Community Grants & Opportunities

Learn How to Tap the New COVID-19 Economic Relief Funds for the Arts (Part Two – Webinar Series) – Americans for the Arts
Date of Webinar: January 22, 2021 (2pm-3:30pm ET)
Link: https://artsu.americansforthearts.org/products/learn-how-to-tap-the-new-covid-19-economic-relief-funds-for-the-arts-two-part-webinar-series

On December 27, 2020, the $900 billion “Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act” (Economic Aid Act) was signed into law along with a $1.4 trillion federal omnibus FY 21 appropriations bill. Additionally, Congress passed a veto-override to enact the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act on December 23, 2020, which includes support for creative arts therapies. Nina Ozlu Tunceli, the Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts and the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, will host the two-part webinar series to cover this vast array of arts funding opportunities on Friday at 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET on both January 15, 2021 and January 22, 2021. The two webinars will each feature unique content and will include expert speakers including attorney Sarah Mercer of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Brigadier General Nolen Bivens (U.S. Army Ret.), Interim President and CEO of Americans for the Arts; Narric Rome, the VP of Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts; and senior representatives of the Small Business Administration.

Peer-to-Peer Webinars for BIPOC Teaching Artists, Arts Educators – Arizona Commission on the Arts
Dates of Workshops: January 23, and January 30, 2021
Link to Register: https://azarts.gov/news/peer-to-peer-webinars-for-bipoc-teaching-artists-arts-educators/

Do you identify as a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color) teaching artist or arts educator in Arizona state? Join us as we build a community of BIPOC artists across the state who work and teach in a variety of art forms and settings. Gain an intimate and intentional net of support for the work ahead in a BIPOC-centered teaching and learning arts space. This winter, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will present 4 webinars for BIPOC teaching artists interested in exchanging best practices. Teaching artist Sharah Nieto will facilitate four sessions specific to different age groups and disciplines. This is a great opportunity to connect with peers in your area of expertise, ask questions, share ideas and build community. Feel free to join any session/s that best suit/s your practice! 

  • Session 3: Saturday, January 23, 2021 (9:00 am-10:00 am MST) | Visual Arts Best Practices Exchange (for teaching artist serving High School aged youth) 
  • Session 4: Saturday, January 30, 2021 (9:00 am-10:00 am MST) | Performing Arts Best Practices Exchange (for teaching artists serving K-12 aged youth)

Sound Health Network Launch Event – National Endowment for the Arts
Date of Event: January 26, 2021 (5pm EST)
Link: https://soundhealth.ucsf.edu/events/shn-launch
We invite you to participate in the launch of the Sound Health Network (SHN), a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts with the University of California, San Francisco in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Renée Fleming, the center’s artistic advisor. The SHN will promote research and public awareness about the impact of music on health and wellness. This 60-minute event will feature several world-class musicians with an interest in the intersection of music and health, such as Esperanza Spalding, Renée Fleming, and Quetzal Flores. Interdisciplinary conversations with key leaders will explore how music can provide insights into brain functioning, reduce social isolation, promote community solidarity, and influence health. The launch will also showcase resources and services that the network will provide on its new website on an ongoing basis. The SHN emerged from the Sound Health initiative, a partnership between the Kennedy Center and NIH in association with the Arts Endowment that has brought together scientists, music therapists, artists, and the public to explore music’s impact on the brain, health, and wellness.

NEA Big Read Grant – National Endowment for the Arts
Deadline: January 27, 2021
Link: https://www.arts.gov/initiatives/nea-big-read

The NEA Big Read annually provides support to selected nonprofit organizations around the country to host dynamic community-wide reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection. Arts Midwest manages the NEA Big Read grants program. Each community program that receives an NEA Big Read grant—which ranges between $5,000 and $20,000—is also provided with resources, outreach materials, and training on various aspects such as working with local partners, developing public relations strategies, and leading book discussions and Q&As. The program may last as short as a week or as long as several months and includes a kick-off event; book discussions; events inspired by the content and themes from the book(s) (e.g., panel discussions, lectures, film screenings); and projects that engage the community and/or respond creatively to the book (e.g., art exhibitions, theatrical and/or musical performances, poetry slams, writing workshops and contests, activities related to collecting and sharing oral/written stories from members of the community).

2021 Grant Program – MAP Fund
Deadline: January 28, 2021
Link: https://mapfundblog.org/2021-grant-program/

MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining—and ultimately co-creating—a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP’s programs advance this mission by continually reconsidering how best to distribute resources, in response to current conditions, to ensure a thriving arts and culture field. The grant program awards $1 million annually in support of original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States. Funded projects address these concerns through the processes of creating and distributing live performance to the public, and/or through the content and themes of the work itself. MAP is committed to intersectional anti-racism, and strives to only fund anti-oppressive project language, structures, or content.

Arts Education Grants Webinar – National Endowment for the Arts
Date of Webinar: January 28, 2021 (3:30pm ET)
Link: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_i-B4x4YESialKMK3idToaw

In this webinar, the Arts Education team will share information specific to the Arts Education discipline within Grants for Arts Projects. We’ll review the Arts Education guidelines, describe elements of a competitive project, and answer YOUR questions!

The South32 Hermosa Community – Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Deadline: January 29, 2021
Link: https://cfsaz.org/grants/south32-grants/

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. South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company.  The South32 Hermosa project is located in the northern section of the Patagonia Mountains in Santa Cruz County.  The project is approximately six miles south of the town of Patagonia, 50 miles southeast of Tucson, 15 miles northeast of Nogales, Arizona.  The company’s purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come. Nonprofit organizations based in Santa Cruz County are invited to apply.

Emergency Relief Funds for Traditional Artists & Culture Bearers – Southwest Folklife Alliance
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Link: https://southwestfolklife.org/emergency-relief/

COVID-19 has revealed deep vulnerabilities within many of those we serve. To provide direct support to these artists and culture/heritage practitioners, we’ve launched the Traditional Artist & Culture Bearer Emergency Relief Fund with support from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and individual donors, including over $5000 from community members on Arizona Gives Day. We are primarily funding traditional artists and culture bearers between 40 and 65+ years of age, who are living in remote or historically marginalized neighborhoods in Arizona.

Starshine and Clay Fellowship – Cave Canem (A Home for Black Poetry)
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Link: https://cavecanempoets.org/starshine-and-clay-fellowship/

Cave Canem, EcoTheo Review, and LOGOS Poetry Collective co-present Starshine and Clay Fellowship, an initiative providing financial and development support to emerging Black poets, and fundraising opportunities for Cave Canem. Named in honor of Cave Canem elder Lucille Clifton (“won’t you celebrate with me”), the Starshine and Clay Fellowship was developed to speak to the mentorship Clifton offered Cave Canem fellows during her tenure as faculty at the Cave Canem Retreat. Not only will recipients receive a monetary reward, they will be provided with opportunities to work on their craft and network with other poets as a cohort. Gregory Pardlo will serve as the inaugural judge of the Starshine and Clay Fellowship, which is now accepting applications from Black poets without a published book or a book under contract. Each recipient will receive $500, $500 for a LOGOS reading, a $500 travel stipend and free lodging to attend the upcoming Wonder in Wyoming conference, a one-on-one consultation with the final judge, and master classes and other opportunities provided by Cave Canem. The poets will also have their work published in the Summer 2021 issue of EcoTheo Review, with proceeds of the sale going to Cave Canem.

Grants for Arts Projects – National Endowment for the Arts
SAM Registration Deadline: February 2, 2021
Grants.gov Submission Deadline: February 11, 2021 (11:59pm EST)
Applicant Portal Deadline: February 23, 2021 (11:59pm EST)
Link: https://www.arts.gov/grants/grants-for-arts-projects

These grants support arts projects that use the arts to unite and heal in response to current events; celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage; invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values; and enrich humanity. Applicants may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request from $10,000 to $150,000 for subgranting programs in the Local Arts Agencies disciplineA minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

COVID-19 Relief Grant – CERF+
Deadline: February 3, 2021
Link: https://cerfplus.org/cerf-covid-19-relief-grant/

CERF+ — the Artists Safety Net is launching a third round of COVID-19 Relief Grants. The $1,000 grants are for artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances due to food, housing, and/or medical insecurities as a result of the ongoing pandemic. In the first two cycles of the program, we awarded 592 grants to artists in 46 states, 3 territories, and the District of Columbia. The third cycle will begin accepting applications on January 13th, and will close on February 3rd, 2021. Priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, People of Color and folk and traditional artists.

Virtual Choirs Step-by-Step: Free Webinar Series – Tucson Girls Chorus
Deadline: N/A (Reposted on 01/06/2021)
Link: https://form.jotform.com/202325729382153

Do you want to create a virtual choir video but don’t know where to begin? This free webinar series hosted by TGC staff will walk you through the basics, then dive into specific steps to lead you all the way through the process. The webinars have already occurred, but recordings and additional resources are available. Register to receive the free materials!

Start Collecting Art (Free Email Course) – Black Art in America
Deadline: N/A (Posted on 01/06/2021)
Link: https://www.blackartinamerica.com/index.php/startcollectingart/?goal=0_d54acb7c59-3fbdcb8d39-58254864&mc_cid=3fbdcb8d39&mc_eid=2a7c72a63d

Sign up for our free email course on how to begin your collection. We will cover:

  • How to start on a shoestring: Establishing Your Budget
  • Where to find Black art
  • Buying with confidence: Collecting what you like
  • Engaging in your local arts community
  • … and much more!

2021 Already: Dialogue/Exchange Session – Arizona Commission on the Arts
Date of Session: February 8, 2021 (4:30-6pm)
Registration Link: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehj26haf0c3b04ef&oseq=&c=&ch=

With a new year underway, please join us for a 2021 Already: Dialogue/Exchange Session via Zoom, to connect with other Arizona creatives and help us better understand what you need, what you’ve learned, and how you imagine the creative sector can shape our collective post-pandemic future. Staff will also be present to hear questions about Arts Commission services and other pandemic-era support and opportunities. If we can’t answer your questions, we’ll do our best to direct you to relevant resources. To ensure that all are able to be heard, these dialogue/exchange sessions will be limited to 40 participants each. Registration is required. More sessions may be added according to demand.

2021 Already: Dialogue/Exchange Session – Arizona Commission on the Arts
Date of Session: February 10, 2021 (10-11:30am)
Registration Link: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehj2ds5n848998a2&oseq=&c=&ch=

With a new year underway, please join us for a 2021 Already: Dialogue/Exchange Session via Zoom, to connect with other Arizona creatives and help us better understand what you need, what you’ve learned, and how you imagine the creative sector can shape our collective post-pandemic future. Staff will also be present to hear questions about Arts Commission services and other pandemic-era support and opportunities. If we can’t answer your questions, we’ll do our best to direct you to relevant resources. To ensure that all are able to be heard, these dialogue/exchange sessions will be limited to 40 participants each. Registration is required. More sessions may be added according to demand.

African American Legacy Fund – Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Deadline: February 12, 2021
Link: https://cfsaz.org/grants/african-american-legacy-fund/

The African American Legacy Fund (AALF), a fund of CFSA, supports nonprofit organizations based in Southern Arizona and envisions a thriving community where people and resources converge to support the prosperity of all of its children, youth and families, today and in the future. Our grantmaking focuses on nonprofit organizations serving the African American community here in Southern Arizona. We invite applications from organizations with holistic and innovative approaches to support and improve educational outcomes within the African American community. Nonprofit organizations based in Southern Arizona are invited to apply.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ+) Alliance Fund – Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Deadline: February 12, 2021
Link: https://cfsaz.org/grants/lgbtq-alliance-fund/

The mission of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ+) Alliance Fund, a fund of CFSA, is to foster charitable giving in support of innovative programs and initiatives that benefit the LGBTQ+ community in Southern Arizona. Our donors, board and staff envision a diverse and caring community where philanthropy meets the needs of all its members. The LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund will consider applications for programs that fall into at least one or more of the following areas of interest and relationships to the LGBTQ+ Community: LGBTQ+ Community Building and Collaboration; Transgender Issues; Youth and Elder Issues; General Operating Support. Special consideration will be given to programs that: incorporate collaboration between two or more organizations; clearly articulate measurable outcomes; can provide a clear description of plans to sustain the project beyond the grant year. Nonprofit organizations based in Southern Arizona are invited to apply.

Nonprofit Leadership & Management Certificate Program – Community Foundation for Southern Arizona | University of Arizona’s Eller Executive Education
Deadline: February 15, 2021
Link: https://cfsaz.org/nonprofit-certificate-program/

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is partnering with The University of Arizona’s Eller Executive Education to provide nonprofit leadership and management training to local nonprofit professionals. The partnership was established as part of CFSA’s COVID-19 response strategy to help local nonprofits recover from the impact of the pandemic. These trainings, consulting opportunities, and the certificate program will be provided free of charge to local nonprofits, thanks to community support provided by local individuals and organizations through the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.

2021-2022 Scholarship Opportunities – Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Deadline: All scholarship applications due February 26, 2021 (5pm MST)
Link: https://cfsaz.org/what/scholarships/

The following scholarship programs will be accepting applications from eligible students:

  • CFSA General Scholarship
    • Boilard-Harkin Scholarship
    • Pauline Miguel Scholarship
  • African American Educational Equity Scholarship
  • Marge Christensen Gould Scholarship
  • CFSA Corporate Scholarship (Eligibility Verification Required)

Scholarship Opportunities – Arizona Community Foundation
Deadline: Applicants encouraged to apply early to qualify for the most amount of scholarships, funding through May 2021
Link: https://www.azfoundation.org/Scholarships/Scholarship-Opportunities

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.

First Draw PPP Loans – US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Deadline: March 31, 2021
Link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program/first-draw-ppp-loans

SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw Loans the week of January 11, 2021. To promote access for smaller lenders and their customers, SBA will initially only accept First Draw PPP Loan applications from participating community financial institutions (CFIs), which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries. Paycheck Protection Program lending will reopen to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Borrowers can be matched with qualified PPP lenders using SBA Lender Match.

Second Draw PPP Loans – US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Deadline: March 31, 2021
Link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program/second-draw-ppp-loans

SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw PPP Loans the week of January 11, 2021. SBA will begin accepting applications for Second Draw PPP Loans on January 13, 2021. To promote access for smaller lenders and their customers, SBA will initially only accept Second Draw PPP Loan applications from participating community financial institutions (CFIs), which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries. Paycheck Protection Program lending will reopen to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. At least $25 billion is being set aside for Second Draw PPP Loans to eligible borrowers with a maximum of 10 employees or for loans of $250,000 or less to eligible borrowers in low or moderate income neighborhoods. Borrowers can be matched with qualified PPP lenders using SBA Lender Match.

2021 Actos de Confianza (Cycle 3 – Western United States) – National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
Deadline: April 28, 2021
Link: https://www.nalac.org/actos-guidelines-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.

Mini Grants and Project Grants – AZ Humanities
Intent to Apply Deadline: May 1, 2021
Application Deadline: June 15, 2021
Link: https://azhumanities.org/grants/grant-opportunities/

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.

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