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Arts and Education Grants

Awards for Innovative and Progressive Thinking in Education
The ING Unsung Heroes awards program recognizes innovative and progressive thinking in education. Maximum Award: $27,000. Eligibility: full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff members with projects that improve student learning at K-12 public or private schools.

Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble's corporate contributions program supports non-profit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts or education (K - 12). They do not make donations to scholarship or grant programs, religious organizations, sports teams or events, political organizations, or medical and health-related causes. Funding is limited. For more information on submitting a proposal, visit:

The Dana Foundation
The Dana Foundation grants professional development programs for arts educators in rural areas of the United States. As in the Dana Three-City grants, the Foundation is interested primarily in training for in-school arts specialists and professional artists who teach the performing arts to students pre-K-12 in the public schools.

Ford Foundation
The Media, Arts and Culture unit seeks  to strengthen the arts and media as important contributors to the communities and societies in which they function.

Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities.

Hannaford Charitable Foundation
Hannaford Charitable Foundation considers requests from worthy charities in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont that fall into four general categories: health and welfare, educational institutions, civic and cultural organizations, and other local charitable organizations.

National Leadership Grants support projects that have the potential to elevate museum and library practice. The Institute seeks to advance the ability of museums and libraries to preserve culture, heritage and knowledge while enhancing learning.

L.L. Bean
Culture and the Arts - L.L.Bean recognizes the important contribution arts and cultural programs make to our employees' and customers' quality of life. We support organizations that enrich the cultural development of our local Maine communities. The culture and art funding is limited to the Maine communities of Freeport, Portland, Brunswick, Lewiston, Waterville and Bangor.
Education - In Maine, L.L.Bean contributes to statewide initiatives and local education partnerships to improve the quality of education for the children of our employees and neighbors. They do not accept unsolicited proposals for education initiatives outside of Maine.

Maine Community Foundation
The Maine Community Foundation holds more than 800 charitable funds established by donors for the benefit of communities across the state. MCF promotes active philanthropy by stewarding charitable funds and making effective grants. We help connect charitably minded citizens to nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of Maine residents. The Maine Community Foundation also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives in the arts, social capital, education, environment and other fields.

Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant Program
A limited number of matching grants of up to $1,000 are awarded each year to local PTAs for student-centered programs focused on arts education. Special consideration is given to programs that reach large numbers of students, especially students who are at risk. At risk is the term applied to children whose environmental, familial, and/or socioeconomic situation may affect their academic success or ability to learn.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. The NEA has funding programs in all of the arts, as well as arts education. Visit their website to see if your program would fit into their funding priorities.

National Endowment for the Humanities
NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. Maximum Award: $5,000.

New England Foundation for the Arts
NEFA's grant programs provide funding to artists and nonprofit organizations in the areas of dance, performing arts, and public art.

National Education Association Foundation
The NEA Foundation supports a variety of efforts by teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to improve student learning in the nation's public schools, colleges, and universities. Grants include NEA Fine Arts Grants: Administered on behalf of the NEA, these grants provide $2,000 to enable fine arts teachers to create and implement fine arts programs that promote learning among students at risk of school failure.

The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation offers grants in areas including arts and culture.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
The American Library Association Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award recognizes excellence in humanities programming in elementary and middle school libraries that serve children K-8. Maximum Award: $4,000. Eligibility: elementary or middle school (public or private) libraries; or any school library program in the United States that serves children in any combination of grades K-8.

The Spencer Foundation
The Foundation is intended, by Spencer's direction, to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world.

Target Field Trip Grants
Target Field Trip Grants are available to fund scholastic outings in situations where monies are otherwise lacking. Maximum Award: $1000. Eligibility: teachers, principals, paraprofessionals and classified staff in K-12 public, private or charter school in the U.S.

WalMart Foundation
Through its community involvement program, WalMart provides funding to a number of nonprofits working in the areas of children, community, education, and environment. WalMart also provides scholarships to associates.

These grants are specifically for music programs.

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation (MHOF) supports music education and its many benefits through the donation of new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved school and community music programs and individual students nationwide.
Mockingbird Foundation
The Mockingbird Foundation offers support to schools and non-profit organizations working to improve music education.

Music Teachers National Association
The MTNA Foundation Fund is committed to keeping America’s musical future alive for future generations by supporting comprehensive programs that nurture the creation, performance, study and teaching of music.

NAMM Foundation
The mission of the NAMM Foundation is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. They have five grants that serve this mission.

Research and databases

Americans for the Arts
This website offers sources for grants, information on how to approach finding funding, and advocacy information. In addition Americans for the Arts and occasionally administers grant programs and provides funding opportunities. It is a very good place to start to get an understanding about different types of funding and how they can help your organization.

AwesomeLibrary: Gaining Grants Home Page
 "The Awesome Library organizes 14,000 carefully reviewed K-12 education resources, the top 5 percent for teachers, students, parents, and librarians. It includes a search engine." This section focuses on grant resources for teachers.

eSchool News
eSchool News online has a grants and funding site that includes information on grants as well as news and updates from schools and organizations across the country.

Foundation Center
This site from the Foundation Center has both grant opportunities, as well as strategies for seeking and writing grants.

The Grantsmanship Center
A state by state listing of the top grantmaking foundations, community foundations, and corporate giving programs.

Kids Consortium
Now in its second decade, the KIDS Consortium is a nationally recognized leader in the rapidly expanding service-learning movement, which promotes learning through community involvement.

Maine Philanthropy Center
Founded in 1995, the Maine Philanthropy Center is an association of 87 Maine grantmakers - small and large private foundations, community foundations, public foundations, corporate giving programs, family foundations and philanthropic individuals - who share a commitment to increasing the vitality and visibility of Maine’s philanthropy community. They match grantseekers with grantors.

Michigan State University grants database
A compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to education.

President’s Committee on the Arts
The Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people, and provide them with new learning opportunities and opportunities to contribute to their communities. Check out the resources page.

This site lists funding possibilities for school-based projects available from both private and public resources. The easily navigated site links to a variety of funding sources that allow teachers and other educators to match their circumstances and needs with the information provided on the site.


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