As state governments struggle more and more with balancing budgets, an area that often loses funding the quickest is art and music education. There are, however, private foundations that understand the importance of art and music that are willing to support these programs financially.
The National Endowment for the Arts offers several opportunities for both organizations and individuals. The organization awards grants to music programs of all types, from classical to contemporary and from early music awareness to symphony orchestras. In addition to grants for music programs, literature grants are also awarded to creative writing programs. Below is a quick view of these grant offerings.
Grants for Organizations:
Art Works: The Art Works grants award funds of $10,000 to $100,000 to support community art programs of all kinds. These grants do require matching funds. This program supports a wide variety of arts disciplines. Each discipline has a different deadline so look at the website for specifics.
Challenge America: If you are working with a low-income or under-served population, consider the Challenge America grant. Grants are matched up to $10,000 for support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Organizations are encouraged, but not required, to consider working together to best serve the population. The deadline for this program is April 14.
Our Town: If your town is looking to start a new project or continue an existing project that puts art at the center, consider an Our Town grant application. These project-based grants are matched from $25,000-$200,000. There are two types of Our Town grants: 1) arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects; and 2) projects that build knowledge about creative placemaking. The 2016 deadline has not been announced at this time.
Research Art Works: Research grants are also offered for research into the value and/or impact of the arts. These grants are designed to increase the knowledge and understanding of the importance of the arts. The 2016 deadline has not been released yet.
Grants for Individuals:
Creative Writing Fellowships: The next Creative Writing Fellowship application due date is March 9. These fellowship grants are non-matching and award $25,000. Fellowships can be in fiction, poetry, and creative writing and allow individuals to “set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.”
Translation Projects: Through grant awards of $12,500 or $25,000, translations project grants are awarded to individuals translating prose, poetry, or drama into English from other languages. Applications are due Dec. 8.
When you are ready to move forward on one of these grants, or if you are looking to fund something else, consider TheGrantHelpers.com. We can help you find the grant that fits you best with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.
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