Directory of Funders

The Directory of Funders identifies and profiles private and public sector grantmakers that are supporting arts for change work.
It provides information on more than 150 grantmakers who responded to a 2010 survey as well as other grantmakers who have provided information since the initial survey. For an introduction to the directory, please check out the PDF here.

Funders, if you would like to be listed here, register for the site and add your organization's profile. Feel free to contact Animating Democracy with any questions.

Chicago, IL
3Arts supports Chicago artists--specifically women, people of color, and people with disabilities--working in music, theater, and visual arts, in order to enrich, strengthen, and sustain the arts and their community.
New York, NY
The A G Foundation supports the arts, primarily the visual arts, and issues relating to women and children.
Berkeley, CA
Started in 2006, Aepoch Fund is a non-profit organization providing funding, fiscal sponsorship and other resources to people, organizations and movements around the world engaged in transformational work to create the conditions for all people and the planet to thrive.  The Fund sees and supports the powerful role that artists, healers, and activists play in linking ecological, cultural, economic, and social issues to create viable solutions to our most complex and pressing challenges.
Oakland, CA
The Akonadi Foundation has adopted a mission to support the development of a powerful social change movement to eliminate structural racism and create a racially-just society.
Fresno, CA
The Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ (ACTA’s) mission is to “ensure that California’s future holds California’s past.” ACTA is a statewide nonprofit organization that promotes and supports ways for cultural traditions to thrive now and into the future by providing advocacy, resources, and connections for folk and traditional artists and their communities.
Utica, MS
Alternate ROOTS is an organization based in the Southern USA whose mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit. As a coalition of cultural workers the organization strives to be allies in the elimination of all forms of oppression. ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world, and addresses these concerns through its programs and services.
New York, NY
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.
Knoxville, TN
The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) funds and encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia. ACF works to build a sustainable base of resources to support community-led organizations seeking to overcome and address issues of race, economic status, gender, sexual identity, and disability. As a community-controlled fund, ACF offers leadership to expand and strengthen the movement for social change through its practices and policies.
Phoenix, AZ
The Arizona Commission on the Arts supports the development and retention of statewide jobs in the arts, culture and education sectors; access to quality, vital arts and arts education opportunities for all Arizona citizens; increased economic impact in local communities through partnerships that develop tax and business revenue. The Commission's mission is to ensure that Arizona is a place where people broaden, deepen and diversify their engagement with the arts, as creators, audiences and supporters in ways that are satisfying and integral to the community.
Little Rock, AR
The Arkansas Arts Council's mission is to empower the arts for the benefit of all Arkansans.
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New York, NY
Art Matters is a foundation created to assist artists who make work intended to break ground aesthetically and socially. Support is provided to encourage exploration of issues and ideas; experimentation in visual arts, media, and performance; and presentation of new art.
Seattle, WA
Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. To accomplish its mission, Artist Trust raises funds from an array of sources in order to give individual financial grants to artists, serve as a professional information resource for artists, and provide recognition and support for the contributions artists make to the lives of people of Washington State.
Charlotte, NC
The Arts and Science Council Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. aims to build appreciation, participation and support for the arts, sciences, history and heritage throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Knoxville, TN
The Arts and Culture Alliance serves as a designated agency of the Tennessee Arts Commission to administer Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) and Arts Build Communities (ABC) grants in East Tennessee. The STS program was created to provide ticket cost and transportation for students to attend approved arts and cultural events regardless of economic or social status. The ABC grant is administered on a per capita basis and funds are sub-granted for arts project support to non-profit organizations through an open competitive grant process.
Annandale, VA
The Arts Council of Fairfax County offers grant programs for arts organizations and for individual artists. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has established a community funding pool for arts and cultural organizations serving citizens of Fairfax County through a grant to the Arts Council of Fairfax County.
Indianapolis, IN
The Arts Council of Indianapolis exists to advance and promote the arts through funding, advocacy, business, artistic and technical assistance, public and private support, and technology.
Bakersfield, CA
The Arts Council of Kern--in partnership with the California Arts Council, the County of Kern, and local agencies--provides, supports, and promotes arts access, advocacy, and education for all residents and visitors of Kern County.
San Jose, CA
Arts Council Silicon Valley is dedicated to creating and fostering a dynamic local arts environment by providing funding, advocacy and support services to the region's arts organizations and aritsts. The Arts Council envisions a vibrant Silicon Valley where the arts inspire innovative spirit, celebrate rich cultural diversity and encourage individual and community involvement.
Canton, OH
Arts in Stark is a non-profit organization that gives out grants, manages the county Cultural Center, and runs the Annual Arts Campaign. Arts in Stark is committed to using the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities.