The following is a list of current grants potentially for audience development projects. If you are considering our services and are in need of funding, we are able to work with you in clearly defining your audience development project for your proposals. ADS has a grant writer on staff to make your grant process even easier!
North Carolina | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Regional | National
The Exploring Engagement Fund is seeking arts organizations with innovative ideas and a readiness to take bold steps that will engage new and diverse populations.
It supports experiments with engagement approaches that may be untried and unfamiliar, and profiles new projects that engage Californians in the arts. Deadline 2017 TBA.
LA County Arts Commission – Various Deadlines
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission provides financial support and professional development opportunities to assist and strengthen nonprofit arts organizations.
Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara County Arts Commission – Various Deadlines
Events & Festivals, Community Arts, Organizational Development
Grants to Artists and Organizations
Grants are available for organizations and individual artists in regard to general operating support. A minimum of $1,000 will be awarded.
Boettcher Foundation – Ongoing
The Boettcher Foundation has grants for Arts and Culture. They mainly fund larger, well-thought out projects.
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation – January, April, July, October
The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is committed to advancing excellence in the areas of Arts and Culture…
El Pomar Foundation – Ongoing
El Pomar contributes $25 million annually through grants and community stewardship programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities…
Wells Fargo – Quarterly: February 1, May 1, July 1 and October 1
We direct our giving to areas that we believe are important to the future of our communities’ vitality and success: community development, education, human services, civic projects, and the arts.
Community Foundation – Contact Foundation
We fund in five areas: the arts, civic involvement, education, the environment, and health and human services. We fund nonprofits primarily in Boulder County…
Boulder Arts Commission – Variable Grants
Mini-grants, Individual and Organizations Major Grant, Organizational Advancement Grant, Arts in Education Grant
SCFD funds agencies of local government and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations whose primary purpose is to provide for the enlightenment and entertainment of the public…
Illinois Arts Council – Various Deadlines
Grants to support: Illinois’ Arts Sector, Advance Arts Education, Foster Creativity and Working Artists
Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development – Sept 15, Jan 15, May 15
The Arts Work Fund assists small arts and cultural organizations to develop sustainable organizational capacity.
Chicago Community Trust – Various Deadlines
Four funding opportunities: Small arts organizations, Supporting diverse arts productions and fostering art in every community, Improving access to arts learning opportunities, Capacity building for the sector
City of Chicago – Various Deadlines
Grant funding for artists and arts organizations.
Lilly Endowment, Inc. – Ongoing
Community Development: We grant funds for human and social needs, central-city and neighborhood revitalization, low-income housing, and arts and culture in Indianapolis.
Maine Arts Commission – Various Deadlines
A variety of grants for artists and arts organizations in Maine.
Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council – Various Deadlines
The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council offers several granting programs with State of Minnesota and McKnight Foundation funding.
Nevada Arts Council – Various Deadlines
Grants for artists, arts organizations, educators and public institutions and schools.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) – Various Deadlines
Each year we distribute over $550,000 to hundreds of artists and organizations all over Manhattan through our Manhattan Arts grants.
North Carolina Arts Council – March
From its early beginnings as a state agency in the 1960s, the North Carolina Arts Council has been dedicated to building and supporting a robust arts industry that fuels the state’s economy, creates vibrant communities, enhances the education of North Carolina’s children, and improves the quality of life for all citizens.
James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation – Ongoing
The Foundation is interested in making single or multi-year grants for projects that advance the arts or education, including libraries and museums, in Oregon.
Oregon Arts Commission – Various Deadlines
The Commission offers a variety of matching grants to support arts programming in Oregon.
Oregon Cultural Coalitions (Select County) – Various Deadlines
The 45 Cultural Coalitions each issue local grants with the aim to stimulate a grassroots effort to expand arts, heritage and humanities programs.
Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) – Various Deadlines
Professional Development, General Support, Opportunity, and Project Grants, Individual Artist Fellowships and Arts Education Fast Track Grants
Oregon Community Foundation – Various Grants
Community Grant Program, Creative Heights, Small Arts & Culture Grants.
Philadelphia – Southeastern Pennsylvania
Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia – Check Back
Initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to transform the community through the arts.
The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage – Various Deadlines
Professional Development, Planning and Catalyst Grants for Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, Arts Management
William Penn Foundation – Ongoing
Funding Priorities: Robust Cultural Community and Strategic Opportunities
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council – Various Deadlines
Artist Opportunity, BNY Mellon Audience Development Fund, PA Partners in the Arts
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming – for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists.
Audience Development grants help OPERA America Professional Company Members (PCM) and their partners to implement community engagement efforts…
The Shubert Foundation – Mainly Theatre and Dance – Various Deadlines
The principal goal of The Shubert Foundation is to support not-for-profit, professional theatre and dance companies in the United States. The program areas of Arts Related Organizations and Education are smaller than those of Theatre and Dance and necessarily limited.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – Various Deadlines
To explore available funding opportunities, click on the artistic discipline or field below that is most relevant to your project. In most areas, funding is limited to organizations.
Knight Arts – Various Deadlines
Knight Foundation invests in artistic excellence, funding arts projects that engage the Knight resident communities in collective cultural experiences. We look for innovative, high-quality ideas. Our grantees represent both emerging artists and organizations and the oldest and most venerable institutions. The projects all have one thing in common: they enrich and engage the communities that produce them.