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There is no precise measure of how many grant programs directly support artists. The New York Foundation for the Arts, which itself makes such grants, maintains a database of about 2,900 such programs. The Urban Institute study found that more than $91 million was available to artists, but that two-thirds of cash grants that could be quantified were of less than $5,000. Only 21 percent of grants were of $10,000 or more.

Language Arts - Reading Excellence Act Grant Descriptions.
The grants are the first to be awarded under the new Reading Excellence Act (REA), described by Riley as "the most significant law on child literacy passed by Congress in more than 30 years." The grants will enable states to create programs that use scientifically based reading research to improve the reading skills of up to 500,000 elementary school students, particularly at-risk students who need additional help during the critical primary grades of K-3.
Sample Proposals and contact info for grant writers Improving Literacy Through School Libraries


United States Artists, will provide support to working artists, with a grant program that will be one of the most generous in existence. Fifty artists working in a wide variety of disciplines and at various career stages will receive $50,000 each, no strings attached. The first recipients will be announced on Dec. 4. Panels of artists, critics, scholars and others in the arts are reviewing the applications of 300 artists who were nominated by 150 anonymous arts leaders around the country. United States Artists declined to reveal any of the applicants names Katharine DeShaw is the group's executive director.
United States Artists
5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 580
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.857.5857
Fax: 323.857.5867

The Annenberg Foundation Guidelines for Grantseekers
provides support for projects within its grant-making interest areas of education and youth, arts and culture, civic and community, and health.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
1255 23rd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
(800) 728-2819

The Foundation Center
79 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 620-4230

National Endowment of the Arts
records grants made to organizations through the funding categories. Listed are organizations, brief summaries of the projects we've supported and grant amounts.

The Arts Education Partnership (formerly known as the Goals 2000 Arts Education Partnership) is a private, nonprofit coalition of more than 100 national education, arts, business, philanthropic and government organizations that demonstrate and promote the essential role of arts education in enabling all students to succeed in school, life and work. The Partnership was formed in 1995 through a cooperative agreement between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the U. S. Department of Educati on, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has begun offering NYFA Source at This site offers access to the most comprehensive list of opportunities for artists in the nation, opening doors to the widest range of financial, educational, technological, and institutional resources and information.

Grantmakers in the Arts

GuideStar - a national database of non profit organiations

The Foundation Center Did you know that the National Business Plan Competition for Nonprofit Organizations has announced its round three finalists? The 20 finalists will present their business plans to a panel of expert judges at the first Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony to be held on May 1-2, 2003, in New York City. The Conference will also be a place for nonprofit organizations, academics and students, foundation and corporate investors, and others to network with each other and participate in a host of activities that inform the process of nonprofit enterprise.

The Neighborhood Funders Group is a national network of foundations and philanthropic organizations.

Indiana University Database