Grants and Opportunities (February 2022)

February 1, 2022

Originally published in the February 2022 SFCA Email Newsletter.

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants 

The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent, unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in need who are practicing in the disciplines of visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, or choreography. Applications due by February 7, 2022. For more information, please visit the NYFA website at

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Summer Youth Program at UH Mānoa 

Explore career and educational opportunities in the fields of plant and animal sciences during this 2-week AgDiscovery summer youth program. Middle and high school students will enjoy presentations from USDA and the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) experts, visits to local agribusinesses, and a wide range of hands-on activities, such as orchid pollination, feral swine dissection, pest identification, DNA barcoding, and honey extraction. Students will experience aspects of the Hawaiian culture by engaging in taro cultivation and managing invasive species to protect the native ecosystem. Program runs July 10-23, 2022. Applications are due March 31, 2022. Learn more about the AgDiscovery program and apply on the APHIS USDA website:

U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service 

Partners for Fish and Wildlife FY22  

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative and grant agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through September 20, 2022. Eligible applicants include individuals, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses. PFW projects must be implemented on private lands (in general, any property not state or federally owned). Private lands include Hawaiian homeland, city, and municipality. For more information, go to and search for grant F22AS00095.  

National Archives and Records Administration 

Publishing Historical Records in Collaborative Digital Editions 
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish online editions of historical records. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio. Projects may focus on broad historical movements in U.S. history, including any aspect of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American history, such as law (including the social and cultural history of the law), politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. Projects that center the voices and document the history of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are especially welcome. Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. For more information, go to and search for grant EDITIONS-202206. 

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:  

NEA Arts Reseach Awards Guidelines Now Available 

Guidelines are now available for two funding programs offered through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis:  

  • Research Grants in the Arts funds research studies that investigate the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. Matching/cost share grants of $10,000 to $100,000 will be awarded.  
  • NEA Research Labs funds transdisciplinary research teams grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, yielding empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike. Matching/cost share grants of $100,000 to $200,000 will be awarded.  
  • Application guidelines for the present round of funding are available on the Arts Endowment websiteThe upcoming deadline for both programs is March 28, 2022.  
  • The NEA will conduct a live webinar on February 9, at 2:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) featuring an overview presentation followed by a Q&A session. Register for the webinar; an archive will be added to the Applicant Resources page.  
  • NEA Challenge America: Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved. Challenge America features an abbreviated application, a robust structure of technical assistance, and grants for a set amount of $10,000. Deadline: April 21, 2022. For more information, please visit the NEA website: 
  • NEA Challenge America guidelines webinar:This free webinar for potential applicants will take place on March 1, 2022 3-4 pm EST (10-11 am Hawaii Standard Time). A recording of the webinar will be made available after the event. Register on the NEA Zoom:  
  • NEA Literature Fellowships: The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. In 2022 the NEA will be accepting applications in poetry. Deadline: March 10, 2022. For more information, please visit the NEA website:  
  • NEA Grants for Arts Projects: Through project-based funding, the program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Deadline: February 10, 2022. For more information, please visit the NEA website:  

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)  

NEH Fellowships 

NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. 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. Projects may be at any stage of development. NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars. Applications due April 13, 2022. A free webinar will be held February 16, 2022 at 7:30 a.m. Hawaiʻi Time (12:30 p.m. Eastern Time). For more information, please visit the NEH website:  

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication 

Through NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be considered under this opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be integral to the project’s research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the research topics being addressed and methods applied demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Competitive submissions embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. All projects must be interpretive. That is, projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools. Stand-alone databases, documentary films, podcasts, and other projects that lack an explicit interpretive argument are not eligible. Application due April 20, 2022. For more information, visit the NEH website:  

National Park Service  

“Voices of the Wilderness” Alaska artist-in-residence program 

The “Voices of the Wilderness” Artist in Residence Program offers artists stewardship-based residencies hosted by the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and US Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska. Artist are partnered with a wilderness specialist to join in projects such as research, monitoring, and education based in a remote wilderness setting. To apply, candidates fill out one application to be considered for any or all of the eleven opportunities (it’s free to apply). The program is open to artists of all disciplines. Applications close March 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM AK time. For more information and to apply, please visit the USDA Forest Service website: Alaskan Artist in Residence. 

NPS Youth Programs 

National Park Service youth programs include internships and job opportunities for youth and young adults 15-30 years old and veterans 35 years old and younger. Learn more at

Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant 

US Small Business Administration (SBA) deadline: until funds are exhausted. 

SVO Grants are available to  

  • Live venue operators 
  • Theatrical producers 
  • Live performing arts organization operators 
  • Relevant museum operators 
  • Motion picture theater operators 

Learn more on the US SBA website:   

Kumu Kahua Theatre/Bamboo Ridge Press 

Go Try PlayWrite Contest 
Each month Kumu Kahua Theatre co-sponsors this playwriting contest with Bamboo Ridge Press in their combined effort to nurture local playwrights and authors. All plays submitted are read by Kumu Kahua Theatre Artistic Director, Harry Wong III. For more information, please visit the Kumu Kahua website: 

Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation: Preservation Projects Coordinator 

Application open until February 4, 2022. The Preservation Projects Coordinator position is responsible for organizing, facilitating and implementing historic preservation programs to build the capacity and effectiveness of the preservation constituency in Hawai‘i. For more information, please visit the Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation website: 

State Foundation on Culture and the Arts: Visual Art Consultant 

Participate in making decisions about artworks for the SFCA Art in Public Places Collection. Informed community panelists make decisions at the SFCA regarding artwork purchases and gifts. Participate by volunteering as a Visual Art Consultant! Application on the SFCA website:  

Calls for Artists in Hawaiʻi 

  • Hawaiʻi Craftsmen “Fiber Hawaii 2022” entry day Saturday June 4, 2022. Exhibit at the Downtown Art Center (Honolulu) June 8-26, 2022. For more information, please visit the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen website:
  • Plein Air Perspectives 2022: The 3rd Annual Hawaiʻi Statewide Jury Exhibition, sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Island Art Alliance and open to all Hawaiʻi based artists. Entry deadline 9/16/2022.  

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:  

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