Funding Opportunities

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  • National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan FundsLast week, the National Endowment for the Arts released guidelines and application materials for two programs to distribute American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds.
    • These programs are open to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and local arts agencies, regardless of whether they have received NEA funding in the past. This is a change from previous emergency funding requirements at the NEA and significantly expands access to federal funds for the arts and culture sector.
    • The NEA encourages applications from first-time applicants, and will offer open office hours to drop in by Zoom, question-and-answer sessions, and other resources for those new to federal funding in order to assist in meeting an August application deadline.
    • Before applying for Arts Endowment funding, your organization will need: a DUNS number and register at and Registration in and can take several weeks, so you should begin the process as soon as possible. Here are resources that can assist you in the registration process.
    • Guidelines, application materials, and applicant resources are at
    • Federal Funding Webinar – New Opportunities for Nonprofits and Local Arts Agencies through the National Endowment for the Arts – Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 11am-12:30pmIn addition to American Rescue Plan grant application assistance from the NEA, The Alaska State Council on the Arts in partnership with The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation will host a webinar to explore these new programs. Learn how to register your organization to be eligible for federal funding, gain other resources, and participate in a Q&A session. First-time applicants are encouraged to apply, and this webinar will provide content for new as well as previous NEA applicants. This webinar will be recorded and made available on ASCA’s website within 48 hours after the event.Please follow this link ( join the Zoom meeting on July 22, 2021 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • National Endowment for the Arts | Our Town Grants Deadline for applications: August 5, 2021 The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant guidelines are now for applicantsOur Town is the NEA’s creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. The NEA will host a webinar on June 15: to register and attend, visit The 90minute webinar will cover the “how to apply mechanics,” trends from the past year, and helpful resources for the various grant application sections (examples of strong community engagement, local government partnerships, artist selection processes, etc.).  Complete information, application and guidelines are available at

    Running Strong for American Indian Youth Releases Dreamstarter Creative Program Deadline for Applications: September 1, 2021 

    Running Strong for American Indian Youth supports Native artists as culture protectors, tradition keepers, and valuable contributors to the contemporary American art world. We are proud to release Dreamstarter® Creative as a program to encourage Native artists who describe and celebrate Indigenous culture in their work in whatever form it may take. Running Strong is donating up to $25,000 in grants each year to Native artisans who celebrate their Indigenous identity in their artwork. We will select up to 10 Native artists, graphic designers, beadworkers, seamstresses, painters, photographers, illustrators, and more, to receive up to $2,500 each to sponsor their work. For complete information and to apply visit 

  • 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 

Emergency and Covid-19 Response Funding

  • Artist Relief Cycle – Not accepting applications at the time. 

    • I am a practicing artist able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to my artistic career, to making work, and generating dialogue with a public audience;
    • I am experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
    • I am 18 years of age or older;
    • I can provide a W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) after I’ve been notified of my selection;
    • I have been living and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
    • I am not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;
    • I am not a previous grant recipient of Artist Relief.
  • If your organization submitted the optional Intent to Apply, please use the same username to login to submit your application.
  • 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.