Funding Search Engines & More
- Chicago Artists Resource: job and grant opportunities, professional development resources, space, and more.
- Fractured Atlas Blog: frequently publishes grant opportunities and articles. Two useful archived articles include "5 Tips for Grant Research" and "6 Commonly Asked Questions on Grant Applications."
- New York Foundation for the Arts: national database of grant opportunities for artists working in all disciplines (visit the NYFA Source section).
- Theater Communications Group: grants for individual theater artists (visit the Grants for Individuals section).
- WomanArts: funding resources and newsletters geared for women artists in theater, film, writing, and visual art.
Local Grant Opportunities
- Arts + Public Life with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture: an annual “Critical Boundaries Prize” for artists seeking to form a unique project-based collaboration that stretches the boundaries of their work as individuals to date.
- Arts Midwest Touring Fund: grants to presenting organizations in the performing arts located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
- Awesome Foundation (Chicago chapter): unrestricted micro grants on a monthly basis for projects in multiple disciplines.
- Chances Dances: offers bi-annual "Critical Fierceness" grants to queer artists and art collectives.
- Chicago Artists Coalition: annual Maker Grant opportunity, which includes two unrestricted grants for visual artists whose work engages with social and/or environmental issues.
- Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF): annual $15,000 CDF Lab Artist Awards, as well as information and professional development resources for dance artists.
- Chicago Dancers United: The Dancers' Fund: provides financial assistance ($2,000 to $4,000 grants) to dance community professionals dealing with a critical health issue that is creating a significant financial, emergency, or catastrophic hardship.
- Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Cultural Grants (DCASE): grants for projects and professional development needs for local artists.
- Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship: grants to individual artists living in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
- Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts: project-based grants for individual artists interested in architecture and its role in the arts.
- Illinois Arts Council Agency: fellowships, project, and professional development grants in all disciplines (state budget dependent).
- Luminarts: grant and fellowship opportunities for young artists (18-30) working in the disciplines of visual art, music, or writing.
- Propeller Fund: project funding for individual and collaborative visual artists.
National Grant Opportunities
- A Blade of Grass: an annual fellowship that includes project support for artists who are working in leadership roles and in partnership with communities to enact social change.
- Aaron Copland Fund for Music: three grant programs in support of contemporary American music, including for recording, performing ensembles, and more.
- Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation: individual support grants to painters, sculptors, and printmakers who have been creating mature work for at least 20 years. They also provide Emergency Assistance grants for mature artists.
- Alexia Foundation: production grants to students and professional photographers.
- Artadia: grants on a rotating basis to visual artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Barbara Deming Memorial Inc. Fund: artist support grants to individual feminist women in the arts.
- Creative Capital: project grants for artists and arts writers in various disciplines on a rotating basis.
- Harpo Foundation: grants for visual artists; new work project grants for organizations; Native American fellowships; and Emerging Artist Residency Fellowships.
- Jerome Foundation Fellowships: awarded annually to emerging American playwrights with funds and services to aid them in the development of their craft.
- Kevin Spacey Foundation: supports the creation of new work by emerging artists and companies.
- MAP Fund: supports performance projects by artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the American landscape.
- Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe.
- National Dance Project Production Grant: offered by the New England Foundation for the Arts, these production grants provide funds for the creation and U.S. touring of new dance works.
- New Music USA: supports individuals and organizations with project-support grants, which cover "any kind of activity that involves new music getting out into the world through a live performance or recording."
- Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.: grants for artistic merit and financial need to visual artists who are painters, sculptors or artists who work on paper, including printmakers.
- Princess Grace Awards: grants for emerging theater, dance, and film artists who are at the outset of their careers or at early stages of professional development.
- Puffin Foundation: grants to artists working in a variety of disciplines, with an emphasis on supporting art that educates the public on topical issues.
- Relentless Award: annual cash prize awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.
- Sustainable Arts Foundation: grants to individual artists and writers with children.
- Vilcek Foundation: awards to immigrant artists in theater.
- CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund): provides rapid relief and career recovery loans through their own grants (for artists working in craft disciplines) as well as a list of emergency resources for artists in other disciplines.
- The Dancers Fund: provides financial assistance to dance professionals dealing with critical health issues creating a significant financial, emergency, or catastrophic hardship.
- WomenArts: offers a list of emergency funding for artists working in all art forms.
There are multiple opportunities available to artists who seek to fund projects through crowd-sourcing initiatives. See the following for a selection of resources.
- 3AP (3Arts Projects)
Tips from 3AP Artists on Crowdfunding
Some resources about fiscal sponsorship:
- 10 Questions Potential Projects Should Ask a Fiscal Sponsor
- Fiscal Sponsor Directory: search by state/province or service category.
- National Network of Fiscal Sponsors: comprehensive guidelines and best practices.
A selection of fiscal sponsorship programs:
- Alliance of Artists Communities assists artist residency programs that are just getting started, international residencies, and temporary entities that lack 501(c)(3) tax status.
- Chicago Filmmakers for noncommercial films or video projects.
- Experimental Sound Studio for artists working in music, sound art, installation, cinema, performing arts, sound poetry, broadcast, new media, and more.
- Fractured Atlas for artists working in any discipline.
- Links Hall support for performing artists.
- New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) a national program for artists working in any discipline.
- Pentacle offers fiscal sponsorship through its Foundation for Independent Artists program (FIA).