Funding Opportunities

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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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The DEC Grant supports arts and culture programming and the creation of art in Erie and Niagara Counties. It is administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, Inc. (ASI) and funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). This year’s grant categories include Community Arts, Arts Education, and Individual Artist grants.

Deadline: September 27, 2019, 11:59PM
Amount: $500 and $5,000 for Community Arts and Arts Education grants; $2,500 for Individual Artist grants
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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: October 1; May 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

Funding applications are now available for the fourth round of Better Buffalo Fund (BBF), a $40 million Buffalo Billion initiative dedicated to projects that encourage density and growth along transportation corridors and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts. The launch of Round Four builds on funding awarded through three previous rounds of the Better Buffalo Fund, which awarded more than $27 million to 43 projects.

Deadline: November 8, 2019; 4 PM
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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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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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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

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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Established in 2017, the Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award honors the legacy of an arts leader who has made outstanding contributions to the arts through extraordinary leadership. The award seeks to recognize individuals who continue Cooper’s legacy of leadership in the arts sector.

Deadlines: November 5, 2019
Amount: $2,500
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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: September 5, 2019; November 22, 2019; April 1, 2020
Amount: up to $15,000
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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 NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund, a statewide theater regrant program, provides grants of $2,000 to $6,000 to support either organizational growth or the development of new work for the professional theater in New York State. This grant addresses small professional theaters or independently producing artists with budgets of $500,000 or less. A.R.T./New York regrants NYSCA funds, and all applicants and grantees will interact with A.R.T./New York as their grant-maker.

Deadline: November 4, 2019
Amount: $2,000 – $6,000
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The Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program is a partnership between the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of New York State. Project examples include building condition surveys; engineering and structural analysis projects; feasibility and reuse studies; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing assessments; or other specialized conservation studies. TAG will fund up to $4,000 for a total project cost of $5,000. Applicants are required to contribute 20% of the total project cost in cash.

Deadline: September 30, 2019
Amount: up to $4,000 for a total project cost of $5,000
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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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