List of National Funders for Individual Artists (by Discipline)
Browse Artist Trust’s curated list of national funders for individual artists so that you can find additional support outside of Washington.
For All Disciplines
Creative Capital | New York, NY
Creative Capital offers individual grants for artists of all disciplines, professional guidance for grantees, professional development workshops and retreats nationwide, and the Artist Toolbox website, a resource-bank for artists with an annotated collection of career-resource sites.
First Peoples Fund | Rapid City, SD
First Peoples Fund supports the advancement of American Indian arts by focusing on three funding areas: The Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards, a national recognition and fellowship award for American Indian artists; the Artists in Business Leadership Program, which provides artists with technical assistance, access to capital and to new marketing opportunities, and the Cultural Capital Grant Fellowship, designed to further the important cultural work of artists who have previously been honored through the Community Spirit Awards.
Hatchfund | Los Angeles, CA
Hatchfund invests in America’s finest artists and illuminate the value of artists to society. Every year, Hatchfund awards fifty artists each $50,000. Hatchfund Fellowships are awarded in the following disciplines: architecture & design, crafts & traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater arts, and visual arts. They support the highest level of excellence in work created by America’s finest artists throughout all stages of their careers.
National Endowment for the Arts | Washington D.C.
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. In most areas, funding is limited to organizations. Direct awards to individuals are made only through Literature Fellowships, NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships, and NEA National Heritage Fellowships in the Folk & Traditional Arts.
The Puffin Foundation | Teaneck, NJ
The Puffin Foundation make grants that encourage emerging artists in the fields of art, music, photography, theater, video and literature whose works, due to their genre and/or social philosophy might have difficulty being aired. Average grants are $1000 to $2500.
For Media Artists
Northwest Film Center | Portland, OR
Northwest Film Center offers many services and opportunities for artists, film makers, and media arts professionals including fiscal sponsorship, residencies, film festivals, equipment and theater rental.
For Performing Artists
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation | New York, NY
Provides grants and support to performing artists in legacy of Doris Duke. The Arts Program often awards initiative grants to intermediary nonprofit organizations, which in turn re-grant funding through competitive processes to individual artists in the fields of contemporary dance, jazz, theater, and related interdisciplinary work.
Foundation For Contemporary Arts | New York, NY
In keeping with FCA’s mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, applicants must demonstrate that their artistic practice falls within this context. Created in 1993, Emergency Grants provides prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who: Emergency Grants Program is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Grants range in amount from $200 to $2,000.
MAP Fund | New York
The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports artists, ensembles, producers and presenters whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or “the other,” be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity.
MAP Open Apps has a searchable public database containing summarized information from hundreds of MAP Fund applications received each year. MAP Open Apps allows you to search applications by region, discipline, artist name or key word. Searches will reveal each proposal’s project summary, lead artists associated with the work, and links for more information about the project or the artists involved. In addition, you can click through to the data charts and see aggregated information about MAP applications going back as far as 2006.
Musician’s Foundation, Inc. | New York, NY
Musicians Foundation, Inc. provides financial assistance to deserving musicians who need help in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses.
For Visual Artists
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc | New York, NY
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc. offers an Emergency Assistance Program, which is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, such as fire, flood or emergency medical need. The program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. The maximum amount of this grant is $10K; an award of $4K is typical. Process time is 4-6 weeks, faster if situation is critical.
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation | New York, NY
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. was established in 1985 for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to individual visual artists of established ability through the generosity of the late Lee Krasner, one of the leading abstract expressionist painters and the widow of Jackson Pollock. Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. supports artists based on dual criteria of artistic merit and demonstrable financial need. One year grants of between $1K-$30K, targeted to one’s situation. Applications are reviewed 4-5 times a year.