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Grants and Other Funding Sources for Individual Artists

Individual Artist Grants

The Alexia Foundation
The Alexia Foundation offers production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place. Students also get scholarship opportunities.

Art Opportunities Monthly
Lists art competitions, fellowships, residencies, etc., in a monthly pdf. A subscription is $30.00 per year.

Artist Help Network
This website is designed to help artists take control of their careers, and lists grants, funding opportunities, and residencies.

Art-Support has links to grants for artists, as well as organizations that help visual artists, State agencies and art commissions, lawyers that volunteer legal services to visual artists, and laws regarding Artists Rights.

The Center for Documentary Studies
Duke University seeks applications for the annual $10,000 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, awarded to a collaborative team consisting of a writer and photographer who are in the formative or fieldwork stage of a documentary project.

WomenArts: The Fund for Women Artists
This website has a list of funding sources and a "Build your Skills" section with links to articles about fundraising and the business of being an artist.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation's dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation's mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have as professional artists over a significant period of time. The Foundations welcome, throughout the year, applications from visuals artists who are painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines.

Women's Studio Workshop
WSW offers a variety of grants,internships,and residency opportunities for artists working in printmaking, papermaking, book arts and ceramics.

Puffin Foundation
Puffin Foundation Grants are open to emerging artists in the fields of art, photography, music, theater, dance and literature whose works due to their genre and/or social philosophy might have difficulty being aired. Average Puffin Foundation grants range from $1,000 to $2,500.

Sustainable Arts Foundation
The foundation's goal is to encourage parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide. The Sustainable Arts Foundation offers unrestricted cash awards and residency grants to artists and writers with families -- specifically, at least one child under the age of 18. Each year the foundation awards approximately $80,000 in two rounds.

Individual Artist Grants:Regional Grants


Alabama State Council for the Arts
The Alabama State Arts Council awards Artist Fellowships of $5,000 for Alabama artists working in crafts, dance, design, media/photography, music, literature, theater and the visual arts. Recipients may use funds to set aside time to create art, improve their skills, or to do what is most advantageous to enhance their artistic careers. Recipients must be residents of Alabama.


Arizona Commission on the Arts
The Arizona Commission on the Arts "Artist Projects" is a programs to support individual artists in all disciplines for project-related costs that allow the artist(s)increased time to research and develop ideas or new works.


San Francisco Arts Commission
The San Francisco Arts Commision awards "Individual Artist Commission" Grants of up to $15,000 to individual artists working and living in San Francisco to stimulate the creation and presentation of works of art through out the city.

SV Creates
SV Creates offer grants to artists and creatives living in the Silicon Valley in rotating artistic categories.


Colorado Creative Industries
Colorado Creative Industries Career Advancement Awards support Colorado creative entrepreneurs and artists to help stimulate their commercial creative business. The goal is that awardees will achieve tangible business benefits such as increased revenue, new audiences or improved management practices


Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development: Office of the Arts
Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), and its Artist Fellowship Program encourage the continuing development of Connecticut artists. The program offers competitive grants to Connecticut artists and enables them to set aside time to pursue their work and achieve specific creative and career goals.

LEF Foundation
LEF in the New England region funds the work of independent film and video artists in the region.


Delaware Division of the Arts
The Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded years to artists in a variety of disciplines.

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia Commission on Arts and Humanities
The Arts Commission offers funding for the arts in the District of Columbia. The Artist Fellowship Program offers grants to individuals in a broad range of artistic endeavors. Individual fellowships support individual artists who make significant contributions to the arts and who promote the arts in the District of Columbia through artistic excellence. Fellowship artist disciplines rotate on a biannual basis. .


Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
Division of Cultural Affairs for the state of Florida awards grants to individual artists.


Idaho Commission on the Arts
Idaho Commission on the Arts offers fellowships to individual artists.


Indiana Arts Commission
The Individual Artist Program (IAP) provides support to artists in all disciplines for career development projects. Applicants may request a maximum of $2,000. Grantees must plan a project, or phase of a project, which can be realized within the requested budget and completed within the proposed timeline. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of Indiana. It is important to note that the IAP funds different genres each cycle, and applications are only accepted in the disciplines following the schedule provided.


Iowa Arts Council
The Artist Fellowship Program provides support to artists who demonstrate exceptional creativity and the capacity to contribute to the innovation and elevation of the arts in Iowa.


Kentucky Arts Council
Kentucky Arts Council offers Emerging Artists Grants, Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants, and The Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Awards


Maine Arts Commission
The Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded annually, one in each catagory: Visual Arts, Craft, Multimedia/Film, Traditional Arts, Performing Arts, Literary Arts, and the Belvedere Handicraft Fellowship.


Maryland State Arts Council
Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards are grants awarded to Maryland artists through an anonymous, competitive prices to encourage and sustain their pursuit of artistic excellence. A limited number of awards of $1,000, $3,000 and $6,000 are offered each year. Different categories of the Visual Arts are awarded in alternate years.


Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships
The Artist Grants Program provides direct assistance to Massachusetts artists, to recognize exceptional work and to support the further developments of their talents. Fellowship grants of $5,000 are offered in discipline categories which rotate according to fiscal year.

LEF Foundation
LEF in the New England region funds the work of independent film and video artists in the region.


Knight Arts Challenge Grants
The Knight Foundation funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching communities through the arts. A total of $8 million is given to grassroots ideas in eight cities in the US, including Akron, Ohio, Detroit, Miami, and St. Paul, Minnesota. The program is open to individual artists as well as arts organizations. Matching funds are required.

Kresge Arts in Detroit
Kresge Arts in Detroit provides significant financial support for Kresge Artist Fellowships annually, each consisting of a $25,000 award and customized professional practice opportunities for emerging and established metropolitan Detroit artists in the literary, performing and visual arts.


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The Five Wings Art Council is one of eleven designated Regional Arts Councils in Minnesota who provide grants and services to nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists on a regional basis, and funds the foloowing grants to individuals: Professional Development Grants, Individual Artist Project Support Grants, and Master Artist Fellowship Awards.

Jerome Foundation
The Jerome Foundation makes grants to support the creation and production of new artistic works by emerging artists, and contributes to the professional advancement of those artists. Open to residents of Minnesota and New York City.

Minnesota State Arts Board
The Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants are a program that supports and assists artists at various stages of their careers. Grants are awarded in the Literary, Performing and Visual Arts, as well as Folk and Traditional Arts.


Mississippi Arts Commission
The Mississippi Arts Commission awards the following grants: Artist Fellowships, Artist Minigrants, and Folk art Apprenticeships.


Montana Arts Council
Montana Arts Council offers an Artist's Innovations Award to honor the innovative ideas, practices and the contributions of Montana artists


Nebraska Arts Council
Nebraska Arts Council offers Artist Fellowships which provide monetary awards to Nebraska artists in various disciplines.


Nevada Arts Council
Nevada Arts Council (NAC) awards Fellowships and various grants to individual artists in literary, performing and visual arts.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts offers the following grants to individuals: Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants, and Percent for Art Purchases/Commissions Grants which fund purchases or commissions of art and craft work for state buildings.

New Jersey

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
The Mid Atlantic Foundation's State Fellowship programs provide funding for individual artists residing in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey to sustain these artists' pursuit of artistic excellence. Individual artists must apply by following the process outlined in the guidelines for their home state.

New York

Jerome Foundation
The Jerome Foundation makes grants to support the creation and production of new artistic works by emerging artists, and contributes to the professional advancement of those artists. Open to residents of Minnesota and New York City.

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council
Individual Artist Grants are available to individual artists residing in Warren or Washington County. These proposals must be for the creation of new art that will impact the community creatively or involve the community in the creative process.

New York Foundation for the Arts'Fellowships
New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowships awards grants of $7,000 in sixteen separate disciplines to individual originating artists in New York State. .

North Dakota

North Dakota Council on the Arts
North Dakota Council on the Arts awards Individual Artists Fellowships.


Ohio Arts Council
The Ohio Arts Council offers several programs for individual artists.


Oregon Arts Commission
Oregon Arts Commission offers the following grants to individuals: Career Opportunity Grant, Individuals Artist Fellowship, Oregon Media Arts Fellowship


Pennsylvania Council on the Arts WE DO/FUNDING/apply-for-a-grant/AIE-Residencies/Pages/default.aspx
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts offers funding opportunities and services for Pennsylvania artists, including Arts in Education Residencies

Leeway Foundation
The Leeway Foundation was established to promote the welfare of women and trans artists in the Delaware Valley. Awards to individual artists are offered in a selected visual or literary discipline each year. Specific grants are available for emerging and established women and trans artists. There is also a Window of Opportunity Grant which help artists take advantage of unique, time-limited opportunities that could significantly benefit their work or increase its recognition.

Pew Fellowships in the Arts
Pew Fellowships in the Arts awards grants to artists working in a wide variety of performing, visual, and literary disciplines which rotate on a four-year cycle. The primary function of the fellowships is to free artists from other activities-literally to "buy time"-so they can focus on creative development for an extended period. Up to twelve fellowships are awarded annually to artists living and working in the five-county Philadelphia area.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts makes direct grants to Rhode Island artists. Grants to individuals include Fellowships and Folk Arts apprenticeships. Proposals for funding for individual artists are also considered.

LEF Foundation
LEF in the New England region funds the work of independent film and video artists in the region.

South Carolina

South Carolina Arts Commission
South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowships recognize and award the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists. Six fellowships are awarded each year on a rotation by arts discipline. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive process and are based on only one criterion: artistic excellence.

South Dakota

South Dakota Arts Council
South Dakota Arts Council awards several different kinds of grants to individual artists, including Artist Career Development Grants, Artist Fellowships, and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants.


Tennessee Arts Commission
The Tennessee Arts Commission offers Individual Artist Fellowships.


Houston Arts Alliance
The Houston Arts Alliance offers the Individual Artist Grant and Idividual Artist Grant Folk Art Fellowship to support the development and presentation of new artistic works by local Houston artists to help advance Houston's reputation as a vibrant creative hub and a destination for cultural tourism

Dallas Museum of Art: Awards to Artists
The Dallas Museum of Art gives out three separate Awards to Artists. The Clare Hart De Golyer Memorials Fund is awarded to artists between 15 to 25 years of age who reside in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, or Colorado. The Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Awards to artists under 30 years of age and The Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant is awarded to artists over 30 of age


Utah Division of Arts and Museums
Two Fellowships for Visual Arts Excellence in Utah are awarded each year.


Vermont Arts Council
The Vermont Arts Council awards Creation grants and Artist Development grants to individual artists

LEF Foundation
LEF in the New England region funds the work of independent film and video artists in the region.


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowships
VMFA is committed to supporting Virginia's professional artists and art students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen fields. To this end, VMFA awards fellowships to professional artists, graduate and undergraduate art students, and graduate art history students.


Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines. Grants awarded to individual artists are Grants for Artist Projects which are given to artists to begin, further or complete specific works of art, and Artist Fellowships which recognize artistic merit and continued dedication to art-making.

West Virginia

West Virginia Commission on the Arts
West Virginia Commission on the Arts annually awards Professional Development grants to individual artists.


Wisconsin Arts Board
The Wisconsin Arts Board awards Folk Arts Apprenticeships.

Individual Artist Grants:International

CEC ArtsLink, Inc.
ArtsLink supports exchange between artists and arts organizations in the US and 37 participating countries. The organization provides awards to US artists, curators, presenters, and non-profit arts organizations for self-directed projects in the other countries.

Fulbright Program
The U.S. Fulbright Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctorial candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience.



Asian Cultural Council
The Asian Cultural Council supports cultural exchange between Asia and the United states in the performing and visual arts, primarily by providing individual fellowship grants to artists, scholars, and students. Some of the grants listed on this site are for Americans who wish to study in China, Japan, or Taiwan.

Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation Artist Fellowships provide long-term or short-terms grants to give artists the opportunity to pursue creative projects in Japan for 2 to 12 months.


The Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts was created by the Canadian government to "foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts." To fufill this mandate, the Canada Council provides grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in dance, inter-arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing and publishing.


Arts Council England
Arts Council England's Grants for the arts are for individuals, arts organizations, national touring and other people who use the arts in their work. They are for activities that benefit the people in England or that help artists and arts organizations from England to carry out their work.


The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarships at the Foundation des Etats-Unis
The Foundation des Etats-Unis annually awards Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarships to American visual artists and musicians. The grant is designated for study at the graduate level and allows young, talented musicians and artists to continue their studies in Paris.


The American-Scandinavian Foundation
The American-Scandinavian Foundation promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Each year, the ASF awards more than $600,000 in fellowships and grants to individual students, scholars, professionals and artists for projects abroad.

The Nordic Artists' Centre
The Nordic Artists' Centre gives artist from around the world an opportunity to live and work in in a community of artists with full accomodations provided.

Individual Artist Grants: By Discipline


Surface Design Association
The Awards and Grants Program supports the creative growth of SDA members. Surface Design Association grants fund regional exhibitions and events as well as personal development projects. Awards recognize established and mid-career artists, students or emerging artists for creative excellence.


UrbanGlass provides artists the opportunity to develop a new body ofwork exploring ideas and techniques using the medium of glass. The organization awards Visiting Artist Fellowships and Studio Residencies


Art Jewelry Forum
The Art Jewerlry Forum offers the Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant, a project-based $20,000 grant to mid-career artists (between the ages of 35 and 55) who have made a substantial contribution to the field of jewelry.


The Aaron Siskind Individual Photographers Fellowship Grants
The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each for individuals working in photography and photography-based art. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Visura awards several grants to visual artists and photojournalists.

The Gordon Parks Foundation
The Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship Program, established in 2017, annually supports photographers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians working within the theme of social justice with short-term fellowships up to the amount of $10,000 each. The fellowships support projects reflecting the range of artistic disciplines, passion, vision and humanity of Gordon Parks as well as projects that illustrate the role Parks played in the artistic, social, historical or cultural events of his time and his continued relevance today.