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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 GrantSpace.org 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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Support for Artists

$5,000 in project support for artists in Cuyahoga County. Artists of all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply, with preference given to projects that support and celebrate the latino/a/x & hispanic community of Cuyahoga County. This opportunity is supported by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a Support for Artists grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Selected artists will also receive one-on-one support from Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center staff during their project, access to artist spaces at Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, opportunities to connect with other Cleveland artists and arts professionals, and participation in a group exhibition of work by all selected artists.

Creative Capital Award

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services. Their pioneering venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at more than $50,000, for a total commitment of over $100,000 per project.

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.

Verge Fellowship

The On The Verge Fellowship or Verge Fellowship is CAP’s response to artists who are not yet ready to receive a Cleveland Arts Prize but who have nonetheless demonstrated creativity, passion, and commitment to the arts. As the CAP nomination period closes, CAP’s VERGE program opens.

The Verge Fellowship provides a $2,000 stipend to 5-10 artists across multiple disciplines, who represent Cleveland’s diversity in the arts. Like the Cleveland Arts Prize awards, the Verge Fellowship rewards practicing artists in the Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Dance & Theatre, Music, and Design.

Applicants must be 21 and older, live in greater Cleveland, and create work in one or more of the five disciplines.

The Hamilton International Arts in Health Awards 2019

The National Organization for Arts in Health is proud to announce our inaugural International Arts in Health Awards Program, titled “The Hamilton”– so named after the sponsoring Hamilton Saykaly Garbulinska Foundation at Blue Grass Community Foundation. The HSG Foundation at Blue Grass Community Foundation supports charitable causes with an emphasis on performing and visual arts, including arts in healthcare as well as educational and community needs.

The awards are open to:
-artists working in all media, or
-arts in health programs in community or clinical settings,

who demonstrate an arts project or initiative in a health setting that has measurably improved the health or wellbeing of the intended population.

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

SPACES will support artistic research and development taking place in Cuyahoga County through The Satellite Fund.

Bascom Little Fund

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.

Accelerate 2019

Accelerate 2019 will take place on February 27. Applications will be open from November 1 – 30, 2018.

Minority Arts and Education Fund

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

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.