October 8, 2009

Artist Funding Opportunities:

LeeWay Foundation
Art and Change Grant: The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans* artists in the Delaware Valley region to fund art for social change projects.
The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists living in the Delaware Valley region who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work.

Small But Mighty Arts
SBMA launched a pilot of our micro-grant program in 2013, to award artists from various artistic disciplines up to $500 to continue or complete a creative project.

Knight Foundation
We are always looking for innovative ideas that advance informed and engaged communities. To apply for funding, all you have to do is submit a brief letter of inquiry.

Culture Trust
CultureWorks provides the management staff and day-to-day administrative support for all CultureTrust projects through our Trust program.

Kiva Zip
A zero-interest crowd-funded short-term microloan of up to $5000 for new and existing businesses.

Awesome Foundation
These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

ASEZ Beautification Grant
The American Street Empowerment Zone and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce have made available grants of up to $5,000 for beautification projects located in the American Street Empowerment Zone.

A Blade of Grass
             A one-year fellowship for individual artists and collectives. Fellowships pair project support of $20,000 with strategic support, assessment tools, video documentation, and other tailored resources for socially engaged artists working nationwide.

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts
The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is the regional partner administering the PPA Project Stream in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties with grants of up to $2,500 to eligible organizations and individuals.
The PPA Program Stream is a funding opportunity of the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), a regionalized funding program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). The Program Stream offers ongoing support to arts organizations and arts programs with an established history of PCA support.

Pew Foundation
Grants of varying size for both exploration (planning an exhibition) and project grants.  Organizations may be eligible to apply for grants of up to $300,000; individuals applying directly may be eligible for grants of up to $60,000 (project grants only).

Creative Capital
Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines, awards grants to individual artists through an open application process.  Initial levels of $10,000 with additional support throughout the funding cycle, including follow-up monetary support, a project may receive as much as $50,000 in direct financial support.

Puffin Foundation
The Puffin Foundation West Ltd. continues to award grants that encourage emerging artists, activist artists, and non-profit organizations whose works might have difficulty being aired due to race, gender, genre, and/or social philosophy.  Average grants are approximately $1,250.  The maximum grant size is $2,500.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, INC
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both.  The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines.  Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will consider need on the part of an applicant for all legitimate expenditures relating to his or her professional work and personal living, including medical expenses. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist.  Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.

Burning Man Global Art Grants
This program funds highly interactive, community-driven works of art that prioritize community involvement in their development, execution and display. We fund art that is accessible to the public, civic in scope and prompts the viewer to act.

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
Grants for emerging figurative artists disbursed directly to the artist in the amount of $15,000 for a first grant and $18,000 for subsequent grants.

Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category, supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, and promoting public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000.
The Creativity Connects pilot grant opportunity supports partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors. Those sectors may include business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology.
Challenge America offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.  The program offers matching grants of $10,000.

Art Place
ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, which describes projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic.

Surdna Foundation

Surdna Foundation created the Thriving Cultures Program which is based on a belief that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents. Through the Thriving Cultures program, grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following four categories: Teens Artistic Advancement, Artists Engaging in Social Change, Artists and Economic Development, or Community Engaged Design.


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