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Grants and Other Funding Sources for Individual Artists

Individual Artist Grants

The Gunk Foundation Grants for Public Art
http://www.gunk.org/
The Gunk Foundation is interested in supporting projects that make it out of the museum, gallery and alternative spaces, and into the spaces of daily life. For example, work that is shown in the spaces of public transportation, city streets, or work places and is seen by people "outside" of the art and academic worlds. The Foundation is looking for non-traditional, thought-provoking public work that is site specific. PLEASE NOTE: The Grants for Public Art Program has been temporarily suspended.

The Aaron Siskind Individual Photographers Fellowship Grants
http://www.aaronsiskind.org/grant.html
The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of fellowship grants of up to $7,000 each for individuals working in still photography and photography-based media. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

The Alexia Foundation for World Peace
http://www.alexiafoundation.org/
The Alexia Foundation for World Peace Annual Photography Contest offers grants to students and professionals for the production of a proposed project. The Alexia Foundation seeks to provide the financial ability for a photographer to produce a substantial picture story that furthers the foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.

The Gordon Parks International Photo Competition
http://www.gordonparkscenter.org/photocontest/current.aspx
Fort Scott Community College began the Gordon Parks Photography Competition to honor Fort Scott's most famous photographer, Gordon Parks. Each year the Committee awards prizes of $500, $350, and $200 to photographers whose images reflect important themes in the life and the work of Gordon Parks, such as social injustice, the suffering of others, and family values.

College Art Association
http://www.collegeart.org/fellowships
The CAA's Professional Development Fellowship for Master of Fine Arts Candidates was initiated to help M.F.A. students to bridge the gap between graduate study and professional careers. Fellows are honored with a one-time grant of $5,000 to help them with various aspects of their work.

Art Opportunities Monthly
http://www.artopportunitiesmonthly.com
Lists art competitions, fellowships, residencies, etc. A subscription is $25.00 per year.

Artist Help Network
http://www.artisthelpnetwork.com/
This website is designed to help artists take control of their careers, and lists grants, funding opportunities, and residencies.

The Center for Documentary Studies
http://cds.aas.duke.edu/grants/index.html
Duke University seeks applications for the annual $20,000 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.

The Fund for Women Artists
http://www.womenarts.org/fund/
This website has a list of aproximately 200 funding sources.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation
http://pkf.org/grant.html
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
http://www.wsworkshop.org/program
WSW offers a variety of grants, fellowships, and residency opportunities for artists working in printmaking, papermaking, book arts and ceramics.

Puffin Foundation
http://www.puffinfoundation.org
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.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
http://www.hsf.net/scholarships.aspx?id=466
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund / McNamara Framily Creative Arts Project Grant is designed to provide financial resources to outstanding Latino undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a creative arts related field: media, film, performing arts, communications, writing, etc. This grant is only intended to assist students in beginning and completing an art project. Students may be potentially eligible for grants up to $15,000.

Individual Artist Grants:Regional Grants

Alabama

Alabama State Arts Council
http://www.arts.alabama.gov/grants/index-grants.html
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

Arizona Commission on the Arts
http://www.azarts.gov/grants/artists
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.

California

San Francisco Arts Commission
http://www.sfartscommission.org/programs/cultural_equity_grants.htm
The San Francisco Arts Commision awards "Individual Artist Commission" Grants of up to $10,000 to individual artists working and living in San Francisco to stimulate the creation and presentation of works of art through out the city.

Arts Council Silicon Valley
http://www.artscouncil.org/grants/grants/forindividual/artist.asp
Up to six fellowships will be given annually to artists living in the Silicon Valley in rotating artistic categories.

LEF Foundation
http://www.lef-foundation.org/default.aspx
LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Grants are made to projects which includean artistic and cultural overlay, and are primarily focused on three geographic areas: California, Hawaii and New Mexico.

Colorado

Colorado Council on the Arts
http://www.coloarts.state.co.us./grants/apply/artists/index.htm
Colorado Council on the Arts Artist Fellowships acknowledge artistic integrity and quality among Colorado's artists and promote public awareness of their work. Artist Fellowship Awards are $2,000 to $18,000.

Connecticut

LEF Foundation
http://www.lef-foundation.org/Default.aspx
LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. The New England region is to fund the work of independent film and video artists.

Delaware

Delaware Division of the Arts
http://www.artsdel.org/grants/artistgrants.shtml
The Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded to applicants residing in Delaware for at least one year and at least 18 years of age.

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia Commission on Arts and Humanities
http://dcarts.dc.gov/DC/DCARTS/Grants
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. In 2011, fellowships will be awarded in Media, and the Visual Arts.

Florida

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
http://www.florida-arts.org/programs/
Division of Cultural Affairs for the state of Florida awards grants to individual artists.

Idaho

Idaho Commission on the Arts
http://www.arts.idaho.gov/grants/overview.aspx
Idaho Commission on the Arts offers grants to individuals.

Illinois

Illinois Arts Council
http://www.arts.illinois.gov/grants-programs/funding-programs/individual-artist-support
The Illinois Arts Council awards grants to individuals for up to $5000

Indiana

Indiana Arts Commission
http://www.in.gov/arts/individualartistprogram.htm
Indiana Arts Commission Grants support individual Indiana artists, in all disciplines, for specific project-related costs. Eligible projects are purposely left flexible to respond to the artists' ideas, dreams, and needs, however, the goal of this program is to aid the artists' career development.

Iowa

Iowa Arts Council
http://www.iowaartscouncil.org/funding/overview.shtml
Iowa Arts Council provides Major Grants(up to $10,000) and Mini Grants (up to $1,500) to individual artists working in all disciplines, to develop significant and specific projects that will be presented to or shared with the public during or after the grant period.

Kentucky

Kentucky Arts Council
http://www.artscouncil.ky.gov
Kentucky Arts Council offers Individual Artist Professional Development Grants, Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants, and The Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Awards

Louisiana

Louisiana Division of the Arts
http://www.crt.state.la.us/arts/guidelines.aspx#Individuals
Louisiana Division of the Arts awards fellowships to individual artists.

Maine

Maine Arts Commission
http://mainearts.maine.gov/grants.aspx
The Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded annually, one in each catagory: Visual Arts, Performing arts, and Literary Arts.

LEF Foundation
http://www.lef-foundation.org
LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. Please refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying.

Maryland

Maryland State Arts Council
http://www.msac.org/programs/programs.asp
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

Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships
http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/programs/artistfellows.asp
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
http://www.lef-foundation.org
LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. Please refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying.

Michigan

Kresge Arts in Detroit
http://kresge.collegeforcreativestudies.edu
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. In 2011, twelve fellowships will be awarded in the visual arts. In 2012, twelve fellowships will be awarded in the literary arts, and twelve in the performing arts.

Minnesota

Five Wings Art Council
http://www.fwac.org
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. The Individual Artist Grants (up to $2,000) are designed to help strengthen an artist's career by taking advantage of arts related, short term opportunities.

Jerome Foundation
http://www.jeromefdn.org
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. Individual grants are available in the visual arts, theater, literature, etc.

Minnesota State Arts Board
http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/artist_initiative.htm
The Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants are a pilot programs that supports and assists artists at various stages of their careers. Grants will be awarded for career building and for the creative development of artists. Some artists may choose to request funds to create new work, but it isn't a requirement of the program.Grants range from $2,000-$10,000.

Mississippi

Mississippi Arts Commission
http://www.arts.state.ms.us/grants/artist-fellowship.php
The Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Fellowship program is focused on honoring mississippi artists who demonstrate the abilty to create exemplary work in their chosen field The agency awards fellowships up to $5,000 in several catagories each year.

Montana

Montana Arts Council
http://art.mt.gov/artists/artists_innovation.asp
Montana Arts Council offers an Artist's Innovations Award to honor the innovative ideas, practices and the contributions of Montana artists

Nebraska

Nebraska Arts Council
http://www.nebraskaartscouncil.org/what_we_do/
Nebraska Arts Council offers Artist Fellowships which provide monetary awards to Nebraska artists in various disciplines.

Nevada

Nevada Arts Council
http://nevadaculture.org/nac/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1043&itemid=367
Nevada Arts Council (NAC) awards Fellowships ($5,000) and "Jackpot" Grants to individual artists in literary, performing and visual arts.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
http://www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/index.htm
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts' Artist Services Programs offer the following grants to individuals: Individual Artist Fellowships, Artist Entrepreneurial Grants, Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants, and Percent for Art Purchases/Commissions Grants which fund purchases or commissions of art and craft work for state buildings.

LEF Foundation
http://www.lef-foundation.org
LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. Please refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying.

New York

Jerome Foundation
http://www.jeromefdn.org
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. Individual grants are available in Media Arts, and for travel or study.

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council
http://www.larac.org
Individual Artist Grants are available to individual artists residing in Warren or Washington County. One grant of $2500 is available for artists who reside in Washington County, and a grant of $2500 and another for $1000 are available to artists who reside in Warren 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
http://www.nyfa.org/home.html
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. Through Artists & Audiences Exchange, each fellowship recipient performs a public service activity in collaboration with a non-profit organization located in New York State. The Foundation also offers Career Advancement Mini-Grants($100-$600).

North Dakota

North Dakota Council on the Arts
http://www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html
North Dakota Council on the Arts awards Individual Artists Fellowships in the amount of $2,500. In 2003, artists working in the visual arts/crafts and media arts will be eligible for grants.

Ohio

Ohio Arts Council
http://www.oac.state.oh.us/grantsprogs/grants.asp
The Ohio Arts Council offers several programs for individual artists.

Oregon

Oregon Arts Commission
http://www.oregonartscommission.org/grants/grants-for-individuals-artists
Oregon Arts Commission offers the following grants to individuals: Career Opportunity Grant, Individuals Artist Fellowship, Oregon Media Arts Fellowship

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
http://www.pacouncilonthearts.org/pca.cfm?id=3&level=first">
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts offers funding opportunities and services for Pennsylvania artists through thePA Partners in the Arts program

Leeway Foundation
http://www.leeway.org/
The Leeway Foundation was established to promote the welfare of women and benefit the arts. Awards to individual women artists are offered in a selected visual or literary discipline each year. Specific grants are available for emerging and established women 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
http://www.pcah.us/fellowships
Pew Fellowships in the Arts awards grants of $60,000 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
http://www.arts.ri.gov/grants/overview/
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
http://www.lef-foundation.org
LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. Please refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying. For projects in development outside these two regions, please contact the main office in California. LEF Foundation, 1095 Lodi LN., Saint Helena, CA 94574.

South Carolina

South Carolina Arts Commission
http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/grants/index.shtml
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
http://www.artscouncil.sd.gov/grants/
South Dakota Arts Council awards several different kinds of grants to individual artists. These are: Artist Grants, Artist Collaboration Grants, and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants.

Tennessee

Tennessee Arts Commission
http://www.arts.state.tn.us/
The Tennessee Arts Commission offers Individual Artist Fellowships and Professional Artist Support grants.

Texas

Houston Arts Alliance
http://www.houstonartsalliance.com/grants/individual-artists/
The Houston Arts Alliance offers the Individual Artist Grant Program 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
http://www.dm-art.org/AboutUs/AwardstoArtists/index.htm
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 and The Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant are given to artists over the age of 30 who reside in Texas.

Utah

Utah Arts Council
http://www.arts.utah.gov/grants_funding/artists/index.html
Individual Artist Grants (as of 10/2012) are not funded due to low interest rates on the "Individual Artist Endowment"

Vermont

Vermont Arts Council
http://www.vermontartscouncil.org/
The Vermont Arts Council awards Creation Project grants ($1,000-$5,000) and Artist Development grants($250-$750) to individual artist

LEF Foundation
http://www.lef-foundation.org
LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Each region has unique areas of interest and funding priorities. Please refer to the specific guidelines for the region from which you are applying. For projects in development outside these two regions, please contact the main office in California. LEF Foundation, 1095 Lodi LN., Saint Helena, CA 94574.

Virginia

Virginia Commission for the Arts
http://www.arts.virginia.gov/grants/artistfellowships.html
Through the Virginia Commission for the Arts a limited number of fellowships with awards of $5,000 are available to professional creative artists living in Virginia. Specific arts disciplines will be eligible for support each year on a rotating basis, depending on the amount of state and federal funding available to the Commission.

Washington

Artist Trust
http://www.artisttrust.org
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 awards up to $1,500 to artists to begin, further or complete specific works of art, and Fellowships, which are unrestricted awards of $6,500 to recognize artistic merit and continued dedication to art-making.

West Virginia

West Virginia Commission on the Arts
http://www.wvculture.org/arts/index.html
West Virginia Commission on the Arts annually awards fellowships in various categories of the visual, literary, and performing arts based on the originality, creativity, and accomplishment of previous work, as well as the level of commitment and potential for further growth. Fellowship awards are for $3500. The Commission also awards Professional Development grants to individual artists.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Arts Board
http://www.artsboard.wi.gov
Wisconsin Arts Board's Artist Fellowship Awards recognize the significant contributions of professional artists in Wisconsin. Fellowships of $8,000 are available, in odd-numbered years, to individual artists working in the Visual Arts and Media Arts.

Wyoming

Wyoming Arts Council
http://wyoarts.state.wy.us/grants/index.aspx
The Wyoming Arts Council awards The Individual Artist Fellowship. This is a competative program and applicants are judged on the merit of their work. The awards are given to recognize outstanding work that is already compeleted.

Individual Artist Grants:International

Fulbright Program
http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about
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.

Asia

Asian Cultural Council
http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/
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
http://www.jfny.org/
The Japan Foundation Artist Fellowships provide artists the opportunity to pursue creative projects in Japan for 2 to 6 months.

Canada

The Canada Council for the Arts
http://www.canadacouncil.ca/grants/">
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 Canadain artist and arts organizations in dance, inter-arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing and publishing.

England

Arts Council England
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/
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.

France

The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarships at the Foundation des Etats-Unis
http://www.feusa.org/en/culture/73-harriet-hale-woolley-scholarship
The Foundation des Etats-Unis annually awards up to four 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.

Scandinavia

The American-Scandanavian Foundation
http://www.amscan.org/index.html
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 wards more than $500,000 in fellowships and grants to individual students, scholars, professionals and artists for projects abroad.

The Nordic Artists' Centre
http://www.nkdale.no/
The Nordic Artists' Centre gives artist from around the world an opportunity to live and work in in a community of artists with full accomodation provided. The residency award also includes a monthly stipend and a travel allowance.