Funding Opportunities

Updated November 20, 2020      

ARTS LEADERS OF COLOR EMERGENCY FUND Set up by the Arts Administrators of Color Network this fund supports US-based BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19. Apply to receive funds or donate.


CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL GRANTS NOW OPEN The California Arts Council is prioritizing this year's grant funding to nurture and heal our communities through the arts; to keep the doors of our arts and cultural institutions open; to protect jobs in the creative field; and to preserve our cultural heritage, our stories, and our culture bearers. These grants feature NEW funding, including general operating support for organizations and fellowships to support the creative practice of individual artists, as well as continued support for project-based activities.


WEBINAR: WRITING YOUR NEH PRESERVATION ASSISTANCE GRANT – DECEMBER 3 Are you planning to apply for a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant? NEH Preservation Assistance Grants (PAG) for Smaller Institutions are relatively easy to apply for and have launched successful preservation projects and programs in institutions across the country. Application deadline for the NEH PAG is January 14, 2021.


WEBINAR: HUMANITIES FOR ALL PROJECT GRANT – DECEMBER 11 Join California Humanities for an informational session about the next Humanities for All Project Grant deadline (February 1, 2021). Registrants should review the grant guidelines and application instructions, budget form, and FAQ in advance.


AAM 2021 MUSEUM ASSESSMENT PROGRAM – APPLY BY FEBRUARY 1 The American Alliance of Museums' 2021 Museum Assessment Program (MAP) application is now open! This program has helped more than 5,000 small to mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet standards.


HUMANITIES FOR ALL PROJECT GRANTS – APPLY BY FEBRUARY 2 Project Grants ($10,000 to $20,000) are awarded twice a year to large scale public humanities projects of up to two-years duration from the award date. Appropriate programming formats include but are not limited to interpretive exhibits, community dialogue and discussion series, workshops and participatory activities, presentations and lectures, conversations and forums, and interactive and experiential activities.


HUMANITIES FOR ALL QUICK GRANTS – APPLY BY FEBRUARY 15 Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) are awarded three times a year to small-scale public humanities programs and projects which take place within one year from the award date. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation.


NEW: CALIFORNIA GRANTS PORTAL  The California State Library is excited to announce the launch of the California Grants Portal. Billions of dollars in grant opportunities from dozens of state departments and agencies can now be easily accessed and opportunities can be filtered by keywords or categories. The Grants Portal also makes it possible to search by eligible applicant types, including nonprofit organizations, public agencies, businesses, tribal governments, and others.


The Institute of Museum and Library Services has created an FAQ page to address general COVID-19-related questions associated with submitting applications to IMLS grant programs and managing existing awards. IMLS encourages applicants and awardees to monitor this website regularly for updates.