Sunday, December 27

Great New Grants for Artists

Dear Artists,
We have just added a few more free grant funding sources which you may find useful. As we said in an earlier post, we realize not everyone can apply for all of these, but there should be some each artist will qualify for. We will continue to confirm and add to the post weekly. These are good organizations that provide money and other supports to artists.

Remember to follow the directions I provided in one of the earlier blogs. And I will try to add more information and sources as we go along. The most important thing is for you to be confident about  your art and tell a little about it to your funder in your request letter or application.

It has taken a long time to gather the information but we think this is worth it.

And don't forget to bookmark this page and become a follower.  We will be adding posts weekly, so check back often.  There are links on the page to earlier posts which may be useful to you -- including one which gives step by step directions to submitting a grant.

Good luck, I know your work is awesome!

Creative Capital Foundation
Supports work with the potential for significant artistic and cultural impact. They seek to act as a catalyst for the development of adventurous and imaginative ideas. Open to US citizens. Rotates different artist mediums annually.

65 Bleeker Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10012. Tel: 212-598-9900.

Creative Work Fund
Funds for artists and non-profit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to the strengthening of communities. Grants range from $10,000 to $35,000. Limited to artists living in and organizations based in San Francisco and Alameda, CA counties.

One Lombard Street, Suite 305, San Francisco, California 94111-1130 Tel: 415-398-4474.

Dunn Foundation
Awards for K-12 educational programs and adult visual environmental education. Emphasis on community and the environment.

Dunn Founation, 333 Strawberry Field Road, Warwick, RI 02886. Tel: 401-941-3009.

Cultural Resource Council's Community Arts Grants
Funding individual artists and not-for-profit organizations throughout Cortland, Onondaga and Oswego Counties, New York, USA. Funds are available for all not-for-profit organizations, including service organizations and units of government, and individual artists that wish to increase cultural awareness by presenting artistic and cultural events to benefit the public. All disciplines including, but not limited to, theater, dance, music, film, video, literature, visual arts, folk arts, historical and culturally specific events will be considered. All applicants, past and new, must attend an information session before applying. The information sessions are free and open to the public.

Cultural Resources Council, 
John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 
411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, 
NY 13202
telephone: 315.435.2155, fax: 315.435.2160

Culture Shapes Community
 Culture Shapes Community recognizes and encourages neighborhood based arts and cultural organizations as unique stakeholders in poor neighborhoods experiencing economic and demographic shifts. This is accomplished through programs that search out and make use of neighborhood identity and public space, that promote social integration among mixed-income and mixed-race residents, that offer opportunities for upward economic mobility and that empower all to have a strong voice for fair and equitable neighborhood change.

1429 21st Street, NW, Washington DC, 20036, phone: (202) 276-6503, fax: (202) 466-4845

Dancer's Group's Parachute Fund
The Parachute Fund provides emergency financial support to members of the San Francisco Bay Area dance community facing the free fall of AIDS or other life-threatening illnesses.

1360 Mission Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94103-2647

Documentary Photography Project Distribution Grants

This grant is offered to documentary photographers who have already completed a significant body of work on issues of social justice to collaborate with a partner organization and propose new ways of using photography as a tool for positive social change. Grants of $5,000 to $30,000 are awarded.

Open Society Institute, 400 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019

Durfee Foundation - Artist Resource for Completion Grants

ARC grants provide rapid, short-term assistance of up to $2,500 to individual artists who live in Los Angeles County. Funds must be used to enhance work that is near completion and scheduled for presentation within six months of the grant application deadline. Artists in any discipline may apply. Applicants must have a secure invitation from an established organization to present their work. There are four grant cycles per year.

1453 Third Street, Suite 312, Santa Monica, CA 90401

East Bay Community Foundation Fund for Artists

This consortium of Bay Area, Northern California (USA) community foundations is dedicated to increasing support to Bay Area individual artists. This regional initiative supports the artistic revitalization of outstanding arts teachers in Bay Area middle and high schools. Through this grant, fellows will design individualized courses of study that foster their own creative work and the opportunity to interact with other professional artists in their fields. This annual award to four Bay Area fellows, includes a complementary grant to each fellow's respective school.

(510) 836-3223

This national, competitive grantmaking program provides grants of $80,000 to $100,000 over two years for general operating expenses to 8 exemplary arts organizations. Recipients must be focused on demographic change, aesthetic innovation, and critical social engagement. Applicants have to be an American based, non-profit organization classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity and have a minimum five-year history of programming in any single or combination of arts disciplines.

Artists' Fellowship
The Artists' Fellowship, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement.

47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003. (646) 230-9833

CA$H Grants: Theater Bay Area
CA$H is a grants program designed by artists for artists to support professionally oriented theatre and dance artists and small companies with budgets under $100,000. Its purpose is to spark a creative surge throughout Northern California's theatre and dance community by providing grants to artists ($1,500) and small-sized organizations ($2,500). Approximately $20,000 are awarded each round. Funding decisions are made by a rotating five-member panel.

870 Market Street, Suite 375, San Francisco, CA 94102, phone: (415) 430-1140, Ext. 14

Sunday, December 6

$1 million Knight Foundation grant to Benefit 18 artists

For those of you who have been following this blog, and for others who may be new -- here is another example of a grant that you should check out. This is one of the best grants in the country -- and will be given to 18 artists selected this next spring. In writing the application, read the blog from earlier this fall that describes in detail what an application may require and how to prepare it.

But it is always better to try for more than one grant, and that is why you may want to review the blog posted a couple of weeks ago on many more grants that are available for you to explore. We are preparing a list of 12 more grants that we will post in the next few days. We are continuously scouring all the foundations and programs to see what may be available to you. A listing of the earlier blogs is listed on this page. If you have questions,feel free to post the question. I will do my best to answer the ones I get.

Don't forget to try to go for this grant if you think you can apply.

The article posted in the Miami Herald stated that through a $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 18 artists will get $50,000 gifts over the next five years.

Eighteen artists from Miami and across the country will receive gifts of $50,000, thanks to a $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to United States Artists, a national grant-making and advocacy organization.

The USA Knight Fellowships will be awarded over the next five years to artists working in communities in which the Knight brothers once owned newspapers. The fellows will receive an additional $5,000 ``to engage local residents by conducting workshops, talks or other events.'' The fellowships, part of the Knight Foundation's multimillion-dollar agenda to support the arts, will have no strings attached. No one may actively apply.

``It's a confidential selection process similar to the MacArthur Genius Awards,'' says Knight Foundation spokesman Marc Fest.

The first two USA Knight Fellows will be announced in Los Angeles on Dec. 14.

``The USA Knight Fellowships will highlight the importance of the arts in our society and the great financial needs of the artists who enrich our communities while earning a living from their artistic practices,'' says Dennis Scholl, the Knight Foundation's Miami program director.

The grants will support artists who live and work in Aberdeen, S.D.; Akron, Ohio; Biloxi, Miss.; Boulder, Colo.; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbia and Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Columbus, Ga.; Detroit; Duluth and St. Paul, Minn.; Fort Wayne and Gary, Ind.; Grand Forks, N.D.; Lexington, Ky.; Long Beach, Calif.; Macon and Milledgeville, Ga.; Philadelphia and State College, Pa.; San Jose, Calif.; Wichita, Kan., and Bradenton, Tallahassee, Palm Beach and Miami.

Katharine DeShaw, executive director of Los Angeles-based USA, says her organization is ``thrilled to partner with the Knight Foundation to invest in working artists and encourage their creative contributions in Knight communities for years to come. In this difficult economic climate, USA is especially grateful . . . for its vision and generosity in supporting the arts.''