Funding Opportunities

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Funding Opportunities

  • The Craft Research Fund—Artist Fellowship is one of four categories that make up the Craft Research Fund, a visionary program dedicated to supporting scholarly craft research in United States. Awards of $20,000 will be granted to two artists to support research projects that advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice. Deadline for applications is October 4, 2021. For complete information and application, visit the Center for Craft website at 
  • The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA). This grant program aims to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military service members and veterans exposed to trauma as well as their families and caregivers through experiences of art or art making.  

    MAAA will award approximately thirty-five matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 for arts-based community engagement projects that engage targeted military-connected communities. These Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants are intended to support non-clinical arts engagement programs taking place in healthcare, community, or virtual settings. The grants will be awarded in two tiers, emerging and advanced, which reflect the capacity of the project at the time of the application. For complete eligibility information and application, visit the website at Submission deadline is December 15, 2021.  

  • Museums Alaska Reopens Grants for Collections Management and Art Acquisition Grant applications are currently available for Collections Management and Art Acquisition through Museums Alaska, through October 11, 2021. Applicants to these grant categories are required to be 501(c)(3) nonprofit, government, tribal entities or equivalent organizations that hold collections in the public trust, such as a museum or cultural center. New this year within the Collections Management FundMuseums Alaska has made program updates that allow ANY department to submit an application requesting funds for a collections-focused project—whether that be collections management, exhibitions, education, or programming.  For more information about these grant opportunities, visit the website at 
  • VIA Art Fund Artistic Production Grants are Available to artists, nonprofit organizations, cultural institutions, art production platforms, and biennials or festivals working in the field of contemporary art in the United States and internationally. Artistic Production Grants are awarded twice annually to support new artistic commissions that take place outside museum or gallery walls, within the public realm, or in nontraditional exhibition environments. The Deadline for Letters of Inquiry for the Spring 2022 Award Cycle is October 25, 2021. For complete information and application, visit the website at
  • 2021 Alaska Literary Awards from the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation – Application Deadline: Thursday, October 30, 2021, 9:59 PMThe Alaska Literary Awards recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and mixed genres. Any Alaska writer over the age of 18 who is not a full-time student is eligible to apply. Quality of the work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards. A select number of $5,000 awards will be awarded annually.
  • 2021 Connie Boochever Artist Fellowship from the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation Application Deadline: Thursday, October  30, 2021, 9:59 PMThe 2021 Connie Boochever Artist Fellowship awards recognize and support Alaska emerging artists of exceptional talent. In the 2021 cycle, a select number of $2,500 fellowships will be awarded to individual artists working in performing arts, theatre and music. 
  • Strengthening Organizations from the Alaska Community Foundation will accept applications for the first round of funding Applications open: August 3 – September 28Eligible nonprofit organizations can apply for grants to build the capacity of their organizations. Eligibility is limited to 501(c)3 nonprofits, or equivalent, organizations located in the state of Alaska. Equivalent organizations may include tribes, churches, local government agencies, and programs. Organizations must have their federal designation as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, or equivalent, for a year or more. Grant awards will support nonprofit staff and board of directors in their efforts to access tools, develop practical skills, and cultivate support systems needed to effectively achieve the organization’s mission in the areas of leadership development, organizational development, program development, collaboration and community engagement, and evaluation of effectiveness. For eligible activities for funding, please review the provided grant guidelines. Grant requests may be for up to $10,000; typically awards are funded in the $4,000 to $6,000 range. For complete information, guidelines and application 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 

Emergency and Covid-19 Response Funding

  • NYFA is pleased to announce another year of the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program. These grants of up to $5,000 support direct treatment expenses that have been incurred, or are needed, for medical, dental, or mental health treatment. (Grants are not for living expenses, lost income, or medical care for anyone other than the artist.) Artists practicing in the visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, and choreography are eligible. We particularly encourage applications by artists of color, artists with disabilities, and artists living outside of the East and West coasts. We again would like to request your help in sharing information about the opportunity with your artistic community. We have created a communications toolkit which we hope will make it easy for you to incorporate information into your existing communications channels. Here, you’ll find sample newsletter blurbs, email copy, and social media posts, as well as SM graphics. We’ll update this for each cycle. Cycle 9 is now open, with a deadline of October 4, 2021, for emergencies occurring January 1, 2021 and later. 
  • 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.
  • 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.