Grants for arts, culture, and humanities nonprofits

23,052 arts, culture, and humanities organizations received at least $1.7 billion in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 38,183 grants made from 11,855 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,300. Of these 11,855 foundations, 48% made just a single grant to arts nonprofits, and 20% made grants to four or more arts nonprofits. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$1,691,917,150
Total grant dollars given to arts, culture, and humanities nonprofits
38,183
Number of grants made annually to arts, culture, and humanities nonprofits
11,855
Number of grantmakers funding arts, culture, and humanities nonprofits
$1,300
Median grant size to arts, culture, and humanities nonprofits

Foundations that support arts, culture, and humanities organizations

Out of all grants made to arts, culture, and humanities nonprofits, 83% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 60% of the dollar-value of grants to arts nonprofits. Foundations funding arts nonprofits also made grants to theaters, arts education nonprofits, historical societies, universities, and art museums.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
9,953
Medium
 
1,244
Large
 
652
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
 
170
Private
 
10,522
Corporate
 
380
Other
 
783

Grants made

Grants made to arts nonprofitsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
5,791
2-3
 
3,601
4-10
 
2,045
11+
 
418

Top 10 foundations supporting arts, culture, and humanities organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to arts nonprofitsNumber of grants made to arts nonprofitsMedian grant size
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState1.8%585$1,050
Seattle FoundationWAState0.9%510$1,000
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.1%379$320
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro1.3%349$1,200
The Rhode Island FoundationRIMetro1.3%343$1,000
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational1.7%292$500
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.3%242$112
Baird FoundationWINational5.0%225$500
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational1.8%193$200
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)NJNational0.0%150$500

Arts, culture, and humanities organizations grantees

Arts, culture, and humanities nonprofits with more than $5 million in total revenues received 92% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 35% of all arts nonprofits.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
38,036
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
147

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,200
$100k-$500k
 
$1,500
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,500
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
6,569
California
 
4,010
Massachusetts
 
1,758
Florida
 
1,593
Other
 
24,253

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
5,718
Los Angeles
 
1,511
Chicago
 
1,348
Washington DC
 
1,295
Other
 
24,569

Top 25 grants made to arts, culture, and humanities nonprofits

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Museum of Fine Arts$105,485,818Cash and Net Asset ValueFidelity Non-Profit Management Foundation
Iowa State Univeristy of Science and Technology$100,386,531See Part IvIowa State University Foundation
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures$97,071,679See Part ViiAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures$97,071,679See Part ViiAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Philadelphia Orchestra Association$55,000,000Arts & CultureSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
Academy Foundation$48,559,941CashAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Foundation$48,559,941FMVAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Foundation$48,559,941To Support the Org.Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures$42,905,821FMVAcademy Foundation
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures$42,490,621Sup. of Related OrgAcademy Foundation
Iowa State Univeristy of Science and Technology$39,394,877Annual DistributionBig Twelve Conference
Whitney Museum of American Art$34,299,800Donation of Cash and Artworks By Roy Lichtenstein for the Museum's Collection of His WorkRoy Lichtenstein Foundation
Center for Media and Public Affairs$32,386,228Program SupportGeorge Mason University Foundation
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)$29,243,900TVPRGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Sesame Workshop (SW)$25,107,013To Enhance Caregiver-Child Engagement and Improve Children's Learning and Socio-Emotional Outcomes By Implementing A Large-Scale Early Childhood Intervention in the Syrian Response Region.John D & Catherine T Macarthur Foundation
First Look Media$25,045,000Arts & CultureSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
Flint Cultural Center Corporation$19,452,855Cash ValueFlint Cultural Center Foundation
Flint Cultural Center Corporation$17,977,055See Part IvFlint Cultural Center Foundation
San Francisco Public Library.$16,750,000General SupportInternet Archive
San Francisco Public Library.$16,750,000FMVInternet Archive
San Francisco Public Library.$16,750,000FMVInternet Archive
Independent Television Services$15,574,046TVPRGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
the Perelman Center (PACWTC)$15,000,000General And/or Program Support - Donor Advised FundsJewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia (JFGP)
Houston Symphony Society$13,040,452Loan GaranteeHouston Symphony Endowment
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)$12,900,590RTLCorporation for Public Broadcasting
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, culture, and humanities nonprofits" category for this page is determined by the "A00: Arts, Culture, and Humanities: General" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.