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. In 2012, seven grants were awarded, four based on votes, and three based on judge's pick. The nomination that received the most votes was awarded a $50,000 grant. Nominations with the most votes in each category received a $25,000 grant. Chlorox then reviewed all nominations and picked one from each category to award a $25,000 grant.

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. The deadline for 2013 has passed, but the anticipated 2014 deadline is May for an award date of November 2014.

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. In 2012, 317 eligible applications were received, and 80 grants were recommended, a success rate of roughly 25 percent.

According to their website, Tourism Cares preserves the travel experience for the benefit of tomorrow's travelers. Part of this preservation is by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations around the world for conservation, preservation, restoration, or education at tourism-related sites. Tourism Cares has awarded nearly $2.5 million in grant funds through its three grant programs. Currently, Tourism Cares is focusing on invitation-only special grants, but will soon be re-opening its grant program to all interested applicants.

This grant could be used for late summer or early fall events or to help increase tourism in your community throughout the year. Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (ILDCEO) provides this matching grant to assist in the development or improvement of projects that increase tourism in Illinois. Grants will not exceed $1 million or exceed 50 percent of the expenditures. 50 percent of the funds are awarded 30 days after approval; 50 percent is awarded upon receipt of specific documentation.

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.