A List of Organizations Looking to Give Money to Artists & Ideas

 
Angelica Nwandu - SAMI DRASIN

Angelica Nwandu - SAMI DRASIN

There are people out there looking to give away money.

Did you know The Shade Room started with a $5,000 grant awarded to the CEO Angelica Nwandu right after being fired from her accounting job? She used the funds to support herself as she focused on her passion, writing and building her Instagram based platform to now 15 MILLION followers.

Here you can find micro-grants, seed funding, and a few grants with no strings attached for entrepreneurs, women, emerging artists, photographers, or just someone with an idea. Below is a list of ways to get money for your next idea, event, series, or business and there is at least one grant for you! There are waaaay more grants available out there, but these you can apply for TODAY(or soon)!

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Artist Grants


Specto - Anything Art Grant

Application Period: Once they receive 30 applications

Amount: $250 - $500

App Fee: $35

Specto Art Space, an art gallery in Virginia, offers this unrestricted art grant to help artists with all the expenses involved with creating great art. It also offers winning artists the option of being included in the gallery’s shows and promotional materials.

For more info click here.

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant

No Deadline

Amount: $15k

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation gives grants for emerging artists to develop their skills in artistic expression. Applicants must be 18 or older, in an early or developmental stage of their work, and be able to show a commitment to making art their lifetime career. Art disciplines including representational style painting, drawing, sculpting or printmaking

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Artist Grant

Application Deadlines: April 15, July 15, and October 15.

Amount: $500

App Fee: $25

Visual artists working in any media may apply: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, stills of video/film, sculpture (of any type of material), ceramics, mixed/multiple medias, installation, and other new or alternative medias. They do not accept submissions for music, theatre, or dance.

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The Harpo Foundation

Application Period: Feb - April

Amount: $6k - $10k

App Fee: $15

Self-defined under-recognized visual artist 21 years or older

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Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards

Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

Amount: Up to $5k

This foundation aims to support artists with families by providing financial awards to parents that are pursuing creative work. Parents often put aside their creative impulses to meet the demands of raising a family, so the foundation’s goal is to encourage parents to continue with their creative passions.

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Project Launch Grant

Application Deadline: February 20, 2019

Amount: $5k

This artist grant is offered by CENTER, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and providing opportunities for gifted photographers. It is awarded to photographers that have either a completed or nearly completed project that would benefit from some financial support. The recipient also has their work published on Lenscratch, and gets to participate in an exhibition at The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in North Carolina.

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Integrity Arts & Culture Association Mini-Grants

Application Deadline: February 19, 2019

Amount: $250

App fee: $10

IACA Mini-Grants generally average $250, and are intended to assist with such things as: art supplies, recording studio time, exhibits, performances, project related expenses, etc. This is our way of planting seeds that we believe will continue to grow. This program was started in honor of every artist who has ever impacted the life of another.

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2019 Individual Photographer's Fellowship

Application Period: Spring 2019

Amount: $10k

App Fee: $25

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer's Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art.

For more info click here.

VSCO Voices

Application Deadline: February 18, 2019

Amount: $20k

VSCO Voices is a six month grant program run by VSCO and Access Ventures. The program supports creators who make art to empower marginalized communities in the United States. Receive $20,000 in funding and the mentorship you need to carry out a creative project that provides a platform for untold stories.

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Non-Profit Grants


IACA Non-Profit Mini-Grant Program

Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

Amount: $350

App Fee: $15

IACA Mini-Grants for organizations generally average $350 and are intended to assist with the following: artistic programs that engage the community; projects that involve educating youth in the arts; services for artists; leadership training that will increase an arts organization's strength and capacity for the long term, etc.This is their way of planting seeds that they believe will continue to grow.

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Open Meadows Foundation

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

Amount: $2k

Open Meadows is specifically looking to direct its resources towards changing the world. Looking for projects focused on activism, political change, and empowerment directed by, and benefiting women and girls. Examples include projects focused on: Standing Rock, boycotts, marches, creation of new activist organizations, labor rights, community organizing, voting rights, environmental activism, economic rights, and other forms of political action encouraging participation by women and girls for women and girls.

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Professional Development and Artistic Planning

Application Deadline: 60 days prior to the activities

Amount: $1k

South Arts offers a limited number of Professional Development and Artistic Planning grants to nonprofit performing, visual, media/film, multidisciplinary and literary arts presenting organizations in our nine-state region with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding up to $1,000 is available to support the professional development needs of Southern presenters/programmers/curators, strengthen program design, and increase organizational capacity. Professional Development and Artistic Planning applications must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the activities. All activities must take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

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Impact & individuals


The Pollination Project: Seed Grants

Amount: $1k

The Pollination Project seeks to unleash the goodness in every person. Through a daily practice of generosity and giving, The Pollination Project makes seed grants-365 days a year-to social-change agents who seek to spread compassion in their communities and in the world for the benefit of all. The Purpose of a Pollination Project Seed Grant is to support passionate, committed people with an early-stage social change vision. It funds individuals and community groups, and you do not need to be a registered or established organization to apply.

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The Awesome Foundation

Application Period: Monthly

Amount: $1k

Anyone is eligible for a grant — individuals, groups, and organizations alike. If you can fill out the application form, you can apply. Monthly Grant just find the chapter in your area.

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North Carolina IDEA ENGAGE

Amount: $1k – $5k

Supporting the entrepreneurial aspirations of people starting and growing new companies is a great way to create the jobs, economic output and wealth that strengthens the communities we call home. It is an investment in ourselves. Through our community-focused grant program, NC IDEA ENGAGE, supporting individuals and organizations by helping them offer programs, organize events, and generally facilitate activity that brings like-minded folks together to support entrepreneurship activity. Deadlines are ongoing.

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Project Cover Micro Grants

Amount: $500

Cover is a non-profit that gifts small grants to driven people. Our mission is to extend access to knowledge, networks, and opportunities to those who are working hard to achieve great things. Deadlines are ongoing.

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Grants for Women


Amber Grant

Application Deadline: End of every month

Amount: $500, $1k

App Fee: $15

The Amber Grants began in 1998. It was launched by Womens.net to honor the memory of a young woman (Amber) who died at the age of 19 – unable to fulfill her entrepreneurial dreams. Today the Amber Grant helps women like you achieve the dreams that Amber could not.

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Girlboss

Application Deadline: June 30th

Amount: $15k

Girlboss Foundation grants are exclusive to female creatives in the worlds of design, fashion, music, and the arts. To be eligible, applicants must identify as female, be US residents, and be 18 years or older by the close of the submission window.

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