Funding Sources for Artists: Competitions, Grants, and Awards

It has never been easy to find funding in any field, much less the humanities.  I’ve compiled a list of potential sources of funding for artists.  The list will be updated as deadlines expire and new opportunities arise.

¡ I can’t vouch for the validity of any of these opportunities so make sure you do your research!

The above links came from the Foundation Center’s Website:   They compile lists of potential funding sources for artists.


Check out the National Endowment for the Arts website for funding opportunities.

The New York Foundation for the Arts is a great resource for working artists and they offer some funding opportunities as well.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is a good resource.

A great centralized source for art competitions and shows that you can submit your work to is

Sponsume is a non-traditional funding platform which uses social media to promote your work and receive funding through viral efforts.

EBSQ Art is a site that allows self representing artists to create an online presence.  They also have a listing of exhibition opportunities.  Thanks, Sherry K. , for the recommendation.  posted June 14th

I came across The Art List today and it looks like a pretty good site although some of the features aren’t free.  It has listings of exhibits and competitions for artists. posted June 15, 2010.

Art Deadline has listings of grants, exhibits, competitions, and a host of other opportunities. posted June 15, 2010.

If you happen to be a Californian artist, the California Arts Council may be a good resource.

Be sure to check out your local resources.  Galleries, city or state cultural offices, as well as museums and private source funding are available.  Also, many college art departments have exhibition opportunities or contests.  Sweat equity pays off when searching for funding opportunities.



  • Sherry K.  On June 14, 2010 at 10:04

    Thanks for the links. I didn’t really find any funding that applied to me but I enjoy the links to other artist and their work. May I recommend my favorite online art community…

    • Stirling  On June 14, 2010 at 10:16

      Sorry that the links weren’t helpful but thanks for the suggestion. It looks like a great site and I’ll add it to the list. 🙂 Thank you for your comment.


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