V. Grant Opportunities and Resources

This page provides links to information on grant opportunities and resources for writing grant applications.  

Institutional and Departmental Grants

The Boston Foundation (website)
In September 2009, The Boston Foundation announced a newly articulated set of goals and objectives that place a strategic focus on the people and places of Greater Boston; through these goals and objectives we seek to have a profound impact on important areas of community life -- including dramatic improvements in education and wellness; safe and vibrant neighborhoods; robust arts and cultural opportunities; and a regional economy that enables everyone to thrive. 

Boston Foundation for Architecture (website)
The Boston Foundation for Architecture (BFA) was created by the Boston Society of Architects in 1984 to support public education programs in Massachusetts related to the built environment. Over the years, the BFA has supported film and video productions, community-based programs, exhibitions and tours, in-school educational programs, research projects, conferences, lectures, symposiums, and other community activities.  

Massachusetts Cultural Council (website)
The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. 

National Endowment for the Arts (website) 
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion in grants to individual artists, arts and cultural institutions, and state art agencies to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. 

National Endowment for the Humanities (website)
NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. 

US Department of Education (website)
The US Department of Education (ED) was created in 1980 to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The agency offers many discretionary grant competitions to institutions and school districts throughout the year. Notice of and application packages for those grant competitions can be found on the ED website.  

Personal Grants

The Aaron Siskind Individual Photographers Fellowship Grants (website)
The Aaron Siskind Foundation offers a limited number of fellowship grants of up to $7,000 each for individuals working in still photography and photography-based media. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation (website)
The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation has been operating since 1976 with two main purposes.  It offers grants to individual visual artists through two programs: an annual Individual Support Grant and a separate program to assist visual artists in cases of catastrophic events through an Emergency Grant program.  

The Alexia Foundation for World Peace (website)
The Alexia Foundation for World Peace Annual Photography Contest offers grants to students and professionals for the production of a proposed project. The foundation seeks to provide the financial capacity for a photographer to produce a substantial picture story that furthers the foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.

Artadia (website)
Artadia's mission is to encourage innovative artistic practice and meaningful dialogue across the United States by providing artists in specific communities with unrestricted awards and a national network of support. Once an artist receives an Artadia Award, he or she becomes a lifetime member of the national Artadia network. Artadia was founded as The ArtCouncil in 1997 by investment banker and art collector Christopher E. Vroom in response to the demise of the National Endowment for the Arts' artist fellowships. 

Artist Help Network (website)
This website is designed to help artists take control of their careers, lists grants, funding opportunities, and residencies.

Creative Capital (website)
Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Innovative Literature, and Performing and Visual Arts. Serving as a catalyst for the development of exceptional and imaginative ideas, it supports artists whose work is provocative, timely and relevant; who are deeply engaged with their art forms and demonstrate a rigorous commitment to their craft, yet are also boldly original and push the boundaries of their genre; and who create artistically omnivorous work that carries the potential to reshape the cultural landscape. 

The Gunk Foundation Grants for Public Art (website)
The Gunk Foundation is interested in supporting projects that make it out of the museum, gallery and alternative spaces, and into the spaces of daily life. For example, work that is shown in the spaces of public transportation, city streets, or work places and is seen by people "outside" of the art and academic worlds. The Foundation is looking for non-traditional, thought-provoking public work that is site-specific.  Any one can apply-- individuals, groups, or organizations--and there is no need for a fiscal sponsor. International projects and artists are encouraged.

Graham Foundation (website) 
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. 

The Gordon Parks International Photo Competition (website)
Fort Scott Community College began the Gordon Parks Photography Competition to honor Fort Scott's most famous photographer, Gordon Parks. Each year the program awards prizes of $500, $350, and $200 to photographers whose images reflect important themes in the life and the work of Gordon Parks, such as social injustice, the suffering of others, and family values.

Fulbright Scholar Program (website)
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."  

The Fund for Women Artists
This website has a list of aproximately 200 funding sources.

Kickstarter (website)
Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields. 

Langlois Foundation

The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology annually awards two grants to individuals making an exceptional contribution to advancing knowledge at the crossroads of art, science, and technology, or to individuals whose projects are highly original or innovative. Projects proposed by scientific researchers, computer scientists, or engineers must involve a partnership with an artist.

LEF Foundation
LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities.  Refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying.

Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships
The Artist Grants Program provides direct assistance to Massachusetts artists to recognize exceptional work and to support the further developments of their talents. Fellowship grants of $5,000 are offered in discipline categories which rotate according to fiscal year.

New England Foundation For the Arts (website)
Artists are central to NEFA's work.  In addition to providing artists and arts presenters with financial resources, their grant programs serve as holistic systems of support.

The National Endowment for the Arts (website)
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation (website)
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation's dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation's mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time. The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visuals artists who are painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines.

Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation (PDF)
The Whiting Foundation provides fellowships to present and prospective teachers, with an emphasis on present teachers at the college or university level, to enable them to study abroad or at some location other than that with which they are most closely associated.

William H. Johnson Prize (website)
The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts  seeks to encourage African-American artists early in their careers through its William H. Johnson Prize. Early career African-American artists who work in painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new genre are eligible to apply.

Women's Studio Workshop
WSW offers a variety of grants, fellowships, and residency opportunities for artists working in printmaking, papermaking, book arts and ceramics.

The Rotch Travelling Scholarship (website)
The Rotch Travelling Scholarship is an annual two-stage design competition that results in one person, deemed the Rotch Scholar, traveling the world for eight months studying architecture.

Search Resources 

Alliance of Artists Communities (website)
The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national and international association of artists' communities and residencies --a diverse field of more than 1,000 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work.  Believing that the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress, the Alliance's mission is to advocate for and support artists' communities, to advance the endeavors of artists.

Associated Grant Makers
Founded in 1969, Associated Grant Makers is the regional association of grant makers that makes grants in Massachusetts and surrounding areas. MassArt is a member at the Partner-Associate level.  For password to the MassArt AGM membership, contact the director of institutional grants.

Art Opportunities Monthly
Lists art competitions, fellowships, residencies, etc. A subscription is $25.00 per year.

College Art Association (website)
The CAA's Professional Development Fellowship for Master of Fine Arts Candidates was initiated to help M.F.A. students to bridge the gap between graduate study and professional careers. Fellows are honored with a one-time grant of $5,000 to help them with various aspects of their work.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Library (website)
Their website provides a comprehensive listing of local, regional and national grant opportunities. 

The Council on Foundations Glossary (PDF)
The Council on Foundations (COF) is a national non-profit membership association of grant-making institutions whose members include community, family, independent, and corporate foundations. 

The Foundation Center (website)
The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (website)
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is a national philanthropic leader and a network of 35 regional associations of grantmakers. 

GuideStar (website)
If you care about nonprofits and the work they do, then you're affected by what GuideStar does -- even if this is your first visit to www.guidestar.org. We gather and publicize information about nonprofit organizations. Our reach is far and wide. Our database is broad and deep.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) (website)
NYFA was established in 1971 by the New York State Council on the Arts as an independent organization to facilitate the development of arts activities throughout the State. NYFA has become a versatile provider of information, services and funding for constituents throughout the state and across the country.