Grants & Financial Resources for Creative Professionals

Works In Progress Louisiana Grants Program
Project grants for creative professionals who live/work in North Louisiana.
Other Funding Sources
The Actors Fund
Our free and confidential social service programs are available nationally and address a wide array of challenges faced by people in performing arts and entertainment. With respect and understanding, our professional social workers offer counseling and support groups, education, emergency financial assistance and practical help. The Actors Fund assists those working in theater, film, television, radio, music, dance, opera and circus.
The Dancers' Resource
Geared toward professional dancers dealing with significant injury, we help by mitigating the isolation many dancers experience during recovery by providing emotional support and sharing resources.
The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative
Any performing arts or entertainment professional may call on the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative for support, information or referrals to community agencies. Eligibility for financial assistance requires an application, documentation of your professional earnings and an interview.
Disabled Care Program
We provide supportive services for entertainment professionals and their families when they are coping with a short- or long-term illness or disability.
Actors Fund Senior Services
We help entertainment industry professionals age 65 and older, their families and caregivers to address the myriad issues they may face on a daily basis.
Artists Health Insurance Resource Center
Getting health insurance or finding quality medical care can be confusing for anyone who isn’t covered by an employer or union health plan. Our Artists Health Insurance Resource Center identifies coverage options and helps members of the visual and performing arts community enroll in them.
Actors Fund Funeral & Burial Assistance
Assistance with the cost of funerals + a gravesite with a headstone to those in need; also offers pre-pay arrangements for those interested in purchasing a gravesite.
Louisiana Economic Development/Louisiana Entertainment
The State of Louisiana has created a robust suite of incentives specifically targeting the entertainment industry. Louisiana is the only state that offers a package of incentives uniquely designed for motion pictures, digital interactive and software development projects, sound recording and live performance productions.
Creative Capital
Creative Capital is one of the only national nonprofit organizations that awards grants to individual artists through an open application process. Our individualized approach surrounds artists with the financial and advisory resources they need to realize their artistic visions and build sustainable careers.
Arts Writers Grant Program
The program issues awards directly to individual authors for articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and short-form writing projects. It supports a broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship.
South Arts
South Arts offers grant programs for nonprofit performing and literary arts presenting organizations.
 Southern Prize and State Fellowships 
The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South.
Women Arts - Sources for Individual Artists
This is a list of foundations that provide funding to individual artists. Please contact them directly for more specific information about their programs.
Emergency Funds for Artists in All Disciplines
Emergency funds for artists, writers, visual artists, and musicians
The Savvy Musician
Grants & funding opportunities for musicians in various disciplines
Arts & Healing Network
Arts & Healing Network offers this list of funding opportunities with the hope that it will support the creation of more art and healing work in the world. Grants are listed alphabetically by funder.
A list of foundations and granting organizations that are focused on the arts.
NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation
  • Community Partnership Grants
  • Discretionary Grants (Purpose: provide funds for initiatives that fall outside the scope of our Community Partnership Grants. Typically, these include things such as funeral expenses [request limit: $1,500], or support for fund-raising events [request limit: $2,500]).
The Pollack-Krasner Foundation
visual artists with demonstrated need.
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Funding for artists and writers with children.
A Blade of Grass
Fellowships for socially engaged artists.
Harpo Foundation
Project-based support.
Joan Mitchell Foundation
Funding for emerging visual artists + emergency grants.
Puffin Foundation
Funding for work that addresses social and environmental issues.

Institute of International Education | Artist Protection Fund
Funding for artists whose practice or lives are threatened.
Writer's Relief
Comprehensive listing of writers' resources & organizations.
G. Scott Griffin Award
Cash prize award given to a NWLA artist who has overcome adversity to make a contribution to the community in the execution of his/her/their art.
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation
For visual artists working in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking; artists must demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of their work. Assistance is for a specific emergency, not a chronic condition, projects, or situations resulting from indebtedness or lack of employment.
A database documenting current financial support mechanisms available to artists.
The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts
grants to support research in culinary history, scholarships for professional culinary training and internships in food writing, as well as professional development and food literacy programs
Travel Expense Grant
South Arts offers funding of up to $700 to support travel expenses so that presenters can see live performances, participate in professional development opportunities, and plan residencies with artists. Potential applicants are required to contact Nikki Estes at 404-874-7244 ext. 16 or to discuss projects prior to submitting an application.
Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities.
Praxis Center for Aesthetics
"Weekly Resources for Artists" webpage is updated weekly with highlighted opportunities for grants, residencies, and open calls.
Cerf+ - The Artists Safety Net
Emergency grants, interest-free loans, and other assistance are available to professional artists working in craft disciplines who have had a recent career-threatening emergency.

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