Current Funding Opportunities


Terra Foundation Offers Funding for American Art Exhibitions
What: In recognition of the importance of experiencing original works of art, the Terra Foundation for American Art supports exhibitions that enlarge the understanding and appreciation of historical American art made between 1500 and 1980.
When: Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than August 1, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, which must be returned by October 16, 2017.
How much: In 2016, grants awarded to institutions ranged between $2,000-$450,000.


J.M. Kaplan Fund Offers Grants to Nonprofit Publishers
What: Through its Furthermore program, the J.M. Kaplan Fund supports nonfiction book publishing about the urban experience; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues.
When: Application deadline is September 1, 2017.
How much: Individual grants will range from $1,500 to approximately $15,000 and may be used to support writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and/or printing and binding. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization.


Aspen Institute Social Innovation Program Invites Applications for Hearst Fellowship for Minority Students
What: The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the fall 2017 session of its William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship program.The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color.
When: The deadline to apply for the Fall 2017 session is September 8, 2017
How much: Fall and spring interns will work part-time (fifteen to twenty hours per week), while summer interns will be full-time. Fellows will be compensated on an hourly basis in the fall, spring, and summer. All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student.


Kress Foundation Accepting Proposals for European Art Conservation Grants
What: The Samuel H. Kress Foundation supports projects that illuminate European works of art and architecture from antiquity to the early 19th century. As part of that mission, the foundation’s Conservation Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations for the professional practice of art conservation.
When: Deadline is October 1, 2017.
How much: Past award amounts have ranged from $15,000 to $25,000 (Years 2015-2016).


Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art Accepting LOIs for Building Bridges Program
What: Grants over one to three years will be awarded to nonprofit organizations for the planning and implementation of programs or projects that engage U.S.-based Muslim and non-Muslim populations in arts- and culture-based experiences that advance inter-cultural relationships and understanding.
When:  Letter of Intent due: September 8, 2017; Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by December 1, 2017.
How much: Award amounts range from $25,000 to $300,000.


NEA’s Our Town grant program accepting applications
What: The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization.
When: Application deadline is Sep 11, 2017.
How much: Matching grants between $25,000 to $200,000 will be awarded.


Graham Foundation Invites Applications From Individuals for Architecture-Related Projects
What: The foundation is inviting grant applications from individuals for projects focused on architecture and the designed environment that also contribute to their creative, intellectual, and professional growth at a crucial or potentially transformative stage of their careers.
When:  Letter of Intent due: no later than September 15, 2017.
How much: Research and Development Grants: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to assist individuals with seed money for research-related expenses. Production and Presentation Grants: Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to assist individuals with the production-related expenses necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation.


Radcliffe Institute Accepting Applications for Fellowship Program

What: The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is accepting applications for its 2018-2019 Fellowship Program. Through the program, stipends for one year with additional funds for project expenses will be awarded to individuals working in the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics to pursue projects within their fields.
When: The deadline for individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences is September 14, 2017. For applications in the natural sciences and mathematics, the deadline is October 5, 2017.
How much:  Stipends of up to $77,500 for one year with additional funds for project expenses will be awarded to individuals. In the event that they come for one semester, the stipend is $38,750. In addition, some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant.


College Art Association Accepting Applications for Scholarly Art Books
What: The College Art Association is accepting applications to its Millard Meiss Publication Fund.
The program supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy.
When: The deadlines for the receipt of applications is September 15, 2017.
How much: When preparing the budget, the publisher should be as specific as possible about costs and the use to which grant monies will be put as the jury carefully considers financial information when making an award. The grant sum is intended to be less than the total cost of production; that is, a substantial portion of production costs must be met by the publisher or be from other sources.


Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications From Artists and Scholars
What: The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields — including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts — except the performing arts. The foundation awards approximately two hundred fellowships a year. Fellowships provide grants to selected individuals over a period of between six and twelve months.
When: Applications are due September 19, 2017.
How much: Grant amounts vary, and the foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.


Kress Foundation Invites Applications for Scholarly European Art Projects
What: The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for its History of Art grant program, which supports scholarly projects that enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture, from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.
When: Application deadline is September 29, 2017.
How much: In previous years, grant amounts have ranged from $1,000 to $100,000.


Kress Foundation Accepting Applications for Digital Resources Program
What: The Kress Foundation‘s Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to teaching and learning art history. To that end, grants will be awarded to support the digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history and primary textual sources.
When: Application deadline is October 1, 2017.
How much: Grant amounts will be determined on a project-by-project basis. Past grants have ranged between $12,000 and $70,000.


Rockefeller Archive Center Accepting Applications for Grant-in-Aid Program
What: The Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York, annually offers a competitive grant-in-aid program to foster, promote, and support research by serious scholars who use the collections located at the center, which includes the records of the Rockefeller family, Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Foundation, and other Rockefeller-associated philanthropies and individuals.
When: Applicant must contact the center via email or by fax with a description of the project no later than October 15, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by November 1, 2017.
How much: Awards will provide for reimbursement of up to $4,000 in expenses after the award recipient has finished his or her research visit and submitted expense receipts.


Rhode Island Foundation Invites Applications for Arts in Academics Program
What: The Rhode Island Foundation is accepting applications from artists and art educators for educational projects that integrate art into other core academic subjects.
When: Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on October 27, 2017. Please note that no assistance will be available after 5 p.m. (EST).
How much: Through the foundation’s Arts in Academics program, grants ranging between $500-$1,000 will be awarded to projects that foster collaborations among artists and educators and promote the arts as an integral part of the learning process.


Women’s Studio Workshop Invites Applications for Art-in-Education Artist Book Residency
What: The mission of the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, is to operate and maintain a workspace that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, provide professional opportunities for women artists at various stages of their careers, and promote programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.
In support of that mission, WSW is accepting applications for its Art-in-Education Artist’s Book Grant.
When: All applications must be mailed to the Women’s Studio Workshop no later than November 15, 2017.
How much: Two residencies will be given out. Each residency will provide a stipend of $350 per week for up to ten weeks, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the continental United States, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access during non-AIE sessions.


William H. Johnson Foundation Invites Applications From African-American Artists for 2017 Johnson Prize
What: Recognizing that minority artists often need economic assistance, the foundation seeks to encourage artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for the 2017 William H. Johnson Prize. The prize is awarded annually to an early-career African-American artist working in the area of painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation, and/or a new genre.
When: The deadline is Thursday, November 16th, 2017 at 6:00 PM.
How much: The 2017 prize recipient will receive $25,000.


Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Invites Entries for New Writer and New Illustrator Children’s Book Awards
What: The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting submissions from publishers for the twenty-seventh annual Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards (known collectively as the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award).
To be eligible, writers and illustrators must have had no more than three books published.
When: All applications must be received no later than December 15, 2017.
How much: The award includes an honorarium of $1,000 for the New Writer Award, and $1000 for the New Illustrator Award.


Harpo Foundation Accepting Applications for Native American Artists Fellowships
What: The foundation is accepting applications for its Native American Fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center program.
When: Application deadline is February 15, 2018.
How much: Each year, the program awards two residency fellowships to Native American artists at the Vermont Studio Center, an historic artist colony located along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the heart of the northern Green Mountains. Each one-month residency includes room and board, a private studio, and a $500 travel stipend.


RISCA Grants for Organizations
What: Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) recognizes the invaluable role that Rhode Island’s non-profit organizations play in creating a vibrant and inclusive place to live. RISCA aims to strengthen and sustain this sector through our grants and services to organizations, helping to ensure a lasting creative community for all Rhode Islanders.
When: Application deadline varies depending on grant applying for. Please see specific grant for details.
How much: Grant amounts vary depending on grant applying for. Small to large grants are available.


Foundation for Contemporary Art Accepting Applications for Emergency Grants
What: The foundation’s Emergency Grants program provides grants to innovative visual and performing artists who have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding; or incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
When: Applications are reviewed monthly by a volunteer committee of established artists. FCA recommends applying within six to eight weeks of the performance or exhibition date. Applications are rolling. 
How much: Grants range in amount from $200 to $2,500.


The Awesome Foundation invites submissions for grants
What: Need some funding? Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? The Awesome Foundation awards $1,000 grants every month. It couldn’t be simpler. Your idea is yours alone. They don’t want a stake in it. They just want to help you make it happen.
When: Awarded monthly. Applications are rolling.  
How Much: $1,000 grants, with no strings attached.


Artist Emergency Assistance Program
What: Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundations Emergency Assistance Program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.
When: Applications are rolling.
How much: The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical.


Artfully Reimagined Invites Submissions for ‘Reimagine It’ Grants
What: Five percent of eco-friendly, online retailer Artfully Reimagined‘s profits go to artists devoted to creating works from recycled objects in the form of ‘Reimagine It’ grants. These unconditional, non-matching awards are made directly to individual artists to help launch or support their careers in the inspiring world of repurposed art.
When: There is no deadline for grant applications.
How much: Award amounts are not disclosed.


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Accepting Grant Applications From Artists With Financial Need
What: The mission of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as artists over a significant period of time. The foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and financial need, whether professional, personal, or both.
The foundation welcomes applications year-round from painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. Applications are encouraged from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic.
When: The application process is ongoing, and there are no deadlines. The selection process can take between 9 months to a year.
How much: The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist. Professional exhibition history will be taken into consideration. Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in a professional artistic venue such as a gallery or museum space.


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