Funding Opportunities

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 info@asiwny.org 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.

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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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Applications for the Love Your Block mini grant, administered by Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo, Division of Citizen Services, are now open. The grants are available to neighborhood associations, block clubs, and community-based organization for projects in the following categories: vacant lot activation, community space revitalization, and accessibility improvement.

Deadline: July 26, 2019
Amount: $250 – $1,000

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Cullen Foundation is an independent, private foundation dedicated to enhancing education for students in grades pre-K to 12 and advancing theatre and performing arts to positively impact residents of Erie County, New York.

Deadlines: July 19, 2019 (pre-application call with staff); July 26, 2019 (letter of intent)
Learn more: thecullenfoundation.org

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

Flying Bison is launching a new community giving program called Pints for Nonprofits (PNP). This is an opportunity for organizations to utilize the Flying Bison space to host fundraisers, workshops, and trainings. All PNPs take place on Tuesdays, and are booked in the order they are requested.

Apply: Flyer

Action Grants offer funding to implement humanities projects that encourage public audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others in their community. These grants require organizations to demonstrate a match of at least one-to-one. Requests related to the U.S. Women’s Suffrage Centennial in 2020, the Erie Canal Bicentennial, and the prison ecosystem are encouraged.

Deadline: October 1, 2019
Amount: up to $5,000
Apply: humanitiesny.org

Quick Grants are implementation grants for in-person public humanities projects that encourage audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others in their community. Available to organizations whose total yearly operating expenses are $250,000 or less.

Amount: $500
Apply: humanitiesny.org

Vision Grants offer funding in support of brainstorming, researching, and professional development for organizations working collaboratively to develop new ideas and strategies for public-facing humanities projects. Humanities New York is currently accepting Vision Grant applications for the development of programming related to the U.S. Women’s Suffrage Centennial in 2020. Partnerships, innovative project formats, and community involvement is highly encouraged.

Amount: up to $1,500
Apply: humanitiesny.org

USArtists International (USAI) is a grant program that supports performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists who are invited to perform at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. USAI provides critical funding toward support of artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping, and visa preparation. The program is committed to the presence of U.S. artists on world stages.

Deadlines: September 5, 2019; November 22, 2019; April 1, 2020
Amount: up to $15,000

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To honor and preserve our nation’s diverse cultural heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts annually awards up to nine NEA National Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists (inclusive of one Bess Lomax Hawes Fellowship). These fellowships recognize lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage. Heritage Fellows must be nominated by the public.

Deadline: July 30, 2019
Amount: up to $25,000
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Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization.

Deadline: August 8, 2019
Amount: Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.
Apply: arts.gov

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced the creation of the Recharge Foundation Fellowship for New Surrealist Art, a $5,000 award for painters living in the United States and U.S. Territories who are working in the New Surrealist style. The award program will be administered by NYFA with funding provided by the Gu Family of the Recharge Foundation.

Deadline: August 7, 2019
Amount: $5,000
Learn more: nyfa.org

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
Apply: squeaky.org

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

Are you a collective considering nonprofit status? Are you a newly forming organization in need of guidance and information to help you make the decisions necessary to become a formal nonprofit, and/or 501(c)3? EMF MAAF is offering a new opportunity designed to assist and strengthen newly forming media arts organizations and activities across New York State.

Deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1
Amount: up to $2,000 in consultation services with the New York Council on Nonprofits (NYCON)
Apply: waveform.submittable.com

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.
Apply online

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