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National Assembly of State Art Agencies

NASAA, National Assembly of State Art Agencies is made up of state arts agencies.


National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a grantmaking agency supporting America's visual, literary, design, performing arts and community arts.

For Individuals: Alliance of Artists Communities

The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national and international association of artists' communities and residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work.


For Organizations and Communities: Archer Daniels Midland

For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world.


For Organizations and Communities: ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.


For Organizations and Communities: Bank of America Charitable Foundation

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation offers grants and sponsorships to arts organizations, and also three innovative programs, Art Conservation Project, Art in Our Communities® and Museums on Us®.


For Organizations and Communities: BEIM Foundation

The Foundation’s philanthropic priorities favor small, community-based, and developing organizations. Grants are made in the areas of arts, environment, human services and education.


For Organizations: Best Buy Foundation

The Best Buy Foundation strengthens communities through national and local grant programs with the goal of giving teens access to opportunities through technology that helps them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers.


For Organizations and Communities: Billings Cultural Partners

A partnership through which arts, cultural and historic organizations address cooperation and funding opportunities.


For Organizations and Communities: Browning Kimball Foundation

The Browning Kimball Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life through support of youth & families, health with an emphasis on prevention, arts & humanities and sustainable agriculture in Montana.  


For Organizations and Communities: B.W. Bastian Foundation

The B.W. Bastian Foundation strives to build community and understanding by supporting local and national institutions. Financial support is directed to the Arts through educational outreach.


For Organizations and Communities: Classics for Kids Foundation

The mission of the Classics for Kids Foundation is to empower young people to shape positive futures through music, build sustainable stringed instrument music programs, and provide grants for high quality instruments.


For Organizations and Communities: Community Vitality Grants

The Triangle Communications Community Vitality Grant Program offers monetary support to organizations or groups that are positively impacting their communities within the Triangle service area.


For Organizations and Communities: Costco Wholesale Corporate Contributions Program

This program supports nonprofit organizations in company-operating communities. Grants and product donations are provided to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that address children's issues, education, and health and human services. Donation and grant eligibility guidelines are available on Costco’s website.


For Individuals: Craft Emergency Relief Fund

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund gives direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists, including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance.


For Individuals: Creative Capital Foundation

Creative Capital Foundation supports artists pursuing innovative approaches to form and content in the arts.


For Individuals: Creative Writing Fellowships

The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.


For Organizations and Communities: Department of Commerce

Tourism Special Events Grant Program (SEGP)
Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program Grants (TIIP)


For Individuals: Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation supports contemporary visual artists through its Marketplace Empowerment for Artists and Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award programs for curators.


For Organizations and Communities: First Interstate Bank

The First Interstate Foundation grants in two main areas: Community Development and Leadership Grants.


For Individuals: First Peoples Fund

Founded in 1995, First Peoples Fund's mission is to honor and support the creative community-centered First Peoples artists.


For Organizations: Ford Motor Company Fund

Since they began our operations in 1949, they have invested nearly $1.5 billion in civic organizations around the world to help drive a brighter future.


For Individuals: Fund for Women Artists

Offers financial and other resources to women in theatre, film and video.


For Organizations and Communities: Fundsnet Online Services

A comprehensive website dedicated to providing nonprofit organizations, colleges, and universities with information on financial resources available on the Internet. Includes an extensive list of arts funders.


For Organizations and Communities: Gannett Foundation: Community Action Grant Program

The Gannett Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that serve the communities where Gannett Co., Inc., owns a newspaper or broadcast station. The Foundation’s Community Action Grant Program’s priorities include education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment.


For Individuals, Organizations and Communities: Getty Education Institution for the Arts

The Getty Education Institute for the Arts provides grants for arts education.


For Organizations: Gilhousen Family Foundation

Giving to support spiritual life, education, community-based projects, and cultural programs in and around Bozeman, Montana. On the broader level, funding for projects that allow people to more actively participate in society through access to spiritual development, education, and health care.


For Individuals: Gottlieb Foundation

Offers grants to individual visual artists through two programs: an annual Individual Support Grant and a separate program to assist visual artists in cases of catastrophic events through an Emergency Grant program.


For Organizations and Communities: allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.


For Individuals: Harpo Foundation

The Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support artists who are under recognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry to encourage new modes of thinking about art. We view the definitions of art and artist to be open-ended and expansive.


For Organizations and Communities: Heineman Foundation

The purpose of the Foundation is to provide seed money to start-up projects and new projects within existing organizations for a maximum of three to five years.


For Individuals, Organizations and Communities: High Stakes Foundation

Funds transformational ideas that promote equality, climate change solutions, economic development, local agriculture, sustainable communities, ecosystem preservation and leadership.


For Individuals, Organizations and Communities: Humanities Montana

Humanities Montana provides grants, public conferences, lectures, workshops, exhibits, a statewide speaker's bureau, reading/discussion groups, and makes available an extensive media collection, and a variety of publications.


For Individuals: Jazz Masters Fellowship

The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows on jazz artists.


For Organizations: Knight Foundation

Supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.


For Organizations and Communities: Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation Arts and Culture Program’s holistic approach of creative placemaking aims to support and assist community revitalization efforts through the integration of arts and culture.


For Organizations and Communities: Lannan Foundation

Dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural indigenous communities, the Foundation offers support to long-term special projects in the areas of contemporary visual art, literature, indigenous communities, and issues of cultural freedom.


For Organizations: Lois Lenski Covey Foundation

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation is dedicated to fostering a love of reading among underserved children and youth. The Foundation provides grants for the purchase of books published for young people preschool through grade 8.


For Individuals: Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen

The primary public service work of the Longhouse at Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA., is to promote indigenous arts and culture.Their website provides information on grant programs and other resources for native artists.


For Organizations and Communities: LOR Foundation

The LOR Foundation supports livability and quality of life by improving access to nature, recreation, clean water, transportation options, cultural experiences, and economic stability.  They partner with rural communities in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico to protect the character of their towns and the landscapes that surround them.


For Organizations and Communities: Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant Program

The Toolbox for Education Grant Program, offered by Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, provides grants of $2,000 to $5,000 to public K-12 schools, as well as school parent-teacher groups associated with public schools, throughout the United States that develop projects to encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit.


For Individuals, Organizations and Communities: John D. Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a grantmaking institution dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition.


For Individuals: MAP Fund (Multi-Arts Production Fund)

The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that exploration drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry.


For Organizations and Communities: Charlotte Martin Foundation

The Charlotte Martin Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth in the areas of athletics, culture, and education and also to preserving and protecting wildlife and habitat.


For Organizations and Communities: Jerry Metcalf Foundation

The Jerry Metcalf Foundation awards grants in the areas of the arts, historical research and preservation, and education, to individuals and groups who are working to enhance Montana's diverse communities.


For Individuals: MetLife Foundation

MetLife was founded on a simple, powerful insight: Everyone needs access to the right financial tools to pursue more from life.


For Organizations and Communities: Montana Community Foundation

The Montana Community Foundation is a resource to many non-profit Montana art organizations.


For Organizations and Communities: Montana History Foundation

The Montana History Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation that provides development and advisory leadership for organizations dedicated to the preservation of Montana’s history and culture.


For Individuals: Musicians Foundation, Inc.

The Foundation provides financial assistance to musicians who need help in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses.


For Organizations and Communities: National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Formerly Coming Up Taller, these annual awards focus national attention on outstanding programs across the country that are promote the creativity of America's young people, providing them learning opportunities and the chance to contribute to their communities.


For Individuals, Organizations and Communities: National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports learning in history, literature, philosophy. Provides grants in research, education, museum exhibitions, documentaries, and preservation.


For Organizations and Communities: National Institute on Out-of-School Time

A model program that works to create systemic community-based change to improve the quality and availability of programming for children and youth in Boston, Chicago, and Seattle during non-school hours.


For Individuals: National YoungArts Foundation

The National YoungArts Foundation (formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) was established to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts.


For Individuals, Organizations and Communities: Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

The Native Artist Exchange, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), provides support for Native artists residing in any of the 50 United States to travel to different regions of the country so that they may exchange artistic knowledge and skills.


For Individuals: Native Arts at NEFA

Fueled by a commitment to increase the visibility, self-determination, and sustainability of Native artists and art forms, NEFA supports Native artists and organizations through grants, technical assistance, and network development.


For Organizations: Newman’s Own Foundation

Supports people doing great things.


For Individuals and Organizations: New Music USA

New Music USA is committed to the vitality of the new music community.


For Individuals: Pollock-Krasner Foundation

The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers.


For Organizations: Preserve America

Communities interested in qualifying as Preserve America communities and becoming eligible for the grants can get information here.


For Individuals, Organizations and Communities: Puffin Foundation

The Puffin Foundation provides grants to artists who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy, in the fields of fine arts, film and video, music, photography, theater, and public interest. The Foundation particularly supports creative and innovative initiatives that will advance progressive social change.


For Organizations and Communities: Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development

Seventh Generation Fund supports Native communities whose goals and objectives closely match the program areas of Arts and Cultural Expression, Environmental Health and Justice, Human Rights, Intergenerational Leadership, Sacred Earth, Sustainable Communities, and Women’s Leadership.


For Organizations and Communities: Sparkplug

The Sparkplug Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are proposing start-up projects in the fields of music, education, and grassroots organizing. In the Music category, the Foundation supports emerging professional musicians or music-development programs. In Education and Teaching, the Foundation funds projects that deal with "the whole student" and with learning as a community activity.


For Organizations: Starbucks Foundation

The Starbucks Foundation was created as part of their commitment to strengthen communities.


For Organizations and Communities: Steele-Reese Foundation

Is a charitable trust committed to supporting rural communities and the nonprofit organizations that serve them in Idaho, Montana, and Appalachian Kentucky.


For Individuals: Sundance Institute Documentary Fund

The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes.


For Organizations and Communities: Surdna Foundation Thriving Cultures

The Thriving Cultures program supports efforts that encourage teens to explore the arts, involve artists in community development projects and foster the growth and success of local artists as economic engines and agents for social change.


For Organizations: Target Field Trip Grants

Some of the best learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. We're bringing students once-in-a-lifetime learning experiences through field trips they'll never forget.


For Individuals: Tippet Rise

Transformative connections between music, art, and nature, set on an 11,500-acre working ranch in the shadow of the Beartooth mountains, just north of Yellowstone in Fishtail, Montana.


For Organizations and Communities: Tourism Cares

A nonprofit charity supported by the tourist industry, administers the Worldwide Grant Program to support worthy tourism-related nonprofit organizations working to preserve, conserve, and restore the world's natural, cultural, and historic treasures.


For Organizations: Town Pump

The Town Pump Charitable Foundation was established in 1999 with the mission of providing financial support to Montana charitable or governmental organizations with a priority of supporting/meeting basic needs and education for Montana citizens.


For Organizations and Communities: Treacy Foundation

Funds bricks and mortar projects and capital campaigns for nonprofits in Montana, as well as higher education scholarships.


For Individuals: Upstart Co-Lab

Upstart Co-Lab aims to increase opportunities for artists as innovators, catalyze more capital for creativity, and enable to support themselves sustainably.


For Organizations and Communities: U.S. Bank

Their giving program is designed to embrace the diversity of our communities.


For Individuals: Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation

Supports a broad spectrum of worthy causes benefiting economically and socially disadvantaged individuals and families, at-risk youth, and those with special needs.


For Organizations and Communities: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists' organizations and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts.


For Individuals: WESTAF

The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) provides programs & support services to artists & arts organizations in AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, & WY.


For Organizations: Weyerhaeuser

Awards grants throughout their operating area to non-profit organizations that creatively deliver quality arts and performance programs.


For Organizations and Communities: Wiegand Foundation

This foundation is a public benefit non-profit corporation, organized for charitable and educational purposes.







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