Grants for Organizations

We fund projects only. Projects may consist of one or more specific events or activities. Projects do not have to be new. Excellent existing projects can be just as competitive as new activities. Projects do not need to be big either; we welcome small projects that can make a difference in their community or field.

Art Works

To support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Deadline: February 19, 2015
Notification: November 2015
Earliest Start Date: January 1, 2016

Deadline: July 23, 2015
Notification: April 2016
Earliest Start Date: June 1, 2016

Challenge America

To support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Matching grants are for $10,000.

Deadline: April 16, 2015
Notification: December 2015
Earliest Start Date: January 1, 2016

Our Town

Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

  • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Deadline September 21, 2015
Notification: April 2016
Earliest Start Date: August 1, 2016

Research: Art Works

Awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. Matching grants range from $10,000 to $30,000.

Deadline: October 20, 2015
Notification: April 2016
Earliest Start Date: May 1, 2016