The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) funds pathways to nurture, sustain, and engage participation in traditional arts through the Living Cultures Grants Program. This grant provides $5,000 to California non-profit organizations. ACTA also provides an Apprenticeship Program to support one-on-one training with a master artist. For more information on applying, please view the website links above.
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.
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.
Application Deadline: July 15, 2015
The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is now accepting proposals from U.S. public and private non-profit organizations to conduct an innovative professional development program with leading U.S. entertainment and media mentors. This program, like other ECA film program models, seeks to elevate influential voices that are building resilient civil societies by using film, television and new media to address critical local issues including, but not limited to, human rights, pluralism, women's empowerment, and tolerance. For more information on applying, please click here.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 Google.com. Online applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Google website for program details.
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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.
Application Deadline: July 23, 2015
To deepen and extend the arts' value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation, the NEA welcomes projects that are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions, and have the potential to be shared and/or emulated.
The National Endowment for the Humanities' Common Heritage program emphasizes how homes, family histories, and life stories factor into America's cultural heritage. The program supports day-long events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. Projects must also present public programming that would expand knowledge of the community’s history. These public events allow the public to contribute to the country's cultural mosaic. For more information, please click here.
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 Community Partnership Grants program is a historic part of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's efforts to support the musical culture of Louisiana. Grants in the amount of $5,000 are available in four different categories: Jazz & Heritage After-School and Summer Education Programs in Music, Arts, and Cultural Traditions; Jazz & Heritage In-School Education Programs in Music, Arts, and Cultural Traditions; Jazz Journey Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts; and Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation.
Please read the category guidelines carefully in link above. Staff members of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation are available to answer questions or explain the process before the deadline. Questions should be directed to Programs, Marketing & Communications, via e-mail.
The O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation announces the eighth round of a commissioning program to support collaborations between choreographers and composers, culminating in presentations of new music and dance to be presented in live performance during 2016. The program is open to dance companies in the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, who may apply for one of 6-10 grants generally ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 each. The Foundation requests a preliminary one-page letter of interest, outlining the key collaborators and their backgrounds, production plans, number of dancers and musicians to be involved, and any other relevant information about the anticipated project. Letters of interest should be mailed to O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, 140 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217-2242. General inquiries may be sent here, but electronic submissions will not be accepted.
Plum Creek Foundation (PCF) is committed to working with others to promote sustainable forestry, conservation, and rural communities. PCF partners with a wide range of non-profits and community organizations as well as with partner organizations such as universities and conservation groups to strengthen the communities. The Foundation awards grants to rural communities that do not have access to a wide range of services. The funding is intended for social service needs, educational programming, environmental stewardship projects and opportunities in the arts.
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.
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
The United States-Japan Foundation offers Pre-College Education grants for projects that promote educational sharing between United States and Japanese cultures. The Foundation primarily supports K-12 education programs. Click here for more information on the application process.
* postings updated as of June 11, 2015.