Arts and Humanities

Best Practices: Common Elements

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This website has been developed to assist faculty in the Arts and Humanities in finding external funding opportunities. Providing resources to help faculty locate an ideal funding opportunity is important because it welcomes faculty expertise into all stages of grant development. Note that this is merely a sampling of the funding resources in the Arts and Humanities available for your convenience; this page will be updated on a regular basis, and we are happy to help you with searches.

Please contact Doug Carey at 278-0964 or if you are interested in submitting a proposal to an arts and humanities organization. Doug would like to know of your intent to apply and can provide you with assistance in preparing your application.

1. Federal Sponsors

National Endowment for the Arts
Guidelines and application forms for NEA's competitive funding categories:

National Endowment for the Humanities
An alphabetical listing of the grants NEH offers, including upcoming deadlines:

National Science Foundation Linguistics
The Linguistics Program supports all types of scientific research that focuses on human language as an object of investigation:

U.S. Department of Education
A complete listing of FY 2009-2010 Discretionary Grant Application Packages:

U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
Note: The program officer at a recent conference (Sept. 2010) of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities noted that Hispanic-serving Institutions are under-represented in ECA programs; they would like to see more applications from HSI institutions. If you are applying for a Department of State grant (either ECA or Fulbright), identifying Fresno State as an HSI institution is important for this reason.
These home pages for the ECA and Fulbright programs bring you to a variety of opportunities; annual priorities change, so it is productive to check announcements annually to see if your disciplinary expertise will be a priority in the coming year.
Department of State ECA:
Department of State Fulbright:

2. State and Local Sponsors
California Arts Council

The California Arts Council regularly updates a list of grants and initiatives from foundations, corporations, and other government entities:

California Council for the Humanities
The California Council for the Humanities has annual priorities; in 2010 requests for proposals are for (i) The California Documentary Project and (ii) The California Story Fund.

Fresno Arts Council
The Fresno Arts Council's Community Enrichment Program (CEP) awards non-profit organizations in the City of Fresno whose primary purpose is to provide for the general enlightenment and entertainment of the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement or preservation of art, music, theater, dance, history, literature, physical sciences, natural sciences, or natural history:

3. Private Sponsors

Creative Capital Foundation:
Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines.

College Art Associationhttp:/
 CAA awards professional development projects to artists in fields that rotate annually (2010: Visual Arts; 2011: Art History)

Fundsnet Services Online:
Fundsnet is a free database of current funding opportunities. From Fundsnet’s homepage, you can select categories such as on “Arts & Culture” or “Regional Grants” and then “California Grants.”