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Kresge Foundation 
Arts & Culture Grants

Focuses on Creative Placemaking, an approach to community development and urban planning that integrates arts, culture, and community-engaged design strategies. Grants are made in three specific focus areas: national networks; local systems, and place-based initiatives.
Deadline: On-going

The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation
Supports nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the communities the company serves in Arizona, California, and Nevada. The Foundation's areas of interest include health and wellness, education, hunger relief, disaster relief, and team sports and youth development.
Deadline: On-going

The National Federation of the Blind and Tactile Images
Museums,  Science  Centers,  and  Cultural  Institutions Grants

Discount (25-50%) on at least three tactile displays using Tactile Images’ technology.
Deadline: On-going

Arizona Preservation Foundation  

Helps Arizona non-profit organizations jumpstart historic preservation efforts in their communities, especially if a historic resource is threatened.
Amount: up to $2,000
Deadline: On-going

Arizona Preservation Foundation
Digital Innovation

To develop digital content delivery tools. Examples include virtual tours, digital exhibitions, augmented reality, or other digital tools to make preservation assets accessible during the COVID-19 event. Grant recipients must make the project available to the public, and allow the project to be promoted by APF. The grant can be used for equipment, staff, contracting, subscription services, or other costs related to the project.
Amount: $500
Deadline: On-going 

U.S. Bank Foundation
Community Possible Grants

Access to Artistic and Cultural Programming & Arts Education funding includes programs that provide access to cultural activities, the visual and performing arts, museums, zoos and aquariums, and botanic gardens for individuals and families living in underserved communities; funding for local arts organizations that enhance the economic vitality of the community; programs that provide funding for arts-focused nonprofit organizations that bring visual and performing arts; and programming to low- and moderate-income K-12 schools and youth centers
Deadline: On-going

Hometown Grants

Projects that revitalize community spaces in towns with 50,000 people or less
Amount: up to $50,000
Deadline: Quarterly

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Community Strong Corporate Philanthropy Program

Strengthen and support organizations whose programs benefit the community and help create a healthier Arizona. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, as well as religious organizations with a nonsectarian program. Funding priorities include the following issues: critical health concerns, the social determinants of health, business and civic engagement, and arts and culture.
Deadline: On-going

Library of Congress
Connecting Communities Digital Initiative: Grants to Libraries, Archives and Museums

Support the design and implementation of digital projects (digital exhibits, interfaces, multimedia productions or publications) that use digital materials from the Library of Congress to engage Black, Indigenous or other community members of color.
Amount: up to $60,000  
Deadline: November 15, 2021

Institute for Museum and Library Services
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

Designed to support small museums of all disciplines in project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Inspire! has three project categories: Lifelong Learning; Institutional Capacity; and Collections Stewardship and Access
Amount: $5,000-$50,000
Deadline: November 15, 2021

Institute for Museum and Library Services
Museums for America
Supports museums of all sizes and disciplines to undertake projects that strengthen their ability to serve their public. Project activities may include exhibitions, educational or interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Museums for America has three project categories: Lifelong Learning; Community Engagement; and Collections Stewardship and Access
Amount: $5,000-$250,000
Deadline: November 15, 2021

Institute for Museum and Library Services
Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff

Supports projects that use the transformative power of professional development and training to generate systemic change within museums of all types and sizes.  There are four project categories: Digital Technology; Diversity and Inclusion; Evaluation and Organizational Management
Amount: $5,000-$250,000
Deadline: November 15, 2021

Institute for Museum and Library Services
Museum Grants for African American History & Culture

Designed to build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums.
Amount: $5,000-$250,000
Deadline: November 15, 2021

Institute for Museum and Library Services
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Supports 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.
Amount: $5,000-$100,000
Deadline: November 15, 2021

Institute for Museum and Library Services
National Leadership Grants for Museums
Supports projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession to strengthen museum services for the American public.
Amount: $5,000-$750,000
Deadline: November 15, 2021

Bank of America
Art Conservation Project Grants

To conserve works of art that are (1) significant to the cultural heritage of the country or region, or important to the history or art and (2) on view to the public (or will be once conservation is complete)
Deadline: November 30, 2021

National Park Service
African American Civil Rights Grant

Grants are available to fund two types of projects: history grants support interpretive and research-based projects, and preservation grants fund planning and "bricks and mortar" preservation/conservation work on historic structures.
Amount:  $50,000 to $500,000  
Deadline: December 1, 2021

Terra Foundation for American Art
Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants

Support of in-person exchanges such as workshops, symposia, and colloquia that advance scholarship in the field of American art (circa 1500–1980) and take place in Chicago, the United States, or outside the U.S. with at least one-third of participants coming from outside the United States.
Amount: up to $25,000
Deadline: (LOI): December 3, 2021, March 15, 2022

Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
CORE Grants

Address emerging issues, boost salaries and benefits, invest in technology and infrastructure, and build communication and fundraising strategies.
Amount: $10,000 to $30,000
Deadline: December 3, 2021 

Association of Tribal Archives, Museums and Libraries
Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP)

Funds may be used for operational support or for programs that bring scholars/cultural practitioners and the public together in a dialogue that embraces the civic and cultural life of Native communities.
Amount: $5,000 to $50,000
Deadline: December 13, 2021

American Historical Society
Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations Program  
Fund short-term projects that explore new ideas or build on experiments initiated during the pandemic—from virtual programming or online publications to using new technologies or expanding audiences and accessibility.
Amount: $10,000 to $75,000
Deadline: December 14, 2021

National Park Service
Save America's Treasures

Preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections through two programs:  preservation projects (for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places for national significance or listed as a National Historic Landmark) and for projects involving collections(including artifacts, museum collections, documents, sculptures, and other works of art).
Amount: $25,000 to $500,000
Deadline:  December 14, 2021

Council on Library Information Resources
Recordings at Risk Grants

Supports the preservation of rare and unique audio, audiovisual, and other time-based media digital reformatting.
Amount: up to $50,000
Deadline: December 15, 2021

National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants

Improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military service members and veterans exposed to trauma as well as their families and caregivers through support of non-clinical arts engagement projects.
Amount: $10,000 to $50,000
Deadline: December 15, 2021

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Telling the Full History Preservation Fund

Humanities-based work to interpret and preserve historic places of importance to underrepresented communities including, but not limited to, women, immigrants, Asian Americans, Black Americans, Latinx Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and LGBTQ communities.
Amount: $25,000 and $50,000
Deadline: December 15, 2021

National Endowment for the Humanities
Public Humanities Projects

Supports in three categories (Exhibitions, Historic Places, and Humanities Discussions), and at two funding levels (Planning and Implementation).
Amount: Planning: up to $75,000.   Implementation: up to $400,000
Deadline: January 12, 2021

National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Helps small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.  
Amount: $10,000
Deadline: January 13, 2022

National Endowment for the Humanities
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Supports sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to disasters resulting from natural or human activity.
Amount: Planning: up to $50,000; Implementation: up to $350,000
Deadline: January  13, 2022

Arizona Parks
State Parks Heritage Fund Grants   
Provides grant opportunities for trail projects, outdoor environmental education programs, local, regional, and state parks, as well as historic preservation projects through legislatively-appropriated funds.
Amount: $5,000 to $300,000
Deadline: February 1, 2021, May 1, 2022

Museum Association of Arizona

P.O. Box 63902,
Phoenix, Arizona 85082

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