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Grantseeking in the Arts

Resources on Grant Writing Directories and Indexes Funding Databases State of Maine Grants UMaine Grants
Federal Grants Additional Arts-Related Grants Tutorials & Grants Help Relevant Listservs  

This guide is designed to provide information about funding sources for research, performance and special projects. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of funding, books on this topic can be found in several subject classifications in both the reference area and the main stacks of Fogler Library. 

Resources on Grant Writing 

Directories and Indexes

Directories and indexes provide information about grantmakers and the requirements for the grants that they fund. 

Funding Databases 

Foundation Directory Online
Database of profiles from over 100,000 foundations and public charities; historical files on grants already made; and organizations' IRS 990s. Focused on the nonprofit community, but includes scholarships, fellowships, and research funding.

1. Use Search Grantmakers to find foundations that provide funding in your project area.
2. Use the "view index" links to choose terms from the database for your search.
3. Essential fields to complete: Fields of Interest, Types of Support, and Geographic Focus.
In the Geographic Focus field, include both Maine and National. National includes projects that focus their giving beyond one state alone.
4. Search by keywords specific to arts-related grants, and/or for the community or social focus of your project (e.g., arts programs in disaster relief areas)

Pivot
Integrated database that combines funding opportunities with researcher profiles. Geared toward the higher education community. Available remotely.

1. Use Advanced Search to find funding opportunities that match who you are as a grantseeker.
2. Essential fields to complete: Keyword, Requirements, Funding Type
Keyword
(visual arts, fine arts, decorative arts, media arts, art education, etc.)
Requirements
(academic institution, graduate student, PhD or professional, etc.)
Funding Type
(scholarship, fellowship, research grant, conference travel, artistic pursuit, etc.).
3. Use the search fields to find keywords that describe your arts-related topic, and/or the various facets to your project (e.g., professional development opportunities for artists, community development through public art).
4. You can create an account in Pivot in order to save searches and receive alerts when new opportunities are added that match your search criteria.

New York Foundation for the Arts
11,000 awards, services and publications for individual artists and art professionals. Updated daily.

1.Choose any tab to begin and fill out sections of interest (Award, Discipline, Location, etc.).
2. When you have filled out the tabs of interest, click on "search now." You do not have to fill out all tabs.
3.You can create an account in the NYFA in order to save searches and receive alerts when new opportunities are added that match your search criteria.

State of Maine Grants

UMaine Grants Resources

Federal Grants

Additional Arts-Related Grants

Tutorials & Grants Help

Relevant Listservs (listservs often present fellowship, scholarship, and grant opportunities)


Created by: Jen Bonnet | Revised: 03/05/2014
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