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Funding Your Work in the Arts 


Funding Resources:



The Complete Guide to 2018 Artist Grants and Opportunities


Sources of support for the Arts are often listed on:

New York Foundation for the Arts-

ResArtis -

Alliance of Artist Communities-


Sources of support for Music and Visual Arts are often listed on:

Several Relevant Fellowships (contact Peggy Wright-Cleveland to learn more):

  • Guggenheim

  • USITT Fellowship

  • Doris Duke Impact Awards

  • The Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen Fellowship

Several Options for Supporting Exhibits in Interior Design include: NEA, IDEC, ASID, & even NIH

Options for Supporting Art and Photography may include: Open Society Institute, Ford Foundation, & Magnum Foundation




Other Sources for Supporting the Arts Include:

All of these have sections for different types of arts as well as examples of things ranging from resumes, contracts, final/budget and goal planning.

Creative Capital

Creative Capital supports adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services. Artists in any discipline working on a specific project may apply. The award may be up to $50,000. The letter of inquiry is due in February.


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant is a competitive grant for mid-career professional artists with extensive exhibition records who demonstrable financial need.  Artists include painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmaking. The artist must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces. Awards range from $5,000- $30,000 and the deadline is ongoing.


The Harpo Foundation Grants for Visual Artists

Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field. The award is for under-recognized US visual artists in any field. Awards can be made up to $10,000 and the deadline to apply is in April.


The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant

 The Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success. Grants are available only to mature individual visual artists which include artists who have worked for 20 years or more in a mature phase of art. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking. The award amount can be up to $25,000 and the deadline to apply is December 15.


John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships

The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions. Artists from any field are welcome to apply. The amounts of grants vary, and the Foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project. Applications are due mid-September.


Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship

The award was established to support and encourage contemporary artists working in the photographic field. Work must be based on the idea of still-based photography, but can include digital imagery, installations, documentary projects and photo-generated print media.  The award amount is up to $10,000. The grant cycle is announced every spring.  


National Endowment for the Arts Art Works

Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.


Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition

The University of Louisville offers an international prize in recognition of outstanding achievement by a living composer in a large musical genre: choral, orchestral, chamber, electronic, song-cycle, dance, opera, musical theater, extended solo work and more. The award will be granted for a work premiered during the five-year period prior to the award deadline (i.e. time period Jan.1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2018 for the 2020 award). Nominators may be any organization or individual with a reasonable professional connection to the nominee and the nominated work. 


MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program

The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. Recipients may be writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or those in other fields, with or without institutional affiliations. They may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers. Nominees are brought to the Program's attention through a constantly changing pool of invited external nominators chosen from as broad a range of fields and areas of interest as possible. They are encouraged to draw on their expertise, accomplishments, and breadth of experience to nominate the most creative people they know within their field and beyond.


Art Exhibitions:

The foundation has a particular interest in exhibitions that travel outside the United States or to Chicago, where we’re headquartered. For exhibitions that travel outside the United States, we encourage: A focused thesis that makes a significant contribution to scholarship on historical American art, International curatorial involvement, Inclusion of international catalogue essayists, A presentation that is meaningful to international audiences

Visual arts that are eligible for Terra Foundation Exhibition Grants include painting; sculpture; works on paper (prints, drawings, watercolors, photographs); decorative arts (typically handmade functional objects of high aesthetic quality); design (objects of high aesthetic quality; excludes industrial design); video art; and conceptual art. Excluded are architecture, performance art, and commercial film/animation. Exhibition Grant proposals will be reviewed by an external panel of scholars and curators who are specialists in historical American art.

Florida Humanities Council grants respond to the needs of local communities and address humanities topics of statewide interest. Grant-funded programs are designed to be collaborative, encourage active participation from the public, and explore humanities topics in unique ways.


Multi-disciplinary Work:

Our new mission statement is Advancing Southern vitality through the arts. Support the artistic and professional growth and success of artists in the South AND Support impactful arts-based programs that recognize and address trends and evolving needs of diverse communities in the South.

  • Traditional Arts Touring

  • Express Grants

  • Performing Arts Touring

  • Southern Creative Places

  • Literary Arts Touring

  • Professional Development and Artistic Planning