Grants for visual arts nonprofits

766 visual arts nonprofit organizations received at least $2.3 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 1,071 grants made from 825 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,500. Of these 825 foundations, 85% made just a single grant to visual arts orgs, and 2% made grants to four or more visual arts orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$2,300,137
Total grant dollars given to visual arts nonprofits
1,071
Number of grants made annually to visual arts nonprofits
825
Number of grantmakers funding visual arts nonprofits
$1,500
Median grant size to visual arts nonprofits

Foundations that support visual arts nonprofit organizations

Out of all grants made to visual arts nonprofits, 73% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 10% of the dollar-value of grants to visual arts orgs. Foundations funding visual arts orgs also made grants to arts education nonprofits, art museums, universities, theaters, and high schools.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
606
Medium
 
117
Large
 
102
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
 
31
Private
 
701
Corporate
 
44
Other
 
49

Grants made

Grants made to visual arts orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
706
2-3
 
98
4-10
 
18
11+
 
3

Top 10 foundations supporting visual arts nonprofit organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to visual arts orgsNumber of grants made to visual arts orgsMedian grant size
The Rhode Island FoundationRIMetro0.1%19$1,500
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.0%18$655
Seattle FoundationWAState0.0%17$1,100
Milton and Sally Avery Arts FoundationNYMetro8.4%9$3,300
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%8$50
Greater Worcester Community FoundationMAMetro0.2%7$1,000
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.1%7$500
Vermont Arts CouncilVTState3.9%6$5,000
Hampton Roads Community FoundationVAMetro0.1%6$2,250
Rudin Management CompanyNYMetro0.4%5$5,000

Visual arts nonprofit organizations grantees

Visual arts nonprofits with more than $5 million in total revenues received 7% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 8% of all visual arts orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
1,071
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
0

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,225
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,500
>$5M
 
$1,005

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
201
California
 
86
Illinois
 
76
Texas
 
55
Other
 
653

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
174
Chicago
 
75
San Francisco
 
43
Seattle
 
27
Other
 
600

Top 25 grants made to visual arts nonprofits

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Mendocino Art Center$5,000Annual Grant for General Operating SupportCommunity Foundation of Mendocino County
Mendocino Art Center$5,000Ensuring the Development of the State-Of-The-Art Mac Online PresenceCommunity Foundation of Mendocino County
The Drawing Center$5,000GeneralDaniel L Nir and Jill E Braufman Family Foundation
Bakehouse Art Complex$5,000General ContributionDavid and Francie Horvitz Family FNDN
The House Foundation for the Arts$5,000Arts, Culture, and HumanitiesSanta Barbara Foundation
Climate Museum$5,000GeneralJewish Community Foundation of San Diego
Chicago Architecture Center (CAC)$5,000Support General OperationsJahn Foundation
Creative Alliance$5,000Covid19 SupportFund for Educational Excellence
Palo Alto Art Center Foundation$5,000Support the Exempt Purpose Operations of the OrganizationSilicon Valley Creates
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts$5,000General PurposeTriangle Community Foundation
Cambridge Art Association$5,000SupportThe Charles L and Joan M Hirsch Family Foundation
Oshkosh Fine Arts Association$5,000Ofaa Scholarship FundTheda and Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)$5,000Pica Youth Engagement SupportThe Reser Family Foundation
After School Matters$5,000General FundLavin Family Foundation
The Worcester Center for Crafts$5,000Youth Studio ProgramsGreater Worcester Community Foundation
The Worcester Center for Crafts$5,000Krikorian GalleryGreater Worcester Community Foundation
Clockshop$5,000Bowtie StorytellersLiberty Hill Foundation
Self Help Graphics and Art$5,000General SupportLiberty Hill Foundation
Westcott Community Center$5,000The Westcott Center Runs An After School Program That Includes Tutoring, and Participation in Steam (Science, Engineering, Technology, Arts and Math) Activities As Well As Activities Geared Toward Learning About Their Outdoor Environment and Activities To Interact With Peers and Develop Physically, Mentally and Emotionally. They Will Work With Suny Esf, Su, Etc. Nutrition Education and Science Education Is Included.Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation
The Worcester Center for Crafts$5,000GeneralThe C Jean and Myles Mcdonough Charitable Foundation
The Art Center Highland Park$5,000General SupportHecktman Family Foundation
Splashes of Hope$5,000Artwork To Transform Care FacilitiesSalesforce Com Foundation
After School Matters$5,000Afterschool and Summer Programs for TeensSalesforce Com Foundation
Kent Island Federation of Arts$5,000ProgramsMid-Shore Community Foundation
SOMArts$5,000Core ProgramsCalifornia Humanities
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 "Visual arts nonprofits" category for this page is determined by the "A40: Visual Art Organizations, Services" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.