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View Cleveland-area grants and services available to individual artists and businesses below. 

  • For a national list of grant opportunities for individual artists, visit NYFA Source. A service of the New York Foundation for the Arts, NYFA Source lists over 11,000 awards, services and publications for individual artists and art professionals. More programs are added everyday.  
  • For a full list of grants and grants resources for nonprofits, visit the Foundation Center-Cleveland library on Euclid Avenue to search their grants database, or visit and find a plethera of grants-related content and resources.
  • For nonprofits in Cuyahoga County, visit Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for information about program and operating support.

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Pearl Diving Movement Residency

Complete applications must be submitted to with ‘DIVING’ as the subject by 11:59pm EST on Monday, February 27, 2017. Participants will be notified of the status of their application by Monday, March 20, 2017. The chosen artist will have the choice to complete their residency in the month of June 2017.

CPT's Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative

In anticipation of the renewal of this grant, CPT is now accepting applications for The Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer fellowships.The Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative is a six month fellowship program providing early-career composers with first-hand experience creating music and sound design for theatre. 

This initiative engages composer/designers in a collaborative process under the guidance of the show producer and director to compose and produce original music for full productions and works-in-development in CPT’s Season and to learn about other parts of the creative and production process of theatre. Composers gain hands-on learning experiences through sound design opportunities.

Rauschenberg Foundation Accepting Applications for Artist as Activist Fellowship

The annual program provides up to $100,000 over two years to artists in support of an ambitious creative work that tackles the theme of racial justice, with a particular focus on mass incarceration.

Puffin Foundation West

"We’re interested in art projects that educate the public on topical issues that seek to enrich and inform the public on important subjects such as the environment, social justice, civil rights and other contemporary issues facing the country (and the planet), that other organizations might hesitate to fund. You may call this Activist Art."

The Joyce Awards

The Joyce Awards, the only program supporting artists of color in major Great Lakes cities, aims to strengthen cross-cultural understanding by bringing diverse audiences together. The Chicago-based Foundation has awarded more than $2.4 million to commission 46 new works since the program started in 2003.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program

The Ohio Arts Council's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program provides support for master artists to work with apprentices to build understanding and proficiency in folk and traditional art forms. By pairing exemplary practitioners of traditional art forms with dedicated apprentices, this program allows for concentrated study and cultural exchange. Traditional Arts Apprenticeship awards support the teaching and sharing of important cultural traditions, and enrich the lives of people throughout the state. 

Artists with Disabilities Access Program

The Artists with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) provides funding that gives artists with disabilities the necessary resources they need to further their artistic development.

Neighborhood Connections

Neighborhood Connections is a small grants program designed to assist Cleveland – and now East Cleveland – neighborhood groups to strengthen the social network in their communities. Grants are intended to spur small, grassroots community efforts.

Individual Excellence Awards

The Individual Excellence Awards program provides grants to Ohio artists for the exceptional merit of a completed body of work. These awards recognize creativity and imagination that exemplify the highest level of achievement and advancement of the art form for a particular discipline.

Artists in Residence: Hosts | Artist Residencies for Schools and Community Organizations

GRANT AWARDS: The total professional fee for an artist is $1,200 per week. Grants are awarded to residency hosts to cover $800 per week, with sponsors responsible for the remaining $400 per week.

Artist Express

Ohio Arts Council grant supporting artist visits for schools and community organizations. Rolling applications are due at least eight weeks prior to the date of the proposed visit.

Ohio Arts Council's Big Yellow School Bus program

The Big Yellow School Bus program provides support for the travel costs associated with arts-related school field trips. Applications accepted year-round, at least eight weeks prior to planned travel.

Cuyahoga County Educational Assistance Program (CCEAP)

The Cuyahoga County Educational Assistance Program (CCEAP) provides financial assistance through OhioMeansJobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County (OMJ/C-CC) for Cuyahoga County residents eighteen years of age or older seeking a post-secondary degree and/or program certification that will lead to gainful employment or career advancement. Scholarships up to $5,000.00 may be granted to qualified Cuyahoga County residents to complete training from an approved, accredited provider.  

Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit

The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit provides a refundable tax credit that equals 25 percent off in-state spend and non-resident wages and 35 percent in Ohio resident wages on eligible productions.