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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Application Deadline: March 2, 2016
Site Registration Deadline: February 16, 2016

ArtPlace (AP) is excited to announce $10.5M is available to fund projects that work with artists and arts organizations to help build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the U.S.

Applications will need to be submitted here by Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (and you will need to register no later than Tuesday, February 16, 2016).

AP expects many people to apply – last year, we received 1,300 applications – so the competition will be stiff. Recognizing that, AP created a simple and focused application that consists of 4 questions, a one-number budget, and some basic identifying information.

If you are thinking about a project that:

  • Focuses on a neighborhood or other geographic community.
  • Is looking to work on a community challenge related to agriculture/food; economic development; education/youth; environment/energy; health; housing, immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development.
  • Has a way that artists, arts organizations, and/or arts activities can help address that challenge.
  • Will have a way of knowing whether the project has made progress on the challenge.

Then you should think about submitting an application! Click here for more information. 

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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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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 Work Fund

Application Due: Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016

Creative Work Fund provides $10,000-$40,000 grants to performing artists or visual artists creating new work through collaborations with nonprofit organizations. The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations.

For more information and to apply, visit the organization's website. Those interested should also register for an upcoming applicant webinars and seminars.

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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 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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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Application Deadline: March 18, 2016

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation works to increase access to arts and culture in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Foundation’s ArtsCONNECT program supports collaborations among presenters across the Mid-Atlantic region to facilitate tours of artists involving all performing arts disciplines, including dance, music, theater, and folk/traditional arts. 

The application deadline is March 18, 2016, for projects taking place between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. Click on the link above to download the ArtsCONNECT application guidelines.

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National Endowment for the Humanities: Funding for Teacher Professional Development

Application Deadline: February 25, 2016

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has funds available for professional development programs in the humanities for school teachers as well as for college and university faculty through its Summer Seminars and Institutes Program. The application deadline is February 25, 2016. Visit the NEH's website for more information. 

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National Dance Project

Inquiry Application Deadline: March 1, 2016; Complete Application Deadline: June 3, 2016

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. The upcoming inquiry application deadline is March 1, 2016; invited full proposals are due June 3, 2016. Click on the link above to review the funding criteria and access the application forms.

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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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Office on Violence Against Women

Application Deadline: February 24, 2016

The Office on Violence Against Women (within the Department of Justice) supports community-based nonprofit organizations in providing culturally relevant services to victims. Click here for more information and to apply. 

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Oregon Community Foundation

Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: February 17, 2016

The Oregon Community Foundation is dedicated to improving life in Oregon and promoting effective philanthropy. The Foundation’s Creative Heights Project Grants offer support to provide artists an opportunity to stretch their creative practice, provide unique opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture, and to increase Oregon’s cultural visibility and vitality. For those interested in applying to this opportunity, click here.

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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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Righteous Persons Foundation

Letters of Inquiry Deadline: March 1, 2016

The Righteous Persons Foundation is dedicated to building a diverse and vibrant Jewish community in the United States. The Foundation has developed a particular focus on supporting national programs that promote the development of Jewish arts, culture, and media. Letters of inquiry are reviewed two times a year; the upcoming deadline is March 1, 2016. Visit the Foundation's website for more information on how to develop your letters of inquiry.

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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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South Arts' Launchpad

Application Deadline EXTENDED: February 8, 2016

Becoming a presenter for the first time can be daunting. Where can I find the best artists for my community? How do I apply my marketing and management skills to a new position? How do I negotiate contracts to be fair to my organization and the artist? Who can I call for advice?

Launchpad is designed to provide a year-long support system to professionals who are new to the performing arts presenting field in our nine-state region. This new program of South Arts offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2016 Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando, FL. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join your statewide presenters’ network and to support artist fees for presenting one of our 2016 showcase artists. Up to seven presenters will be selected in this inaugural cohort. 

Click here for more information or to apply.

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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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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 5, 2016.