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  • National Endowment for the Humanities Program Grants upcoming deadlines for applications in 2021 Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions Deadline to apply January 14, 2021 Media Projects Deadline to apply: January 6, 2021 

    Public Humanities Programs Deadline to Apply: January 6, 2021 

    Short Documentaries Deadline to Apply: January 6, 2021 

    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers a wide variety of grant programs. They’ve created a list to help you zero in on the grant program that might suit the activity you have in mind. If you would like some advice about which grant program would be appropriate, an NEH program officer will be happy to talk with you. To start the process, pick the division or office that you’d think would be most appropriate for your project and make an inquiry. Visit the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Match Your Project to a Grant Program” page at to learn more.  

  • Rasmuson Foundation Accepting Applications for the 2021 Individual Artist Awards (IAA) Rasmuson Foundation is accepting applications for the 2021 Individual Artist Awards (IAA). Online applications will be accepted through March 1; paper applications must be delivered or postmarked by Feb. 15.
    In addition to individual artists, groups and collaboratives — two or more artists working together — are eligible for Project Awards and Fellowships. A musical band, a dance company and a multimedia collective are some examples.
    The awards support artistic growth and exploration of new creative ground for artists living and working in Alaska. In 2020, award recipients came from 12 different communities including Bethel, Kotzebue, Kodiak and Sitka as well as Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. Artists can apply at for either a Project Award or a Fellowship:
    Project Award: $7,500 for a specific, short-term project that clearly benefits the artist’s growth. Artists at all career stages — emerging, mid-career and mature — are eligible to apply for an award in 11 recognized disciplines.
    Fellowship: $18,000 for mid-career and mature artists to focus their energy and attention on a yearlong period of creative exploration. In 2021, Fellowship categories are: Choreography, Crafts, Folk and Traditional Arts, Literary Arts/Scriptworks, and Performance Arts.
    Award recipients receive a grant as well as professional development and promotion of their work, two areas that artists highlighted for attention in a 2016 survey. In 2021, professional development will be provided online by the Anchorage Museum to focus on continued skill development in marketing, finances and creation of work samples. Artists who received awards in 2020 also can take part, since planned in-person professional development was canceled due to the pandemic.
    To help artists with the application process, the Foundation will offer virtual workshops and informational meetings starting in January. Follow the Foundation on Facebook or check  for dates and registration information. Our toolkit for artists,, includes short how-to videos and additional resources to guide artists through creation of resumes, artist statements, work samples and grant applications.
    Artists with questions can email staff at or call the Foundation at 907.297.2700.
  • New Grants for Arts Projects guidelines will be posted in December by the National Endowment for the Arts  

    The National Endowment for the Arts will post updated Grants for Arts Projects Guidelines in December. Check in with the posting schedule online at 

  • NEA Big Read 2021-2022 – Now accepting applications: Deadline: January 27, 2021 For nearly 15 years, NEA Big Read has inspired communities to come together over the joy of a good book. While we can’t all come together in-person this year to the extent we have in the past, Arts Midwest looks forward to supporting organizations as they test innovative ways to connect their audiences in virtual spaces, offer socially distant programs, and ensure that communities still have access to creativity, literature, and the important stories and ideas embedded in these books.
  • Rhizome Microgrant Program Deadline: rolling basis The microgrant program awards $500–$1,500 to proposals with a compelling vision for net art, which considers political radicalization and the internet. Learn more about Rhizome and its net art works microgrants at Submission form is open on a rolling basis, click here 
  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation (BBNCEF) Cultural Heritage Grant Program Deadline: Rolling Through the Cultural Heritage Grant Program, BBNCEF seeks to support organizations who are finding creative ways to promote, preserve and strengthen the cultural heritage of Bristol Bay. We look forward to partnering with you and learning more about your efforts.  The Cultural Heritage Program goal is to engage BBNC shareholders and descendants in a wide range of educational activities that promote, preserve and celebrate our Alaska Native cultural heritage and way of life. Grant funds up to $5,000 are available to support educational projects in one or more of the following priority areas:  
    • Preservation, practice and teaching Native languages of Bristol Bay. 
    • Native knowledge, history, skills and practices. 
    • Cultural activities, traditions, subsistence, traditional arts and crafts, dance, history.

    For complete information visit the website at 

  • Planning Ahead: New England Arts Foundation | National Dance Project Grants will have a NDP Production Grant Preliminary deadline of March 1, 2021 Production Grants are awarded to 20 dance projects annually through a competitive two-stage application process. Artists/choreographers and/or companies apply to receive a package of support that includes: 
    • $45,000 for the creation of a new work 
    • $10,000 in general operating support for the artist/company 
    • up to $35,000 to support a U.S.* tour of the work 

    Creation funds and general operating funds are paid directly to the artist/company or their fiscal sponsor to cover expenses related to making the new work during the creation period (defined as the period from the receipt of funds to the premiere of the work. Works may not premiere before September of the award year). 

    The $35,000 reserved for each work’s U.S. tour is distributed by the artist/company to U.S.-based organizations to subsidize a presentation of the NDP-funded work, and must be used during the work’s NDP touring period. To learn more about the New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Dance Project Production Grant, visit

Emergency and Covid-19 Response Funding

  • Rural Relief Small Business Grants from LISC available for application Deadline: January 5, 2021 As part of their continuing commitment to elevate our impact in rural America, LISC is inviting small business owners in rural locations across the country to apply for the LISC-Lowe’s Rural Relief Small Business Grants program. 

    Only small businesses located in rural communities are eligible at this time. Rural communities are defined as having a population of 50,000 or less. A community is defined as the city/town/village where your business address is located. If the business is mobile (a food truck, fishing boat, ride share driver, etc) please use the address where your vehicle is stored during non-business hours. 

    The latest grant application period is now open. Applications must be submitted by January 5, 2021 at 11:59PM ET. 

    For complete information and application go to 

  • Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants – New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to partner with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants. Robert Rauschenberg was committed to assisting fellow artists in need of emergency medical aid, ultimately establishing the nonprofit foundation Change, Inc. in 1970. Visit: for more information.
  • 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.