Funding Opportunities

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Funding Opportunities

  • The application period for the Kodiak Arts Council’s 2021 Artist Awards program is now open.  

    Deadline to Apply: April 5, 2021 

    The Kodiak Arts Council offers arts awards every year to further individual growth in the arts. Award funds may be used for a variety of artistic pursuits, and artists from all Kodiak Island communities are encouraged to apply. A Ginny Shank Dance award is available specifically in the discipline of dance.  
    Complete guidelines and an application form are available on the website at
  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation (BBNCEF) Cultural Heritage and Native Place Names Grant Programs 

    Deadline for application: April 26, 2021 

    Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation (BBNCEF) has moved all of its programs to an online platform. Applying for a grant is easier than ever before! The Cultural Grant Programs are now available online. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. For those who cannot access our online application, we will still accept paper applications. To request a paper application, please contact BBNCEF at (907) 265-7852 or We also fund nonprofit entities located outside of Bristol Bay! Please check out the guidelines found at the bottom of this page under “Related Items” to see if your organization is eligible. 

    BBNCEF’s core purpose is to build and maintain “connections to our past and invest in our future.” To achieve this purpose, we administer two grant programs: the Cultural Heritage Grant Program and the Native Place Names Grant Program. Grant awards through both programs range from $1,000 to $5,000. Eligible entities are welcome and encouraged to submit a proposal for consideration. 

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

  • National Endowment for the Arts | Comprehensive Resources for Grant Applicants The National Endowment for the Arts offers comprehensive resources for NEA Grants for Arts Projects Applicants. Visit the website at including applicant webinars, common applicant mistakes to avoid, and online tutorials. If your organization has an eligible project, now is a great time to consider planning for submission of an application to the NEA Grants for Arts Projects in June. Visit to learn more about NEA grant application timelines, and learn more about all categories of grants to organizations from the National Endowment for the Arts 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 

  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum | Call for Painters to apply for the Lilian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant Deadline for applications: April 1, 2021 The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant is awarded annually to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need. The mission of this grant is to promote public awareness of and a commitment to American art, and to encourage interest in artists who lack adequate recognition. Recipients are selected by a diverse group of jurors—artists, curators, professors, writers—based on the strength of the materials submitted in this application as well as the perceived adherence to the spirit of the grant: to assist under recognized artists. Awards include a cash grant, ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 and an exhibition at PAAM. For complete information and to apply visit the website at 
  • Native Arts & Cultures Foundations Opens a Call for Shift-Transformative Change & Indigenous Art

    Deadline to submit Letters of Interest: March 16, 2021The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation has opened a call for Letters of Interest. SHIFT- Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts program supports artist and community-driven projects responding to social, environmental or economic justice issues through a Native lens. Open to independent Native artists or Native artist collectives working in the disciplines of dance/choreography, fiction/poetry writing, film/video, multi-disciplinary arts, music, performance art, theater and screenplay writing, traditional arts or 2D + 3D visual arts. Eligible Letters of Interest must include both a Native artist applicant and a partner organization/co-applicant.  Visit the web page at

Emergency and Covid-19 Response Funding

  • The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program is slated to open for applications April 8, 2021 

    The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. 

    Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. 

    Eligible entities include: 

    • Live venue operators or promoters 
    • Theatrical producers 
    • Live performing arts organization operators 
    • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria 
    • Motion picture theater operators 
    • Talent representatives 
    • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements 

    To ensure eligible venues do not miss a window to receive assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program, the American Rescue Plan Act also amended the SVOG program so entities that apply for a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, can also apply for an SVOG, with the eligible entity’s SVOG to be reduced by the PPP loan amount. The PPP loan applications have been updated to reflect this.  

     As the SBA builds and prepares to open the program, the dedicated SBA website,, which includes frequently asked questions, video tutorials and other SVOG details, is the best source for information for those looking to apply for a grant. Currently, potential applicants visiting the SBA’s site for the SVOG may also sign up to be informed when the Application opens by clicking on the “SVOG Portal” button.  

    To prepare in advance of the SVOG application portal opening on April 8, potential applicants should get registered in the federal government’s System for Award Management (, as this is required for an entity to receive an SVOG, and reference the preliminary application checklist and eligibility requirements.   

  • 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.