Community Grants & Opportunities

Research Grants in the Arts – National Endowment for the Arts
Applicant Portal Deadline: April 8, 2021

Research Grants in the Arts support research studies that investigate the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life.

NEA Research Labs – National Endowment for the Arts
Applicant Portal Deadline: April 8, 2021

The National Endowment for the Arts’ five-year research agenda aims to build public knowledge about the arts’ contributions to individuals and society. Through NEA Research Labs, we extend this agenda and its impact by cultivating a series of transdisciplinary research partnerships, grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, to produce and report empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and also for non-arts sectors such as healthcare, education, and business or management. Institutions of higher education and/or nonprofit research and policy organizations may submit applications to be NEA Research Labs.

Challenge America – National Endowment for the Arts Submission Deadline: April 13, 2021
Applicant Portal Deadline: April 22, 2021

Since 2001, the Challenge America program has extended the Arts Endowment’s reach by promoting equal access to the arts in communities across America. Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved. The program is rooted in principles that include, but are not limited to, our recognition that:

  • Some populations and some geographic areas have limited grant funding opportunities, and/or have been historically underserved by national arts funding;
  • Some small organizations may face barriers to accessing grant funding; and
  • Some applicants to the Arts Endowment may benefit from enhanced technical assistance resources.

Challenge America seeks to address these potential barriers for organizations seeking funding. The program features an abbreviated application, a standardized $10,000 grant amount, and a robust structure of technical assistance to facilitate entry to Arts Endowment funding opportunities.

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.

2021 Actos de Confianza (Cycle 3 – Western United States) – National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
Deadline: April 28, 2021

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) recognizes the continual compounding impact that the COVID-19 public health pandemic is having on the Latinx artistic communities and greater Latinx populations in the United States and Puerto Rico. In April 2020, NALAC launched its first iteration of emergency relief support and was able to carry out four cycles of relief funding, administering a total of $186,000 via 221 grants to Latinx arts practitioners in states and Puerto Rico. In a moment of continued uncertainty, we once again return to the importance of confianza – the act of mutual trust and support to carve new ways forward. In collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Intercultural Leadership Institute partners, the 2021 Actos de Confianza relief effort will expand to support Latinx artists and arts organizations who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. NALAC will distribute $2,500 grants to Latinx artists and cultural workers and $5,000 grants to Latinx arts organizations facing critical financial emergencies due to the impact of COVID-19.

Virtual Certificate Program – New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture
Deadline: April 28, 2021

The New York Studio School is delighted to welcome artists from around the world to participate in our inaugural Virtual Certificate Program. Combining the studio-centric emphasis of the School’s teaching methods with our personal, real-time approach to online learning, this full-time program is designed for serious artists, and aspiring serious artists, who seek to cultivate the studio skills and methods that will prepare them for a lifetime of art-making. The Virtual Certificate Program curriculum provides group critiques and discussions with one-on-one faculty guidance and is modeled on the School’s foundational Certificate Program curriculum comprised of a two-week Marathon at the beginning of each semester, followed by twelve weeks of coursework and independent studio work. All courses are led by Studio School faculty members who are working artists and generous educators.

Scholarship Opportunities – Arizona Community Foundation
Deadline: Applicants encouraged to apply early to qualify for the most amount of scholarships, funding through May 2021 (remaining scholarship deadlines through May 1)

The Arizona Community Foundation allows high school seniors and current college students throughout Arizona to apply for more than 100 scholarship awards online with one general application. Applicants are matched with all awards for which they qualify. High school seniors, current college students, graduate students, or adult re-entry students attending accredited schools anywhere in the U.S. may apply. The general application process begins in January each year and students are advised to apply early to qualify for the most awards. Most deadlines are March 1 and May 1, 2021. Scholarships are available for two-year and four-year colleges and universities as well as technical and vocational schools.

Seeking Nominations for SFA’s 2021 Master-Apprentice Artist Award – Southwest Folklife Alliance
Deadline: May 1, 2021

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. Applicants include a wide variety of artists, including those working in traditions including, but not limited to:

  • Handcrafts: weavers; basket makers; jewelers; makers of masks, ritual objects, textiles
  • Occupational folklife: adobe makers, leather workers, iron workers, foodways workers
  • Oral traditions: storytellers, poets
  • Performing arts: dancers, vocalists, musicians

Mini-Grants and Project Grants – AZ Humanities
Intent to Apply Deadline: May 1, 2021
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.

Team Up Program – The Center for Healthy Nonprofits, Community Foundation of Southern Arizona
Deadline: None (Reposted on 04/07/2021)

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.

Art Business Accelerator Grant – Artwork Archive
Deadline: May 14, 2021

Open to both emerging and established artists, the Art Business Accelerator distributes unrestricted funds to invest in your art business, as well as six weeks of self-guided online educational resources that increase business skills, economic proficiency, marketing knowledge, and more. Recipients receive funding and expert guidance in order to make the growth process easier, to gain confidence, and establish a solid business foundation for their art practice. Grant recipients will receive grant funding, a lifetime account to Artwork Archive, and one-on-one access to expert career guidance.

Grants for Arts Projects (Second Round) – National Endowment for the Arts Registration Deadline: June 16, 2021 Registration Deadline: June 29, 2021 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.

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.

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