Granting Opportunities

Looking for grant opportunities to support your research university’s efforts to integrate arts and arts practice? The Alliance for the Arts at Research Universities (a2ru) has curated a list of granting opportunities to give you a head start.

The Aaron Copland Fund
The Aaron Copland Fund maintains three separate grant programs in support of contemporary American music, each with its own objectives and annual application deadline.

Alexia Foundation
The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change by promoting the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice through grants and scholarships.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation 
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funds a number of initiatives to further understanding of the forces of nature and society with the goal of affecting a better world. It does so by supporting work in Basic Research, education initiatives, digital technologies, economic and quality of life research, and others that cut across a number of fields.

American Council of Learned Societies
The ACLS provides a number of grants and fellowships. Though focused on inquiry primarily through Humanistic and Social Scientific lenses, ACLS is particularly interested in collaborative and innovative approaches that cut across discipline.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports grantees within five defined program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship; Scholarly Communications and Information Technology; Art History, Conservation and Museums; Performing Arts; and Conservation and the Environment.

The Andy Warhol Foundation
The Warhol Foundation’s mission is the advancement of the visual arts, and does so through a number of grant and award opportunities.

The Bernard Osher Foundation
The Bernard Osher Foundation’s Local Arts and Educational Programs supports educational organizations principally in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and the State of Maine.

The Cliff Dwellers Foundation for the Arts
The Cliff Dwellers Foundation for the Arts supports those in the arts by providing grants to arts-oriented organizations and individuals, presenting concerts and films at its club, and sponsoring an annual music competition.

Creative Capital
Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.

The Dedalus Foundation
The Dedalus Foundation serves its mission to foster a greater public understanding of modern art and modernisms through its various grants, fellowships and award programs, prioritizing arts education, research and publications, archives and conservation, and exhibitions and other curatorial projects.

Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation focuses on the development of innovative and equitable arts spaces in the United States, Mexico and Central America, and the Middle East and North Africa. It supports arts organizations that are models of artistic excellence; engages in the development of facilities in innovative and equitable ways; and helps promote social justice.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts
The Foundation for Contemporary Arts provides grants annually to outstanding or unusually promising artists and arts organizations that create, present, or support work of an imaginative, contemporary nature.

The Fulbright Program
The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs has a number of programs available for Artists, Writers and Musicians.

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation supports a number of initiatives across New York City, including those in the Arts. The principal mission of the Performing Arts Program is to support organizations of quality in the fields of Dance, Music and Theater.

Graham Foundation
The Graham Foundation provides project-based grants to individuals and organizations, and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

The Green Foundation
The Green Foundation primarily focuses on the arts, education, medical and scientific research, and human services.

The Harpo Foundation
The Harpo Foundation supports artists who are under recognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry to encourage new modes of thinking about art.

Henry Luce Foundation
The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious, and art communities. This foundation supports a number of programs and offers responsive grants and dissertation awards.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. The MacArthur Foundation supports a range of activities, programs, and individuals across the Arts, Sciences, and beyond.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
A program of the John S. and James L Knight Foundation, Knight Foundation invests in artistic excellence, funding arts projects that engage the Knight resident communities in collective cultural experiences. Grantees represent both emerging artists and organizations and the old and most venerable institutions.

The John Templeton Foundation
The John Templeton Foundation funds several core areas that bring together overlapping tools and approaches from differing disciplines – all aimed at pushing eagerness to learn and creative approaches to knowledge making.

Joyce Foundation
The Joyce Foundation supports the development of policies that both improve the quality of life for people in the Great Lakes region and serve as models for the rest of the country. The foundation focuses on today’s most pressing problems while also informing the public policy decisions critical to creating opportunity and achieving long-term solutions; within this framework there are grants available for those working at the intersection of the arts and social change.

The Rauschenberg Foundation
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation actively supports the intersections of the Arts with social justice, philanthropy, and innovation. RFF supports a number of humanitarian and educational programs.

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation offers grants for Chicago-based initiatives and scholarship that cuts across the Arts, the built environment and economic opportunity.

Surdna Foundation
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities in the United States—communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. The Thriving Cultures program is based on a belief that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents.

3Arts
3Arts advocates for and awards funds to women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities working in the performing, teaching, and visual arts.