Foundation Support

Another option for funding is through foundations. Some foundations do make grants directly to individual artists; however, that funding is usually strictly regulated. When researching foundations that fund artists directly it is a good idea to become familiar with any and all restrictions that may exist before submitting a proposal. Foundation support may be the most difficult funding for an artist to receive. There are some cases however where it does make sense to approach a foundation for a specific project, or a series of activities you are trying to fund.

In addition to providing funding, foundations can also provide valuable networking information to artists and organizations. Foundation Center is considered “the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide.” Their Cleveland library offers a diverse selection of free and minimal-cost programs and resources. The center offers funding, training and education for both individuals and organizations while it also “maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grant makers and their grants.” Whether visiting the center in person or online, you will find a wealth of information for specific needs or ongoing research:

Foundation Center's GrantSpace Knowledge Base

Foundation Support

While this list is not exhaustive, you can start your search by looking at a few foundations and private organizations currently funding artists directly:

  • Creative Capital is a privately funded nonprofit organization that provides financial support to artists of all disciplines.
  • The Pollock Krasner Foundation was started by artist Lee Krasner, widow of Jackson Pollock to support the efforts of visual artists. The foundation provides funds based on artistic merit of work and financial need of the artist.
  • The Puffin Foundation provides “grants to artists and art organizations that are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.”