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Last update March 2017
CDEA Grant/Scholarship Resources
State and National Grants
1. California Arts Council-California-State
Listings provided on State Grants and Scholarships
Challenge America Grants: National Endowment for the Arts
Website: National Endowment for the Arts
Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Art Works: Creativity Connects: National Endowment for the Arts
Website: National Endowment for the Arts
Creativity Connects* is an initiative that shows how the arts contribute to the nation’s creative ecosystem, investigates how support systems for the arts are changing, explores how the arts can connect with other sectors that want and utilize creativity, and invests in innovative projects to spark new, collaborative ideas. * Creativity Connects™ is used with permission from Crayola, LLC.
S.T.A.R. Foundation Grants
The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County
Contact: Susanne Mentzer
Grant link: http://starfoundationmc.org/
The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County supports youth-related performing arts activities in Monterey County. Our grants are designed to supplement existing programs by providing funding for capital technical expense (e.g., lighting, sound and musical equipment), augment instruction by providing guest artists/docents in acting, make-up, scenic, sound and lighting design, maintenance of musical instruments, and more. The Board of Directors will entertain ideas and approve funding on a quarterly basis. There are no deadlines to apply.
The California Dance Network
Deadline: Year round
CA$H Grant Program
Deadline: Tuesday, May 2, 5pm
**Please review the application materials carefully, as changes have been made.**
CA$H is a granting program for the San Francisco Bay Area’s dance artists and organizations. CA$H was designed in 1999 by artists, for artists. The program supports impactful projects that represent the many diversities of Bay Area dance community (race, genre, age, gender, ability, experience, location).
CA$H | dance is a program of Dancers’ Group, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.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.
Monday, April 17, 6-8pm
44 Gough St, Ste 201, SF
This free workshop is a place to learn more about the program; review updates to the guidelines and application; how the panel process works and grant decisions are made; and receive tips from Dancers’ Group staff.
National Endowment for the Arts: Arts Works
Deadline: July 20, 2017
Art Works: 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.
Arts Council for Monterey County
Deadline: Next deadline October 15, 2017 Grant application available in July
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.
Deadlines: North, Central, and Southern California: September 30, 2017.
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.
- Living Cultures Art Program
Deadline: To be released Spring 2017 * Please check website
The Living Cultures Grants Program seeks to sustain and strengthen the folk and traditional arts in the state of California with grants of $5,000 to California-based nonprofits, as well as other organizations who work with fiscal sponsors.
1. Los Angeles County Arts Commission:
Strategic Planning Coach K-12
Deadline: April 12, 2017
Arts for All offers coaching support for school districts interested in creating and updating strategic plans for increasing the quantity, quality and equity of arts instruction in their schools.
Deadline May 3, 2017
The Advancement Grant Program offers financial support to Los Angeles County school districts aiming to provide quality arts education for public school students. Grant funds assist school districts in achieving key action items in their district arts plans, and cultivating skills and practices that can be sustained beyond the term of the grant. Districts may apply for matching funds of up to $25,000.
2. 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.
Creative Economic Development Fund: Center for Cultural Innovation
Contact: Lauren Bailey, Managing Director
Phone: (213) 687-8577
Website: Center for Cultural Innovation
Grant link: http://www.cciarts.org/Los_Angeles_CEDF.html
With support from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation, the CCI announces a third round of the Creative Economic Development Fund (CEDF), an investment program that provides funding for projects that will help launch startup ventures or expand micro-sized creative enterprises with five or fewer employees. This year $100,000 in grants are available to entities—independent businesses, self-employed artists or cultural producers, artist collectives, or nonprofits with significant earned income activities—that use commercial strategies in pursuit of an arts or culture mission that have a social impact.
1. Arts Internship Program
Application for Summer 2018: Released in Fall 2017 (October)
The Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program funds nonprofit performing, presenting, literary and municipal arts organizations to host college students in paid internships throughout the summer.
Kevin Space foundation: Scholarships and grants US and UK
Deadline: Application opens March 13, 2017 and closes April 14, 2017
*Dance scholarships provides financial aid resources for deserving artists and
Dance is a discipline with so much variety that it’s no surprise many students find their passion in one or more of its forms. While a college education can help passionate students pursue careers in dance, finding money for college can be challenging. Fortunately, dance scholarships exist to provide financial aid for deserving artists and performers who are interested in dance.