Grants & Funding Opportunities

 

There are many grants and resources available to support your work in the cultural sector. The list below is not all-inclusive but does highlight some relevant resources.

Click the title to learn more about each opportunity.

*These are not SJCA programs, please address any questions directly with each resource. 

Grant Description Deadline
Monument Lab – Re: Generation Monument Lab is excited to announce Re:Generation – an open call for locally-grounded, grassroots art and justice projects in 2022. We invite applications from collaborative teams rooted within a neighborhood, city, or region in the United States inclusive of Indigenous nations and communities, U.S. territories, and cross-border collectives. Each Re:Generation team will receive a total of $100,000 toward their local commemorative campaign or project. We especially encourage applications for projects that have the potential to shift local and regional narratives, particularly in contexts where interventions into the commemorative landscape could foster wider transformations. July 31, 2021
National Endowment for the Arts Rescue Plan – Organizations The Rescue Plan’s Grants to Organizations program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible organizations including, but not limited to, nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, units of state or local government, federally recognized tribal communities or tribes, and a wide range of other organizations that can help advance the goals of this program. See Eligibility for more information. August 12, 2021
Brook J. Lenfest Foundation Grants The Brook J. Lenfest Foundation is a charitable foundation established by Brook J. Lenfest in 2000. It is dedicated to making people aware of positive life choices and providing support and opportunities for those motivated to pursue them. Its grants focus mainly on education, job training and mentoring programs. The Philadelphia Foundation provides administrative and management support services for the Brook J. Lenfest Foundation. We receive grant applications and distribute grants approved by the Brook J. Lenfest Foundation Board of Directors. August 15, 2021
Henrietta Tower Wurts Grants The Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial is a charitable foundation formed to carry out the wishes of Henrietta Tower Wurts, who passed away in 1933. The foundation provides program or general operating grants between $1,000 and $5,000 to organizations serving “disadvantaged children and youth and/or the elderly in the City of Philadelphia.” September 1, 2021
Composers Guild of New Jersey Grants of up to $10,000 to New Jersey composers for the creation of a new work of concert music and its performance in New Jersey. The size of the grant depends on the scope of the work. For example, a grant for a chamber piece of 5-7 minutes’ duration for 2-3 players would be around $4,500 ($3,000 as a commission to the composer plus $1,500 toward the performance). Composers are expected to complete the work within a year with a performance scheduled within six months of completion. Special consideration will be given to projects with the potential to have a significant impact on the applicant’s compositional career. September 5, 2021
The Fund For Children Strategic Investment in Youth Grant The Fund for Children (FFC) was established as part of a lease agreement between the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Phillies baseball and Philadelphia Eagles football teams. The $2 million annual investment supports programs to improve the quality of life for children and youth in Philadelphia. FFC Strategic Investment in Youth grants provide general operating support for Philadelphia-based youth leadership development organizations that prioritize youth leadership, civic engagement and youth organizing activities and outcomes. September 10, 2021
The Philadelphia Foundation’s Black Community Leaders Fund  The Philadelphia Foundation’s Black Community Leaders Fund application is open for Black-led nonprofit organizations serving Black communities in Greater Philadelphia. “The Fund defines a Black-led nonprofit organization as having a chief executive or board chair who identifies as Black and a demonstrated commitment to Black leadership throughout the organization. Black-serving organizations meet the needs of a predominately Black constituency (51% or more).”  Grant amounts will be calculated based on an organization’s operating budget. While grant minimum and maximums have not been set, we anticipate making grants between $5,000 and $100,000 depending on an organization’s operating needs. September 30, 2021
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant  2021 Emergency Grants
Financial Relief for Artists Impacted by COVID-19
Eligible Categories: Dance and Performance Art/Theater, Music/Sound, Poetry/Literature, and Visual Arts/Moving Image
Application Deadline: December 13, 2021
December 13th, 2021
Window of Opportunity (WOO) Community Care Fund The Window of Opportunity (WOO) Community Care Fund provides financial assistance of up to $2,500 to Leeway grant and award recipients experiencing immediate financial need due to the continuation of the pandemic’s impact on artist lives and livelihoods͘.Currently, we still have significant resources available, and applications will be accepted until funds are depleted. We know these are challenging times for all of us and appreciate your willingness to think about other members of the community but given the amount of money currently remaining in the fund, we STRONGLY encourage you to request the full amount–$2,500! Deadlines are on a rolling basis, from February 1, 2021 through November 30, 2021, or until funds are depleted.
New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant Opportunities Guidelines and applications are available in the multiple grant categories for Fiscal Year 2021. Please read specific eligibility criteria carefully. Multiple Grants and Deadlines
South Arts Emerging and mid-career jazz artists, take your music to places it’s never been. Jazz Road Tours offer grants of up to $15,000 to develop tours into communities across the country. Rolling deadline – 60 days prior
Theatre Philadelphia Emergency Relief Theatre Philadelphia Emergency Relief will award micro-grants with a sliding scale of $300-$500 to individuals who live in the Philadelphia region, work in theatre, and whose theatre income has been impacted by COVID-19. Individuals who live within a 35-mile radius of Philadelphia’s City Hall are eligible to apply. Micro-grants are first-come-first-serve. Rolling
Artist Rescue Trust Artist Rescue Trust (A.R.T.) exists is to provide relief funding to musicians and artists whose ability to perform, tour and earn a living has been negatively affected by COVID-19. A.R.T. will provide $1,500 over three months to artists in need and amplify the stories, performances and creations they had hoped to share with the world before the pandemic limited their ability to do so. Rolling
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

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The City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy – Culture in Neighborhoods The City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy Culture in Neighborhoods (CIN) is a program to increase access to the arts throughout every neighborhood in Philadelphia. CIN provides funding to Philadelphia artists and cultural organizations to present free creative activities in local outdoor and indoor locations. Artists and cultural organizations are invited to submit their interest in presenting cultural activities like live music, dance performance, art making, video screening, theatrical performances, poetry readings, etc. Those who submit their interest will be considered as OACCE works with community partners who seek cultural programming for their 2021 Summer / Fall events. All CIN funding will go directly to the artists or cultural organizations. Questions? Contact creativephl@gmail.com. Rolling
The Russell J. Efros Foundation The RJE Sprout Fund will provide financial means to projects that will be completed within the next 12 months. All artists are encouraged to apply – formally trained, self-taught, and those whose creative work falls outside of traditional forms of art. Artists are also encouraged to apply for funds for projects that involve their communities such as art classes, therapy, outreach, and non-traditional projects. Awards will continue to be administered throughout the calendar year on an ongoing basis. Funds will be prioritized for artists working with marginalized and underserved audiences, topics, or subject matter. Rolling
The Scattergood Foundation Scattergood funds “organizations and projects which disrupt our current behavioral health space and create impact at the individual, organizational, and societal levels” and priority is given to “organizations that serve and are led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color.” Rolling
The City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy – Creative Avenues The City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Creative Avenues (CA) increases access to the arts throughout Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. CA provides funding to support arts programs that are part of a free neighborhood or community initiative in Philadelphia. The applicant for CA funding is the organization or entity planning the free neighborhood or community initiative. The applicant must provide information about the free neighborhood initiative, the arts program that the CA funds will support, and the artists and/or cultural organization providing the arts program. Examples of arts programs include live music, dance performance, art making, video screening, theatrical performances, poetry readings, etc. The artists must be located in Philadelphia. All CA funding will go directly to the artists or artistic group. CA funding cannot be used for other event expenses. Questions? Contact creativephl@gmail.com. Rolling
Office Hours with Nina  Based on popular demand, Nina is extending her weekly Zoom office hours through 2021 on Fridays at 11am ET, except for the blackout dates below. She will continue to help the arts community to navigate the complex web of federal funding opportunities, regulations, and deadlines related to current and upcoming COVID-19 economic federal aid programs. Regularly check this site for any additional dates or occasional blackout dates. Rolling
American Rescue Plan Grants: Applicant Q&A Bring your questions about the American Rescue Plan funding to these sessions. NEA staff will take the time to answer those questions. You’ll also be able to stick around to hear others ask questions that might help you prepare your application. Multiple Grants and Deadlines
NEA Offers Relief Funds to Help Arts and Culture Sector Recover from Pandemic Doors Open for Applications for American Rescue Plan Funding Multiple Grants and Deadlines
CERF+COVID-19 Relief Grant  CERF+ the Artists Safety Net — The COVID-19 Relief Grant provides $1,000 to artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances due to food, housing, and/or medical insecurities as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Rolling

Calls & Other Opportunities

Click the title to learn more about each opportunity.

*These are not SJCA programs, please address any questions directly with each resource. 

Opportunity Description Deadline
Art Fair 14C Applications are now open for the 3rd Edition of Art Fair 14C August 9, 2021
48 Blocks AC 2021 The 48 Blocks Atlantic City will take place August 7 and 22, 2021 with community-produced projects. The August 7 event will be an Adirondack chair unveiling in O’Donnell Park from 1-6 PM, and the August 22 event will be in conjunction with Absecon Lighthouse Park’s community farmers market from 11 AM - 3 PM. Our program goals are to increase public access to art, give creative talent a platform, and engage the community through an online format. DISCLAIMER: This application is for community projects, demonstrations, exhibitions, and performances. It is NOT for murals or Adirondack chairs. All application materials must be received no later than five o’clock in the evening (5:00 p.m.) EST on July 23, 2021 (Aug. 7 date) or August 6, 2021 (Aug. 22 date) for consideration. Projects accepted on a rolling basis, so please send in your applications soon!
We Are Here Exhibition FireWorks is soliciting artistic work for our upcoming “We Are Here” exhibition (scheduled to run from 9/12 to 10/30). We Are Here is an exploratory discourse about what it means to be situated in a place where environmental injustice happens. Injustice is happening in a world in environmental decline due to climate change. However, when and where dumping and pollution occur are not by happenstance. We HIGHLY encourage emerging artists and those identifying as Black, Indigenous, Latinx/Hispanic, People of Color, or members of the LGBTQIA community to apply. August 15, 2021
Call for submissions: Big Day Film Collective Call for submissions: Big Day Film Collective will be hosting its 2nd Annual Experimental Short Film Festival 2021 featured in the 20/20 Photo Festival and the Philly Free Fringe Festival in the Philadelphia Area in Collingswood, NJ. Please submit 1–2 links to view your short film for consideration following the below guidelines. Short film must be no shorter than 30 secs and no longer than 22.72 minutes. This Open Call is suggested donation of $10 August 31, 2021
SJCA Seeking Executive Director  Position: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for SJCA’s staff, programs, and execution of its mission and vision. The Executive Director serves as the organizational spokesperson communicating the public value of the arts, history, and cultural experiences; organizes and directs activities through staff; and acts as the liaison between staff and Board of Directors, as well as SJCA and its community partners. SJCA’s executive offices are currently located in Hammonton, NJ but will move to Galloway, NJ on September 1, 2021. September 1, 2021
National Endowment for the Arts Volunteer to Be a National Endowment for the Arts Panelist The NEA is looking for individuals who represent a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints, as well as wide geographic and ethnic diversity, to provide advice about the artistic excellence and artistic merit of proposals in a variety of funding categories. Anytime
Arts Organizations of Color-The Wallace Foundation Seeking Arts Organizations and Researchers When facing strategic challenges, how can and do arts organizations of color leverage their experience and histories of community orientation to increase their resilience, while sustaining their relevance? We are currently seeking eligible arts organizations of color* to join us in a new initiative that will explore this question​. We are also seeking researchers to study the organizations' efforts. Arts organizations can learn more about the initiative in the sections below and read the FAQ to determine eligibility and interest. If your organization would like to apply, you may submit a brief expression of interest by August 13​​, 2021. August 13th, 2021
2021 ARTS & AUTHORS EXTRAVAGANZA A celebration of the Arts! It's a book signing, art show, band, dancers, singers, instrumentalist, spoken word, and Q&A 'to write your book. August 22nd, 2021
United Through ARTS United Through ARTS was created to educate and empower our community by sharing our rich and diverse cultural arts as expressed through various forms of Art Medford Arts cultural program 'United Through Arts' is calling for works inspired by Japan's rich culture and history of art and design through all mediums of art.Painting, Photography, Collage, Fiber Arts, sculpture, pottery, film, literature, poetry and more. August 23rd, 2021
Brujo de la Mancha Workshop Doors and windows are portals through which we discover the world and our place in it. This workshop will continue our art-driven investigation of identity, belonging and environmental justice, using discarded windows and doors as canvases. With the guidance of innovative teaching artist Brujo de la Mancha, participants will use a variety of materials to create their own expression of the theme “We Are Here.” July 18, 2021 & July 25, 2021
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Research Fellow(s) (AAAE) The Association of Arts Administration Educators seeks its 2021/22 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Research Fellow(s) to investigate the intersection of EDI and arts management programs October 2, 2021
Camden FireWorks Studio Space Rental Applications for studio space at Camden FireWorks are now being accepted from artists who would like to pursue their art in a communal setting. We are looking for artists who demonstrate a commitment to their career with an exhibition record or letter(s) of reference and who can provide an artist statement of one page or less. This space is perfect for a painter, quilter, or one who works in photography or digital media and is available to rent at $350/month. Leases are for a one-year term. Until filled
STOCKTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IS SEEKING AN INTERIM ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR The Performing Arts Center of Stockton University is seeking to fill a full-time Interim Associate Director to manage box office operations and front-of-house duties for all assigned events and performances, beginning as soon as possible. Until Filled