The Gunk Foundation Grants for Public Art
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
The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of fellowship grants of up to $5,000 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
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
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 $1,000, $500, and $250 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
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 $15,000 to help them with various aspects of their work.

Art Opportunities Monthly
Lists art competitions, fellowships, residencies, etc. A subscription is $20.00 per year.

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

The Center for Documentary Studies
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
This website has a list of aproximately 200 funding sources.

Langlois Foundation
The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology annually awards two grants to individuals making an exceptional contribution to advancing knowledge at the crossroads of art, science, and technology, or to individuals whose projects are highly original or innovative. Projects proposed by scientific researchers, computer scientists, or engineers must involve a partnership with 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, fellowships, 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.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
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 $20,000.

Individual Artist Grants:Regional Grants


Alabama State Arts Council
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 $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
Up to six fellowships will be given annually to artists living in the Silicon Valley in rotating artistic categories.

LEF Foundation
LEF operates within two regional areas: California and New England. Thje LEF California office funds in specific areas of architecture, the environment, and social justice. 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 Council on the Arts
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.


LEF Foundation
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.

Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Artist Fellowship program is designed to encourage the continuing artistic development of Connecticut's finest creative artists who are seriously committed to their art form and who have a demonstrated history of professional activity in the state. Twenty to thirty-five awards are made each year in the amounts of $5,000 and $2,500. Visual artists are eligible for this program during odd numbered years.


Delaware Division of the Arts
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 Comission 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. In 2011, fellowships will be awarded in Media, Visual Arts, and Crafts.


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 grants to individuals.


Illinois Arts Council
The Illinois Arts Council awards grants to individuals for up to $7000


Indiana Arts Commission
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 Arts Council
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. Applicants may request up to $15,000 which must be matched dollar-for-dollar.


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

Arts Kentucky
Arts Kentucky is a statewide membership organization for individual artists, performers, craftspeople, community and arts groups. Providing professional development opportunities, access to resources, consulting services and inclusion in a powerful arts network for people who are working to improve their communities through the arts.


Louisiana Division of the Arts
Louisiana Division of the Arts awards fellowships to individual artists.


Maine Arts Commission
The Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded annually, one in each catagory: Visual Arts, Performing arts, and Literary Arts.

LEF Foundation
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 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 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.


Art Serve Michigan
Art Serve Michigan is not giving out grants at this time, but has a list of other grant opportunities on this webpage.


Five Wings Art Council
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 $1,000) are designed to help strengthen an artist's career by taking advantage of arts related, short term opportunities.

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. Individual grants are available in the visual arts, theater, literature, etc..

Minnesota State Arts Board
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-$6,000.


Mississippi Arts Commission
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 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 ($5,000) and "Jackpot" 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' 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
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
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
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
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
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 Arts Council
The Ohio Arts Council offers several programs for individual artists.


Oregon Arts Commission
Oregon Arts Commission, due to the current state budget crisis, has temporarily suspended awarding the Individual Artist Fellowship Grant. This program may be resumed after the January 2003 election, pending approval by the voters of the State Income Tax Surcharge.


Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts offers funding opportunities and services for Pennsylvania artists. Opportunities include individual fellowships up to $10,000 and an annual catalogue of Fellowship Recipients.

Leeway Foundation
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
Pew Fellowships in the Arts awards grants of $50,000 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
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 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
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. These are: Artist Grants, Artist Collaboration Grants, and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants.


Tennessee Arts Commission
The Tennessee Arts Commission offers Individual Artist Fellowships and Professional Artist Support grants.


Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County
The Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County offers fellowships that are cash awards of $2,500 and $5,000 for artists who have resided in Houston for at least two full years prior to the application deadline.


Utah Arts Council
Individual Artist Grants (for Utah residents only) for up to $1,200 are available two times annually with deadlines on the 1st day of June and October. For a hard copy, please contact Tay Haines,, (801) 236-7549.


Vermont Arts Council
The Vermont Arts Council awards Creation Project grants ($1,000-$5,000) and Artist Development grants($250-$750) to individual artist

LEF Foundation
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 Commission on the Arts
Through the Virginia Commission on 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.


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 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
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 Arts Board
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 Arts Council
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
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 artists the opportunity to pursue creative projects in Japan for 2 to 6 months.


This website contains a page of links to arts funding sources for Canadian artists. National funding sources are listed as well as funding sources in each of the provinces.


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 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. The stipend covers room and board for one academic year (October-June) at the Foundation.


The American-Scandanavian 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 wards more than $500,000 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 accomodation provided. The residency award also includes a monthly stipend and a travel allowance.

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Grant Writing Tips for Individual Artists

Tips on grant writing for individual artists (all disciplines)
The first step to grant writing is to have a well written artist statement (1/2 page version, 1 page version, and a 2 page version). This will help you to focus on the writing of your grant narrative (this will also help you with press release writing!). Be careful not to over use "art speak" terms/language and write for an audience who has never interacted with /seen your work. In other words, keep it simple, clear, and straight forward. The committee reviewing your proposal needs to understand the proposal the first time they read it.

The second step is to have good documentation/support materials of your work. Slides/photographs/video documentation need to be done well (hire a professional - it is worth the investment). Also save articles and reviews of your work (this info can also help in the writing of your artist statement/grant proposal). Project your slides to make sure they project well. Check the viewing order of the visual support materials you are submitting carefully (slides/photos etc..). Make sure the viewing order makes visual sense to viewers. For example, if you are submitting a diptych- submit a slide of the entire diptych first, followed by the details of the piece (this goes for 3-D/ installation as well).

The question of sending a CD with JPEGs comes up more often. Not all places have the technology necessary to view CDs. Call before you send a CD to see if they have they accept them for review. Also remember that technology does fail, so i it might be wise to send slides or a print out and a CD. The same holds true for DVDs- call and make sure they can access the technology. Most places can listen to sound/music CDs.

Always have two copies of the grant guidelines/form on hand (or make copies). Use one of the forms as your working document (i.e. write notes/questions directly on this copy). Follow the directions/guidelines CLOSELY. Start the grant well ahead of the deadline and have one to two people proof read your proposal!! Do not send extra materials that aren't asked for. Do not make lots of calls to the organization about the grant- be organized with all your questions. They should be asked in one or two phone calls.

For the budget, factor in your labor time as well the cost of your materials (make a lists of things you'll need and their price- that way when you look for inkind donations you will have a better idea of what you need).

We also recommend that instead of researching grants by yourself, that you should organize a group of artists to do the research together. It will take you much less time to research grants with more people looking and you can proof read each other's grant proposals!

TYPES of Grants

Individual artist grants/ Private & Public Fellowships (specifically awarded to artists to make their work and are usually unrestricted in how artists use the funds)- Public moneys: Mass. Cultural Council (MCC), New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), and some Local Cultural Councils (LCC). Private foundations/firms: see Associated Grant Makers (AGM) and/or the Boston Public Library main branch Humanities/social sciences department/ Kirstein Business Branch & BOOKS TO BUY - Doing Business In Boston & AGM's publication.

Professional development/enhancement grants - can cover the costs of classes, residencies, travel, conferences etc.. (the MCC has such a program & see sources mentioned in #1)

Event and Residency grants - could be also be under professional development (again MCC has a program that is somewhat geared to this, see sources mentioned in #1 & BOOKS TO BUY section - Alliance of Artists Communities's 2000 residency directory)

Project based grants - Artists usually need a sponsoring/umbrella organization to apply for these moneys (i.e. nonprofit with 501-3c number). These grants can cover these types of projects: Public art projects* that are either community based (i.e. the local community is working on the project with the artist(s)) or a project in which the artist(s) are working independently/alone; film/video projects; theater projects; projects* in which the artists are working with a population/specific community (youth, seniors etc.). (see sources mentioned in #1 & *UrbanArts Institute (617-879-7973)

Inkind Support/ Volunteers/ Sponsorship - identify businesses that can give you moneys/sponsorship; inkind donations (materials, printing, computer programs, services); & Volunteers/Personal etc.. The best place to do this is the Kirstein Business Branch of the Boston Public Library- 20 City Hall Ave. (617-523-0860. This branch has all kinds of information on local, state and national businesses (annual reports of companies, directories of who makes what, and also job information). If you can work with a nonprofit on soliciting inkind Donations/Sponsorships it might entice the company more. A donation to a non profit is considered a tax deductible contribution.

BOOKS TO BUY (if you can't afford buy these books yourself, buy them with a friend or find them at the library)

Associate Grant Makers Guide to Funders in Mass - need to buy it from AGM (617-426-2606)- around $50-60 (in the Boston Public Library Humanities/social science dept. & in other libraries).

Doing Business in Boston - author: Levine Published by Boston Business Journal- (617-330-1000) - around $55 - a copy is in the Kirstein Business Branch of the Boston Public Library (617-523-0860) and more than likely also in the BPL main branch (this book will be useful for locating inkind support, jobs, materials, what businesses might buy art, etc).

Artists' Communities 2000-Directory of Residencies (& what residencies give grants to go, etc.) in US and abroad. About $25- order directly from Alliance of Artists Communities (401-351-4320).

Places that will help you find money (remember, the librarians are there to help you, so ask if you need help!!)

Associated Grant Makers of Mass (AGM) (617-426-2606)

Kirstein Business Branch of the Boston Public Library (617-523-0860) (research companies/inkind support & jobs)

Boston Public Library- Humanities/social science section (main library).