Arts Education, Outreach, and Therapy Funding Guide

Funding Guides

American Art Therapy Association: Funding Resources for Art Therapy Programs:
An extensive guide with links to funding sources for Art therapy programs and activities.

Arts and Healing Network: Art Grants:
An extensive list of grants and awards available to artists.

New York Foundation for the Arts: NYFA Source:
A directory of funding opportunities for artists. Customizable search features allow searches by location or discipline.

Grants and Programs

Arts Education Grants

Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination (AAEDD) Grants Program
This program supports the development and dissemination of accessible instructional materials and arts-based educational programming, including online resources, in multiple arts disciplines that effectively (1) increase access to standards-based arts education; (2) integrate standards-based arts education into other subjects; and (3) improve students’ academic performance, including their knowledge and skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts.

Research Grants                                        
National Art Education Association       
As an independent, philanthropic organization, the National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) supports a wide variety of professional activities, including support for visual art educators to participate in professional development programs; the promotion of visual arts education as an integral part of the curriculum; the exploration of new models of visual arts instruction in public and private K-16 schools; the promotion of the teaching of art through activities related to the instructional process, curriculum, student learning, student assessment, management, or discipline; the purchase of equipment and/or instructional resources; and conducting research in visual arts education. NAEF has supported 306 projects since its inception in 1985. NAEF is a sister organization to the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and provides support for a variety of visual arts education programs for the Association and its members. 

K-12 Arts Education

Couch Family Foundation, Inc.

Grants focus on stimulating creativity and productivity among young disadvantaged people and adults through programs that encourage learning as a lifelong process. This fund supports research, scholarship funds, equipment, and general operating expenses.
Initial approach: Letter, e-mail or fax

Deadline: Oct. 1

Heineman Foundation for Research, Educational, Charitable and Scientific Purposes, Inc.

This fund supports live music performance for education and outreach, programs that enable youth to think, create, and communicate effectively, and programs that support and promote high achievement in music, science, and literature.
Deadline: September 1

The McGue Millhiser Family Trust
Giving primarily for the arts and education. Tends to give general use, 1-year grants. Interested applicants should submit a copy of their IRS Determination Letter along with their proposal.
Deadline: Rolling

QUALCOMM Incorporated Corporate Giving Program

QUALCOMM makes charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations designed to promote educated communities; healthy sustainable communities; and culturally vibrant communities. Supports Arts education, youth services, Elementary, Secondary, and Higher Education. Support is given primarily in areas of company operations. Applicants should approach with an online letter of inquiry, then submit a brief history of organization and description of its mission, a list of company employees involved with the organization, and a detailed description of project and amount of funding requested.
Deadline(s): 1st day of the month to be considered for the following month

The Broadus Charitable Foundation
Giving primarily in MD, MA and NC. Fields of interest include Arts Education, Foundations, and Secondary school/education. Support provided for Annual campaigns, Capital campaigns, General/operating support, and Scholarship funds. Initial approach: Letter.
Deadline: Rolling

Caldwell Arts Council, Inc.

The council aims to establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of cultural arts in Caldwell County by offering educational opportunities and administrative services to support artists, arts agencies, and audiences. Financial support provided to high quality professional artists/artistic groups in all disciplines.
Deadline: Sept. 1

The Cannon Foundation, Inc.

Giving generally limited to NC.
No grants to individuals, or for operating budgets, salaries, seed money, deficit financing, endowment funds, demonstration projects, research, publications, conferences, seminars, scholarships, or fellowships; no loans; no multi-year grants or frequent grants to the same organization (except for select, historic relationships). This fund supports secondary and higher education and cultural programs.
Deadline(s): Jan 5, Apr. 5, July 5, and Oct. 5

Blowing Rock Community Foundation

Giving primarily in Blowing Rock, NC. No support for religious organizations. This fund works to provide donations and scholarships to benefit the Blowing Rock community. Interests include education, higher education, and human services. 
Deadline: Sept. 21

Catawba Valley Community Foundation

Giving limited to Catawba, Caldwell, and Alexander counties. Interest in the arts, youth, and education. Application form required. 
Deadline: Early September

Clannad Foundation
Telephone: (248) 594-5770

Giving primarily in MI and NC. No grants to individuals. Interest in the arts and youth services. Application form not required. 
Deadline(s): None

Hagan Family Fund
Telephone: (336) 232-0650

Giving primarily in NC in the arts and education. Application form required. Applicants should submit a detailed description of project and amount of funding requested
Deadline: Late September

The C. Felix Harvey Foundation, Inc.
Telephone: (252) 523-3862

Giving primarily in NC for education and higher education.  No grants to individuals.
Applicants should submit a detailed description of project and amount of funding requested, a list of board of directors, trustees, officers and other key people and their affiliations, and a copy of current year's organizational budget and/or project budget
Deadline: Late June

Hillsdale Fund, Inc.
Telephone: (336) 574-8696

Giving in the U.S., with emphasis on NC.
No grants to individuals, or for operating expenses. Giving focuses on education, arts and culture. Application form required. Applicants should submit a copy of IRS Determination Letter
Deadline(s): Spring and fall (contact foundation for exact dates)

Ingles Markets, Incorporated Corporate Giving Program 
Giving primarily in areas of company operations in AL, GA, NC, SC, TN, and VA. Funding contributions to nonprofit organizations involved with the education of children, eliminating hunger, and meeting specific community needs. Applicants should submit a statement of the problem project will address, a copy of IRS Determination Letter, and a detailed description of project and amount of funding requested.
Deadline: Rolling

Jenkins-Tapp Foundation
Telephone: (252) 527-2448

Giving primarily in NC. No grants to individuals. History of giving to educational pursuits, schools. General operating/ program support. 
Deadline(s): None

The Kooken Family Foundation
Telephone: (336) 773-1344

Giving primarily in NC and SC. No grants to individuals. Interest in the arts and human services. Applicants should submit a detailed description of project and amount of funding requested
Deadline: Rolling

Kulynych Family Foundation II, Inc.
Telephone: (336) 667-0346
A wide variety of giving, primarily in NC (Located in Wilkesboro). No grants to individuals. Interest in education, youth, and human services. 
Deadline(s): Late April, Early October.

Petro Kulynych Foundation Inc.
Telephone: (336) 667-0346

Giving primarily in NC. No grants to individuals. Giving for education and children’s services. Application form required. Initial approach: Letter.
Deadline: End of April, End of October.

Marsh Foundation, Inc.
Telephone: (336) 272-5100

Giving primarily in NC. No grants to individuals. The foundation supports museums and organizations involved with K-12 education, and shows funding interest in the Arts.
Deadlines: Rolling

Mid-Atlantic Foundation
c/o David Weil
P.O. Box 2063
Goldsboro, NC 
Giving limited to the Mid-Atlantic region, with emphasis on NC. Supports youth services, education, and the Arts. Application form required. Initial approach: Letter Deadline: Rolling

The Morningstar Foundation
Telephone: (804) 788-2673
Giving primarily in NC and VA. No grants to individuals. Fund supports education and children’s initiatives in the form of general operating support.  Initial approach: Letter or telephone. 
Deadline: Rolling

North Carolina Community Foundation

Giving primarily in NC, to projects that aim to make a lasting, meaningful contribution to their communities. Includes Arts, education, and youth development. Support includes operating support, program support, equipment, capital campaigns, continuing support, emergency funds, scholarships, and endowments. Initial approach: Submit online application.
Deadline: Varies based on local affiliate.

Z. V. Pate Foundation Inc.
Telephone: (910) 462-2122

Giving limited to the southeastern U.S., with emphasis on NC. Provides funding for education, arts and culture, and human services. Application form required. 
Deadline: Application accepted at any time

Harriet Jackson Phelps Charitable Trust
(803) 432-1424

Giving primarily in NC. Interested in the arts, philanthropy/voluntarism, and recreation. Application form required. Initial approach: Letter or proposal 
Deadline: Rolling

The Mary Norris Preyer Fund
Telephone: (336) 274-5471

Giving primarily in NC. No grants to individuals. Interest in youth and the arts. This fund supports annual campaigns, continuing support, general/operating support, program development, and seed money. 
Deadline: April first.

Ralph S. Robinson Family Foundation
Telephone: (704) 864-8309

Giving primarily in NC for education. No grants to individuals. Also interested in the arts and philanthropy. Application form required
Deadline: Rolling

The Roth Family Foundation
Telephone: (252) 467-4743

Giving primarily in NC. No grants to individuals. Areas of interest include the arts and education. Application form not required. Initial approach: Letter 
Deadline(s): None

Schoolbell Foundation, Inc.
380 N. Mountain Ave.
Upper Montclair, NJ 
Giving primarily in MA, NC, and NJ. No grants to individuals. Interest in Arts, Education, and the environment. Application form required. Initial approach: Letter Deadline: Rolling

The Mary D.B.T. Semans Foundation
Telephone: (919) 493-5591

Giving primarily in NC. No grants to individuals. Support for the arts, education, and housing services. Application form not required. Initial approach: Letter 
Deadline: Rolling

Target Foundation: Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grants
Supports programs that bring the arts to schools and classrooms. Each Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grant is $2,000. These fund programs that bring arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs and workshops. *Applicants must be within 100 miles of a Target store *
Deadline: Late April

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
Supports school music programs and provides instruments for under-served youth. Music programs serving low-income communities, programs with little or no budget for musical instruments and music programs that serve the most students out of the school population are considered before all others. Applications are made available by invitation only. School music programs that meet the criteria may submit the Pre-Qualification form to be considered to submit a full application.

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants 
*Principals must be members of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
In collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), Crayola provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools. Each grant-winning school receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.
Deadline: Mid-June

The Fender Music Foundation Grants 
Awards slightly imperfect instruments and equipment to eligible music instruction programs that are part of 501c3 organizations or public schools in the United States. To qualify, participants must be learning how to make music, and participants must receive regular music instruction throughout the year.  
Deadline: Rolling

P. Buckley Moss Foundation
Applications may be made for a grant up to $1,000 to support a new or evolving program that integrates the arts into educational curriculum. The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently.
Deadline: Late September

The Harry Chapin Foundation

Funds 501(c)(3) not for profit programs that operate in the United States that fall within the areas of Community Education Programs, Arts-In-Education Programs, or Agricultural and Environmental Programs. Grant sizes range from a few hundred dollars to our maximum of $10,000.
Deadline: Rolling.

Hungry for Music Instrument Gifts
Hungry for Music supports music education and cultural enrichment by acquiring and distributing quality musical instruments to underserved children with willing instructors. HFM supports parents who cannot afford to rent or purchase an instrument for their child and music teachers/directors who have identified a child who could use support. The program also supports after-school music programs.
Deadlines: Late March, Mid-June, Mid- September, Mid-November.

CFKF Stringed Instrument Grants
CFKF aims to bridge the funding gap and enhance school music programs by providing matching grants for stringed instruments. CFKF also provides matching grants to strengthen strings programs. All applicants must have nonprofit status. Grants are limited to programs serving children in grades K-12. The grant award will never exceed 50% of total instrument cost.
Deadlines: End of March, June, September, and December

Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas Grant Program

North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation awards grants of up to $2,000 to K-12 teachers for innovative classroom-based projects. Support is limited to North Carolina. Winning projects must involve students directly, achieve clearly defined goals and learning objectives, use creative teaching methods, provide ongoing benefits to students, and feature measurable results that can be evaluated upon completion. Support is limited to 1 contribution per teacher during any given year.
Deadline(s): Aug. 15 for early-birds, Mid-September hard deadline

Arts Outreach Grants

NEA Art Works 
National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
"Art Works" refers to three things: works of art , the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for  artists and arts professionals. This program is interested in extending the arts to underserved populations.
Deadlines: Two cycles, applications are due in late July and late February.

Grants are awarded to projects that involve arts organizations, artists, and designers working in partnership with local and national partners to make a transformative impact on their community.
Deadlines: Sent out via the Foundation’s Newsletter.

Black Rock Arts Foundation
Artists Grants:  direct financial aid to artists for the production and display of interactive art works, with particular focus on funding artists who include their community in the creation of a publicly owned and enjoyed work.
Deadline ( LOI): Beginning of December.

CEC Artslink
ArtsLink Projects provide support to US artists, curators, presenters and arts organizations undertaking projects in any of 37 eligible countries. Annual contests rotate between 1.) visual and media arts or 2.) Performing arts and literature. Support is provided to:
-create new work that draws inspiration from interaction with artists and the community in the country visited;
-establish mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and expertise between artists, arts organizations, and the local community;
-pursue artistic cooperation to enrich creative or professional development or that has potential to expand the community’s access to the art of other cultures.
Deadline: Mid January.

Individual and Project Funding
(includes Residencies and Internships)


NEA Creative Writing Fellowships
These fellowships in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry aim to allow writers time for travel, research, career-advancement, and writing. Targeting literary style changes with the yearly competition cycle.
Deadline: Mid-March

A Room of Her Own Foundation

  • Gift of Freedom Award
    The program awards up to $50,000 every two years to one qualified female writer (fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry). The program also holds biennial retreats for committed female writers, providing writing workshops and practical publishing help. Acceptable genres: poetry, playwriting, creative nonfiction, and fiction.
    Deadline: TBA
  • Lighthouse & Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize
    Awards $1,000 annually to one woman's unpublished poetry collection and one woman's "everything but poetry" manuscript. Winners each receive $1000 and publication by Red Hen Press, as well as promotional efforts and coverage of some related travel expenses.
    Deadline: End of July
  • Orlando Prizes
    Four $1,000 prizes, awarded twice yearly to an outstanding unpublished work of poetry, nonfiction, 'sudden' or 'flash' fiction, and short fiction.
    Deadlines: End of January and July
  • Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship
    Awards $10,000 to a woman playwright to fund and facilitate the completion of a new dramatic work. The award includes AROHO Retreat attendance as the Shakespeare's Sister Fellow, a Hedgebrook Residency, and a project residency at the Lark Play Development Center.
    Deadline: First of July.

Academy of American Poets, Inc.
* These opportunities are awards, not grants, and do not carry typical submission deadlines.

  • Academy Fellowship
    Under this program, an annual fellowship of $25,000 is awarded to an American poet for distinguished poetic achievement.
  • Harold Morton Landon Translation Award
    This $1,000 award recognizes a published translation of poetry from any language into English. A noted translator chooses the winning translation. Books must be submitted in the same year in which they are published.
  • James Laughlin Award
    This award is given to  support a poet's second book. The winning poet is awarded a cash prize of $5,000, as well as Academy distribution of their book. Only manuscripts already under contract with publishers will be considered.
  • Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
    This $25,000 award recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the U.S. in the previous year.
  • Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Award
    This award recognizes outstanding translations into English of modern Italian poetry through a $5,000 book prize, a $20,000 fellowship, and a residency at the American Academy in Rome. This award is given in even-numbered years. Self-published books are not accepted.
  • Wallace Stevens Prize
    A stipend of $100,000 is given to an individual who has shown outstanding and proven mastery of the art of poetry.
  • Walt Whitman Award
    This award provides first-book publication, $5,000, and a residency at the Vermont Studio Center to an American poet who has not yet published a book of poetry. The winning manuscript, chosen by an eminent poet, is published by Louisiana State University Press. The academy purchases copies of the book for distribution to its members.

Deadlines: LOIs due in December. Full applications by invitation only.

  • The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition
    The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work that is outside the realm of conventional journalism, with relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $300, $200, and $100 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Southern Cultures magazine.
    Deadline: Mid- January

North Carolina Writers Network Competitions:

Visual Art

  • Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grants
    Two grants are available  for painters, printmakers and sculptors: 1) The individual support grant is for artists with at least 20 years of practice. 2) The emergency assistance grant is for an artist with at least 10 years of experience,  who is also the victim of a catastrophic incident such as fire, flood, or medical emergency. No Geographical restrictions. Open to USA residents and International Artists
    Deadlines: Written request for application: Early September.
    Application Deadline: Mid-December.
  • Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer's Fellowship

    Grants up to $10,000 each are awarded to artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients aredetermined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field.
    Deadline: Late May.

Performance Art

  • Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation: Observership Program
    The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) Observership Program grants emerging Directors and Choreographers 25 paid opportunities to observe the work of master Directors and Choreographers as they create productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at leading regional theatres across the country.  SDCF Observers have access to the entire rehearsal process, from first rehearsal through previews to opening night.  Observers are guaranteed the opportunity to observe the techniques, disciplines, approaches and insights of master artists as they create new productions and revive classics.
    Deadline: Late July


North Carolina Arts Council:

  • Artist Fellowships:
    Fellowships in the amount of $10,000 support the creative development of N.C. artists and the creation of new work. Fellowship funds may be used to:
    Set aside time to work
    Pursue projects that further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas
    Buy supplies and equipment
    Fund expenses related to the activities listed above: for example, costs related to studio construction or improvements
    Fellowship funds may not be used to support academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.
    Deadline: Early November
  • Mary B. Regan Community Artist Residency
    Applicants may propose up to a one-year project that engages a North Carolina community in a meaningful way involving targeted groups in extended activities and culminating in public events and/or the creation of artwork(s) in public settings. Projects may address local or regional issues, or be exclusively aesthetically focused, but should not focus primarily on school-age children as the audience. The residency award will be $15,000. Artists are encouraged to develop partnerships with nonprofit organizations and raise additional funds  to supplement the award.
    Deadline: Mid-January (Online Applications Only)
  • Regional Artist Project Grants to Artists
    This program, funded by the N. C. Arts Council, provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their professional development. Types of fundable projects include:
    Creation of new work
    Purchase of equipment and materials
    Professional development workshops
    Travel support for expenses related to a professional opportunity.
    Development or upgrading of promotional materials.
    Deadline: Varies by region.
  • Folklife Internship
    This three-month internship provides intensive, directed training with the Council’s Folklife staff. Training experiences are designed to introduce the intern to a range of issues and activities, including planning and implementing public programs, organizing original field research in support of folklife projects, grantsmanship, financial planning and administration, publicity and promotion of public programs, advising local organizations and arts agencies on folklife projects, and fostering interagency relationships at the local, regional, and state levels.The intern receives a $5,000 stipend for the three-month period. Interns are responsible for their own living arrangements during the program.
    Deadline: Mid-March

Art Therapy Grants

  • Drama Therapy Research Grant

    Applicants must demonstrate professional experience in empirical testing and investigation utilizing standard and/or Drama Therapy measurement methods. If the applicant does not possess expertise in drama therapy, they could partner with others with expertise. Likewise, if the applicant does not possess expertise in empirical testing, but has expertise in drama therapy, they could partner with others who possess testing expertise. The research may be qualitative, quantitative or both. This research could be for a proposed new project or for refunding an existing project which shows promise.
    Deadline: Mid-September.
  • Drama Therapy Fund Employment Enhancement Grant

    The purpose of this grant is to encourage drama therapists early in their careers to develop and conduct workshops and projects outside of established venues that will enhance their reputation and increase their employment prospects. For instance, a drama therapy demonstration project, workshop or time-limited group for a potential employer may lead to full time or part-time employment at that agency.
    Deadlines: Mid-May and Mid-October

American Dance Therapy Association Grants:

  • Research Grants
    Funds proposals for qualitative or quantitative dance therapy research projects.
  • Film/ Video and Publication Grants
  • Educational Grants
    In order to support the development of dance/movement therapy in other countries that are less developed and economically disadvantaged, and similar under-served sections of the United States, the Foundation will consider applications from established dance/movement therapy practitioners and teachers to enable teaching and curriculum development in such areas.
  • Deadline (for all categories): Mid-February