Saturday, February 6

February 23, 2010 Post: 20 More Free Grant Funding for Artists, Photographers, Writers, Musicians and all the Arts

We've gathered more free funding grants and entry possibilities for artists, photographers, writers, actors and musicians looking for free grant funds. You are welcome to look through this list as well as to look through the earlier posts which can be found under link resources in the right hand column. We add funding possibilities as we confirm them.

We encourage you to forward this e-mail to others who may want to apply for the grants & fellowships.

Remember that grantmakers need you -- they must meet federal requirements to donate a certain portion of their earnings or their portfolio each year to maintain their tax-free status as a foundation or public benefit corporation. If you meet a foundation or donor's criteria, you should take the plunge. It's also useful to look at their recent grantmaking; it helps to know the kinds of organizations they give money to, the amounts, the timeframe, and the grant titles. You should also check the names of board members and staff, if they are available -- see if you know any of them, and if so, let them know you're applying. You're not asking for any special favors, but you are opening up communication channels.

We have been providing free grants and resources to all those involved in the arts. We want to see creativity rewarded and will post new grants and free funding as we find them. Some of the grants are for new art projects and others are sustaining funds. All the information we provide is free and from what we've heard, many of you have had positive results and are pursuing new art, music and writing projects that you would not have had the opportunity to try without a free grant. We've enjoyed your stories and notes and you've helped.

We've mentioned before that the best advice we can give is to look for grants that are a good match for your style and type of art and whatever criteria the funder is looking for -- especially if it is geographical. The organizations we list are easy to find on the web or in a library. And we recommend you apply for more than one, but be thorough and follow the instructions to the letter. Many grant applications are now downloadable and may be turned in via email or fax.

Others require several copies.  Whatever their stipulations, follow them.That is the first screening of grants.  As a grants reader and often the lead grant facilitator  for organizations in California and in other states, I can tell you, the first screening --that is matching the funding criteria to the application and proposed grant -- eliminates 25-40% of the grant applications. An easy way to help you is to create a file for each grant and then use some of the same requirements for other grants that may require that documentation (such as copies of your driver's license,IRS forms or your proposal, that is, how you plan to use the funding).

We know that not all of these are appropriate for everyone, but there should be some in this list and the previous lists that you may submit your application.

If you have never applied for a grant and need instruction on how to submit a grant, check our earlier post listed under link resources that gives you step by step directions for writing an effective application and proposal.  Remember to follow the directions carefully.

Getting a grant makes it all worthwhile.  We are in the process of consolidating all this information and putting it in book format -- but for now it is all free for you to use.  Let me know if you have questions.  I haven't figured out how to send the grants out under a weekly feed but hope to do so. Get free funding by applying for more than one grant.

Sign up as a follower and then check back often as we will try to post more grants weekly. And if anyone wants to be sure I email you the newest blog, you can also send your email address to let you know when I've posted some new information.

Use 2010 as the year you make a difference to your creative self. Art soothes the soul and makes us all stronger whether our experience is in making it, or simply observing it. Either is a precious gift that keeps on giving rewards.

Note: At the end of the blog are a couple of short deadlines from the California Community Foundation and others you may want to check out. Not everyone will qualify to apply, but it is certainly worth it.

Take care.

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA)

Dedicated to nurturing and supporting young artists as they pursue their dreams, providing support, education, and recognition to high school seniorñaged artists at a critical time in their emerging careers. Artists can come from a range of disciplines in the performing, visual, and literary arts: classical music, jazz and popular music, voice, dance, film and video, photography, theater, visual arts, and writing. Students are evaluated against a standard of excellence for their discipline and age. Winners share $500,000 in cash awards ñ an additional $3 million in scholarship opportunities is also available. NFAA also supports young artists through its programs for alumni, including internships, grants, awards, and career development opportunities.

444 Brickell Avenue, P-14, Miami, FL, 33131, Toll free phone: (800) 970-ARTS, Fax: (305) 377-1149

Nevada State Arts Council
Nevada Arts Council Grants for program support, non-profit arts organizations, public institutions, and individuals in the following categories: challenge, design arts, development, jackpot, organizational support and projects, artist in residency programs. Open to all organizations and projects directly related to Nevada.

Nevada Arts Council, 716 North Carson St., Suite A, Carson City, NV 89701. Tel: 775-687-6680.

New York Foundation for the Arts: Artists' Fellowships

Artists' Fellowships are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for use in career development. Grants are awarded in 16 artistic disciplines or practices. Since the awards began in 1985, NYFA has awarded over $17 million to nearly 2,800 artists.

phone: (212) 366-6900 x 217

Open Meadows Foundation
For projects that are led by and benefit women and girls and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or ability. Up to $2000 is offered to projects that: reflect the diversity of the community served; builds community power; promotes racial, social, economic and environmental justice; has limited financial access and/or has encountered obstacles in their search for funding. The deadlines for proposals are February 15th and August 15th of each year.

P.O. Box 150-607, Van Brunt Station, Brooklyn, NY, 11215, Phone: 718-885-0969

Partners for Arts Education (PAE): School Arts Grants
Partners for Arts Education (PAE) administers School Arts Partnerships (SAP) -- a NY state-wide re-granting program. SAP provides matching funds for artists and/or cultural organizations to partner with schools to support arts-in-education projects. Through collaborative planning and teaching, educators and teaching artists will create NYS Learning Standards-based curricula that focus on the interdisciplinary and/or integrated study of arts and non-arts subjects. Limited to New York State.

Pew Fellowships in the Arts
Open to artists 25 years and older at any stage of career development, from emerging to mature, who have been residents of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, or Delaware County for at least two years prior to application. Grants are made directly to artists, and are designed to enable them to dedicate themselves solely to creative pursuits for up to two years. Up to 12 fellowships are awarded annually.

1608 Walnut St., 18th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Pollock-Krasner Foundation
One year grants to US individual working artists of established ability -- painters, sculptors, printmakers. Also makes emergency assistance grants for problems resulting from catastrophes.

836 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10021. 212-517-5400.

Puffin Foundation

Grants of a few hundred to a few thousand dollars in the following fields: visual arts, writing, photography, video, public interest and documentary, music and dance, and theatre. Projects must have social relevance.

The Puffin Foundation, 20 East Oakdene Ave., Teaneck, NJ 07666.

Purpose Prize
The Purpose Prize awards $100,000 prizes to five social entrepreneurs who are 60 years or older and are trying to improve their communities through their work. As a society, little has been done to support the remarkable efforts of these individuals, which further supports the notion of a decline in the second half of life, rather than a time of creativity, invention and contribution. These awards were created to honor and support the elders in our communities who are making a difference.

Civic Ventures, 123 Townsend Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA, 94107, phone: 415-430-0141, fax: 415-430-0144
Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC)

Supports a culturally diverse range of arts organizations and artists in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties in OREGON only. Grants awarded based on artistic excellence, proven service to the community, administrative and fiscal competence, and RACC grants history.

Regional Arts & Culture Council, 108 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97209. Tel: 503.823.5426.

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Grants in drawing, printmaking, design, dance, music, painting, crafts, film, video, literature, photography, and media arts. Open to Rhode Island individuals

One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908

Richard Florsheim Art Fund
Fund for established artists over 60 to help pay for exhibits, catalogs, or purchase by non-profits. Grants of $1000 - 20,000.

Contact: August L. Freundlich, President, 4202 E Fowler Ave, USF 30637, Tampa, FL 33620. Telephone: 813-949-6886.

San Francisco Arts Commission Grants
The Community Arts & Education Program (CAE) provides two grants in support of arts activities within social service and neighborhood settings: The Programs in the Community grant supports nonprofit, non-arts organizations that use the arts to better serve their constituents (maximum request: $20,000); The Neighborhood Festival Grant supports neighborhood festivals where art and culture are the main components for strengthening neighborhood ties (maximum request: $3,000).

Judy Nemzoff, Program Director, 25 Van Ness Ave, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA, 94102, (415) 252-2596.

Screen Actors Guild's Catastrophic Health Fund
Offers grants to eligible Screen Actors Guild members and their dependents suffering from catastrophic illness or injury who are unable to afford the Screen Actors Guild's health plan. Open only to Screen Actors Guild members.

Contact Phone: 323-549-6773

Seeds of Tolerance
Founded as an initiative for unlearning intolerance in the new millennium, this organization gives grants all over the world focusing on childhood education and human rights with an emphasis on supporting social entrepreneurs among global youth. In connection with Third Millennium Foundation, the Seeds of Tolerance has recently supported projects where children in communities of poverty and violence use dance for positive social change.

The Third Millennium Foundation, 340 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014, telephone: (212) 421-5244 or fax: (212) 421-5243

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George Sugarman Foundation
Grants for painters and sculptors in need of financial assistance (students are not eligible). Award amounts are open. Artist must provide a budget for the amount requested. Send an SASE for Proposal Application.

448 Ignacio Blvd  Novato, CA 94949

Guggenheim Fellowships

Fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields to assist research and artistic creation. Average grant is around $36,000.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 90 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016


John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts
Open to Santa Barbara Artists in all media. Awards of $500-$2000.

3905 State St., Ste. 7-119, Santa Barbara, CA 93105


Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) working in conjunction with the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, seeks to promote the use of the arts to enhance the healthcare experience for patients, their families and caregivers. Grants average a total of $75,000 over three years. Proposals from healthcare and/or arts organizations who have established arts in healthcare programs are welcome to apply. Programs proposed for the grant must be existing and active for a minimum of three years.

Society for the Arts in Healthcare, 2437 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009, telephone: (202) 299-9770

Kala Art Institute Fellowships, James D. Phelan Art Award

Each year Kala awards Fellowships to eight artists from a variety of disciplines such as traditional and digital printmaking, book arts, photography, film, video, and installation art. The James D. Phelan Art Awards recognize the achievements of California-born artists in a variety of disciplines and is part of the Art Awards Program of The San Francisco Foundation. The Kala Art Institute administers the printmaking competition and also sponsors an exhibition of the award-winning artist in the Kala Gallery.

1060 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710. 510-549-6914.

Karrvaz Foundation Grants

Karrvaz Foundation calls for applications for the Artist in Residence Grants Program, for visual artists and creative people, at J˙car Gorges Rural Institute of Art, a polyvalent Art Center and International Artist Residence in Alcal· del J˙car, Albacete, Spain.


C/ConstituciÛn s/n , Houses of the Hill , 02211 Alcala of J˙car, ALBACETE (SPAIN)

Kentucky Foundation for Women

For women artists residing in Kentucky who use art for social change.

Kentucky Foundation for Women, Heyburn Building, Suite 1215, Louisville, KY 40202. 502-562-0045


Leeway Foundation
Grants to women artists who reside in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Region,to help them achieve personal and community transformation. Short-term grants of up to $2000 allow artists to take advantage of unique opportunities that could significantly benefit their work or increase its recognition.

The Leeway Foundation, 123 South Broad St., Suite 2040, Philadelphia, PA 19109. 215-545-4078.

Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation

This program provides studio space for free in New York City (Tribeca) to visual artists for periods of up to one year. Up to 14 artists are awarded non-living studio space.

For more information, send SASE to

Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, 830 North Tejon Street, Suite 120, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Tel. 719-635-3220. Fax 719-635-3018.


Marin Arts Council Grants (we've just been notified that they have suspended their grants through Sept. and will revisit after that time.)

Providing: direct monetary support to artists for the creation of new work and for assistance in advancing their careers; grants to artists and groups who partner for community based projects; financial support to affiliate arts organizations in support of the creation and presentation of new work by an artist or artists; and opportunities for arts patrons to match their passions and interests to artists and projects.

555 Northgate Drive,
Suite 270 

San Rafael, CA 94903

 Phone: (415) 499-8350

Michael P. Smith (MPS) Fund for Documentary Photography
Honoring the life and work of Michael P. Smith, one of New Orleans' most legendary documentary photographers, this fund awards one US$5,000 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project.

New Orleans Photo Alliance

1111 St. Mary Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
phone: (504) 610-4899

Short Deadline: The following is from the Solo Show. Check out what the selected artists will receive. If it meets the criteria, give it a try. It's worth it.


The California Community Foundation will award $260,000 in Fellowships for Visual Artists to 14 Los Angeles individual artists. Ten fellowships at $20,000 each will be awarded to mid-career artists and four fellowships at $15,000 each will be awarded to emerging artists.

For more than 90 years, CCF has recognized, encouraged and supported the Southern California arts community by funding and nurturing a full range of artistic expressions. The Fellowships for Visual Artists is designed to support local artists in advancing to the next level of professional development. The fellowships draw together the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, the Brody Arts Fund, the Joan Palevsky Endowment for the Future of Los Angeles and other CCF funds.

See the Fellowships Guidelines for Eligibility and Application Information and register for a "How to Apply" Workshop.

The application deadline is Friday, March 5, 2010. Applications will only be accepted online. For more information, please contact Program Assistant Michelle Moreno at or (213) 413 - 4130.

We encourage you to forward this e-mail to others who may want to apply for the fellowships.

It's the dawn of a new decade! The Solo Show starts 2010 with a newly formed Residency Program dedicated to supporting & inspiring emerging artists. With even greater opportunities & resources to offer, we are on the hunt for the next generation of great artists from around the world.

Are you the next Solo Show Legend?

The 2010 Winter Solo Show is a juried international art competition for dynamic, inventive and provocative work of all mediums: sculpture, photography, painting, printmaking, illustration, installation, graphic design, video and more!

The Selected Artist will receive:
* $5,000 cash grant

* Solo exhibition in 3rd Ward's gallery, complete with a massive opening

* 3-month residency at 3rd Ward including private live/work studio & full
facility access (photo studios, wood & metal shop, media lab, classes)
* Airfare & shipping to and from 3rd Ward for non-NYC residents
* 2-page spread in 3rd Ward's Quarterly Magazine

* NYC exposure - postcards, fliers, press!

PLUS! The top 25 artists will be featured in 3rd Ward's Quarterly Magazine and website.

We are joined by judging panel:

Carol Lee, Arts Editor at Paper Magazine, Dan Deacon, Sound Artist & Electro-acoustic Wizard, Rostarr, NYC Artist and Paolo Salvagione, Lead Design Engineer, The Long Now Foundation.

Submit your best work now!

Last Day to Submit March 1, 2010, 11:59 p, EST.