Grants for arts and culture promoters

4,227 arts and culture promoting and producing organizations received at least $68.7 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 4,594 grants made from 2,925 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,800. Of these 2,925 foundations, 77% made just a single grant to arts promoters, and 4% made grants to four or more arts promoters. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$68,666,302
Total grant dollars given to arts and culture promoters
4,594
Number of grants made annually to arts and culture promoters
2,925
Number of grantmakers funding arts and culture promoters
$1,800
Median grant size to arts and culture promoters

Foundations that support arts and culture promoting and producing organizations

Out of all grants made to arts and culture promoters, 77% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 85% of the dollar-value of grants to arts promoters. Foundations funding arts promoters also made grants to arts education nonprofits, theaters, cultural awareness organizations, art museums, and religious organizations.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
2,265
Medium
 
388
Large
 
271
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
65
Private
 
2,518
Corporate
 
124
Other
 
218

Grants made

Grants made to arts promotersNumber of grantmakers
1
 
2,280
2-3
 
519
4-10
 
102
11+
 
24

Top 10 foundations supporting arts and culture promoting and producing organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to arts promotersNumber of grants made to arts promotersMedian grant size
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.3%61$2,500
Seattle FoundationWAState0.1%50$1,000
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%35$546
The Rhode Island FoundationRIMetro0.2%33$1,509
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.2%33$500
Community Foundation of North Central WiWIMetro1.3%32$750
Baird FoundationWINational0.7%32$212
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.1%31$110
Salesforce Com FoundationCANational0.1%28$100
Arkansas Community FoundationARState0.1%27$1,000

Arts and culture promoting and producing organizations grantees

Arts and culture promoters with more than $5 million in total revenues received 72% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 12% of all arts promoters.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
4,587
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
7

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,846
$100k-$500k
 
$2,000
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$2,000
>$5M
 
$2,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
685
California
 
513
Massachusetts
 
208
Texas
 
195
Other
 
2,993

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
594
Los Angeles
 
211
San Francisco
 
140
Boston
 
129
Other
 
2,931

Top 25 grants made to arts and culture promoters

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Flint Cultural Center Corporation$19,452,855Cash ValueFlint Cultural Center Foundation
Flint Cultural Center Corporation$17,977,055See Part IvFlint Cultural Center Foundation
Arts and Science Council (ASC)$7,063,753Arts & CultureGreater Charlotte Cultural Trust
Canyonlands Field Institute$4,500,000Land PreservationPalladium Foundation
John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC)$3,506,438Operating Fund and Arts Preserve Fund, Arts/industry SupportKohler Foundation
Memphis Music Initiative$3,350,000General Operational SupportCommunity Foundation of Greater Memphis
Crosstown Arts$2,614,549Program SupportChristian Community Foundation of Memphis and the Mid-South
Notes for Notes$5,000Outreach GrantSanta Barbara Bowl Foundation
Adaire Theatre$5,000To Support Mission of the OrganizationThe Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV)
Second Street Gallery$5,000Underwriting the February-March ExhibitionCharlottesville Area Community Foundation
Second Street Gallery$5,000The Lady Painters ExhibitCharlottesville Area Community Foundation
The Soho Center$5,000General PurposesCharlottesville Area Community Foundation
Pro Art Association$5,000General OperationsBella Vista Foundation / Marcia & Marvin Gilliam JR FDN
Virginia Highlands Festival$5,000General OperationsBella Vista Foundation / Marcia & Marvin Gilliam JR FDN
Artists for Humanity$5,000Arts and Cultural Program SupportThe Bruce and Julie Menin Charitable Foundation
Anson County Arts Council$5,000CharitableSmith Gen Wa TR Uw - Item Xxii
Wayne Center for the Arts$5,000Vitality Arts ProgrammingCharles W and Laura B Frick Irr
Juxtaposition Arts$5,000Support Local Community Organizations and Assist Them in Rebuilding After Civil UnrestGraywolf Press
African Cultural Services$5,000GeneralMarion L Decrow Foundation
Arts Engagement Foundation of Kansas City$5,000Operating SupportThe Estelle S and Robert A Long Ellis Foundation
Gold Coast Arts Center (GCAC)$5,000Financial Resources for Student Educational Services in the Visual and Performing ArtsGaels Baseball Foundation
Barrier Island Group for the Arts$5,000Artist in ResidenceLeo Rosner Foundation
Farhang Foundation$5,000Public Support of Organization MissionShulamit Nazarian Foundation
The Ministry of the Kordada$5,000Public Support of Organization MissionShulamit Nazarian Foundation
Rochester Contemporary Art Center$5,000Unrestricted GeneralMary S Mulligan Charitable Trust
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Arts and culture promoters" category for this page is determined by the "A20: Arts, Cultural Organizations" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.