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:

For over two decades the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) has provided grants to support small and mid-sized theatres in New York City and State through regranting partnerships with foundations and government agencies. Following 2020 and 2021 where we focused on streamlining grant applications, provided over half a million dollars in relief funding to small New York City organizations, and saw the most grant applications ever for an A.R.T./New York funding program, we are excited to launch our 2022 grant programming with new and expanded partnerships, a consolidated grant application, and new opportunities for general operating support to small theatres.

In Fall 2021, A.R.T./New York is launching three grant programs providing flexible, general operating support to small theatres. The NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund provides grants of $2,000-$5,000 to theatres throughout New York State with annual budgets of under $500,000. The Strengthening NYC Theatres Grant Program (formerly the Nancy Quinn Fund) gives New York City-based theatres with annual budgets under $250,000 one-year grants of $1000-$2000. And in a new partnership with the Howard Gilman Foundation, the New York City Small Theatres Fund will provide around 10 New York City theatres with annual budgets under $250,000 with two-year general operating support grants of $5,000-$10,000 annually.

Applicants to A.R.T./New York’s Fall 2021 grant programs are NOT required to be members of A.R.T./New York. Applicants who receive funding through any of these funding programs who have not been an A.R.T./New York member in the past five years will receive a free year of membership as part of their grant award. If you are not currently a member of A.R.T./New York but would like to receive more information about these funding opportunities, please sign up here to be added to our email list.

To support applicants in submitting to these funding programs, A.R.T./New York is launching a common application this year. Applicants will submit a single application this fall that will be considered for any and all of the three grant programs they are eligible for. All applications will be submitted through A.R.T./New York’s online grant portal.

Information about A.R.T./New York’s Fall 2021 Grant Application, eligibility requirements for each grant, timelines, and more information can be found in the Application Guide. The Application Guide, Tips & Tricks/FAQs, and the link to the application will be available below on Monday, October 25 at 10am.

Deadline: December 14, 2021
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ASI’s SCR grants provide support for public arts projects presented by any nonprofit organization, government entity/municipality, tribal organization, or individual in Erie, Niagara, or Chautauqua counties.  Direct applicants of New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), including NYSCA’s Regional Economic Development Council (RED-C) grants, are ineligible to apply for SCR grants regardless of funding status.

All applications must be completed through our online grant portal. If you have applied for a grant through ASI in the past, please do not create a new account in the grants portal. If you’ve forgotten your login information or need access to past applications, please email Holly Grant at [email protected] If you require assistance or access to a computer or internet to complete your application, please contact Holly at 716-833-3004 x512 or [email protected] to set up an appointment. Our online grant portal allows you to:

-Preview the online application, where you can review the application without creating an account or signing in.

-Begin the application process, where you can save drafts and complete an application.

Deadline: November 18, 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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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: September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30

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In celebration of our upcoming 25th Anniversary, Creative Capital is pleased to announce “Wild Futures: Art, Culture, Impact”— the one-time theme for our next grant cycle in 2023/2024. Over a two-year period, the Creative Capital Awards will provide up to $5 million in grants to help realize 100 artists’ projects with awards of up to $50,000 with additional advisory services per project. Since our founding in 1999, Creative Capital has been committed to funding freedom of expression through groundbreaking ideas in art and to helping artists build sustainable careers through our transformative giving model of combining financial and professional support.

We invite artists to propose experimental, risk-taking projects in the performing arts, technology, literature, visual arts, and moving image, which push boundaries formally and thematically, and/or venture into wild, out-there, never-before-seen concepts and future universes real or imagined. Ultimately, we seek proposals for groundbreaking new work—including, but not limited to, work that attends to the many relationships between social, economic, and environmental justice, and advances the global dialogue around critical issues impacting the sustainability of artists, our communities, our planet, and beyond.

LOI Deadline: April 1, 2022
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The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA). This grant program aims to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military service members and veterans exposed to trauma as well as their families and caregivers through experiences of art or art making.

MAAA will award approximately thirty-five matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 for arts-based community engagement projects that engage targeted military-connected communities. These Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants are intended to support non-clinical arts engagement programs taking place in healthcare, community, or virtual settings. The grants will be awarded in two tiers, emerging and advanced, which reflect the capacity of the project at the time of the application.

Deadline: December 15, 2021
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Through the Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation program, EDA is focused on accelerating the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors. $750 million of EDA’s American Rescue Plan funds are allocated to support the following efforts:

State Tourism Grants: $510 million in non-competitive awards to help states quickly invest in marketing, infrastructure, workforce and other projects to rejuvenate safe leisure, business and international travel.
Competitive Grants: $240 million to help communities that have been hardest hit by challenges facing the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors to invest in infrastructure, workforce or other projects to support the recovery of the industry and economic resilience of the community in the future.

Deadline: Rolling
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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

Empire State Development announced the launch of the NY Entertainment Workforce Diversity Grant Program, which will provide over $1 million annually in matching funds to support diversity and inclusivity in job creation and training programs in New York’s film and television industries. The grant program is funded through the Empire State Entertainment Diversity Job Training Development Fund which, at the suggestion of industry leaders, is financed by an allocated percentage from New York State’s film tax credit program. Grants from $25,000 to $500,000 will be available for job creation and training programs that support efforts to: recruit, hire, promote, retain, develop, and train a diverse and inclusive workforce for New York’s motion picture and television production and post-production industries.

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The goal of the $100 million Tourism Return-to-Work Grant Program is to help support employment growth among businesses that attract and support tourism and suffered economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will provide a financial incentive for businesses to hire workers, as well as financial assistance. Detailed eligibility criteria will be released by Empire State Development in the coming weeks.

In general, eligibility for the program will be limited to tourism businesses, concentrated in the Leisure and Hospitality sector.

Eligible business types are expected to include, but not be limited to:

  • Hotels
  • Art and cultural organizations
  • Entertainment businesses
  • Amusement businesses
  • Scenic and sightseeing tour operators
  • Other tourism businesses

As a job creation-focused program, a wide range of for-profit and non-profit tourism businesses are expected to be eligible, provided:

  • Businesses are able to demonstrate an economic hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • Businesses increase their total number of employees during the calendar year 2022 compared with 2021.

Grant details:

Businesses will be eligible for grants of up to $5,000 per net new full-time employee increase, and up to $2,500 per net new part-time employee increase during 2022. Employment increases will be based on total employment and not specific individual employees; i.e., the position is not required to re-hire the same individual, as long as the company backfills any departing workers with new workers. ESD expects to release additional information on the program’s terms and conditions in the coming weeks.

Beginning in 2022, awarded businesses will then be required to submit paperwork for reimbursement based on their demonstrated hiring achievements.

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The inaugural iStock Inclusion Grants are dedicated to promoting the work of emerging creative artists seeking to draw attention to, and depict, underrepresented communities through their commercial photography work.

iStock is proud to partner with the following organizations to judge submissions and award the series of four grants: Black Women Photographers in the US, Creative Access UK, Fotografas Latam and The Australian Council for the Arts.

Each organizations’ judging panel will award a prize of $5,000 USD to a creator in support of their ongoing creative work or a proposed project.

These grants are open to commercial photographers and videographers which meet each partner’s specific eligibility criteria.

Deadline: December 6, 2021
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The Hopper Prize was established to provide grants, visibility, and career enhancing validation to artists who demonstrate a serious commitment to their work.

We accept submissions for grants through a bi-annual open call. Each grant cycle is juried by a new team of contemporary curators who select grant winners on the basis of artistic excellence and the promise of future potential.

We view the field of visual art in its broadest and most inclusive sense and therefore make our awards available to artists working in any media.

Posted: October 19, 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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Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network began in 2012 as an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and is managed in partnership with Americans for the Arts, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the advancement of Military Medicine, and Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Creative Forces seeks to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military service members and veterans exposed to trauma, as well as their families and caregivers, by increasing knowledge of and access to clinical creative arts therapies and community arts engagement. Since 2017, Creative Forces has invested in community arts engagement projects in order to advance understanding of the benefits and impacts for military-connected populations who have been exposed to trauma. More information, including project descriptions and research reports on existing Creative Forces clinical and community programming, can be found on the Creative Forces National Resource Center.

These Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants are intended to support non-clinical arts engagement programs taking place in healthcare, community, or virtual settings. Creative Forces-supported community programs have involved a range of arts activities, including visual, written, and performing arts offered through single events, drop-in programs, and ongoing engagement led by artists in residence, teaching artists, or creative arts therapists.

Matching grant awards of $10,000–$50,000 will be awarded to approximately 35 applicants to support projects that engage targeted military-connected individuals through experiences of art or art-making. M-AAA encourages applications from a variety of eligible organizations, e.g., with small, medium, or large budgets, and from rural to urban communities. Applications may be submitted in one of the two tiers, emerging and advanced (see descriptions below), as designated by the applicant and further substantiated by M-AAA staff.

Deadline: December 15, 2021
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The social, economic, and health tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in empty city streets, American communities struggling with physical and mental health challenges, and profound economic disruption. This new initiative, Improving Community Health and Resilience through the Arts, will leverage the power of the arts to support city leaders’ efforts to improve the health, cohesion, and resilience of their communities.  

The National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute), in partnership with the One Nation/One Project (ONOP) initiative and with the engagement of Community Health Centers (CHCs), invites cities, towns, and villages, to participate in spurring creative artworks in their respective communities to improve community conditions and ensure: “There’s no place like home.”  An initial cohort of nine communities will be selected through this request for proposals. Deadline for Letters of Intent is December 17, 2021 and for applications, February 4, 2022.

This initiative will help your municipality build sustainable partnerships between local government, artists, CHCs, and the communities hit hardest by the pandemic to renew public spaces, create economic opportunities, and holistically improve community wellbeing. 

Deadline: December 17, 2021
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The National Park Service is pleased to announce that the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grant program is now accepting applications. The Save America’s Treasures grant program was established in 1998 and first awarded grants in 1999 to help preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation’s rich heritage to future generations. Since 1999, there have been more than 4,000 requests for funding totaling more than $1.54 billion. More than $315,700,000 has been awarded to 1,300+ projects.

The program is administered by the NPS in cooperation with its partners, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).The NPS manages the Preservation grants and the IMLS administers Collections grants. Congress has appropriated $25 million in FY2021 funding for Collections and Preservation projects.

Deadline: December 14, 2021
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Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Endowment) supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and merit. We encourage translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English, as well as work that has not previously been translated into English.

Competition for fellowships is rigorous. Potential applicants should consider carefully whether their work will be competitive at the national level.

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual support for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups.

Deadline: January 22, 2022
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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 NYS Choreographers’ Initiative (NYSCI) – formerly the WNY Choreographers’ Initiative – is a program of the NYS DanceForce, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). NYSCI is designed to help individual choreographers, in all genres, develop their choreographic skills by providing them with resources that are generally unavailable or unaffordable. These resources include a $2,500 stipend, a minimum of 24 hours of creative time with professional dancers, and the guidance of a mentor, of their own choice. Each project is basically a mini-residency, designed to fit the specific needs of each artist.

The goal of the NYS Choreographers’ Initiative is to develop and support choreographic talent in the WNY, Central NY, Capital District/North County and Hudson Valley/Long Island regions of New York State. Applicants must show evidence of commitment to producing original choreography, in any dance genre. Video samples are critical for determining artistic excellence and should include work that is less than 3 years old. (The application will include instructions for submitting video samples.) Please note: this is an opportunity for individual artists, not organizations.

Deadline: January 5, 2022
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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 NYSCA Capital Projects Fund strives to make investments of public funds that serve all communities and people that comprise New York State’s residents and visitors. Strong projects combine excellence in design with informed decisions about organizational capacity and community needs that will positively affect the future of arts and cultural organizations across the state.

Capital Projects Fund Program Overview
Arts and cultural organizations that own or lease buildings face myriad challenges in managing those structures. Through its Capital Projects Fund, NYSCA makes strategic investments in supporting those organizations to:
• Ensure that all people in New York have access to vibrant arts experiences
• Sustain and grow the arts’ role as a critical sector of New York’s economy
• Provide the necessary capital investments to maintain New York’s globally-recognized
role as a creative engine

Compelling projects will prioritize work that make cultural facilities:
• Physically accessible and age-friendly
• Environmentally sustainable and energy efficient
• Safer and compliant with new public health guidelines and requirements
• Creatively compelling for artists and audiences alike
• Suited to attendance by a diverse set of participants

Potential applicants are encouraged to watch the program webinar available to help determine the appropriate scope of their projects. All NYSCA Webinars are posted here. Those with further questions should contact NYSCA Capital Fund staff at [email protected] by January 4, 2022 to schedule time to discuss their proposals. Please note that attending or watching a webinar has no bearing on your application.

Capital Projects Webinar: November 10 at 11AM
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Deadline: January 14, 2022
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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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For individual artists, 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.

New York State Artists may apply for up to $7,500 to support the completion and/or public presentation of a new or recently completed media artwork.

Program Timeline
Application Deadline: July 1, 2022
Notification: August 31, 2022
Public Announcement of Grantees: September 2022
Project Period September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023
Final Report Deadline: October 31, 2023

Women, gender non-comforming people, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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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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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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