A list of federal, state, and other arts and culture grants/opportunities. Questions regarding a particular opportunity should be directed to the organization listed with the opportunity. Inclusion here should not be interpreted as an endorsement.
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State of Hawaiʻi
City and County of Honolulu: Royal Hawaiian Band
Musician vacancy: plays the euphonium and/or its related double in the band in public performances and regularly carries out one or more special assignments within the band; and performs other related duties as required. Full-time, permanent position, salary $4,962/month. Applications close December 3, 2022. For more information and to apply, please visit the Government Jobs website: GovernmentJobs.com/careers/honolulu/jobs/3801135/musician-ii-euphonium-sr-22-1-vacancy.
Oʻahu Elementary Schools: Interactive Astronomy Lecture Opportunity with Prince Dance Company
Prince Dance Academy will be on Oʻahu next spring, and is currently looking to book dates at Oʻahu schools (grades 2-6) for an entertaining and educational performance with an interactive lecture this spring. This free one-hour dance performance and lecture with interactive involvement from the student audience, grades two through six, will model the motions of cosmic bodies through dance and help to explain the phenomena of the galaxies.
Angel Prince is the artistic director of the performance while an astronomer will provide expertise on the nature of galaxies: what they are made of, how they evolve, and how we learn about them from observations and theoretical investigations.
This program is sponsored by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Prince Dance Company. There will be no cost to the schools to receive this program. The Prince Dance Company is currently looking to book dates the last week of March 2023 (3/27 to 3/31). Please let us know if you would like us to bring this show and STEAM focused program to your school by contacting Debra McGee at 808-769-0464 or email her at [email protected].
Hawaiʻi State Legislature Grant-In-Aid (GIA)
Get ready for the Hawaiʻi State Legislature 2023 Chapter 42F (Grant-in-Aid)! The Grant-in-Aid application period typically opens in early January and closes shortly after the legislative session begins in late January. Review the 2022 GIA information at capitol.hawaii.gov/session/gia.aspx to prepare (please note that instructions may change). For example, organizations will need a Certificate of Good Standing from the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), which may take a few weeks to receive (learn more about how to request a Certificate of Good Standing on the DCCA website: cca.hawaii.gov/breg/faqs/general/can-i-request-a-good-standing-certificate/). Grant awards and applications are also posted with the 2022 GIA information.
There are two types of grants: Operating and Capital Improvement Project (CIP) grants. Generally, Operating grants are for an organization’s program expenses and CIP grants are for construction projects. The Legislature decides who is awarded a grant, the type of grant, the award amount, what the funds can be used for, and which state department will administer said award. Please contact the House Committee on Finance staff (telephone: 808-586-6200) or Senate Committee on Ways and Means staff (telephone: 808-586-6800) if you have questions.
Calls for Artists in Hawaiʻi
Hawaiʻi Wildlife Conservation Stamp Contest Opens
Artists are welcome to submit entries to the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) annual art contest for the 2023-24 Hawaiʻi Wildlife Conservation and Game Bird Stamp. Contest entry requirements include a Hawaiʻi habitat setting, completed oil or acrylic painting (maximum size 24″ by 36″, unframed), received by February 25, 2023. For more information including how to submit work, please read this press release from the DLNR: dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/files/2022/11/NR-Hawaii-Wildlife-Conservation-Stamp-Contest-Opens-Dec01_202227-LB44-2-1.pdf?fbclid=IwAR36X2FqTwOzgPiZiB-g2a6Ai9tyj9u33oG0t24-AaTDrauHvqKhKRQMU2M, or contact Jason D. Omick by email at [email protected] or by telephone at (808) 347-6869.
Hui Noʻeau 2023 Annual Juried Exhibition
Online registration December 27, 2022-January 3, 2023. For more information and to register, please visit the Hui Noʻeau website: HuiNoeau.com/exhibitions.
Call for Entry (CAFE)
The Call for Entry (CAFE) website can be searched by state (choose the “sort by” menu on the left side of the screen). Search the Café website: Artist.CallForEntry.org.
- In the Time of Climate Change, University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo Art Department. International exhibition open to all artists ages 18 and older. Deadline: March 15, 2023. For more information please view the call for artists on CallForEntry.org: artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=10885.
Western Arts Alliance
Performing Arts Discovery (PAD) Showcase Program, an international virtual showcase opportunity for U.S.-based performing artists who are ready to tour internationally. Applications are open to music, dance, and theater artists/ensembles with a demonstrated capacity to tour internationally. Applications are open until January 6, 2023. Learn more and apply on the Western Arts Alliance website: WestArts.org/pad.
The Grants.gov website can be searched by eligibility, category, and more. Below are a few currently open grants related to arts and culture.
National Archives and Records Administration (NHPRC)
NHPRC Institutes for Historical Editing
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to advance inclusive participation, training, education, dialog, and collaborative exchange amongst a diverse and growing community of academic and non-academic practitioners in the editing and publishing of historical records, including the related practices of digital scholarly editing, digital ethnic studies, digital history, and digital humanities. “We strongly encourage collaborative teams that include racially and ethnically diverse faculty and staff in key positions, and that include editorial, archival, and technical staff at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, and/or other Indigenous and Native American tribal scholars and community members, and members of the Asian American community.” Closing date for applications: December 8, 2022. For more information, please visit the NHPRC website: archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/editing.html.
NHPRC-Mellon Planning Grants for Collaborative Digital Editions
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), with funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks proposals for its planning grant program for Collaborative Digital Editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History and Ethnic Studies. Overarching goal to broaden participation in the production and publication of historical and scholarly digital editions. Application closing date June 7, 2023. For more information, please visit the National Archives website: archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/digitaleditions.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the only arts funder in the United States—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. Each year, the NEA awards thousands of grants to provide everyone in the United States with diverse opportunities for arts participation. Learn more about how to apply, the process, and more on the NEA website: arts.gov/grants.
NEA Big Read
Grants to support community-wide reading programs. The NEA Big Read welcomes applications from a variety of eligible organizations, including first-time applicants; organizations serving communities of all sizes, including rural and urban areas; and organizations with small, medium or large operating budgets. Eligible applicants include (and are not limited to) arts centers, arts councils, and arts organizations; community service organizations, faith-based organizations, historical societies, and nonprofits. Intent to Apply due January 18, 2023. For more information, please visit the NEA website: arts.gov/initiatives/nea-big-read.
NEA Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects FY2024
Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. Application closes January 12, 2023. For more information, please visit the NEA website: arts.gov/grants/translation-projects.
Volunteer to be a National Endowment for the Arts Panelist
Arts Endowment panelists play a central role in reviewing applications for funding. The NEA relies on panels composed of individuals who represent a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints, as well as wide geographic and ethnic diversity, to provide advice about the artistic excellence and artistic merit of proposals in a variety of funding categories. Panels are composed of both arts professionals and knowledgeable laypersons. Most panelists are arts professionals who are qualified by their activities, training, skills, and/or experience in one or more art forms. Every panel also includes a layperson – someone knowledgeable about the arts but not engaged in the arts as a profession either full- or part-time. Learn more on the NEA website: arts.gov/form/volunteer-to-be-a-national-endowment-for-the-arts-panelist.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
NEH Division of Preservation and Access, Cultural and Community Resilience Program
The Cultural and Community Resilience program supports community-based efforts to mitigate climate change and COVID-19 pandemic impacts, safeguard cultural resources, and foster cultural resilience through identifying, documenting, and/or collecting cultural heritage and community experience. The program prioritizes projects from disadvantaged communities in the United States or its jurisdictions, and NEH encourages applications that employ inclusive methodologies. This program is a part of the NEH special initiative “American Tapestry: Weaving Together Past, Present, and Future”. Deadline: January 12, 2023. For more information, please visit the NEH website: neh.gov/program/cultural-and-community-resilience.
NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG) for organizations supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Deadline: January 12, 2023. For more information, please visit the NEH website: neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants.
NEH Division of Research Programs Fellowships
The purpose of this program is to support individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional humanistic research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research. Deadline: April 12, 2023. For more information, please visit the NEH website: neh.gov/grants/research/fellowships.
NEH Public Humanities Projects
The purpose of this program is to support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person, hybrid, or virtual programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. Deadline: January 11, 2023. For more information, please visit the NEH website: neh.gov/grants/public/public-humanities-projects.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Department of Commerce
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for master’s and doctoral degrees in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology—these may include but are not limited to ocean and/or coastal: engineering, social science, marine education, marine stewardship, cultural anthropology, and resource management disciplines—and particularly encourages women and members of minority groups to apply. Applications are due December 22, 2022. For more information and to apply, please visit the NOAA Foster Scholars website: FosterScholars.noaa.gov.
National Park Service (NPS)
NPS Save America’s Treasures Grants
Grants are available to fund two types of projects: “Collections” and “Preservation”. Collections projects must be determined to be of national significance based on the supportive description of its significance within the application. Collections include artifacts, documents, sculptures, and other works of art. Preservation projects fund planning and “bricks and mortar” preservation/conservation work on historic buildings and structures. Applications close December 20, 2022. For more information, please visit the NPS website: nps.gov/articles/000/save-america-s-treasures-grant-opportunity.htm.