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Foundations/Grants/Agencies


General Grant Resources:

THE FOUNDATION CENTER at http://foundationcenter.org/
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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF STATE ART AGENCIES
NASAA, National Assembly of State Art Agencies is made up of state arts agencies. http://www.nasaa-arts.org

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS at http://arts.gov/
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a grantmaking agency supporting America's visual, literary, design, performing arts and community arts.

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Grant Resources for Individuals:


ALLIANCE OF ARTISTS COMMUNITIES at http://www.artistcommunities.org/about
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.

CRAFT EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND at http://craftemergency.org
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.

DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION at http://www.ddcf.org/Programs/Arts/
The mission of the Arts Program is to support artists with the creation and public performance of their work. The foundation focuses its support on contemporary dance, jazz and theatre artists, and the organizations that nurture, present and produce them.

CREATIVE CAPITAL FOUNDATION at http://www.creative-capital.org
Creative Capital Foundation supports artists pursuing innovative approaches to form and content in the arts.

FIRST NATIONS COMPOSER INITIATIVE
The First Nations Composer Initiative offers its Common Ground grant award program in support of activities which boost Indigenous creative musicians. http://fnci.org/programs

FIRST PEOPLES FUND at http://www.firstpeoplesfund.org/
Founded in 1995, First Peoples Fund's mission is to honor and support the creative community-centered First Peoples artists. http://www.firstpeoplesfund.org/

FUND FOR WOMEN ARTISTS
The Fund for Women Artists offers financial and other resources to women in theatre, film, and video. http://www.womenarts.org/fund/index.htm

GETTY EDUCATION INSTITUTION FOR THE ARTS
The Getty Education Institute for the Arts provides grants for arts education. http://www.getty.edu/grants/

GOTTLIEB FOUNDATION at http://www.gottliebfoundation.org/
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.

HARPO FOUNDATION at http://www.harpofoundation.org
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.

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. http://www.humanitiesmontana.org/

JOHN D. AND 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. http://www.macfdn.org

LONGHOUSE EDUCATION AND CULTURAL CENTER AT EVERGREEN at http://www.evergreen.edu/longhouse/grantprograms.htm
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.

MUSICIANS FOUNDATION, INC. at http://www.musiciansfoundation.org
The Foundation provides financial assistance to musicians who need help in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses.

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES at http://www.neh.gov/
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports learning in history, literature, philosophy. Provides grants in research, education, museum exhibitions, documentaries, and preservation.

NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION at http://www.youngarts.org/
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.

NATIVE ARTS at NEFA at http://www.nefa.org/grants_programs/native_american_arts
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.

NATIVE ARTS & CULTURES FOUNDATION at http://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/
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.

NEWMUSIC USA
NewMusic USA’s Composer Assistance Program helps composers offset costs associated with live premieres and public readings of new or significantly revised works. For guidelines and applications go to https://www.newmusicusa.org/grants/cap

POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION at http://www.pkf.org
The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers.

PUFFIN FOUNDATION at www.puffinfoundation.org/
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.

MARIE WALSH SHARPE FOUNDATION
Provides financial assistance to the very gifted in the visual arts. http://www.sharpeartfdn.org/index.htm

USARTISTS INTERNATIONAL Through USArtists International, grants are available to American dance, music and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals and engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside of the United States. http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/us_artists/index.html

WESTAF at http://westaf.org/
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.

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Grant Resources for Organizations and Communities:


BANK OF AMERICA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION at http://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/arts-and-culture.html
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®.

BILLINGS CULTURAL PARTNERS
A partnership through which arts, cultural and historic organizations address cooperation and funding opportunities. http://www.billingsevents.com

CHARLOTTE MARTIN FOUNDATION at http://www.charlottemartin.org/
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.

COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS PROGRAM at http://shop.costco.com/About/Charitable-Giving.aspx
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.

FUNDSNET ONLINE SERVICES at http://www.fundsnetservices.com/
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.

GETTY EDUCATION INSTITUTION FOR THE ARTS at http://www.getty.edu/grants/
The Getty Education Institute for the Arts provides grants for arts education.

GRANTS.GOV at http://grants.gov/
Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.

HITACHI FOUNDATION
The Hitachi Foundation Business and Work Program funds projects from 501(c)3 organizations which create tangible and enduring economic opportunities for low-wealth Americans, their families, and communities. Further information at http://www.hitachifoundation.org/our-work/business-and-work-grants-program/guidelines-for-grantseekers

HUMANITIES MONTANA at http://www.humanitiesmontana.org
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.

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. Program guidelines are available at http://www.kresge.org/programs/arts-culture.

LANNAN FOUNDATION at http://www.lannan.org/
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.

LOCAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS IN MONTANA at http://community.mtcf.org/localcfs
Information about community foundations around the state compiled by the Montana Community Foundation.

JERRY METCALF FOUNDATION at http://www.jerrymetcalfmontana.org/
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.

JOHN D. AND CATHERINE T. MacARTHUR FOUNDATION at http://www.macfdn.org
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.

MONTANA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION at http://www.mtcf.org
The Montana Community Foundation is a resource to many non-profit Montana art organizations.

MONTANA HISTORY FOUNDATION at http://www.mthistory.org
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.

NATIONAL ARTS & 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. http://www.pcah.gov/national-arts-humanities-youth-program-awards

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES at http://www.neh.gov/
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports learning in history, literature, philosophy. Provides grants in research, education, museum exhibitions, documentaries, and preservation.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME at http://www.niost.org
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.

NATIVE ARTS & CULTURES FOUNDATION at http://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/
The Foundation will not only support Native arts and cultures but will also stimulate tribal and Native philanthropic investment in the field by distributing direct grants to artists and organizations and leveraging resources through a broad range of philanthropic partnerships.

PAUL G. ALLEN FAMILY FOUNDATIONS at http://www.pgafoundations.com//TemplateMain.aspx?contentId=11
The Arts and Culture Program fosters creativity and promotes critical thinking by helping strong arts organizations become sustainable and supporting projects that feature innovative and diverse artistic forms.

PLUM CREEK FOUNDATION at http://www.plumcreek.com/CommunityInvolvement/GrantApplication/tabid/161/Default.aspx
The Plum Creek Foundation awards grants throughout their operating area to non-profit organizations that creatively deliver quality arts and performance programs.

PPL MONTANA COMMUNITY FUND at http://www.pplmontana.com/community/our+community/community+fund/
A philanthropic community fund awarding grants to Montana organizations in the areas of education, environment and economic development.

PRESERVE AMERICA at http://www.preserveamerica.gov/
Communities interested in qualifying as Preserve America communities and becoming eligible for the grants can get information here.

PUFFIN FOUNDATION at www.puffinfoundation.org/
The Puffin Foundation provides grants to art organizations in the fields of fine arts, film and video, music, photography, theater, and public interest, particularly creative and innovative initiatives that will advance progressive social change.

SEVENTH GENERATION FUND FOR INDIAN DEVELOPMENT at http://www.7genfund.org/eligibility-requirements-selection-criteria
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

SPARKPLUG at sparkplugfoundation.org
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.

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. Grant guidelines are available at http://www.surdna.org/what-we-fund/thriving-cultures.html

TOURISM CARES at www.tourismcares.org
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.

ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS at http://www.warholfoundation.org/
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.

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State of Montana

STATE OF MONTANA HOME PAGE

MONTANA STANDARDS FOR ARTS
You can download the Content Standards for the Arts from the Office of Public Instruction's website. http://www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/standards/ContStds-Arts.pdf

TRAVEL MONTANA
Explore Montana's official travel & recreation site containing listings for more than 8,000 attractions, lodging facilities, and tourism businesses throughout our state.

"TREASURED" MONTANA ARTIST EXHIBIT
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is providing Montana artists the opportunity to display their work in the lobby of the Secretary of State’s office in the historic Capitol building in Helena. http://sos.mt.gov/Gallery/index.asp

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