Current Opportunities for Funding

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Bloomberg Philanthropies “Public Art Challenge”

Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched the “Public Art Challenge,” a program which will grant at least three cities with populations greater than 30,000 up to one million dollars each over two years to develop public art projects that “celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships and drive economic development.”  The Public Art Challenge invites mayors to collaborate with artists and arts organizations in developing innovative projects that engage residents and attract visitors.

The City of Philadelphia invites all interested organizations and artists to submit their ideas for the Public Art Challenge. Applications will be accepted by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) on behalf of the City of Philadelphia.  The OACCE will review all applications alongside an independent selection panel and make recommendations to the Mayor on which proposal(s) to move forward.  The OACCE will work with the selected applicant(s) to develop an initial application to Bloomberg Philanthropies.  If Philadelphia is selected as a Public Art Challenge finalist, the OACCE will work with the recommended applicant(s) to develop a full proposal.  Both the initial application and full proposal will be submitted by Mayor Michael A. Nutter.

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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 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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Creative Community Projects Funded

Application Deadline: December 15, 2014

Our Town, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, provides grants for creative projects that contribute to the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Our Town prioritizes partnerships between arts organizations and government, private, and nonprofit organizations to achieve livability goals for communities.

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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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James Irvine Foundation: Exploring Engagement Fund

Application Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis through December 28, 2015

The mission of the James Irvine Foundation is to expand opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful, and inclusive society. The Exploring Engagement Fund, an initiative of the Foundation’s Arts Program, supports nonprofit organizations that are hungry to experiment and discover ways to engage Californians typically underserved by arts organizations. The Fund provides risk capital for organizations with innovative ideas about how to involve new and diverse participants, including people in low-income groups and communities of color. The Fund is open to arts nonprofits throughout California, with preference given to those in the San Joaquin Valley, and Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Applying organizations should have an annual operating budget of at least $100,000. Grants of up to $250,000 per year over two years are offered.

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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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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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Humanities Programs Supported

Application Deadline: December 31, 2014

The Programming Grants to Accompany the National Endowment for the Humanities on the Road Exhibitions program provides support for ancillary public humanities programs to accompany NEH on the Road traveling exhibitions. Typical formats involve lectures, reading and discussion programs, film discussion programs, Chautauqua presentations by scholars, family programs, and exhibition tours.

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Puffin Foundation Artist Grants

Application Deadline: December 27, 2014

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 2015 grant cycle, the Foundation will provide Artist Grants to encourage emerging artists in the fields of fine arts, public interest, and video/film. The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting innovative initiatives that will advance progressive social change. Average grants are around $1,250; the maximum grant size is $2,500. Prospective applicants should request funding guidelines and forms by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Foundation’s office by December 6, 2014. 

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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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The Shubert Foundation 

The Shubert Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theatre and a secondary focus on dance. The Foundation provides general operating support to nonprofit, professional resident theatre and dance companies that have an established artistic and administrative track record, as well as a history of fiscal responsibility. A limited number of grants are also made to arts-related organizations that help support the development of theatre and dance, as well as graduate drama departments of private universities.

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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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Support for Initiatives Enriching the Lives of New Mexicans

Application Deadline: February 15, 2015 

The Albert I. Pierce Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that enrich the lives of the citizens of the state of New Mexico. The Foundation provides grants for initiatives that 1) expand community-based programs related to education, the arts, and the environment; 2) encourage public participation in educational, environmental, and art projects; and 3) develop or conserve valuable environmental and cultural resources for public use and posterity.

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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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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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Youth Education Initiatives in the Washington, DC Area Funded

Application Deadline: January 8, 2015

The Good Neighbor Grants Program, an initiative of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, seeks to identify and strengthen ties with youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington, DC, region, including the surrounding areas in Maryland and northern Virginia, that are helping students with significant financial need reach their full potential through education. Applying organizations should focus on K-12 education, college access and completion, or visual and performing arts education. Examples of eligible programs include after-school academic enrichment opportunities, college access advising programs, arts programs, service learning, college STEM recruitment strategies, innovative programs that bridge education and technology, and internship programs. One-time grants of between $10,000 and $35,000 will be provided.

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* postings updated as of November 24, 2014.