Funding Opportunities

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Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, Inc. (ASI) is seeking proposals from qualified individuals in Western New York to create artistic projects related to the dangers of global warming and climate change. We are seeking strong proposals for creative projects that have the potential to impact the community in a meaningful way.

Deadlines: May 1 and October 1 (every year)
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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

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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The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation established endowment funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to provide annual support for programs and initiatives that reflect the personal passions of Mr. Wilson. These areas of support are: Caregivers, Community Assets, Design and Access and Youth Sports. The grants made from these Legacy Funds held at the Community Foundation are distinct from the grants made by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation directly. In most cases, the grants made from these Funds at the Community Foundation serve to support localized projects across the WNY region, for which a smaller grant can make all the difference. In some cases, it may also provide an opportunity to test out ideas and programs on a smaller, pilot level.

Deadline: January 6, 2020; 4 PM
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The 21st Century Fund, a fund and giving circle of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for its 2019-2020 grant cycle. The 21st Century Fund is unique in that the members pay a one-time fee to join and meet every two years to vote to award a $100,000 grant for a specific project they feel will make an impact in Western New York.

Deadline: December 6, 2019; 4 PM
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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

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.

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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

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

The MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining — and ultimately co-creating — a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States.

Deadline: November 25, 2019
Amount: $10,000 – $45,000
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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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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: November 22, 2019; April 1, 2020
Amount: up to $15,000
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Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) principal granting program. Through project-based funding, the NEA supports public engagement with and access to various forms of art across the nation, the creation of art, learning in the arts, and integration of the arts into community life. Matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

Deadline: February 1, 2020
Amount: $10,000 to $100,000 (matching)
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Challenge America grants support primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Matching grants are for a fixed amount of $10,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

Deadline: April 1, 2020
Amount: $10,000 (matching)
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New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is now accepting applications for 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships in Craft/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Nonfiction Literature, Poetry, and Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. These $7,000 unrestricted cash awards are made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York. They are not project grants and are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice regardless of their level of artistic development.

Deadline: January 22, 2020
Amount: $7,000
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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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The New York State DanceForce, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, announces the third cycle of the Western New York Choreographers’ Initiative (WNYCI). The WNYCI is designed to help Western New York-resident choreographers develop their choreographic skills by providing them with appropriate resources that are generally unavailable or unaffordable. These resources include 24 hours of creative studio time, professional dancers, the guidance of a professional mentor chosen by the artist, and a $2,500 stipend. Two choreographers will be selected for the award in spring 2020.

Deadline: December 4, 2019; 5 PM
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The Puffin Foundation Ltd. seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. For the upcoming 2020 cycle they will accept proposals in Music, Photography, & Theater.

Deadline: December 30, 2019
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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

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

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)

Current New York State Council on the Arts grantees are eligible for four different opportunities through the Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF), a regrant partnership between NYSCA Electronic Media and Film and Wave Farm. The opportunities include funding toward conferences and convening, peer-to-peer mentoring, organizational development, and professional development.

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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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