Opportunities, Awards and Funding

New York Public Library Invites Applications for 2021-22 Cullman Center Fellowship

Deadline: September 25, 2020

The New York Public Library is inviting applications for its 2021-22 Cullman Center Fellowship.

Offered through the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, fellowships will be awarded to fifteen scholars and writers — academics, independent scholars, journalists, creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets), translators, and visual artists — whose work could benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The library is one of the world’s preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, sports, and urban studies.

Through the program, fellows will receive a stipend of up to $75,000, the use of an office with a computer, and full access to the library’s physical and electronic resources. Fellows work at the center for the duration of the fellowship term, which runs from September through May, and will give a talk over lunch on his or her current work-in-progress to other fellows and a wide range of invited guests; they may also be asked to take part in other programs at the New York Public Library. Fellowship awardees will need to work primarily at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building rather than at other divisions of the Library.

Those seeking funding for research leading directly to a degree are not eligible for the program. 

See the New York Public Library website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. 

Link to complete RFP

Center for Craft Invites Applications for Artist Fellowship

Deadline: October 1, 2020

The Artist Fellowship program at the Center for Craft in Asheville, North Carolina, is one of four comprising the Craft Research Fund, which was created to encourage, expand, and support scholarly craft research in the United States

To help advance this mission, the center welcomes applications for its Artist Fellows program. Through the program, two grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice. Proposals are welcome from mid-career artists, artisans, designers, makers, sculptors, and others who identify their practice within the field of craft. The center, and by extension the grant, recognizes craft to be a particular approach to making with a strong connection to materials, skill, and process.

Examples of craft research identified by the center include but are not limited to archive and museum-based research; material innovations and experimentation; process-oriented research/innovation; historical research; collaborations among artists and/or with other disciplines and/or institutions; and other projects that have the potential to transform questions that are being asked in an academic context.

To be eligible, applicants must be 21 or older, eligible to receive taxable income in the United States, and have been living and working in the U.S. for the last two years and for the duration of the fellowship period.

See the Center for Craft for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Link to complete RFP

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Invites Applications for 2021-22 Faculty Fellowships

Deadline: October 5, 2020

Each year, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study convenes a diverse group of faculty fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate scholars to participate in a residential research community, with topics organized around an annual theme. NDIAS also organizes regular academic programming — including research seminars, public lectures, symposia, and conferences — on the theme.

To that end, the institute welcomes applications for its Faculty Fellowships program. For the 2021-22 academic year, NDIAS will sponsor residential research projects that deepen the understanding of resilience, with the aim of bringing together humanists, scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and artists to consider how organisms, people, species, and social structures adapt or fail to adapt to novel challenges and the ethical implications of such adaptation. Fellows will receive half of their salary per academic year (up to $75,000), subsidized housing (for those who currently reside outside the South Bend area), a research allowance of up to $500 per semester, and a private office at NDIAS. (Fellows' home institutions ordinarily provide the remainder of their salaries as well as all benefits, including health insurance.)

Potential research proposal topics on resilience may address but are not limited to:

Law and policy-focused issues — How social and environmental systems might adapt to climate change; how public health systems might adapt to pandemics; how institutions adapt to technological disruptions; how cultural groups respond to oppression; topics where multiple policy spheres overlap; and historical analyses of how systems responded (or failed to respond) to shocks.

The downsides of resilience — Predicting and responding to genetic alterations of pathogenic viruses and bacteria; issues with understanding cancer pathology; understanding the efficacy of terrorist groups; and the threats posed by self-directed AI systems.

Philosophical and theological investigations — Is resilience a moral virtue; moral theory related to extinction, preservation, and adaptation; the role that adaptability has played in sacred texts and traditions; and resilience in the history of religious communities.

Health, psychology, disability studies, and individual resilience — Such as a study of the personality traits or situations that promote psychological resilience and how context, culture, or built-environment affects assessments of resilience.

Engineering and design — How can we build more adaptable structures and measure adaptability in different systems and environments.

Theoretical analyses — Explorations of whether resilience emerges from intrinsic features of an individual or system or is primarily determined by environment and/or discussions of whether resilience in a particular domain is better understood as resistance to change (rather than adaptability).

Creative projects and research into the fine arts — Artistic works that explore dimensions of resilience through music, visual arts, fiction, dance, and other fine arts scholarship on artistic engagement with resilience.

Projects may explore resilience at different durations or scales. NDIAS encourages proposals that consider novel ways of translating models of resilience from one disciplinary domain to another.

Faculty Fellowships are open to scholars, scientists, social scientists, and artists in all disciplines who are conducting research on resilience. Fellows typically have a faculty appointment at their home institution, but the fellowships are also open to independent researchers, postdoctoral scholars, and those who have recently received their PhD (or equivalent) degree.

Scholars from other academic institutions, researchers at national laboratories, fellows from other institutes, and faculty from Notre Dame are invited to apply.

See the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study website for additional information.

Link to complete RFP

Florida Humanities Council Invites Applications for Community Project Grants

Deadline: October 14, 2020

The Florida Humanities Council is accepting applications from Florida nonprofit organizations for the planning and implementation of public humanities projects related to Florida or of interest to local communities. At their core, the grants seek to preserve Florida’s diverse history and heritage, promote civic engagement and community dialogue, and provide communities the opportunity to reflect on the future of the Sunshine State.

To that end, mini-grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of humanities-rich projects in all shapes and sizes that are bold, innovative, and potentially transformative to local communities. Projects supported by Community Project Grants include but are not limited to community conversations; digital and audio humanities projects; interactive websites that function as public humanities programs; museum exhibitions with related programming; oral history projects; outdoor heritage signage; panel discussions or talk backs following theatrical productions; and public lectures and panel discussions. Eligible projects must be rooted in one or more of the disciplines of the humanities, enlist the participation of humanities scholar(s) and/or community experts, attract diverse audiences, bring the public together for discussion, and be free and open to the public (or not cost prohibitive).

Priority will be given to proposals from organizations with annual budgets of less than $1 million, projects that reach new and/or underserved audiences, and/or projects that build on partnerships between two or more organizations or institutions.

To be eligible, organizations must be recognized as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a local municipality, or be a cultural, civic, or educational entity and be based in Florida and serve Floridians.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, as well as a list of previously funded projects, see the Florida Humanities Council website.

Link to complete RFP


The Arts Council’s Professional Development for Artists (PDA) Grant Program was established to recognize the value and important contributions of creative individuals to the cultural vitality of the Hillsborough County. The program supports the development of a vibrant, creative community that inspires and energizes residents and visitors alike.

Artist Grants, Arts Council of Hillsborough County

PDA Grants provide support for specific projects that advance the careers of artists who have achieved success on local, national or international levels. It is an annual grant program for emerging or established artists of a variety of disciplines for a single purpose: Funding attendance at a professional education experience or buying equipment that is pivotal to the advancement of the artist’s career.

These are reimbursement-based grants available to Hillsborough County artists and the grant period is March 1 through Sept. 15. Eligible artists may apply for up to $2,000. Please read the program’s Guidelines document for specific eligibility requirements and program information. Funding for this program is provided by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners and managed by the Arts Council. Please call 813-276-8250 with questions.



The Arts Council of Hillsborough County (ACHC) is committed to facilitating participation in cultural programs by all individuals in Hillsborough County. The Cultural Development Grant Program provides general program support to local cultural organizations with programming that not only serves diverse audiences but also reaches geographically diverse communities. In addition, it is the intent of the program to encourage the development of both cultural and administrative operations of these organizations. Funds provided through this grant program are also intended to enhance the organization’s ability to attract new audiences and increase funding from other sources.

The Arts Council provides general support grants to nonprofits in Hillsborough County.

An organization applying for a grant must have as its primary mission the delivery of cultural programs. Cultural disciplines encompass, but are not limited to: architecture, crafts, creative writing, dance, history, literature, media arts, music, photography, theatre, traditional arts, visual arts, and the execution, exhibition, or presentation of such allied cultural forms.

Organizations applying for a Cultural Development Grant from the Arts Council must attend an application workshop, the first step in the application process. Cultural Development Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are judged on cultural merit, community outreach and financial/administrative management.

These are reimbursement grants and the grant period is Oct. 1 through Sept. 15. Eligible organizations may apply for up to $30,000. Please read the program’s Guidelines document for eligibility requirements and program information. Funding for this program is provided by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners and managed by the Arts Council. Please call 813-276-8250 with questions.



The Community Arts Impact Grant (CAIG) Program is designed to make arts and cultural opportunities more accessible for underserved populations across Hillsborough County. We are committed to supporting geographic, ethnic and age diversity, as well as programs that serve veterans and people with disabilities. Additionally, this grant program is meant to provide nimble/flexible funding while serving as a “training opportunity” for small, community-based organizations that are new to grant writing and/or seeking support from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.

The Arts Council provides impact grants to support specific projects that will have an impact on a community in Hillsborough County.

The goals of the Community Arts Impact Grant Program are aligned with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County’s Strategic Plan. Strategic funding priorities include:
•Create pathways for supporting rural and underserved communities with arts and cultural programming.
•Build deeper recognition that the arts and culture are critical for community and economic development.
•Integrate arts and cultural programming and resources across the region and County.
•Provide greater access to arts and cultural opportunities by leveraging creative community partnerships.
•Increase accessibility to arts and cultural programs for diverse voices in diverse communities.

Additionally, the CAIG program is committed to supporting cultural assets that are creating and protecting cultural equity across Hillsborough County, Florida.

Community Arts Impact Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are judged on community engagement and impact; cultural/artistic merit of project; and financial and administrative oversight.

These are reimbursement grants and the grant period is Nov. 1 through Sept. 15. Eligible organizations may apply for up to $5,000. Please read the program’s Guidelines document for eligibility requirements and program information. Funding for this program is provided by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners and managed by the Arts Council. Please call 813-276-8250 with questions.


PROJECT SPECIFIC GRANTS – Community Arts Impact Grants for Universities and Colleges

The Arts Council has created a separate division of the Community Arts Impact Grant for colleges and universities. The Community Arts Impact Grant-Colleges/Universities (CAIG/CU) is a competitive arts funding opportunity for colleges and universities whose administrative headquarters are located within Hillsborough County.

The purpose of this grant is to benefit the citizens of Hillsborough County through the creation of community projects of a cultural nature that actively engage a diverse range of Hillsborough County citizen voices and participants in the planning and implementation of the project.

The total funding for CAIG/CU grants is $50,000; however, the maximum amount of the grant request must not exceed $12,500. A project budget under the $12,500 maximum request may be submitted. No match is required; however, evidence of other funding partners to complete the project will be evaluated favorably by the panelists.



Emergency Funds for Hillsborough County Artists

The Gobioff Foundation is partnering with Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts (TBBCA)  on a new artist grant program. The Hillsborough County Artists Relief Program (HARP) is made possible by the Gobioff Foundation’s funding of $100,000, matched by a generous grant from the Vinik Family Foundation.

HARP is a fund to provide financial assistance to artists within Hillsborough County who are temporarily unable to meet their basic needs (including food, utilities, bills, childcare, Housing (rent, mortgage), Healthcare (insurance, medical bills).  The goal of the fund is to get financial assistance to many artists as promptly as possible. HARP is set up to address the current novel coronavirus emergency and is estimated to run until funds are no longer available or need has been resolved. 


Hillsborough County Resident
Adults (18 years and older)
Practicing artist in most artistic disciplines
Demonstrates financial assistance need
Legally able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or (TIN)
Amount: $500.00 in the form of an unrestricted grant (not a loan). No reporting requirements to TBBCA for award.