Current Opportunities for Funding

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ArtPlace America Community Development Investments 

Application Deadline: March 12, 2015 

ArtPlace America seeks place-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with an interest in the sustainable incorporation of arts and cultural strategies into their work. ArtsPlace is looking for one NGO from each of six geographical regions. 

This is a one time grant program that provides funding up to $3 million per accepted organization. Acceptance into the funding program also includes work with national advisory teams in the areas of creative placemaking, financial capital, federal grants, and community research. 

Click here for more information. 

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Health Programs in Mississippi Support  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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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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Creative Capital Project Funding 

Application Deadline is March 2, 2015 @ 4:00pm EST

Creative Capital seeks to support work that is artistically rigorous, articulates an original vision, takes risks and has the potential for great impact. Visit creative-capital.org/apply to read the award guidelines and learn more about the application process, or attend an in-person or online information session. On February 2, Creative Capital will begin accepting online Letters of Inquiry for awards in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts.

To be eligible to apply, an artist must be:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
  • At least 25 years old
  • A working artist with at least five years of professional experience
  • Not a full-time student

Click here for more information. 

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The Doris Duke  Charitable Foundation: Building Demand for the Arts

Intent to Apply Deadline: Friday, April 24, 2015 @ 3:00 PM (ET)

The Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts grants (formerly called Doris Duke Artist Residencies to Build Demand for the Arts grants) support organizations and artists in joint efforts to develop audience demand for jazz, theatre and/or contemporary dance. While many programs focus on the supply side of the supply/demand equation, this program is predicated on the belief that artists and organizations can work together in imaginative ways to create and pilot methods of reaching the public and developing interest in and access to the performing arts. This program encourages creative thinking about how to increase this demand and to engage communities in new ways—which may include but are not necessarily limited to the traditional artist-audience dynamic.

For more information, click on the link above.

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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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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 Google.com. Online applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Google website for program details.

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: ArtsCONNECT 

Application Deadline: March 13, 2015 

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation ArtsCONNECT program supports projects that aim to bring together arts presenters across Mid Atlantic state lines for collaborative presentations of touring performances. The program typically supports ten to fifteen tours in a season. Tours not only involve performances, they include activities such as artist discussions, lectures, demonstrations, master classes, and workshops aimed at deepening the community's connection to the touring artist(s') work. ArtsCONNECT also seeks to impact the region's touring environment by strengthening the region's presenter relationships. 

Click here for more 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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National Dance Project: Production Grants

Application Deadline: March 2, 2015

The National Dance Project (NDP), administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts, fuels the creation of new dance works and brings the work of the most compelling dance artists of our time to audiences across the nation. NDP’s Production Grants fund the creation of new dance work that will tour nationally. The program provides a package of support that includes up to $45,000 towards the creation of a new work, approximately $10,000 in general operating support, and up to $35,000 distributed as NDP Presentation Grants to subsidize up to 50% of the artist fee and travel expenses to U.S. nonprofit organizations who present the new work on tour. Grants are highly competitive and are awarded to 18 to 20 dance projects each year. Eligible projects should involve a creative and dynamic partnership with one or more U.S. presenter partners in the development of the work. 

Click here to review the funding criteria and access the application forms.

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National Endowment for the Arts

Application Deadline: April 16, 2015

The Challenge America Grant Program primarily offers support to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to undeserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

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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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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 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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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 February 27, 2015.