Arts & Culture Grant Opportunities

 

NOTE: This list includes archived grant opportunities; not all opportunities are currently available. However, many funding opportunities are cyclical, so it would be in your best interest to keep closed opportunities in mind for future funding needs.

Please remember these are just a select few of the many grant opportunities available for arts and culture funding. If you are interested in joining our free Watch List for arts and culture grants, please fill out the form to the right.

Grants are awarded in several categories: play, create, explore, and judge's pick.

Grants are available to US non-profits, community, governmental, and other organizations to provide dance education to children in low-income and disadvantaged communities in order to allow them to experience dance, educate them about the many styles of dance, and expose them to the lifelong benefits of dance.

This grant awards in-kind donations of up to eight instruments, as well as musical equipment necessary to play these instruments, to US non-profit organizations and public schools that provide high-quality music instruction programs that fit into one of the following four categories: 1) in-school music classes in which the students make music; 2) after-school music programs that are not run by the school; 3) community music programs that offer music instruction to community members; 4) music therapy programs in which the participants make the music.

Grants are available to US non-profits, community, governmental, and other organizations to provide dance education to children in low-income and disadvantaged communities in order to allow them to experience dance, educate them about the many styles of dance, and expose them to the lifelong benefits of dance.

This $10,000 grant, which requires a 50 percent match, could be used to fund an art or music festival or event. The support is usually granted to small and mid-sized organizations that extend the reach of arts to underserved populations, those limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Any organization applying for the grant must have a three-year history of programming.

This grant, awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, supports projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. This grant would be ideal for music or art festivals, or even outdoor concerts. Grants from $25,000-$200,000 are available, and all grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. Applicants must have a partnership with a local cultural organization with a three-year history of cultural programming. This is a fairly competitive grant program.

Awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (ILDCEO), this grant provides matching funds for promotional projects that increase the economic impact of tourism in the state of Illinois. This grant is for larger tourism projects since total project cost must meet or exceed $20,000. Additionally, the grant requires 50 percent matching funds. This grant can be applied for throughout the year, but must be applied for at least 60 days before the event.