Grants for the Arts

The National Art Education Foundation offers the following grants:

  • Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants - Scholarships that promote NAEA's efforts to initiate and encourage the understanding and implementation of the goals for student learning promulgated through the National Visual Arts Standards.
  • Mary McMullan Grants - Projects that promote art education as an integral part of the curriculum in elementary and secondary schools, as well as higher education.
  • NAEA Research Grants - Major grants supporting research that advances knowledge in the field of art education and that promulgates the goals outlined in Creating a Visual Arts Research Agenda Toward the 21st Century.
  • SHIP Grants - Funds given to art educators whose proposals seek art equipment and/or instructional curriculum resources used to focus on student learning specifically related to the National Visual Arts Standards.
  • Teacher Incentive Grants - Projects that promote the teaching of art.


Target Arts Grants - Target funds arts projects that provide opportunities for students to participate in cultural experiences, such as school touring programs, field trips to the theater or symphony, or artists residencies and workshops in schools.

Grantmakers in the Arts - One of the few national organizations dedicated to philanthropy in arts and culture. Has an extensive list of arts grant-making websites.

UCROSS Foundation - The Ucross Foundation Residency Program offers the gift of time and space to competitively selected individuals working in all artistic disciplines. The Foundation strives to provide a respectful, comfortable and productive environment, freeing artists from the pressures and distractions of daily life. As painter Carol Schwennesen commented, "There has been no other art experience that has been as wide and deep and solid as the experience of being at Ucross."

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation - 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. K-12 schools can apply for this grant. The foundation makes repairs to damaged instruments, distributes refurbished instruments and then purchases new instruments.