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View Cleveland-area grants and services available to individual artists and businesses below. 

  • For a national list of grant opportunities for individual artists, visit NYFA Source. A service of the New York Foundation for the Arts, NYFA Source lists over 11,000 awards, services and publications for individual artists and art professionals. More programs are added everyday.  
  • For a full list of grants and grants resources for nonprofits, visit the Foundation Center-Cleveland library on Euclid Avenue to search their grants database, or visit and find a plethera of grants-related content and resources.
  • For nonprofits in Cuyahoga County, visit Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for information about program and operating support.

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Neighborhood Connections

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 2018-19 Fellowship

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.

Artists with Disabilities Access Program

The Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) provides funding that gives artists with disabilities the necessary resources they need to further their artistic development.

Individual Excellence Awards

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.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program

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. 

Artist Express

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.

Ohio Arts Council's Big Yellow School Bus program

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.

Cuyahoga County Educational Assistance Program (CCEAP)

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.  

Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit

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.