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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.
  • For a full list of grants and grants resources for nonprofits, visit Candid or GrantSpace.org
  • For nonprofits in Cuyahoga County, visit Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for information about program and operating support.

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Karamu House - Room in the House Residency

Karamu House is offering 16 artist residencies in 2020 – eight (8) visual arts; eight (8) performing arts. Submissions received through AUG. 20, 2020 will ONLY be considered for OCT. 26, 2020 start. All residencies are for 8-weeks.

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

The Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants are providing financial assistance to grassroots neighborhood civic groups as well as small non-profit and faith-based organizations for efforts related to the provision of needs during COVID-19.

NEO Music Relief Fund

The NEO Music Relief Fund will give much-needed support to local musicians and music venue employees who suddenly lost their livelihood and may be struggling to survive. When we are all allowed to gather again for a music event, it will be a mighty celebration – but it will take months and months for venues to emerge from this setback.

Cleveland Chamber Choir - More Than Music - Artist Relief Fund

Anyone who is a performing musician can request funds of $100 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants [Emergency Medical Expenses]

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to partner with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Emergency Grants.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund [COVID-19 Fund]

Sweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and we have created this DONOR-DIRECTED FUND with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus.

FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund

In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, on March 18 Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. 

Racial Justice Matching Fund

Neighborhood Connections is committed to supporting Clevelanders in standing up for racial justice and is teaming up with ioby to create the Racial Equity Matching Fund to support grassroots initiatives promoting racial equity.

The Satellite Fund [COVID-19 Emergency Relief]

The Warhol Foundation has authorized its sixteen re-granting partners, including SPACES, to re-allocate our $100,000 grants to create and administer COVID-19 emergency relief funds in our communities.

The Urgent Art Fund

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, we can help artists immediately engage their community in dialogue with the most pressing issues.

Bascom Little Fund [Revised re: COVID-19]

This year's grant cycle will be seeking proposals that showcase the Bascom Little Fund and what it has done for composers, their music, our greater arts community and audiences.

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.

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.  

The Joyce Awards

The Joyce Awards, the only program supporting artists of color in major Great Lakes cities, aims to strengthen cross-cultural understanding by bringing diverse audiences together. The Chicago-based Foundation has awarded more than $2.4 million to commission 46 new works since the program started in 2003.

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.

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.

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.