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Major Arts and Humanities Grant Resources

American Council of Learned Societies

ACLS is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. In 2010, the Council gave over $15 million in fellowship stipends and other awards to more than 380 scholars in the United States and abroad.

Creative Capital

A national funder that seeks to fund projects that live in the intersectional nature of art. The prize can be up to $50,000. Submissions start in March of the year.

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Francis Family Foundation

The Foundation supports and advocates for development of the greater Kansas City area as a creative regional hub for excellence in arts and culture, rich with expression of diverse cultures and affording access to all levels of creative participation. In 2020, the Foundation continued to support the many arts and culture institutions that "anchor" a strong and vibrant quality of life in Kansas City by gifting 80 grants totaling $1,135,000.

Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program has provided approximately 310,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program enables U.S. colleges and universities to host foreign academics to lecture on a wide range of subject fields for a semester or academic year. Preference is given to institutions developing an international agenda and/or serving a minority audience, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, small liberal arts colleges, and community colleges. Approximately 50 grants are awarded annually.

Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program, a short-term complement to the core Fulbright Scholar Program, sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at overseas academic institutions for a period of two to six weeks.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 1,100 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 125 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides grants to approximately 800 foreign scholars from over 95 countries to lecture and/or conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions for an academic semester to a full academic year.

Funding opportunities from all federal government agencies.

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

The Mid-America Arts Alliance strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout the region and beyond. We are a nonprofit, regional arts organization—representing Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas—that focuses on strengthening communities and improving lives through extraordinary cultural experiences.

We are artists, administrators, historians, preservationists, and preparators. We are writers, painters, photographers, and activists.

Missouri Arts Council

The Missouri Arts Council provides funding for quality arts programming to eligible applicants that include (but are not limited to) arts or arts education organizations, chambers of commerce, public libraries, government agencies, youth organizations, public school districts, private PK-12 schools, community arts organizations, social service organizations, colleges and universities, and religious organizations.

Muriel McBrian Kauffman Foundation

Funder of nonprofits in the performing and visual arts in the KC region.

National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

National Endowment for the Humanities

The NEH, an independent federal agency, is the largest funder of humanities programs in the United States.

National Humanities Center Fellowships

The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities during the academic year. Applicants must hold doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Young scholars, as well as senior scholars, are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication, and new Ph.D.s should be aware that the Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is also international and gladly accepts applications from scholars outside the United States.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The Foundation actively supports the advancement of the visual arts through an extensive artist-centered grantmaking program. Our aim is to encourage and facilitate the production of original work that expands and enhances the contemporary art field. Our grants serve the needs of artists by funding the arts organizations and cultural institutions that support them. The grants we provide cover the full spectrum of artistic activity, from grassroots happenings at alternative spaces to contemporary.

Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars

Through an international competition, the Center offers nine-month residential fellowships. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Woodrow Wilson Center staff. The Center accepts non-advocacy, policy-relevant fellowship proposals that address key challenges of past, present, and future issues confronting the United States and the world.


The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) generates knowledge, advocacy, and resources that enable universities to integrate arts and design practices, fostering highly adaptive creators and thinkers.

a2ru maintains a curated list of granting opportunities.

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