation will provide Artist Grants to encourage emerging artists in the fields of fine arts and video/film. The Foundation is particularly interested in art that educates the public on topical issues, such as the environment, social justice, civil rights, and other important issues facing the country. The Foundation also gives special consideration to communities and school districts that are underserved by the arts. Prospective applicants should request funding guidelines and forms by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Foundation’s office by December 6, 2016. Completed application packets will be accepted from November 1 through December 31, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines.

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Cultural Exchange Programs Supported

The Saudi American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants program provides funding for cultural exchange programs between Saudi Arabian and American non-governmental and community organizations. Funds are offered to expand the diversity of activities in the U.S.-Saudi partnership and develop the next generation of leaders to support mutual understanding and respect through long-term partnership and cooperation between the two countries. Proposals are reviewed on a monthly basis.

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Shubert Foundation: Performing Arts Grant

Application deadline: December 1, 2016

The Shubert Foundation awards unrestricted general operating support grants to U.S. nonprofits that have an established artistic and administrative track record as well as a record of fiscal responsibility. Deadline is December 1, 2016 for theater applications. For full description and how to apply click here.

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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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Surdna Foundation

The Surdna Foundation's Thriving Cultures Program supports efforts that provide artists with business training and financial resources that enable them to be, and create, valuable economic assets for their communities. The Foundation seeks funding opportunities that operate business and entrepreneurship training programs for artists and cultural organizations; provide financing to artists and artist-centered enterprises (such as financial institutions and resource providers); and support arts and culture-based programs and services that directly engage and support the people who live and work in the area as a strategy for equitable economic development.

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USArtists International 

Application Deadline: 

December 1, 2016 (for projects taking place between March 15, 2017 and March 14, 2018)

The USArtists International program (USAI) supports performances by U.S. artists at significant international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories. The program supports the engagements of exemplary solo artists and ensembles across all performing arts disciplines including dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts. For more information and how to apply click here

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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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* postings updated as of October 25, 2016.