Grants for arts councils

684 arts and humanities councils received at least $12.4 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 854 grants made from 696 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,810. Of these 696 foundations, 89% made just a single grant to arts councils, and 2% made grants to four or more arts councils. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$12,436,056
Total grant dollars given to arts councils
854
Number of grants made annually to arts councils
696
Number of grantmakers funding arts councils
$1,810
Median grant size to arts councils

Foundations that support arts and humanities councils

Out of all grants made to arts councils, 74% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 86% of the dollar-value of grants to arts councils. Foundations funding arts councils also made grants to theaters, universities, art museums, arts education nonprofits, and animal shelters.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
517
Medium
 
104
Large
 
75
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
 
24
Private
 
596
Corporate
 
35
Other
 
41

Grants made

Grants made to arts councilsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
622
2-3
 
58
4-10
 
13
11+
 
3

Top 10 foundations supporting arts and humanities councils

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to arts councilsNumber of grants made to arts councilsMedian grant size
Community Foundation of North Central WiWIMetro0.7%20$500
Seattle FoundationWAState0.0%11$1,527
Albemarle FoundationNCNational0.3%11$1,000
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.0%9$2,400
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.0%9$2,000
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%6$573
Community Foundation of North Texas (NTXCF)TXState0.1%5$2,000
Community Foundation for the Greater Capital RegionNYMetro0.2%5$1,506
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.0%5$100
Charles Stewart Mott FoundationMINational0.0%5$150

Arts and humanities councils grantees

Arts councils with more than $5 million in total revenues received 86% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 6% of all arts councils.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
852
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
2

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,945
$100k-$500k
 
$2,000
$500k-$1M
 
$2,000
$1M-$5M
 
$1,500
>$5M
 
$1,513

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
99
North Carolina
 
52
California
 
49
Texas
 
42
Other
 
612

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
66
Wausau
 
21
Philadelphia
 
18
Seattle
 
17
Other
 
562

Top 25 grants made to arts councils

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Arts and Science Council (ASC)$7,063,753Arts & CultureGreater Charlotte Cultural Trust
John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC)$3,506,438Operating Fund and Arts Preserve Fund, Arts/industry SupportKohler Foundation
Campanile Center for the Arts$5,000Ken's Kids ProgramInFaith Community Foundation (ICF)
Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts$5,000DonationBruck Family Foundation
Arts Empowerment Project$5,000Program AssistanceAlbemarle Foundation
Greater Columbus Arts Council$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Wayne Center for the Arts$5,000Vitality Arts ProgrammingCharles W and Laura B Frick Irr
Anson County Arts Council$5,000CharitableSmith Gen Wa TR Uw - Item Xxii
Greater Hartford Arts Council (GHAC)$5,000General Operations of OrganizationUpdike Kelly and Spellacy PC Charitable Foundation
Staten Island Arts$5,000GeneralMichael Tuch Foundation
Chapman Cultural Center$5,000General SupportBarnet Foundation
Arts Clayton$5,000Arts Clayton Education InitiativesGeorgia Power
Georgia Humanities Council$5,000Programmatic Support To Gather, Preserve, and Share Georgia's Distinctive StoriesGeorgia Power
Art Pride New Jersey Foundation$5,000General Operating SupportGeraldine R Dodge Foundation
Lane Arts Council$5,000Cultural SupportStarseed Foundation
Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA)$5,000General OpHenry E Wurst Family Foundation
International Foundation for Art Research$5,000Further Donee's Exempt PurposeThe Abner Rosen Foundation
River City Sculptures on Parade$5,000Expand MuralprojectFarrer Endowment Foundation
Scottsdale Arts$5,000General Operating SupportMinneapolis Jewish Federation
Ahha Tulsa (AHCT)$5,000General SupportBurton Foundation
Salt Lake Arts Council Foundation$5,000Supporting Local ArtLawrence & Janet Dee Foundation
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art$5,000Support the ArtsLawrence & Janet Dee Foundation
Utah Arts Festival (UAF)$5,000Utah Arts FestivalLawrence & Janet Dee Foundation
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs$5,000General FundCharles R and Nancy L Von Maur Charitable Foundation
Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance$5,000Reserve FundThe William G Baker JR Memorial Fund
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 councils" category for this page is determined by the "A26: Arts Council/Agency" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.