The list below provides some representative organizations that support the arts.  It is important to learn more about the funding organization’s mission and goals to determine if there is a match with your specific goals/needs. Funding programs generally provide eligibility criteria, which an applicant must meet before a funding application will be considered.


American Express Cultural Heritage Grants

American Express offers support for the arts through their Cultural Heritage Grants. Funding for the arts is available in two areas: direct support for important cultural institutions and major projects in the visual and performing arts that are representative of national, regional, and local cultures, and access to the arts and assistance to organizations in developing new audiences. Past grants are summarized and the information for application is on the site.

American Orff-Schulwerk Association Grants

The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is a professional organization of music and movement educators dedicated to the creative teaching approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. Orff Schulwerk offers a variety of funding for training, instruments, or creative projects in educational settings. You must be a member to download grant applications. The organization membership form is also available online.

Bank of America Grants

The Bank of America Foundation considers the arts a crucial ingredient in the economic and cultural development of a community, and supports arts education, arts organizations, and programs that address audience growth and accessibility in the visual and performing arts. The site includes guidelines and grant applications.

Children’s Music Workshop Grant Resources

The Children’s Music Workshop Grant Center includes category links to federal, regionally specific, and private grant sources for the arts. Some sites contain guides to writing grants and helpful hints. There is also a selection of fundraising ideas and instrument donation sites for music.

Chinese Historical and Cultural Project

A nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to promote and preserve Chinese American history and culture. The site provides a wealth of information and links. The organization sponsors small grants to schools and nonprofit organizations. The grant application can be completed through an online form or printed and submitted by mail. The mission of the HELP program is to encourage cultural diversity education in Santa Clara County, California.

California Arts Council

The California Arts Council is a state agency based in Sacramento, USA. Its eleven council members are appointed by the Governor and the state Legislature. The agency’s mission is to advance California through the arts and creativity.

Funding Sources on the Internet

Fundsnet Online Services is a privately owned Web site created for the purpose of providing nonprofit organizations, colleges, and universities with information on financial resources available on the Internet. This site includes links to arts and education grants plus help for fundraising and grant writing resources.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The Hewlett Foundation is a private foundation whose performing arts grant program entertains applications from professional dance, music, opera/musical theater, and theater companies, as well as organizations that present the performing arts. The Foundation also supports arts councils that serve San Francisco Bay Area communities, and service organizations that assist performing arts organizations in all disciplines. The program’s geographic focus is the San Francisco Bay Area, however, national grants have been awarded in the past two years. There is a list of grant awards with links available on the site.

Humanities Grants

Humanities Focus Grants and National Education Projects Grants go to schools, colleges, universities, libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions to improve formal humanities education in the United States from kindergarten through college and university. Grants opportunities include professional development and educational projects. This site offers links to specific grants with applications and updated deadlines.

Jonathan Larson Foundation Grants

The goal of the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation is to provide encouragement and financial assistance to composers, lyricists, and book writers, as well as nonprofit producing companies with a commitment to supporting the work of new musical theatre projects and musical theatre artists. Grants are now administered through the American Theatre Wing. Applicants may apply online and view past recipients.

MetLife Foundation Grants

The MetLife Foundation provides grants to a variety of cultural organizations and projects throughout the country, with an emphasis on those with large and diverse audiences that help promote greater understanding among different cultures, and arts education initiatives that contribute to the development of young people. In addition, MetLife’s national YouthARTS Resource Initiative, a collaboration between the foundation and Americans for the Arts, supports arts education programs designed specifically for at-risk youth.

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts includes information on visual and performing arts grant listings. A new online resource of Federal funding available for the arts is easy to find, and applications and grant forms for professional and educational organizations as well as individual artists can be downloaded from the site.

Office of Postsecondary Education

This site provides a quick reference guide to programs administered by OPE, organized by program function, as well as a directory of Federal Postsecondary Education Programs organized by sponsoring agency and function. This area includes information on grants to institutions made available from the Higher Education Programs office and grants to foster innovation through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Comprehensive information for students about federal aid at the Office of Student Financial Assistance Programs is also available. This includes scholarships and education tax credits.


This is the home site of the National Storytelling Network, a membership organization dedicated to advancing the art of storytelling. The site provides links for locating a variety of information regarding the Art of Storytelling. Links are provided to: Professional Storytellers, local Guilds for Storytelling, a calendar of events and conferences, books and tapes, online stories, information regarding awards and research, and other resources for students, teachers, and artists wishing to learn more about the Storytelling Art.

Target Stores Community Giving Arts Grants

The Target Corporation offers local Arts in Education grants between $1,000 – $5,000. Arts grants from Target must be family oriented and make arts more accessible and affordable for the family. The Arts in Education Grants aim to bring schools and nonprofit arts organizations together. The process for the grant application is on the site with a link to find your local Target store for support.

U.S. Department of Education

The United States Department of Education site is comprised of the President’s and secretary’s priorities, funding opportunities, student financial assistance, research and statistics, news and events, programs and services, publications and products, Education Offices and budget, education job openings, and links to other sites. Visit the Educational Resources section on the front page under “Other Academic Subjects” to find a variety of resources for advocacy, funding, and research.

Walmart Community Grants

Walmart and SAM’S CLUB awards Community Matching Grants. Program Associates raise funds with a local nonprofit organization at their stores. Walmart and SAM’S match a portion of the funds raised. Organizations qualifying for the Matching Grant Program are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or organizations that are exempt from needing 501(c)(3) status, such as public schools, churches, and government agencies. Grants are awarded locally through the retail store as part of their Good Works Program.

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