Funding Opportunities

NOTE: For funding specifically related to COVID-19 relief for individuals and organizations, please refer to the Emergency Grants page of our website.

Search here for local, regional, and national funding opportunities.

If you notice any funding agencies or opportunities that are missing, please submit your information to [email protected] and we would be glad to add it to our page.

Please note that listings without deadlines indicate applications that are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information on any of these opportunities, please contact the foundation or funding agency directly.

Additional resources:

The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant supports writing about contemporary art and aims to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories—articles, books and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies.

Applications Open: April 14, 2021
Deadline: May 19, 2021
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Awesome Buffalo awards no-strings-attached cash to projects that make Buffalo more awesome. This isn’t a grant, and Awesome Buffalo is not a foundation or nonprofit; cash comes straight from the pockets of the organization’s trustees. They give money to ideas deemed too outrageous, to projects that make people laugh, or something that makes people think in a new way. If you’ve got an unconventional idea that needs some support, they’d love to hear about it.

Deadline: Awards given way the second Tuesday of every odd month (e.g., January, March, etc.)
Amount: $1000
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Launched in April 2017, Awesome Disability is an independent chapter of the Awesome Foundation, a global community that provides micro-grants with no strings attached. The trustees of Awesome Disability are people with disabilities that want to support ideas and projects in our community.

Deadline: Application periods are from the 1st to the 15th of every month
Amount: $1,000
Apply: awesomefoundation.org

The BICA Microgrant is a $300 good-faith grant for artists and curators who are realizing a project in the greater Buffalo area. This is no-strings-attached money that an artist or curator can use toward exhibitions, performances, or other projects that contribute to the visual arts in Buffalo.

Deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1; midnight
Amount: $300
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Buffalo Seminary is excited to once again offer their SEM-Steinway scholarships to students who demonstrate exceptional ability in music (instrumental and vocal). Interested students are required to submit an audition video or MP3 that demonstrates their ability. For more information, contact Director of Day Admission Alexandra Tramposch at [email protected]

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The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Community Grant proposals must efficiently and effectively address identified community needs or encourage new opportunities. Grant proposals must benefit the northern Chautauqua community. NCCF competitive grants range from $500 to $15,000. On a limited basis, we will consider grant support for two (2) years. In such instances, second-year funding will be contingent upon successful program outcomes from the previous year.

Deadline: Letters of Interest are due March 1 and September 1 by 4:00 pm
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The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Community Service grants are intended to support programming, capital, and technology needs. Priority will be given to requests that indicate support from multiple funding sources, demonstrate plans for sustainability, indicate collaborative partnerships, and employ evidence-based approaches with measurable outcomes (where applicable).

Deadline: March 1 and September 1 every year
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The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation annually awards over $1million through its competitive grant processes to charitable organizations working to make a difference across the region. General grants are offered bi-monthly and are intended to assist with emerging needs or one-time costs. Requests can be made up to $4,000. Organizations can only submit two requests per year.

Deadline: Last Wednesday of even months (bi-monthly) by noon
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The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation hosts two cycles per year, intending to fund larger initiatives with wide-reaching and longer term community impact. The process occurs in two stages for each cycle, beginning with submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) and followed by an invitation to submit a full application. Priority given to requests that indicate support from multiple funding sources, demonstrate plans for sustainability, indicate collaborative partnerships and employ evidence-based approaches with measurable outcomes (where applicable).

Deadline: Letter of Intent due June 1 or December 1
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Through the instrument matching grants program, grants will be awarded to schools or nonprofit organizations to support the incorporation of string instruments into music education programs. All instruments in the string family are supported (including guitars and ukuleles). Programs must serve children from kindergarten through grade twelve. To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and be based in the United States.

Deadline: June 30, September 30, December 31, March 31
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Buffalo’s Love Your Block initiative is a program that seeks to encourage and support community driven neighborhood revitalization projects that address blight and provide measurable visual and physical improvements. The Mayor’s Division of Citizen Services coordinates the Love Your Block program, with the goal of bringing city staff and residents together to revitalize their neighborhoods one block at a time through small-scale neighborhood grants of up to $1,500 and technical assistance to community groups to advance beautification projects in their neighborhood.

Amount: $1,500
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Critical Minded is a granting and learning initiative to support cultural critics of color in the United States, where they are underrepresented in the coverage of all artistic disciplines. Founded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and fiscally sponsored by Allied Media Projects, it launched with a national convening of 50 critics in 2017. Its purpose is to build the resources and visibility of cultural critics of color in the US through: direct support to publications and individuals, research, advocacy and convening.

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The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning has released the 2022 cultural funding applications. Applications are online this year. All eligible non-profits must request an account, then submit their application online. Applications are tiered based on request size.

Level 1 Deadline: April 28, 2021
Levels 2 & 3 Deadline: May 5, 2021
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Would you like to start or grow your small business? Have your been unable to get a loan from a bank or credit union? The Erie County Microenterprise Loan Fund is a 60/40 loan/grant program benefiting local microenterprises, or businesses with five or fewer employees, one of whom owns the business.

Amount: $5,000 – $35,000
Apply: erie.gov

The award provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field. Awards are made of up to $10,000. The number of awards is determined each year by the annual granting budget. Grants are made to support the development of artists’ work and a grantee may use their award to support any activity toward that purpose.

Deadline: April 30, 2021
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The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital archiving platform offering a series of individual artist grants on a bi-annual basis totaling $22,000.00 USD. The Hopper Prize was established to provide grants, visibility, and career enhancing validation to artists who demonstrate a serious commitment to their work.

Six grants are available:

  • 2 grants at $3,500
  • 4 grants at $1,000

Plus, 30 artists from each grant cycle (60 annually) will have their work archived at hopperprize.org and all applicants could be featured on their Instagram page (@hopperprize).

Deadline: May 18, 2021
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Vision Grants offer up to $1,500 in support of brainstorming, researching, and professional development for organizations working collaboratively to develop new ideas and strategies for public-facing humanities projects. These grants aim to:

  • Support emerging and established partnerships between different groups on a shared project that may develop into public-facing activities.
  • Infuse program design with humanities themes and methodologies from the start.
  • Encourage experimentation in program design.
  • Build community input into program design.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted at least two months before your planning process begins. They are reviewed at the end of each month.

Deadline: Rolling
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Designed for emerging and mid-career artists around the entire country, Jazz Road Tours supports small, three- to six-site tours at an array of venue types, often in rural communities and other areas traditionally underserved by the genre. Grant amounts generally range from $5,000 to $15,000. Only individual artists (as an individual, an artist-led nonprofit organization, or an artist-led corporation) may apply to this program.

Deadline: Rolling; applications can be submitted at least 60 days, or far out as 18 months, prior to the project start date.
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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) is pleased to partner with the Western Arts Alliance’s Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) Touring Fund, a new grant opportunity for presenters of Indigenous performing artists. Eligible applicants are nonprofit presenters in the mid-Atlantic region who receive funding through MAAF’s touring programs — including ArtsConnect, Special Presenters Initiatives, or through network programs such as the Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network or Jazz Touring Network — for a project featuring Indigenous artists. They can receive up to a dollar-to-dollar matching grant from the AIP Touring Fund.

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ArtsCONNECT supports touring projects developed by presenter consortia based in the region that includes public performances and community engagement activities. Presenters must be located in DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, USVI or WV. Each presenter in a consortium may request funding of up to 50% of the negotiated artist fee for the project, not to exceed $10,000, plus additional support to cover project expenses.

Deadlines: Friday, May 21, 2021
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Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved.  Challenge America seeks to address these potential barriers for organizations seeking funding. The program features an abbreviated application, a standardized $10,000 grant amount, and a robust structure of technical assistance to facilitate entry to Arts Endowment funding opportunities.

Application Period: April 27-May 4, 2021
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Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and the state and local arts agencies. The initiative seeks to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life for military and veteran populations exposed to trauma, as well as their families and caregivers.

Over the next five years, Creative Forces intends to provide $2.5 million in new research funding to support feasibility/pilot studies and subsequent randomized-controlled trials (RCTs) or other large-scale studies to address priority research questions identified by Creative Forces in art therapy and music therapy.

Creative Forces is initially issuing two Requests for Applications (RFAs) for feasibility/pilot studies: Art Therapy Research with Military Populations, and Music Therapy Research with Military Populations. Up to four subawards will be made across these two announcements, and up to $325,000 per subaward in support of feasibility/pilot studies of 18-24 months in duration.

Application Period: June 2-16, 2021
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Governor Cuomo’s new Workforce Development Initiative will invest $175 million to support strategic regional efforts that meet businesses’ short-term workforce needs and long-term industry needs, improve regional talent pipelines, enhance the flexibility and adaptability of local workforce entities, and/or expand workplace learning opportunities.

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If your organization has received funding from NYSCA for at least three consecutive years and owns its facility or has a long-term lease (with at least six years to go at the time of application submission), you may be eligible to seek support in one of the following three categories:

  • Design Studies: working with an architect on the design of an expansion, renovation, or rehabilitation; conceptual and/or schematic design phases
  • Capital Projects: construction of an expansion, renovation, or rehabilitation project
  • Capital Equipment: the purchase of major equipment that is essential to the production and/or presentation of an art form

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The Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts is now accepting applications. The Fund was established in 1996 by Sarah Bauman Baxter as a unique way to memorialize her father by including his name in her own endowment. Mrs. Baxter and her father shared a love for the classics, including classical languages, ballet and opera.

Awards will be prioritized first for performances of “traditional, classical ballet and opera on the living stage, and preferably of the English, European, or Russian schools.” Qualifying performances should “preserve the originality of their composition, so the ballets are presented in their traditional choreography, and operas are sung in the language in which they were composed (except certain operas which may be customarily be rendered in English and are regarded as ‘traditional’ by the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York).”

If any funds remain after awards have been made to all ballet and opera nonprofits eligible under Tier 1, awards will be prioritized for qualifying performances presented through the encouragement and support of responsible music or theater nonprofits

Deadline: April 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm
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Launched in 1993, Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys. Applicants must be a unit of local government or a nonprofit group with tax-exempt status. State agencies and religious institutions are not eligible to apply. The program provides support up to 80% of the project cost. Applicants must provide 20% of the total project cost as a cash match. Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $10,000.

Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021
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Have an idea for a project? Thinking about that video you’ve been meaning to shoot? Considering a new perspective on a familiar idea? Squeaky Wheel is offering Equipment Access Grants to those looking to create specific projects that require the tools and time sometimes difficult or unavailable in daily life. Recipients will receive up to $1000 worth of equipment usage and facilities time.

Amount: $1000 in-kind equipment rentals
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Founded in 2020, the Stenclik Family Charitable Fund promotes the advancement of Buffalo Niagara through philanthropic commitments to the area’s most promising educational, cultural, scientific, and community initiatives. The Fund seeks to strengthen the region’s existing assets while clearing new paths for innovation that promote prosperity and vitality in our neighborhoods. They want to support projects that improve the lives of people now and make a lasting difference.

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It’s become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, Target launched field trip grants in 2007, and since then, has made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip. Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school in the United States that maintains a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff of these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.

Amount: $700
Apply: corporate.target.com

The United Arts Appeal offers Projects Pool grants to Chautauqua County organizations and to individual artists. Eligible organizations must have not-for-profit status and may include libraries, municipalities, churches, and other community groups.

An artist who has been a Chautauqua County resident for at least one year and works in any artistic discipline, including but not limited to crafts, dance, film, fiction, poetry, printmaking, sculpture, painting, video, play writing, performance, music composition and photography, may apply. Funding priority will be given to those applicants who demonstrate that a Projects Pool grant would have significant career impact or promote artistic development for the individual artist.

Deadline: April 15 2021
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NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF) supports electronic media and film organizations, as well as individual artists, in all regions of New York State. The Fund provides unique and critical support with a focus on sustainability and public engagement.

For organizations, MAAF provides funds to support technical strategies for online development as well as to hire outside consultants to support organizational and professional development. Eligible organizations have missions specific to the media arts, and are current NYSCA grantees. Priority will be given to NYSCA EMF grantees. Organizations may request funding up to a maximum amount of $2,500 for two 2021 deadlines: May 1, 2021 and October 1, 2021.

For individual artists who reside in New York State, MAAF provides support for the completion and/or public presentation of new works in all genres of sound and moving image art, including emergent technology. Grant awards assist artists in completing new work, reaching public audiences, and advance artistic exploration and public engagement in the media arts. Individual artists may request up to a maximum amount of $7,500. Application Deadline: July 1, 2021.

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The Western New York Foundation’s Impact Capacity Assessment Program (iCAP) is a competitive program for nonprofits that wish to build their ability to perform well. Efficient long-term capacity management is vital to any nonprofit entity. iCAP offers opportunity to nonprofits to engage in an 8-month process to assess its capacity needs in coordination with an organizational development consultant. If you are interested in learning more about iCAP or have any questions, please contact [email protected]

Deadline: Rolling
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The Western New York Nonprofit Support Group (WNYNSG) is releasing an RFP to solicit requests from groups of individuals or organizations who have a desire to create and pilot a curriculum for a formal certificate coaching program focused on serving people of color. This work will be done in three phases:

  • Phase 1- Request for Proposals (RFP): Due April 16. Decisions will be made by mid-May 2021.
  • Phase 2- Planning: One proposal will be selected for a planning grant to further develop a coaching curriculum based on the research provided and the development of a pilot for the curriculum. Full proposal due by selected group or organization by end of July 2021.
  • Phase 3- Implementation: Subject to available funding, resources will be made available for the implementation of the project in January 2022.

Deadline: April 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm
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Arts Partners for Learning is an initiative managed by Young Audiences of Western New York that seeks to expand access to arts education for children in Western New York and improve the capacity of cultural organizations to provide creative learning programs. Schools are eligible for funding if they are a public or charter school, have a student population where at least 30% of students qualify for a free or reduced lunch, or lack regular visual arts, music instruction, or arts enrichment opportunities. Programs must occur during the school day. There must be a dedicated, private work space available for students.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but previous applicants and early applicants are given priority.
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