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.
Calls for Artists in Hawaiʻi
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.
The Grants.gov website can be searched by eligibility, category, and more. Below are a few currently open grants related to arts and culture.
Library of Congress
Be a Virtual Volunteer: help transcribe Library of Congress documents online
Volunteers create and review transcriptions to improve search, access, and discovery of these pages from history. For more information, please visit the Library of Congress website: https://crowd.loc.gov/
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 National Archives website: archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/editing.html
NHPRC-Mellon Planning Grants for Collaborative Digital Editions, CFDA Number 89.003
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
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
IMLS Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services 2023, CFDA Number 45.308
The Native American/Native Hawaiian Services grant program is designed to support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in sustaining heritage, culture, and knowledge through exhibitions, educational services and programming, workforce professional development, organizational capacity building, and collections stewardship.
Applications close November 15, 2022. For more information, please visit the IMLS website: imls.gov/grants/available/native-americannative-hawaiian-museum-services-program
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, CFDA Number 45.024
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 Digital Humanities Advancement Grants, CFDA Number 45.169
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, CFDA Number 45.164
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.
NEH Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations, CFDA Number 45.161
This program supports collaborative teams who are editing, annotating, and translating foundational humanities texts that are vital to scholarship but are currently inaccessible or only available in inadequate editions or translations. Typically, the texts are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but works in other humanities fields may also be the subject of an edition.
Applications close November 30, 2022. For more information, please visit the NEH website: neh.gov/grants/research/scholarly-editions-and-translations-grants.