Grant Opportunities

A Blade of Grass Fellowships for Socially Engaged Art, Deadline: Nov 20 (Letters of Interest). Grants of up to $20K will be awarded in support of socially engaged projects that promote art as a catalyst for social change. Info & app
CEC ArtsLink Grant Opportunities for Artists & Arts Managers, Deadline: Dec 3. Grants of up to $5K will be awarded in support of independent projects by artists and arts managers. Info & app
NEH Grants for Scholarly Edition/Translation Projects, Deadline: Dec 9. Grants of up to $100K will be awarded to support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents that are of value to the humanities and are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. Info & app
Heritage Preservation’s Collection Preservation Award, Deadline: Dec 15. The award is presented annually to an organization that has been exemplary in its commitment to the preservation and care of cultural property within the context of its broader mission. Info & app
Fleishhacker Foundation Grants for Bay Area Organization, Deadline: Jan 15. Grants of up to $10K will be awarded to Bay Area arts, dance, music, theater, visual arts, and film/media arts organizations with annual budgets between $100K and $750K. Info & app
Aaron Copland Fund for Music’s Contemporary American Music Recording Projects, Deadline: Jan 15. Grants of up to $20K will be awarded to projects that document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers. Info & app

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Mid Atlantic Foundation is accepting proposals for USArtists International.
Description: USArtists International (USAI) is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of expression of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that the creative and professional development of American artists is enhanced through participation at significant international festivals. Performances at important festivals provide American artists with opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices with their colleagues in other countries, as well as exposure to new and larger audiences. It is our hope that participation of exemplary artists from the United States in international festivals will help develop audiences for, and greater appreciation of, the excellence, diversity and vitality of the American performing arts.
Through USAI, grants are available to American dance, music and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at significant international festivals anywhere in the world outside of the United States.
Geographic Focus: National
Deadline: December 5, 2014

The Creative Work Fund is accepting letters of inquiry for Media Arts and Traditional Arts Grants.
Description: The Creative Work Fund currently invites letters of inquiry for projects featuring media artists or traditional artists. A media or traditional arts project may culminate in any form, but it must feature a lead artist with a strong track record as a media artist or a traditional artist. The Creative Work Fund supports artists and nonprofit organizations in creating new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities.  Artists are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofit organizations of all kinds.
Geographic Focus: California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma Counties
Deadline: December 5, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Puffin Foundation is accepting applications for project support.
Description: The Puffin Foundation Ltd. continues to make grants that encourage emerging artists whose works might have difficulty being aired due to their genre and/or social philosophy. The Foundation does not have the means to fund large film/documentary proposals, grants for travel, continuing education, or the writing or publishing of books.  Average grants are approximately $1,250.  The maximum grant size is $2,500. For the upcoming 2015 cycle, Puffin will review grants only in the following fields: Video/Film, Fine Arts, and Public Interest/Environmental Issues. Application forms are not available electronically and must be requested by mail. Please review the Puffin website for full application details.
Geographic Focus: National
Deadline: December 6, 2014 (to request application packet), December 27, 2014 (final deadline)

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation is accepting proposals for Individual Support Grants.
Description: Since 1976, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation has been making Individual Support Grants to painters, sculptors and printmakers who have been creating mature art for at least 20 years and who are in current financial need. This program was conceived in order to recognize and support the serious, fully-committed artist. Twelve grants are awarded each year.
Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate that they have been working in a mature phase of their art for at least 20 years. Maturity is based on the level of intellectual, technical, and creative development maintained over this time period. Artists must show that their primary involvement has been with their artistic goals, regardless of other personal or financial responsibilities. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking.
In addition to the maturity requirement, eligibility for an Individual Support grant is determined by the applicant’s current financial need. A financial disclosure page is included in the application which must be completed and signed.
Geographic Focus: National
Deadline: December 15, 2014

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

The Left Tilt Fund is accepting proposals for 2014 Funding.

Description: The mission of The Left Tilt Fund is to promote social change, resist oppression, and empower marginalized communities. It funds organizations that address the root causes of economic, political, and social injustice through community-based organizing, education, legal advocacy, and other innovative means.

The Left Tilt Fund supports organizations that have a 501(c)(3) tax status with grants up to $10,000. The Fund does not support conferences, governmental agencies, or animal welfare organizations. The Fund does not support homeless shelters, housing providers/developers, or soup kitchens if community organizing is not part of their mission. Individuals seeking grants must have a fiscal sponsor. The Fund is particularly interested in organizations which do not have large budgets nor access to traditional funding sources.

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: October 6, 2014

Queens Council on the Arts is accepting applications for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Greater New York Arts Development Fund.

Description: The Queens Arts Fund (QAF) offers grants to Queens-based individual artists and non-profit organizations offering distinctive arts and cultural programming that directly serves the citizens of Queens. The Queens Arts Fund is made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the City Council. Individual artists may apply directly to MCAF without a fiscal sponsor.

Geographic Focus: Queens, NY

Deadline: October 9, 2014

New England Foundation for the Arts is accepting proposals for the National Dance Project Touring Award.

Description: NDP Touring Awards support U.S. tours of dance works by national and international artists with up to $35,000 in subsidy reserved for each project’s tour through NDP Presentation Grants. Each fall, up to ten dance works with planned U.S. tours are selected to receive Touring Awards through a competitive application process. These Touring Awards  represent up to $35,000 of reserved funding for each project’s tour, which in turn is distributed through the NDP Presentation Grant process to U.S. nonprofit organizations (a.k.a. presenters) to subsidize up to 50% of the artist’s fee (including housing, per diem, and travel) for the presentation of the NDP project. 

Applicants must be in an advanced stage of development and be ready for touring at the beginning of the NDP Touring Period, which begins June 1, 2015 and runs through November 30, 2016. 

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: October 14, 2014

Cal Humanities is accepting applications for the California Documentary Project Grants.

Description: The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grants program that supports documentary film, radio, and new media productions that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. Projects must use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective and be suitable for California and national audiences through broadcast and/or distribution. Since 2003, Cal Humanities has awarded approximately $4 million to projects that document the California experience and explore issues of significance to Californians. CDP grants support projects at the research and development, production, and public engagement stages.

CDP Research and Development grants are designed to strengthen the humanities content and approach of documentary media productions in their earliest stages. Projects must actively involve at least three humanities advisors to help frame and contextualize subject matter throughout the research and development phase. Grant awards range up to $10,000.

CDP Production grants are designed to strengthen the humanities content and approach of documentary media productions and help propel projects toward completion. Projects must be in the production stage, have a work-in-progress, and actively involve at least two humanities advisors in the production process. Grant awards range up to $50,000.

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: October 15, 2014

Chamber Music America is accepting proposals for its Presenter Consortium for Jazz grant.

Description: Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop, strengthen, and support the chamber music community. Presenter Consortium for Jazz provides support to consortiums of three U. S. presenters that collectively engage up to three professional U.S. jazz ensembles (consisting of 2-10 musicians each) to perform at each presenter’s venue.

Presenter Consortium for Jazz funds ensemble(s)’ concert fees, travel, housing, per diem, cartage, and the presenters’ marketing and production costs for the proposed concerts. The program will fund up to 75% of the eligible expenses above, up to a maximum of $10,000 per consortium partner/$30,000 per consortium. A $1,000 incentive per partner is available to a consortium that programs a CMA New Jazz Works grantee ensemble(s) in performance of its entire CMA-commissioned work. Each consortium partner must demonstrate earned or additional contributed income in the amount of at least 25% of its total eligible expenses. In-kind revenue cannot be used as part of the match.

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: October 17, 2014

The Japan Foundation is accepting applications for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboratrion grants.

Description: This program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the US and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop a new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: October 27, 2014

2015 Culver City Performing Arts Grant Application Released

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2014

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The Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program supports performances that occur between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Performances may be presented by non-profit performing arts organizations in the disciplines of theatre, music, or dance.

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program. Established in 1994 through the City’s Art in Public Places Program, the program offers grants to performing arts organizations in Los Angeles County. The program, funded by the City’s Cultural Trust Fund, is designed to support arts organizations and bring distinguished cultural programming to Culver City. Additionally, the program is supported by a contribution from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

A workshop to assist organizations with the application will be held on August 7, 2014 in the Uruapan Room at Veterans Memorial Building, located at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City. The workshop will begin at 7:00 PM.

Please contact Susan Obrow at or call (310) 253-6628 for questions about the application or to make a reservation for the workshop on August 7, 2014.