Winthrop University: Grants and Sponsored Research Development - Private Sponsors Fine Arts

Private Sponsors Fine Arts


Ambrose Monell Foundation

  • Scientific, cultural, educational, and other initiatives
  • Submit application online
  • Will be notified in four to six weeks if invited to submit a full proposal


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American Council of Learned Societies

  • Fellowships and grants support scholars in the humanities and related social sciences
  • Humanities and related social sciences include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archeology; art history and architectural history; classics; economics; ethnic studies; film; gender studies; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology; religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; science and technology studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies.


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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

  • The Arts and Cultural Heritage program seeks to nurture exceptional creative accomplishment, scholarship, and conservation practices in the arts, while promoting a diverse and sustainable ecosystem for these disciplines.
  • Initiatives that broaden public access to and understanding of the arts
  • Research, training, and recruitment programs that enhance diversity and inclusion in arts organizations
  • Collaborations between institutions of higher education and the arts


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Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists


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Arts & Science Council

Regional Artist Project Grants


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Asian Cultural Council

  • Advances understanding through cultural exchange
  • Supports activities that involve cultural immersion; meaningful cross-cultural engagement; and relationship building, collaboration, or exchange of best practices among peers
  • Proposals that receive funding are focused on process rather than production. Examples of process-focused activities are research, study, and exploration
  • Letter of Inquiry required


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Brabson Library and Educational Foundation

  • Supports bold and innovative ideas in both education and the arts
  • Supports a single purpose: workshop or conference fee, taking a master class, purchase or rental of a piece of equipment or supply materials.

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Brookby Foundation

  • Promotes community well-being, primarily by supporting endeavors that advance artistic and scientific literacy, with a special interest in those that protect or improve the environment.
  • Letter of Inquiry required for invitation for submit application


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CLIF Bar Family Foundation

Applicants must address our funding priorities from a holistic perspective:

  • Protect Earth's beauty and bounty.
  • Create a robust, healthy food system.
  • Increase opportunities for outdoor activity.
  • Reduce environmental health hazards.
  • Build stronger communities.
  • Operate with clearly defined objectives and viable plans to achieve them.
  • Demonstrate strong community ties and operate at the community level.
  • Promote positive change through both the projects and their implementation process.


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Coca-Cola Foundation

  • Women: economic empowerment and entrepreneurship
  • Community well-being: education, youth development, community enrichment


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Creative Capital

  • Supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services
  • Helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices


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Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation

Art Spark Grant ($1,000)

  • Inspires creativity among artists involved in the fine arts or those involved in teaching creativity or fine arts (not limited to art teachers)
  • Artists or art programs that need a small grant to pay for the production, publication or exhibition of their works.
  • Artists or teachers who need art supplies or additional tools to support the completion of their creative works or to enhance creative opportunities for their students.
  • Artists or teachers who are working with geriatric/hospice support programs involving painting, sculpting, writing or music to benefit the lives of their patients.
  • Artists or teachers or artists who are developing creative programs or projects that use elements of the fine arts to benefit returning military personnel.
  • Teachers or artists who need "micro-grants" to develop artistic and creative programs to meet the special needs of developmentally delayed children

Cathy Holsted

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Ford Foundation

  • Creativity and Free Expression
  • Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice
  • Internet Freedom
  • Natural Resources and Climate Change
  • Submit Idea through on-line form. If interested program officer will contact to discuss.


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Human Impacts Institute

Creative Climate Awards are an annual series of events that showcase artists creating climate-inspired performances, installations, and exhibits. We use the arts and creativity to share knowledge, broaden the climate conversation, educate, and incite action


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Kresge Foundation

  • Focus on Creative Placemaking, an approach to community development and urban planning that integrates arts, culture, and community-engaged design strategies.
  • Committed to influence community development-related systems and practices that expand opportunities for low-income people in disinvested communities in American cities
  • Accept and review inquiries for grants in our Local Systems and Place-Based Initiatives focus areas on an ongoing basis; there is no deadline. Support through our National Networks focus area is by invitation only


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Kress Foundation

  • History of Art
    Supports scholarly projects that will enhance the understanding and appreciation of European art and architecture
  • Digital Resources
    Supports efforts to integrate new technologies into the practice of art history and the creation of important online resources in art history, including both textual and visual resources.
    This grant program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.


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National Geographic Society

  • Focus Areas: wildlife, human journey, changing planet
  • Fields on interest: conservation, education, research, storytelling, technology
  • Early Career Grants ($5,000-$10,000) - designed to offer less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project
  • Exploration Grants ($10,000-$30,000) - funding for an experienced project leader. The applicant and her/his team members are expected to demonstrate successful completion of similar projects with measurable and/or tangible results
  • Must log in to see current funding opportunities


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National Parks Art Foundation

  • Artist in Residence Programs
  • Museum In-Loan Programs
  • Workshops in conjunction with the National Parks


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National Sculpture Society

Awards, grants, prizes to sculptors


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Pollock-Krasner Foundation

  • To aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time
  • Dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both
  • Visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers
  • There are no deadlines


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Robert F. Schumann Foundation

  • Arts, culture, and humanities
  • Education
  • Environment, animals

Grant Program Support - 888/234-1999

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Smithsonian American Art Museum

  • The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in the art and visual culture of the United States.
  • Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent research


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Last Updated: 1/30/23