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  • Puffin Foundation Grants available to artists and arts organizations The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. The Puffin Foundation is accepting new proposals in the Fine Arts, Music, and Photography for the 2022 Annual Artist Grant Program. Applications in other disciplines will not be considered.  Please note that the primary focus of your proposal must be one of these three genres.  For example, please do not apply for a Music grant if the music is simply an accompanying score for a video or dance project.  Music, Photography, or Fine Arts must be the focus of your project. Grants range in size from $1,250 to $2,500. For complete information, and instructions on submitting a request for application via mail by December 31, 2021, visit the website at 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Deadline upcoming for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Grants The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to disasters resulting from natural or human activity. Cultural institutions, including libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations, face an enormous challenge: to preserve humanities collections that facilitate research, strengthen teaching, and provide opportunities for lifelong learning.  The National Endowment for the Humanities Optional Draft due date is December 9, 2021, with Applications due January 13, 2022. For complete information, application and other materials, visit the website at 
  • USA Fellowships | A fellowship for formerly incarcerated artists The goal of the Right of Return fellowship is to support the creation of new bodies of work that uplift the voices of people directly impacted by the criminal justice system, reflect the humanity of criminalized and incarcerated people, and build public will for ambitious and visionary change. Embedding artists within the reform movement results in more nimble, resonant, and creative campaigns to end mass incarceration and advance racial equity.  The Right of Return project welcomes submissions from formerly incarcerated artists working in all creative disciplines to challenge mass incarceration—including visual, performance, poetry, media, design, and other artistic practices.  

    If selected, Right of Return fellows will be asked to commit to participating in a group retreat in spring 2022 and be invited to a multi-cohort retreat in late 2022. The Right of Return retreats are meant to foster community, develop political advocacy skills, and support practice sustainability. If COVID-19 makes in-person convening impossible, abbreviated versions of the retreat will be held online. 

    Applications are now open; deadline for application is January 14, 2022. For complete information and application, visit the Right of Return website at 

  • Illuminative Producers Program launches IllumiNative and Netflix have launched the IllumiNative Producers Program, a year-long program that will support a cohort of seven early and mid-career Indigenous producers. Throughout the program, the fellows will develop a current project, attend monthly workshops, and have access to network-building opportunities with their cohort as well as mentors and leaders in the industry. Fellows will also receive a $25,000 stipend to support their work, and creative feedback and mentorship as they develop their project. For complete information and application, visit the website at Applications are open to early and mid-career Indigenous producers working in television, film and/or documentary. To qualify for the program, each applicant must: 
    1. identify as Native;
    2. be attached to one or more current project/s as a producer with rights to intellectual property they are seeking to adapt; and
    3. agree to participate in the program fully.

    Application Deadline: February 21, 2022 

  • Jazz Road Tours Program with SouthArts now accepts applications on a rolling basis  Designed for emerging and mid-career artists around the entire country, Jazz Road Tours supports small, three- to six-site tours at an array of venue types, often in rural communities and other areas traditionally underserved by the genre.  This artist-centric grant program—designed to support approximately 50 tours each year—is made possible with funds from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon FoundationAward Amounts generally range from $5,000 to $15,000 

     Jazz Road Tours now accepts applications on a rolling basis.  This means there are no deadlines to apply, so that artists can submit on their own schedule.  

    • Applications must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the project start date.  
    • Applicants will be notified by email within four to six weeks of submission. 

     For complete information application, and other resources, visit the website at 

  • USArtists International upcoming deadline March 30, 2022 for projects occurring between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023  USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at impactful international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories. The program supports the engagements of exemplary solo artists and ensembles across all performing arts disciplines including dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts. USArtists International is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation designed to encourage the presence of U.S. performing artists on international stages and in the global arts community; to support engagements that develop and expand both the careers and artistic goals of U.S. performers by providing connections with presenters, curators, and fellow artists; and to promote justice in the arts community by elevating the diverse voices contributing to the vibrant array of creative expression in the United States. 

    USAI provides grants of up to $18,000 toward eligible expenses. For complete information and application materials, visit the website at 

  • National Endowment for the Arts Publishes Guidelines for 2023 Grants for Organizations | Grants for Arts Projects and Challenge America.  “The Arts . . . belong to all the people of the United States.” The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the only arts funder in the United States—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. Each year, we award thousands of grants to provide everyone in the United States with diverse opportunities for arts participation. 

    We award cost/share matching grants to nonprofit organizations for a wide variety of arts projects, literature fellowships for published creative writers and translators, and partnership agreements with the 62 state/jurisdictional arts agencies and regional arts organizations. 

    • Grants for Arts Projects grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. * Deadlines: February 10 and July 7, 2022 
    • Support for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Challenge America features an abbreviated application, a robust structure of technical assistance, and grants for a set amount of $10,000. * Deadline: April 21, 2022 

    For complete information about NEA Grants for 2023, visit the website at 

  • National Endowment for the Arts Celebrating Literature in Translation | Translation Project Fellowships Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and merit. We encourage translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English, as well as work that has not previously been translated into English.  Competition for fellowships is rigorous. Potential applicants should consider carefully whether their work will be competitive at the national level. The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual support for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups. Applications must be submitted electronically through, the federal government’s online application system. The system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on January 12, 2022. Late applications are not accepted. Applicants will receive notification of awards and rejections no sooner than December 2022. Our support for a project may begin any time between January 1, 2023, and January 1, 2024, and extend for up to two years. Grants are up to $25,000. Award amounts are determined by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

    For complete information, eligibility, guidelines and applications, visit the website at

  • Kickstarter partners to launch Creative Capital x Skoll Foundation Creator Fund As the largest crowdfunding platform for cultural projects, Kickstarter supports the success of thousands of new creative ideas every year and provides an opportunity for the public to counter larger structural inequities in how capital is distributed. However, research studies suggest that Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous communities face larger barriers on crowdfunding platforms, be it via access to community support or early investment to begin a proof of concept. The mission of this Creative Capital x Skoll Creator Fund is to increase the number of funded Kickstarter projects launched by Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx creators through removing early financial hurdles. These funds will help bring more of their creative projects to life in the world, creating a more diverse and equitable artistic ecosystem overall. To select fund recipients, Creative Capital, Kickstarter, and Skoll Foundation will work closely together to continually review active projects by Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx creators on the platform. The final selections will ultimately be made by Creative Capital and Skoll Foundation. For more information, visit the Creative Capital website at or go to Kickstarter at
  • Pollock-Krasner Grants to Artists Available on an Ongoing Basis Pollock-Krasner grants have enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as their personal expenses. Past recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants acknowledge their critical impact in allowing concentrated time for studio work, and in preparing for exhibitions and other professional opportunities such as accepting a residency. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation will review expenditures relating to an artist’s professional work and personal expenses and amounts range up to $30,000. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist. Professional exhibition history will be taken into consideration. Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces. For Complete information and application, visit the website at  
  • Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism Offers Support for Artist -Journalist-driven Projects Submission Deadline: Rolling Basis In an effort to be responsive to an ever-fluctuating news cycle, artists and artist-journalist teams can apply to ECFJ for support of their work on a rolling basis. ECFJ supports a variety of work, including: text, photography, audio and video. Artists and artist-journalist teams with longer-term, research-intensive projects are also encouraged to apply. Individual artists, collectives, artist-journalist teams (including journalists on staff at a publication) can apply. Collectives must have work samples that reflect a history of working together. 
    • Domestic and international applicants are welcome.
    • Applicants must have an existing commission letter from an editor.
    • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
    • Applications must be in English.
    • For complete information and to submit an application, visit the website at 

Covid-19 Response/Recovery Funding

  • Alaska Community Foundation Opens ARPA Nonprofit Recovery Fund Grant application Open: October 21, 2021 – February 16, 2022 Deadline for applications: Round 1 – November 19, 2021 | Round 2 February 16, 2022 The State of Alaska has awarded $20 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development for distribution to the nonprofit sector. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development is partnering with The Alaska Community Foundation to distribute grants to the nonprofit sector in response to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts.  If your organization is eligible for funding as described below, we invite you to submit a grant application through The Alaska Community Foundation’s online grant system. The ARPA provides four categories of eligible expenditures. For the purpose of this grant opportunity, only activities and applicants that fall under Section 1 of the ARPA guidelines are considered eligible expenses. Qualified expenses must meet the following two requirements: 
    • It incurred in response to the Coronavirus pandemic public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality. 
    • Must be incurred during the period that begins on March 3, 2021, and ends on June 30, 2022. 

    Organizations’ grant awards through this program will range from $25,000 to $750,000. The total grantmaking allocation for this program is $20,000,000 for both rounds of funding, with estimates of $12,500,000 available in the first round and the balance available in the second round. 

    For complete information, guidelines, eligibility and application, visit the website at

  • Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants now available in three rounds of funding The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new grant program called Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants. The program will initially provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers who have experienced dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine/healthcare, utilities, and food. It will award a total of $300,000 over the course of three award cycles that will run through Spring 2022. The first application cycle will open on Tuesday, November 9 with a deadline of January 7, 2022. Funds may be requested for emergency expenses for up to a three-month period between September 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022. Cycle 2 will open on March 1, 2022, with a deadline of April 1, 2022. Funds may be requested for emergency expenses for up to a three-month period between December 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022. A third cycle will be offered before June 2022. 

    For complete information, eligibility and application, visit the website at 

  • Emergency Rental Assistance: Funding of $21.6 Billion Available to Assist Homeowners and Renters The arts and cultural sector was hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with high unemployment rates for artists and members of the creative industries. Arts practitioners and artists who have been experiencing housing instability, or are having trouble making rent payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are not alone. Federal, state, and local governments are offering help with housing expenses and avoiding eviction. Visit the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s mortgage and housing assistance site to find out what this means for you and what you can do.
  • The Actors Fund Rolling To help our community during this public health crisis, The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts. Remember, you may be eligible for more than one fund. For information about eligibility and to apply, visit additional information about Actors Fund services beyond emergency funding visit

  • Music Covid Relief Funding List is a resource brought to you by partners in the U.S. Music Community to help music professionals access information and applications to receive benefits made available by the CARES Act (Phase III of the Coronavirus Stimulus bill signed into law March 27, 2020) and the “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act” signed into law on April 24, 2020. The website also includes a comprehensive list of Emergency Relief funds. For information visit the website at 
  • Arts Administrators of Color Network – Our Response to COVID-19  Rolling Founded in July 2016, the Arts Administrators of Color Network (AAC) is an arts service network that focuses on networking and community building through the arts.  They have developed a compilation of resources; to help address uncertain setbacks, Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up an Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund, where donations will go directly to supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) individual artists and arts administrators of color who are financially impacted by COVID-19.  We encourage individuals to give as your situation allows.