Funding Opportunities & Support for Artists and Creatives

Oct 24, 2021 | Arts & Culture | 0 comments

The list below is not meant to be a comprehensive gathering of ALL funding sources that exist to artists, creatives, and makers in the City. Opportunities exist to elicit funding from City, State, Federal, and private sources and it would be nearly impossible to list them all. With that being said, the list below provides a great place to start, in some cases linking to notice boards and blogs that are continually updated. We also encourage you to sign up for our Viva Arts & Culture newsletter for featured opportunities.


Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants
Application Deadline: December 15, 2021. The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant program is part of the Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network and managed in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance. This grant program aims to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military service members and veterans exposed to trauma as well as their families and caregivers through support of non-clinical arts engagement projects. Matching grants of $10,000 to $50,000 are available to eligible organizations for emerging and established projects that take place after July 1, 2022

TDI Creative Catalyst
MassDevelopment’s TDI Creative Catalyst Grant program is a competitive grant program through which individuals and organizations in current and graduated Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) districts can apply for grants of between $20,000 to $40,000 to support public-facing projects that serve to enhance local arts and cultural infrastructure. Click here for more information and to apply.


Alliance for Artist Communities
The Alliance was created, to recognize creative process and the exploration of new ideas as essential to human progress. Based in Providence, RI, The Alliance membership now includes more than 400 organizations and individuals, in 50 U.S. states and 20 countries, and speaks collectively on behalf of the more than 1,500 residency programs worldwide. Since 2004, the Alliance has provided more than $4 million in direct grant funding to artists and artist residency centers.

Artists Fellowship – The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) private charitable foundation that financially assists professional visual artists and their families in times of emergency, disability or bereavement. Assistance is given without expectation of repayment. One does not need to be a member of the Fellowship to receive assistance nor does membership in the Artists’ Fellowship entitle one to assistance from the foundation.

BARR Foundation – The Barr Foundation focuses on three areas: Arts & Creativity, Climate, and Education. This is complemented by grantmaking to strengthen New England’s social sector, and by targeted, time-limited Special Initiatives. Founded in 1997, Barr has contributed more than $1 billion to charitable causes. The Foundation’s grantmaking budget for 2020 is $95 million.

Boston Center for the Arts – Public Art Residency – BCA’s Public Art Residency program supports two artists or artist teams each year to activate our public plaza and other areas across BCA campus with interactive, temporary public art. This process-oriented residency provides an opportunity for artists to experiment with their craft, develop focus, and engage in active public dialogue. We encourage residents to connect with the public not only through the completed artwork, but also throughout the process of developing and realizing the project.

Coca-Cola Foundation -All requests for community support in the form of grants or sponsorships must be submitted through an online application system.​

Citizen’s Bank – Citizens supports opportunities where our funding can have a significant and measurable community impact.

Fall River Cultural Council – The Fall River Cultural Council works under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office. Every year, we distribute funds from the City of Fall River and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Local Cultural Council Grant Application typically opens in September, with a mid-October deadline. These funds support innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programming. The goal is to enhance the quality of life in the City of Fall River.

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Mass Humanities – Mass Humanities funds the development of thought-provoking public humanities projects for Massachusetts audiences, bringing people together to explore the history, culture, values and beliefs that matter to communities in our state. Current opportunities listed.

National Endowment for the Arts – NEA awards cost/share matching grants to nonprofit organizations for a wide variety of arts projects, literature fellowships for published creative writers and translators, and Partnership Agreements with the 62 state/jurisdictional arts agencies and regional arts organizations.

New England Foundation for the Arts – NEFA offers 15+ grants to artists and organizations to support the creation and presentation of work. Current opportunities listed.

Philanthropy Massachusetts – Founded in 1969, Philanthropy Massachusetts is a diverse and vibrant membership association of highly engaged philanthropic organizations and individuals with interests in Massachusetts.  We connect new and established donors, their trustees and staff to each other, to their communities and to emerging and relevant issues in the field.  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Philanthropy MA delivers excellent opportunities in learning, networking, access to resources and tools, skill-building, and community-building and serves as a bridge between funders and fund applicants for better understanding, efficiency and impact.

Pop Culture Collab – Pop Culture Collaborative grants are awarded to United States–based nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, and individuals (with fiscal sponsorship) working to drive transformative experiences for mass audiences (i.e., more than 1 million people) through pop culture stories, media, and social networks. These include initiatives focused on the development and distribution of content, design of audience engagement strategies, and the creation of immersive narrative environments through cultural, narrative, and behavioral change approaches.

Red Sox Foundation – The Red Sox Foundation partners with nonprofits across New England and Lee County, FL, to support the important work of hundreds of organizations in our communities. Our work with programmatic grantees focuses on critical support in health, education, and recreation, and our financial support ranges from $1,000 – $5,000.

SouthCoast Community Foundation – The SouthCoast Community Foundation offers several competitive grant programs that invest in communities throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, with the aim to support the causes of nonprofit organizations in our area.

The Funding Update – The Funding Update is a listing of funding opportunities, recent grant awards, announcements, and news from local, state, federal, and private sources. Sign up online.

The Greater Sum, Nonprofit Resources –The Greater Sum Foundation supports innovation in the nonprofit sector by providing funding, subject matter expertise, networking, & professional development opportunities to early stage nonprofits.

Walmart – Local Community grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000.

Wells Fargo – In the communities we serve, we primarily invest in nonprofit organizations aligned with our four focus areas: financial health, housing affordability, small business growth, and sustainability and environmental justice. We may consider grants to support other critical local needs and initiatives. Priority is placed on nonprofit programming supporting low- to moderate-income communities, addressing racial and social equity, and accelerating an inclusive economy.

Women Arts – WomenArts is dedicated to increasing visibility and opportunities for diverse women artists in all art forms.

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