If you are an art student, then you might be a little overwhelmed by the opportunities ahead of you.  This world and the US economy is becoming very “art conscious”, and the interesting part is: so is the US Government.  Almost every day of the week, the US Government is commissioning the building of a piece of art in the downtown areas of major cities, and in the town square areas of small towns.  It doesn’t matter what kind of art you would like to be apart of, there are grant opportunities for you, and there is money to be had.

If you once that that you had to pay for your entire education, this may be one fact that you might be glad to err upon.


Various Styles of Art Grants

Art grants are interesting in that they are often developed and allocated on a “need” basis.  So, for instance, if the government has a certain fund, trust, or project in mind, then there is a good chance that grants are to follow.

In addition to that, many grants will occur for the simple fact that there is a certain program or policy shift in the government that causes these grants to be distributed among colleges.  The most common kind of grant that you will find is the kind where the government has a new program, so, they fund the colleges in the area.

For instance,the Philadelphia Arts In Education program was recently funded in the fall of 2007, for the express purpose of making it appear as if that fund was doing something constructive with the money.  Often times, the government will send the money to various institutions in the hope that they will develop whatever “humanitarian” cause that they promised to champion.


Little Known Opportunities

Of course, the concepts that were stated above seem a little abstract, and you have to know the right people in order to get your foot in the door.  But, this is not the case.

For instance, below is a list of grants from various government based trusts, funds, and organizations that have thrown money at various colleges and “scholarship” foundations.  The key is not necessarily knowing the right people, as much as it is knowing which rocks to look under.  Little Art Grant treats like these are a dime a dozen, but sometimes the qualifications are a little stiff.

  1. Filmmaking? Check out The Carole Fielding Student Grants for filmmakers. The University Film and Video Association sponsors the award.
  2. If you’re an artist doing graduate level work as a painter or in mixed media you might consider the Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Sorority for Women Educators Fine Arts Grants.
  3. The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation award an annual grant for writers in theater, novel or short story. Material must be ‘gay-positive.’ Grants are in the amount of $1000.
  4. The Durfee Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant is made possible through the Association of Hispanic Arts. The grant program offers monetary assistance to L.A. artists who need financial help finishing artistic projects, especially for the betterment of their profession.
  5. Specialize in cartooning and caricature? You must be a Ph.D. student working on a dissertation that specifically focuses on cartoon and caricature. This unique grant is funded by the Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation- Fellowships for Caricature and Cartoon. Great way to earn $15,000 a year toward a doctoral degree.
  6. Students majoring in “costuming” may find the Costume Society of America’s Stella Blum Research Grant most welcome. Program provides qualified student with up to $3000 for school.
  7. The Handweaver’s Guild of America offers grant money to undergraduate students studying fiber arts.



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