Grantseeking

Funding

Funding resources for individuals and organizations in the arts.

FINDING FUNDERS

The Foundation Center

Offers Foundation Directory Online – a comprehensive database of foundation and corporate funders – and a database of funders that support individuals, as well as free classes and a library of resources. Database can also be accessed for free at Brooklyn Public Library’s central branch. 

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Grantspace: Finding Funders

Foundation Center’s online learning  community offers webinars and tutorials about fundraising research

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GENERAL (INDIVIDUALS)

Creative Capital

Individual artists with provocative, original and relevant works from all disciplines can apply for their multi-year grants under an open application process.

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FEAST In Brooklyn

Public dinner which uses community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging art makers. This is done through supper where diners converse with artists behind the competing ideas, and vote at the end. The artist who garners the most votes will be awarded a grant.

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Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Offers $25,000 grants to individual artists and emergency grants for dance, music, performance arts, poetry and visual arts. Also supports arts organizations.

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Franklin Furnace Fund

For emerging artists who produce avant-garde work of various mediums. Artists must live in New York City.

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Jerome Foundation

Offers grants to New York and Minnesota artists in various disciplines for travel and study, as well as grants for film and video projects, and--for individuals with fiscal sponsors and organizations--grants for the creation of new work in various disciplines.

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John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Offers sponsorship to individual artists to do their artistic work out of the U.S.

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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Funding Resources for Individual Artists

A comprehensive list of funding for individual artists, divided into various and specific disciplines.

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Map Fund

Offers grants to individuals with fiscal sponsors (as well as ensembles, presenters, etc.) for performative work.

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National Endowment for the Arts

Direct awards to individuals are made for Literature, Jazz Masters, and Folk and Traditional Arts.

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New York Foundation for the Arts - Artists' Fellowships

Awards grants to individuals for unrestricted use. Also offers fiscal sponsorship under Artspire program.

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New York State Council on the Arts

Individual artists can apply with fiscal sponsors for grants in music, dance, theater, electronic media and film, and architecture projects. Also funds BAC Grants for individuals (link to BAC Grants) in a wide range of disciplines.

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Princess Grace Awards Program

Awards grants in theater, playwriting, film, dance and choreography.

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The Puffin Foundation

Grants for art that educates the public on topical issues such as environment and social justice, or topics that others may not fund. Different cycles fund different artistic media.

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Offers financial awards to parents pursuing creative work who had set aside creative pursuits because of the demands of raising a family.

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GENERAL (ORGANIZATIONS)

Brooklyn Community Foundation - Arts for All Fund

Supports local arts and cultural organizations in Brooklyn.

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TruFund Financial Services, Inc.

Offers financial loan services to small and medium-sized art organizations in New York City to be used for equipment purchase, growth phase and build-out costs. Organizations must repay loans.

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GENERAL (FOR MINORITY GROUPS)

Asian Cultural Council

Grants are awarded for research and creative projects across traditional and contemporary fields. Other grants support projects that highlight Asian-American exchange.

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Native Arts and Culture

Only American Indians from state recognized U.S. tribes, Native Alaskan or Native Hawaiian can apply. Awards are made in all disciplines.

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National Association of Latino Arts and Culture

NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant is for U.S.-based Latino working artists in all disciplines.

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Queer Art Mentorship

Support and financial assistance for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals who are based in New York City.

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Women Arts

A short resource list for individual artist funding in various disciplines, some specifically for women artists.

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VISUAL ARTS

Aaron Siskind Foundation

Offers grants for committed artists working with photography or photo-based art with no restriction on subject matter or genre. Can be contemporary or traditional works of art.

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Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation

For mature artists with at least 20 years of experience in painting, sculpture or printmaking.

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Astrae Lesbian Visual Arts Fund

For contemporary lesbian visual artists using sculpture, painting, print, mixed media or works on paper that show commitment to social justice feminism.

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Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation

Offers grants to artists above 45 years old who are committed to American art but lack recognition in the field.

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The Art List

Online resource page for visual artists looking for income or exhibition opportunities.

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The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

For professional and presently active visual artists and printmakers who have worked over a significant period of time.

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William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts

Awards grants to emerging African American artists.

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FILM AND MEDIA

Arthur Vining Davis Foundation

Provides capstone grants to complete production funding that are directed towards the educational nature of public television. Other areas of interest include children’s series and programs that contribute to teaching.

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Cinereach

For feature-length nonfiction and fiction films with engaging storytelling, visual artistry and vital subject matter that challenge preconceptions.

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Corporation for Public Broadcasting Greenhouse Funds

Funding for public broadcasters and independent producers who produce works that are beneficial to the public television community. Training and opportunities are also included in the funding for entry, advancement or leadership to professional fields.

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Fledgling Fund

For late-stage films that have audience engagement and use emerging technology that focus on social issues such as environment, female empowerment, health and justice.

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Frameline Completion Fund

For films that represent and reflect LGBT life. Applications by women, people of color and transgender people are highly encouraged.

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Independent Television Service

Finishing funds for experimental films that address the needs of underserved and underrepresented audiences.

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MoxieDocs Co-Production Award

Funds for documentary filmmakers who create works on art, activism, journalism or history that are aimed towards public awareness. Works have to be in the post-production or completed stage.

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Women in Film Foundation

Offers grants, in-kind awards and consultations for films that highlight women’s role in entertainment and professional industry.

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LITERATURE

Cave Canem Poets

Gives book awards to African American writers.

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Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

Offers advance and publication grants for nonfiction projects by writers not yet recognized in the literary field.

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Xeric Foundation

Provides financial assistance to self-publishing comic book creators and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. or Canada.

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THEATER

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Supports individual artists who have reinterpreted traditional elements of dance or theatre.

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Henson Foundation

Offers project grants for development and production of works, and seed grants for workshopping of pieces for earlier creation. Only for live puppet theatre.

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Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation

For composers, lyricists and librettists who work in musical theater.

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MUSIC

Aaron Copland Fund for Music

Offers recording programs for composers to record, distribute and release contemporary American music.

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American Composers Forum

ACF offers grants and commissions for different types of artists, including a commissioning by individual grant and funding which supports new works by emerging composers.

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Chamber Music America

Offers different awards to individuals and groups who play various types of music from classical to new music.

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MetLife Creative Connections

Supports composer fees for participating in workshops, audience interaction, rehearsals and utilization of technologies.

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DANCE

Dance USA

Provides a comprehensive listing of opportunities, funding and career advancement for dancers.

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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Provides resources to find funding opportunities for contemporary dancers.

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Harkness Foundation for Dance Space Grant

Offer grants for their studio space in return for acknowledgement of this grant in the new art work created in the space. Space Grant artists are also encouraged to submit works for the Harkness Foundation’s Friday and Sunday performance series.

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National Performance Network

An advocate group that also provides direct and indirect support through funding for touring artists in dance, theater and music in the U.S.

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