Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 Relief Funds

The Actors Fund emergency financial assistance program helps eligible applicants in need. It is not income replacement, but limited funds for basic living necessities. The Actors Fund is also administering COVID19 Assistance programs for performing arts and entertainment unions including SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Actors Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists and Musicians Local 802.

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant is for mature painters, printmakers and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. While they recognize the economic toll of the COVID-19 crisis, they are not able to assist with funds to replace lost or interrupted income.

American Documentary Artist Emergency Fund will provide rapid response grants up to $500 to assist artists with basic needs including food, immediate health needs and insurance premiums. Artist must demonstrate need and a professional relationship to documentary filmmaking.

American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund helps established freelance writers across the country who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis, are unable to work.

Artists' Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

Artist Relief is an initiative created by a coalition of national arts grantmakers to support artists. They will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

Artly World Artist Relief Project supports artists with $200 grants.

Arts Administrators of Color Network launched a relief fund to support BIPOC artists and administrators.

Arts Foundation of Cape Cod's Arts Relief Fund will provide one-time relief in the form of grants up to $500 for all individual artists, musicians, actors, writers, or other creative professionals living in Barnstable County/Cape Cod.

Carnegie Fund for Authors is a fund for American authors who have published at least one full-length work by a mainstream publisher - fiction or nonfiction.

Dramatists Guild Foundation launched a relief fund supporting individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and book writers.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts will disburse $1,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 virus. As of April 7, they are temporarily limiting relief and assistance applications to those qualified applicants who are dealing with immediate medical emergencies.

Joan Mitchell Emergency Grant provides grants of up to $6,000 to US-based visual artists who have suffered significant physical losses after natural or man-made disasters.

MusiCares, the charitable foundation of The Recording Academy, launched a relief fund to cover things such as lost income due to cancellations.

Massachusetts Cultural Council COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals is awarding approximately 225 unrestricted grants of $1,000 to individual artists and independent teaching artists/humanists/scientists in Massachusetts who have lost income derived from their work as a direct result of COVID-19 related cancellations and closures.

Musicians Foundation CV19 Emergency Relief Aid Grant Program Application, as of April 7th, has been closed due to the high volume of submissions. They will reopen after reviewing all the applications.

The PEN Writers Emergency Fund for professional-published or produced-writers with serious financial difficulties. Depending on the situation, the fund gives grants or loans of up to $2,000.

The Restaurant Strong Fund, created by Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation, provides $1,000 grants to full-time restaurant workers in Massachusetts who are dependent on wages plus tips to cover basic living expenses and provide for their families.

The Rauschenberg Emergency Grants will provide artists with up to $5,000 for a number of unforeseen medical expenses.

Grants Listed by Deadline:

Ben and Jerry's Foundation, 4/15/2020
Grassroots Organizing for Social Change grants provide general or project support to nonprofits. Funding goals: social and environmental justice; sustainable and just food systems. Funding focus: activities and strategies for creating social change. Max award: $25,000.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, 4/15/2020
The Barron Prize program annually honors twenty-five young leaders between the ages of 8 and 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.

The MacDowell Colony, 4/15/2020
Emerging and established artists may apply for the fall fellowship program in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theater, and visual arts. The fellowship includes exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for a period of two weeks to two months.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 4/16/2020
The Foundation will award Amplifying Youth Voice grants to 8 youth groups throughout New England focused on youth organizing that have not previously received or currently receive Nellie Mae funds. Selected organizations will receive 3-year general operating grants of $158,250 ($52,750 per year).

Sparkplug Foundation, 4/17/2020
This family foundation supports start-up organizations and new projects of established organizations in music, education and community organizing. Their funding focus is the development of emerging democratic movements and communities working on issues of local democracy, justice, and sustainable energy in the rebuilding of the U.S. and global economies. Recent grants ranged from $5,000 to $15,000.

The Steel Yard Residency Program, 4/17/2020
Providence, Rhode Island
Open to emerging and mid-level artists working in metals, light metals, ceramics and foundry, this residency provides studio space, tools, and resources for forging, molding, and welding for a month or a year.

National Endowment for the Arts, 4/20/2020
Challenge America grants support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Max award: $10,000

Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, 4/20/2020
OJJDP is helping states and communities develop a data-driven, coordinated response to opioid abuse-related challenges that impact youth and community safety. Grants ranging from $500,000 to $750,000 will be awarded to 13 applicants.

National Endowment for the Arts, 4/21/2020
Challenge America grants of $10,000 extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, through professional arts programming and/or projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

New England Foundation for the Arts, 4/21/2020
The Public Art Learning Fund provides grants of $500 to $2,000 to support professional development opportunities for New England artists to strengthen their public art practices.
New Work New England will provide grants of $7,500-$15,000 directly to New England artists for new works in dance, film, interdisciplinary work, music, musical theater, opera, poetry, storytelling, and theater.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 4/29/2020 Letters of Intent
Policies for Action is calling for proposals to investigate the effectiveness of state, county, and city public policies aimed at increasing housing affordability and stability, addressing racial segregation and isolation from opportunity, and increasing access to opportunity-rich neighborhoods and place-based resources.

US Bank, 4/30/2020
Community Possible grants support workforce education, financial well-being and pathways for educational success.

Edwin S. Webster Foundation, 5/1/2020
Types of support: capital programs, special projects or operating income. It is the policy of the trustees to support charitable organizations that are well known to the trustees, with emphasis on hospitals, medical research, education, youth agencies, cultural activities, and programs addressing the needs of minorities.

Toshiba America Foundation, 5/1/2020
Seeking applications from grade 6-12 teachers for innovative STEM projects. Average grant: $5,000.

Lalor Foundation, 5/1/2020
Grants support comprehensive, innovative, and unbiased sexual and reproductive health education to young women, particularly those who are disadvantaged by poverty, discrimination, geographic isolation, lack of comprehensive sex education, hostile public policy, or other factors with potential to lead to inadequate sexual and reproductive health. Awards typically range between $10,000 and $35,000.

Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation, 5/1/2020 to 6/26/2020
Community Youth grants support charitable organizations whose primary mission is to facilitate youth activities for children up to age 18.

American Library Association, 5/4/2020
The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming is open to public and private school libraries in the United States that served children in any combination of grades K-8 and conducted humanities programs during the prior school.

Agricultural Marketing Service, Farmers Market Program, 5/11/2020
The Farmers Market Promotion Program funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products by developing, coordinating, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales or other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. A 25% match is required.

Agricultural Marketing Service, Local Food Promotion Program, 5/11/2020
The Local Food Promotion Program supports local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer to consumer marketing to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Grants can be used for the planning stages of establishing or expanding a local and regional food business enterprise or to improve or expand a food business that supports locally and regionally produced agricultural products and food system infrastructure by performing feasibility studies, market research, training and technical assistance for the business enterprise and/or for producers working with the business enterprise. A 25% match is required.

Office for Victims of Crime, 5/11/2020
a) OVC expects to make 12 awards of $500K to help improve outcomes, minimize additional trauma, and restore safety and security to older adult victims of abuse and financial exploitation.
b) OVC expects to make 25 grants of $700K to support direct services to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the nation's addiction crisis. Additional grants are available.

National Endowment for the Humanities, 5/15/2020
Challenge Grants strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. Funding categories" capital projects and digital infrastructure. Max award: $750,000. NEH will review a draft application if submitted by 4/3/2020.

WES Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation, 5/26/2020
The Opportunity Challenge will provide $1M to uplift immigrant communities, to support organizations that address barriers to economic integration and mobility faced by immigrant and refugee workers in the United States. Grants will be awarded in two categories: The New Ideas category will provide grants of up to $100,000 to pilot-test innovative approaches. The Established Programs category will provide grants of up to $200,000 to build on solutions that have proven success.

Herb Block Foundation, LOI 6/4/2020
Funding focus: citizen education and greater voter participation in the electoral process. All projects must be nonpartisan and may not involve lobbying for specific legislation or candidates. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000.

National Science Foundation, 6/5/2020
The next generation of technological competition in manufacturing will be dictated by inventions of new materials, chemicals, devices, systems, processes, machines, design and work methods, social structures and business practices. Fundamental research will be required in robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, materials science, sustainability, education and public policy, and workforce development to take the lead in this global competition.
The goal of this solicitation is to support fundamental research and education of a future workforce that will enable Future Manufacturing in three categories of priority: Future Cyber Manufacturing Research, Future Eco Manufacturing Research, and Future Biomanufacturing Research. Grants will range from $100,000 to $2M.

MIT Solve, 6/18/2020
The Health Security & Pandemics Challenge is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak - for example, by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that protect health workers. All solutions selected for this global challenge will receive a $10,000 grant.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation, 6/26/2020
In 2020, the Foundation will issue two requests for proposals that address Economic Mobility in two categories: 1) workforce development, education, and basic needs; deadline February 21; and 2) affordable housing, revitalization, the arts, and the environment; deadline June 26.

National Endowment for the Humanities, 6/30/2020
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their life cycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Awards range from $10,000 to $375,000

TD Charitable Foundation, Last Friday of June & November
The Foundation's investment committee meets three times a year to consider grant requests. Prior to these meetings, field marketing managers meet with local market teams to determine recommendations to the investment committee.

The Honda Foundation, 8/1/2020
Funding priorities: youth STEM education, the environment, job training, and literacy.

New England Grassroots Environment Fund, 8/15/2020 and 3/15/2021
Grow grants support established groups in the environmental movement that are not being reached by traditional funders, and are ready to expand the scope of their work.

Grants with Rolling Deadlines in Alphabetical Order:

ALDI, Ongoing
Smart Kids grants support local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing and the arts. Awards range from $100 to $5,000.

Agnes M. Lindsay Trust, Rolling
Funding focus: health, camp scholarships and education in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Grants range from $1,000 to $30,000.

Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund, Ongoing
Funding Priorities: medicine (human and animal), social welfare, visual arts, historic preservation, and land conservation. Grants are made exclusively for capital projects and capital purchases, and only to organizations existing and operating in Massachusetts.

American Honda Foundation, Rolling
Funding priorities: STEM-focused youth education and the environment. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000.

Amgen Foundation, On-going
Funding focus: programs that enhance civic engagement. Funding priorities: science and education; the environment; social services, arts + culture. Grants range from $10,000 to multi-million dollar commitments.

Artwork Archive's Complete Guide to 2020 Artist Grants & Opportunities includes a list of artist grants, residencies, and calls-for-entry in 2020. Topics include international open calls, residencies, fellowships, and awards.

Awesome Foundation, Ongoing
$1,000 grants to help fund programs, projects and ideas that are "awesome". The grants have "no strings", or stipulations. If they like your project best, they will fund it.

Barr Foundation, Ongoing
Funding focus: Arts and Creativity, Climate, and Education. Grants range from $1,000 to $1,000,000

Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation, Ongoing
Gift cards supports 501c3 nonprofit organizations. Apply by letter.

Cigna Foundation, Open
The Healthier Kids for Our Future initiative seeks programs that bracket or augment in-school efforts to provide food and nutritional education to children. Activities can be based in community organizations, schools, or health care settings. Grants are also available for Community Health Navigation. Application process begins with a screening questionnaire.

Cigna Foundation
Currently seeking proposals from non-profit organizations engaged in eliminating Health Disparities and improving Community Health Navigation.

Citizens Bank, Open
Focus areas: fighting hunger, money management, strengthening communities. Priorities: direct service to low- or moderate-income populations; one year in duration; long-term sustainability and potential for replication; addressing an unmet need.

Coca-Cola Foundation, Ongoing
Funding priorities: Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Development; Clean Water Initiatives; Healthy Living, Education, and Youth Development. The online grant application process begins with an eligibility questionnaire.

Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Ongoing
Funding priorities: trustworthy journalism; voter protection; women in technology; veterans and military families.

Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, Ongoing
The Foundation actively supports programs that meet the needs of economically disadvantaged populations. Proposals that incorporate partnerships with community groups and local organizations are encouraged.

Donors Choose, Ongoing
Find a classroom project that inspires you and give as little as $1. When a project is fully funded, Donors Choose will purchase all the requested items and ship them directly to the school. Every donor gets a thank-you letter from the teacher, photos from the classroom, and a report of how each dollar was spent. Teachers: Apply here.

Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation, Ongoing
The Foundation is activating $1.25 million in emergency funding to support nonprofits in the health or hunger relief field that are providing essential services to people impacted by COVID-19. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000, but larger amounts will be considered.

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Ongoing
Funding categories include Community Grants (average award: $2,900 to applicants with a 501c3) and Neighborhood Grants (average award: $2,000 to applicants without a 501c3).

Ioby Artists Lead Crowdfunding, rolling
ioby has partnered with ArtPlace America to support artist-led projects that create community change. Through Artists Lead!, artists using their skills to address local community issues can access up to $15,000 in matching funds for every dollar raised through their ioby crowdfunding campaign.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Rolling
Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn't budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors.

Groundswell, Ongoing
The Rapid Response Fund supports grassroots organizations led by women of color, trans people of color, and low-income women and trans people in critical, but unexpected, fights to protect and advance reproductive and social justice.

The Island Foundation, by invitation
Grant priorities fall within four categories: Environment, New Bedford, Alternative Education, and Global. In New Bedford, The Foundation works with organizations that promote progressive social change and combat discrimination in all its forms, supporting youth programs, community development, arts and culture, and basic needs. To be invited to apply, step 1 is to call or write to the Foundation to determine eligibility.

KaBOOM!, Rolling
Grants up to $15,000 support the purchase of equipment for construction or renovation of a playground. Funding is intended to serve children from low-income families by creating safe play spaces for local communities, including the replacement of unsafe existing equipment.

Kars4Kids, Ongoing
Funding focus: education, mentoring, and youth development programs that help children develop into productive members of their community. Grants typically range from $500-$2,000.

Klarman Foundation, Ongoing
Grants support the purchase, rental or repair of instruments used for music education programs reaching low-income Massachusetts youth during the school day or out-of-school time.

Kresge Foundation, Rolling
Local "place-based opportunity ecosystems" - comprising mutually reinforcing public and nonprofit organizations working across systems - hold enormous promise in advancing social and economic mobility in particular cities. Kresge seeks to promote collaborations across sectors and integrating service delivery, community engagement and economic development at local levels.

Liberty Mutual Foundation, Ongoing
Focus areas: Education and Human Services. Funding priorities: Children and teenagers. Funding categories: capital, program and general operating.

Mass Cultural Council - Big Yellow School Bus, Rolling
offers transportation support for cultural field trips.

MassDevelopment, Ongoing
The Brownfields Redevelopment Fund finances the environmental assessment and remediation of brownfield sites in Economically Distressed Areas (EDAs) of the Commonwealth. Eligible applicants may apply for up to $100,000 in site assessment funding, and/or up to $500,000 in remediation funding.

Nellie Mae Foundation, Ongoing
Racism is a Virus Too: the Foundation created this rapid response fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19. Max award: $15,000.

New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project Travel Fund, Rolling
Provides monetary assistance for U.S. based presenters, curatorial staff, and residency directors or for current NDP artist grantees to connect in person to explore feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works Rolling deadline.

Peace First, Ongoing
Rapid Response grants will help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, from providing meals to elderly neighbors to launching digital mental health campaigns to support youth feeling isolated.

Pop Culture Collab, Open
Rapid Response grants support individuals and organizations working to build movements, drive campaigns, produce stories, and leverage media and entertainment mediums to drive positive narrative and social change in popular culture. Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000.

Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People, Open
Grants support people who are oppressed by poverty and social systems, want to take charge of their own lives, are organizing to do something about their own conditions, have decided that what they are going to do will produce long term changes for their lives or communities, utilize SDOP core strategies to promote justice, build solidarity, advance human dignity, advocate for economic equity, and will control the programs they own and will benefit from them directly. US grants range from $2,000 to $15,000.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grant, Rolling
NYFA and the Rauschenberg Foundation have teamed up to offer visual and media artists and choreographers in the US grants of up to $5,000 for medical related emergencies.

Rhizome Microgrant Program, Rolling
The microgrant program awards $500-$1,500 to proposals with a compelling vision for net art, which considers political radicalization and the internet.

Roddenberry Foundation, Ongoing
The Catalyst Fund makes grants between $2,500-$15,000 to anyone, anywhere in the world who has an early-stage idea or project that addresses pressing global challenges. No deadline. The $1 million Roddenberry Prize application will open on March 4, 2020. Funding priorities for 2020 are Education, Science, Environment, and Humanity.

State Street Foundation, Ongoing
Focus areas: Education and Workforce Development. Funding priorities: helping the disadvantaged.

Third Wave Fund, Ongoing
Rapid Response and Capacity Building grants

TJX U.S. Foundation, Ongoing
Funding priorities: 1) Basic Needs, 2) PreK-12 Out-of-School Time Activities for At-Risk Youth, 3) Workforce Readiness Training for At-Risk Youth, 4) Safety from Domestic Violence. Application process begins with eligibility screening and review of Letter of Inquiry.

The Vela Foundation, Rolling
Funding focus: entrepreneurial programs that provide nutrition education and improve access to healthy foods.

Verizon, Ongoing
Funding priorities: K-12 STEM education and domestic violence education/prevention for youth, women and older adults. New applications are by invitation only. Click here to locate and contact your local community relations manager to see whether you are eligible to apply.

Wallace Global Fund, Open for Letters of Inquiry
Funding priorities: Challenge Corporate Power, Defend and Renew Democracy, Protect the Environment, Promote Truth and Creative Freedom in Media, and Advance Women's Human Rights and Empowerment. Grants range: $10,000 to $120,000

Women Arts is dedicated to increasing the visibility of women artists in all art forms. Browse their website for funding opportunities, skill-building topics and other resources and opportunities.