Municipalities often focus money and time on keeping infrastructure, utilities, and other vital necessities in good working order not only for current citizens, but to also attract new residents. However, towns need to not overlook the “extras” that are integral to bringing in new families. These perks could include arts and culture opportunities, which can be supported by grant money. Below is a hand-picked list of these grant opportunities. If you would like more information about these specific grants, or want to know if there are additional grants available, please contact us. Remember, the first consultation is always free.
The Gannett Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities served by Gannett Co., Inc. For a list of states/locations, see here. Grants can be used for cultural enrichment programs in communities, including parades and festivals. Grants average between $1,000-5,000.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers several grants programs, including this one that specifically supports small and mid-sized institutions. Libraries, museums, historical societies, municipalities, and cultural organizations are eligible to apply for this grant money to help improve their ability to preserve and care for humanities collections. A past recipient of the grant was the City of Ontario for purchase of preservation and storage supplies for the Ontario Library. Institutions that have never received an NEH grant are strongly encouraged to apply.
Local and state governments can apply for these grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. These grants offer support to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that aim to bring the arts to underserved populations – those limited by geography, ethnicity, economy, or disability. Each grant totals $10,000 and requires a dollar-for-dollar match.
This private foundation seeks to award grants to organizations for general operating and project support grants in the area of arts and culture. The foundation states it “seeks to make arts and culture as central to discussions of rebuilding and reinvigorating metropolitan areas as land use, housing, transportation, economic development and other more traditional disciplines.” The two-step application process begins with an inquiry, submitted via an online application system. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
A municipality would need to partner with a non-profit organization to apply for an arts and culture grant from the Boeing Foundation. The Boeing Foundation has two categories in its arts and culture grant program: 1) Arts Engagement and 2) Arts Education. Arts Engagements projects include performances and exhibits that challenge and broaden people’s view of the world through the introduction of different perspectives. Arts Education proposals nurture creativity in students, helping to form creative and critical thinking skills. Deadlines and grant amounts vary state to state.
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