View Cleveland-area grants and services available to individual artists and businesses below.
SPACES offers project-based support through The Urgent Art Fund to Cuyahoga County artists, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. This support may go toward production expenses and artist commission for the creation of “urgent art” that is socially, politically, or culturally responsive.
SPACES offers project-based support through The Urgent Art Fund to Cuyahoga County artists, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. This support may go toward production expenses and artist commission for the creation of “urgent art” that is socially, politically, or culturally responsive. By designating funds specifically for such projects taking place in the public realm, they can help artists immediately engage their community in dialogue about the day’s most pressing issues.
Accelerate 2019 will take place on February 27. Applications will be open from November 1 – 30, 2018.
Now through November 16, 2018, the MAEF is accepting applications for grants ranging from $5,000 – $20,000 to organizations that are led by people of color and serve, engage in, and promote the arts and cultures – both traditional and new – of communities of African, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Indigenous and Middle Eastern descent.
Neighborhood Connections is a small grants program designed to assist Cleveland – and now East Cleveland – neighborhood groups to strengthen the social network in their communities. Grants are intended to spur small, grassroots community efforts.
Akron Soul Train’s 2018-2019 fellowship applications are officially open through April 30, 2018. Regional artists of all disciplines, including visual, performing, and written arts, are invited to apply. Fellowships will be available between September 2018 and August 2019, which will be offered depending on artist’s availability noted in the application. Fellowships are usually offered for one month, but can be shorter or longer, depending on the artist’s preference and the proposed project. The stipend amount is $1,000 per month. Fellowship selection criteria is based on the applicant’s artistic excellence, ingenuity, professionalism, and emergence. Fellows are selected by the AST Fellowship Selection Committee.
The Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) provides funding that gives artists with disabilities the necessary resources they need to further their artistic development.
The Individual Excellence Awards program provides grants to Ohio artists for the exceptional merit of a completed body of work. These awards recognize creativity and imagination that exemplify the highest level of achievement and advancement of the art form for a particular discipline.
The Ohio Arts Council's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program provides support for master artists to work with apprentices to build understanding and proficiency in folk and traditional art forms. By pairing exemplary practitioners of traditional art forms with dedicated apprentices, this program allows for concentrated study and cultural exchange. Traditional Arts Apprenticeship awards support the teaching and sharing of important cultural traditions, and enrich the lives of people throughout the state.
Ohio Arts Council grant supporting artist visits for schools and community organizations. Rolling applications are due at least eight weeks prior to the date of the proposed visit.
The Big Yellow School Bus program provides support for the travel costs associated with arts-related school field trips. Applications accepted year-round, at least eight weeks prior to planned travel.
The Cuyahoga County Educational Assistance Program (CCEAP) provides financial assistance through OhioMeansJobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County (OMJ/C-CC) for Cuyahoga County residents eighteen years of age or older seeking a post-secondary degree and/or program certification that will lead to gainful employment or career advancement. Scholarships up to $5,000.00 may be granted to qualified Cuyahoga County residents to complete training from an approved, accredited provider.
The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit provides a refundable tax credit that equals 25 percent off in-state spend and non-resident wages and 35 percent in Ohio resident wages on eligible productions.