Community Grants & Opportunities
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant – US Small Business Administration
Deadline: n/a (Posted on 04/28/2021)
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.
Artist Relief, Cycle XII
Deadline: May 31, 2021
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and work with the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.
The South32 Hermosa Community Fund – The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Deadline: June 7, 2021
The South32 Hermosa Community Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and its geographic affiliate, the Santa Cruz Community Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations based in Santa Cruz County. Supported areas include arts, culture and history, environment, health and welfare, recreation, and civic enhancement.
Artist-in-Residence (Virtual and In-Person available) – Institute of American Indian Arts
Deadline: Spring 2021, until filled
The IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program hosts artists for variable-length residencies taking place either on the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico, or virtually during the Academic year. Applicants whose work engages with cultural traditions through materials, techniques and subject matter are particularly encouraged to apply. In-Person: Each A-i-R program provides opportunities for Native and First Nations artists to travel to the IAIA campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a meaningful period of art-making and interaction with IAIA students, staff and faculty, and the Santa Fe arts community. Virtual: The IAIA Artist-in-Residence Program is adapting to COVID-19 by offering virtual residency sessions. All residency activities will be conducted via ZOOM and include weekly “Visiting Hours,” three ZOOM interactions with IAIA college classes, and two public events, which may take the form of a panel discussion with other artists or an artist talk with Q&A. Hands-on workshops via ZOOM are encouraged and IAIA personnel will assist in developing the workshop and provide materials for workshop participants.
Team Up Program – The Center for Healthy Nonprofits, Community Foundation of Southern Arizona
Deadline: None (Reposted on 05/11/2021)
The Center is in the process of building a consulting network that will amplify its efforts to support and build capacity in the Southern Arizona nonprofit community. The new program, TeamUp, envisions a streamlined way to team up nonprofits with the rich resources of the consulting professionals who serve nonprofit organizations in Southern Arizona. Approved projects will receive up to 20 hours of consulting/coaching that is fully underwritten.
Mini-Grants and Project Grants – AZ Humanities
Application Deadline: June 15, 2021
Arizona Humanities supports innovative, community-based projects that use humanities disciplines to connect Arizonans to the cultures, peoples, and histories of the state and beyond. We welcome proposals from a wide range of nonprofit, educational, and governmental organizations and encourage projects that are innovative in their approach toward the humanities and public programming. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective to issues of significance to Arizonans. Our grants program aims to stimulate thoughtful community exchange, build new audiences for the humanities, innovate new methods in the humanities, and advocate for the importance of the humanities for a lively and engaged democratic public.
Grants for Arts Projects (Second Round) – National Endowment for the Arts
SAM.gov Registration Deadline: June 16, 2021
Grants.gov Registration Deadline: June 29, 2021
Grants.gov Submission Deadline: July 8, 2021 (11:59pm EST)
Applicant Portal Deadline: July 13-20, 2021 (11:59pm EST)
Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program for organizations based in the United States. Through project-based funding, the program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of excellent art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.
Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists – Queer Art
Deadline: June 30, 2021
This $10,000 grant, awarded to draw attention to an existing body of work, sheds light on the under-recognized contributions of Black trans women visual artists and provides critical support to their continuing work. Winning artists will receive additional professional development resources and further guidance to bolster their creative development in the field.
Research & Development Grants for Artists – Arizona Commission on the Arts
Stage 1 Application Due: July 1, 2021
Stage 2 Application Due: October 13, 2021
Research & Development (R&D) Grants provide funding support to Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons, and deepen the impact of their work. Artists working in any discipline who live and work in Arizona. Whether you’re just getting started or you have already experienced many career successes, the R&D Grant is available to help you take your artistic practice to the next level, including:
- exploration of new techniques
- experimentation with new materials or technologies
- creation of new work
- development of new strategies for engaging your community of practice
Seeking Nominations for 2021 Master-Apprentice Artist Award – Southwest Folklife Alliance
Deadline Extended: July 1, 2021
These awards provide direct support for master traditional artists living in Arizona to pass on art, culture, and heritage practices to apprentice learners through the annual SFA Master-Apprentice Award. The Master-Apprentice Artist supports a master artist or tradition bearer to work with a qualified apprentice (or group of apprentices) to engage in a teaching-learning relationship that includes one-on-one mentorship and hands-on experience. Our highest priority is to support apprentices to learn from master artists within their own cultural traditions. Funds can be used to help cover artist fees, offset costs of raw materials, and support any travel essential to the exchange. Traditional artists & culture bearers receive a $5,000; apprentices receive $500. Artists are first nominated by peers within their community, cultural institutions, apprentices, or by self-nomination. SFA then invite nominees to apply based on their mastery of artform, their ability to describe how that form has been recognized by their cultural community, and their ability to share traditional knowledge.
Black Art Futures Fund (Cycle VI, Summer 2021)
Deadline: July 5, 2021
For 2021, Black Art Futures Fund will provide general operating support for U.S. small and community-based Black-led and Black-benefitting arts and culture organizations whose budgets are $500,000 annually or below. Organizations can be independent 501c3 organizations or entities with a fiscal sponsor in place for more than 1 calendar year. Shay Wafer Legacy Awards. This cycle is open to organizations founded on or before 2011. Opens June 15, 2021.
Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship Nomination – National Endowment for the Arts
Nomination Deadline: July 31, 2021 (11:59pm EST)
One NEA National Heritage Fellowship will be given to an individual who has made major contributions to the excellence, vitality, and public appreciation of the folk and traditional arts. The nominee should be worthy of national recognition and must be actively engaged in perpetuating the folk and traditional arts. Awards will be up to $25,000 and may be received once in a lifetime.
Aesthetica Art Prize – Aesthetica Magazine
Deadline: August 31, 2021
The Art Prize is open to works in any genre, and on any theme, however, we are particularly interested in works that reflect upon our ever changing world. Previous exhibitions have posed larger questions about what it means to exist in a digitised, post-industrial landscape, as well as the effects of over-consumption, media stimulation, globalisation, and the climate crisis. We are looking for pieces that challenge us – that redefine the parameters of contemporary art and compel audiences to connect with one another. Winning pieces have reflected upon both social and political structures, questioning the value that we place on the planet and each other. They have pushed the boundaries of form and technique, providing a new set of possibilities and ideas.
Black Art Futures Fund (Cycle VII, Fall 2021)
Deadline: October 1, 2021
For 2021, Black Art Futures Fund will provide general operating support for U.S. small and community-based Black-led and Black-benefitting arts and culture organizations whose budgets are $500,000 annually or below. Organizations can be independent 501c3 organizations or entities with a fiscal sponsor in place for more than 1 calendar year. This cycle is open to organizations who have never received a grant from a foundation (or from a re-granting organization funded by a foundation) for more than $10,000. Opens September 15, 2021.
Black Art Futures Fund (Cycle VIII, Winter 2021)
Deadline: December 15, 2021
For 2021, Black Art Futures Fund will provide general operating support for U.S. small and community-based Black-led and Black-benefitting arts and culture organizations whose budgets are $500,000 annually or below. Organizations can be independent 501c3 organizations or entities with a fiscal sponsor in place for more than 1 calendar year. This cycle is open to all eligible applicants. Opens December 1, 2021.