CDEA Grants/Scholarships Resources
(This page is updated quarterly.)
Please send us your grant opportunities that are for California based artists like our CDEA members. If you have something you’d like to add let us know by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last update December, 2016
State and National Grants
- Walmart Foundation
Maximum Grant: $35,000
Deadline: Saturday December 31, 2016
Grants of up to $2,500 will awarded to nonprofits, schools, or recognized government entities. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis.
- California Arts Council-California-State
Listings provided on State Grants and Scholarships
- Foundation for Contemporary Art Accepting Applications for
Organization: Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Since its inception in 1963, the mission of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts has been to encourage, sponsor, and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups, and organizations.
Created in 1993, the foundation’s Emergency Grants program provides grants of up to $2,000 to innovative visual and performing artists who have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding; or who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
To be eligible, applicants must be living, working, and paying taxes in the United States; have committed to a performance or exhibition opportunity and be able to provide specific dates at the time of application; and be an individual artist or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible to apply.
Applications are reviewed monthly by a volunteer committee of established artists. FCA recommends applying within six to eight weeks of the performance or exhibition date.
See the FCA website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application procedures.
- Big Read
National Endowment for the Arts
Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in NEA Big Read from September 2017 through June 2018.
NEA Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing
community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by
diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book.
- The California Dance Network
Deadline: Year round
The california dance network was developed in 2000 by an alliance of dance service organizations throughout the state to strengthen, connect and promote California’s thriving dance ecosystem.The CADN provides access to dance-focused information and connections in California, including, dance auditions across California, dance classes, funding opportunities, connections to a dance related jobs and performances.
- Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation supports projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields that strengthen the national infrastructure of those fields, as well as those that improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theater. Eligible projects must engage a broad constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field. Grant amounts will range between $60,000 and $200,000. See website for detail information and deadlines.
- National Endowment for the Arts: Arts Works
Deadline: February 2017
American dance is encyclopedic in scope and international in its aesthetic traditions. The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to advancing the nation’s full range of dance artistry. The National Endowment for the Arts assists all forms of professional dance by funding dance companies and presenters, service organizations, festivals, convenings, community engagement, education activities, and projects of all sizes. The NEA also supports the documentation and preservation of choreography and performance, and other aspects of dance history. Dance projects funded by the National Endowment for the Arts represent a multiplicity of forms, styles, techniques, and histories that come from every continent in the world and the many different styles — ballet, modern dance, jazz, folkloric, tap, hip-hop, and other contemporary forms such as aerial work and site specific performances — that are found in the United States.
Art Works applications will be accepted under two deadlines. All project types are accepted under both deadlines. Generally, an organization is limited to one application per year under the Art Works category.
Deadlines: Approximate dates (See website mid December for exact dates)
First Art Works Deadline:
Step 1 – Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov February, 2017
Step 2 – Submit Materials to NEA-GO February, 2016 to March, 2017
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection November 2017
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance January, 2018
Deadlines: Vary depending on specific location in California.
The mission of The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation is to build strong and vibrant communities, improve the quality of life, and make a positive difference in locations served by the bank throughout the United States.
Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations in bank communities as well as selected national organizations. The Foundation’s areas of interest include education, community development, health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and civic affairs.
Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the web link above.
- Zellerbach Family Foundation
Deadline: December 1-31, 2016
The Community Arts Program provides project support to small and mid-sized arts organizations and individual artists for the creation and presentation of new and innovative work that is representative of the diverse cultures and communities of the Bay Area.
- Center For Cultural Innovation
Deadline: December 15, 2016
ADVANCING ARTS LEADERSHIP THROUGH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Creative Capacity Fund (CCF) was launched in 2009 by a consortium of California arts funders to strengthen the work of artists and arts administrators by improving access to information and professional development resources. CCF strengthens the support system for California artists and arts administrators by providing professional development grants for individual artists and organizations.
The Quick Grant Program provides reimbursement funds to nonprofit organizations and individual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles to enroll in workshops, attend conferences, and to work with consultants and coaches to build administrative and business skills and strengthen the economic sustainability of an organization or arts practice.
- Dancers’ Group
The California Dance Network was developed in 2000 by an alliance of dance service organizations throughout the state to strengthen, connect and promote California’s thriving dance ecosystem.The CADN provides access to dance-focused information and connections in California. If you want to check out dance auditions across California, find a tap class in your area, discover funding opportunities, connect to a dance related job or go to a performance: you’ve come to the right place.
See website for upcoming grants
- Arts Council for Monterey County
Deadline: Monthly submissions accepted
The Arts Council for Monterey County has announced new grants for art programs and cultural groups. All art festivals, programs and cultural groups with annual budgets less than $100,000 are eligible to apply — thanks to new funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The purpose of these new grants is to further increase access and opportunity for all Monterey County residents. In addition to funding, Arts Council staff will provide consultation and help selected groups connect with additional resources. The new grants are designed to serve small groups that may or may not have a 501©(3) designation.
Click on Cultural Arts Grant Application (available on the website) or send request to Klara Hickmanova at email@example.com. Community Engagement Coordinator Berniz House will answer any questions in English or Spanish at anytime – firstname.lastname@example.org. Groups are welcome to apply anytime; grant requests will be reviewed monthly.
- Silicon Valley Education Foundation for High School Programs (Field trips)
Deadline: January, 2017
- 2017 Cultural Arts Funding Grant
City of Laguna Beach
Contact: Siân Poeschl
Phone: (949) 497-0722 x 4
Website: City of Laguna Beach
The grant program seeks to: • Promote and encourage arts and cultural activities in the city of Laguna Beach. • Develop cultural programs that encourage audience participation. • Encourage artistic excellence. • Develop new audiences for the arts.
- THE AHMANSON FOUNDATION
Description: The Ahmanson Foundation serves Los Angeles County by funding cultural projects in the arts and humanities, education at all levels, health care, programs related to homelessness and underserved populations as well as a wide range of human services.
By supporting non-profit organizations that demonstrate sound fiscal .management, efficient operation, and program integrity, the Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life and cultural legacy of the Los Angeles community.
Deadline: Grants are awarded throughout the year. See website for more info.
- Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for creative teens, is now accepting submissions from students across the country in grades 7-12.
Kevin Space foundation: Scholarships and grants
*Dance scholarships provides financial aid resources for deserving artists and performers.