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Kresge Foundation 
Arts & Culture Grants

Focuses on Creative Placemaking, an approach to community development and urban planning that integrates arts, culture, and community-engaged design strategies. Grants are made in three specific focus areas: national networks; local systems, and place-based initiatives.
Deadline: On-going

The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation
Supports nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the communities the company serves in Arizona, California, and Nevada. The Foundation's areas of interest include health and wellness, education, hunger relief, disaster relief, and team sports and youth development.
Deadline: On-going

The National Federation of the Blind and Tactile Images
Museums,  Science  Centers,  and  Cultural  Institutions Grants

Discount (25-50%) on at least three tactile displays using Tactile Images’ technology.
Deadline: On-going

Arizona Preservation Foundation  

Helps Arizona non-profit organizations jumpstart historic preservation efforts in their communities, especially if a historic resource is threatened.
Amount: up to $2,000
Deadline: On-going

Arizona Preservation Foundation
Digital Innovation

To develop digital content delivery tools. Examples include virtual tours, digital exhibitions, augmented reality, or other digital tools to make preservation assets accessible during the COVID-19 event. Grant recipients must make the project available to the public, and allow the project to be promoted by APF. The grant can be used for equipment, staff, contracting, subscription services, or other costs related to the project.
Amount: $500
Deadline: On-going 

U.S. Bank Foundation
Community Possible Grants

Access to Artistic and Cultural Programming & Arts Education funding includes programs that provide access to cultural activities, the visual and performing arts, museums, zoos and aquariums, and botanic gardens for individuals and families living in underserved communities; funding for local arts organizations that enhance the economic vitality of the community; programs that provide funding for arts-focused nonprofit organizations that bring visual and performing arts; and programming to low- and moderate-income K-12 schools and youth centers
Deadline: On-going

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Community Strong Corporate Philanthropy Program

Strengthen and support organizations whose programs benefit the community and help create a healthier Arizona. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, as well as religious organizations with a nonsectarian program. Funding priorities include the following issues: critical health concerns, the social determinants of health, business and civic engagement, and arts and culture.
Deadline: On-going

AgWest Farm Credit
Rural Community Grants
Provide support to nonprofit organizations for projects that improve rural communities within Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Supported projects include efforts such as building or improving facilities, purchasing necessary equipment to facilitate a local program, and funding capital improvements which enhance a community’s infrastructure or prosperity.  Applicants must have a letter of support written by a current AgWest employee or an active AgWest customer.
Amount: up to $5000
Deadline: On-going

Arizona Humanities

Support innovative public programs that increase understanding of the human experience.    Restricted to organizations with budgets of $500,000 or less (Larger institutions may partner with a smaller institution that will lead the program or project.)
Amount: up to $2,000.
Deadline: On-going

National Council on Public History
Mini-Conferences and After Work Event Grants

Designed to help NCPH members maintain the energy, conviviality, and productivity of the annual meeting year-round.
Mini-Con Collaboration
Amount: up to $200 in seed money
Mini-Con Partnership
Amount: Up to $350 in seed money

National Trust for Historic Preservation
The Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund

Helps to build the capacity of existing preservation organizations and encourages collaboration among these organizations by providing grants for mentoring and other peer-to-peer and direct organizational development and learning opportunities. Fund may be used to reimburse travel costs (airfare, train tickets, taxis and/or mileage reimbursement) and to pay an honorarium to the mentor (maximum of $250/day). Only Organizational Level Forum members or Main Street America members of the National Trust are eligible to apply.  
Deadline: Rolling

Big Lots Foundation
Community Support Grants

Support is provided to nonprofit organizations in communities where Big Lots operates stores (various locations throughout the continental United States), distribution centers, and its corporate office. Support, which is provided in the form of monetary gifts, gift cards, and merchandise in-kind, focuses on the areas of healthcare, housing, hunger, and education, especially programs serving women and children. Priority is given to projects that have a Big Lots associate actively involved.
Deadlines: January 1 and July 1, annually

Local Community Grants

There are eight (8) areas of funding for which an organization can apply, including
Diversity and Inclusion: Fostering the building of relationships and understanding among diverse groups in the local service area
Education: Providing afterschool enrichment, tutoring or vocational training for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
Quality of Life: Improving access to recreation, arts or cultural experiences for low-income individuals and families in the local service area
Amount: $250 to $5,000

Deadlines: Quarterly:  April 15, July 15, October 15, December 31

Samuel H. Kress Foundation
History of Art Grants

Support projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies relating to European art and architecture.  The program also supports activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.
Deadline:  December 15, 2023 (Letter of Intent) 

Department of the Interior
Southwest Border Resource Protection Program

Provides financial assistance to improve resource stewardship, achieve international cooperation, provide meaningful interpretation, and conduct scientific research, which will lead to increased appreciation and understanding of shared natural and cultural heritage along the international border with Mexico. Program funding is available for conducting scientific research and monitoring of species, as well as conservation, interpretation, and preservation projects designed to help protect and preserve natural and cultural resources located near or along the international border.
Amount: $10,000-$55,000
Deadline: December 17, 2023

National Science Foundation
Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program

Supports research on the design, development and impact of STEM learning opportunities and experiences for the public in informal educational environments. Five types of projects are supported: synthesis, conferences, partnership development and planning, integrating research and practice, and research in support of wide-reaching public engagement with STEM.
Deadline: January 10, 2024

NEA Big Read

Supports projects between September 2024 and June 2025 to host book discussions, writing workshops, and creative activities that celebrate unique aspects of their community, using as inspiration one of 50 NEA Big Read books.  
Amount: up to $20,000
Deadline: January 10, 2024 (Intent to Apply)

National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Funds basic activities in preservation and management of collections, such as assessments, development of plans and policies, consultations with scholars and source communities, emergency preparedness, environmental monitoring, rehousing, format surveys and inventories, and training.
Amount: up to $10,000
Deadline: January 11, 2024.

National Endowment for the Humanities
National Digital Newspaper Program

Convert approximately 100,000 pages of selected newspapers, published in states or jurisdictions between 1690 and 1963, into digital files for the Library of Congress database.
Deadline: January 12, 2024

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Preserve Route 66 Legacy Business Grant Fund

Provides financial support to businesses to preserve historic places and spur economic development along the Route 66 corridor, with an emphasis on projects that illuminate the narratives of communities whose places and stories have been historically underrepresented.  Grants are designed to help business owners advance projects in the following three categories: Capital improvements; Planning; and Marketing and outreach.
Amount: $5,000 to $10,000
Deadline: January 12, 2024

Arizona Archives Alliance
Scholarship Program in Support of Institutional Internships

Funds archival internships at Arizona-based museums and other institutions.  The institutional host/supervisor will determine project responsibilities, internship length, and learning objectives and outcomes.   
Send application to Renee D. James, Internship Coordinator,  
Deadline: February 29, 2024 

Museum Association of Arizona

P.O. Box 63902,
Phoenix, Arizona 85082

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