Directory of Funders

The Directory of Funders identifies and profiles private and public sector grantmakers that are supporting arts for change work.
It provides information on more than 150 grantmakers who responded to a 2010 survey as well as other grantmakers who have provided information since the initial survey. For an introduction to the directory, please check out the PDF here.

Funders, if you would like to be listed here, register for the site and add your organization's profile. Feel free to contact Animating Democracy with any questions.

Denver, CO
The Colorado Council on the Arts aims to promote the cultural, education, and economic growth of Colorado through development of its arts and cultural heritage.
St. Paul, MN
COMPAS strengthens communities in Minnesota by engaging people in creating art.
Redwood City, CA
In a world that is increasingly interrelated, the Compton Foundation seeks to foster human and ecological security by addressing contemporary threats to these inalienable rights. Compton supports responsible stewardship that respects the rights of future generations to a balanced and healthy ecology, both personal and global, allowing for the full richness of human experience.
Cambridge, MA
The Council for the Arts supports arts projects in all disciplines with grants that range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Three times a year, the Council Grants Committee reviews applications from students, faculty and staff and awards grants based on the quality and innovation of the project and on its potential for involving MIT students.
Staten Island, NY
The Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) cultivates a sustainable and diverse cultural community for the people of Staten Island. COAHSI creates opportunities for dialogue among and works hand-in-hand with individual artists, community leaders, cultural and community-based organizations, large and small foundations and businesses, schools and governmental agencies.
New York, NY
Creative Capital supports groundbreaking artists in all disciplines whose work seeks to illuminate the world in which we live. Creative Capital considers artists entrepreneurs in the cultural arena, and has adapted venture capital concepts into its integrated support model, which combines financial support with advisory services throughout a project's life.
New York, NY
MAP seeks to support experimentation and innovation in the live performing arts. Within that, MAP seeks especially to support work that brings insight to the issue of cultural difference or "the other," be that in class, gender, generation, ethnicity or aesthetic orientation.
Washington, DC
The CrossCurrents Foundation was established in late 2006 to promote social, environmental and economic justice. The work of the Foundation is rooted in the idea that there are times when ordinary people can make significant change if advocates for change have sufficient resources to engage in civic activities. CrossCurrents focuses where it believes private funding can make a strategic difference to community organizing and public education campaigns.
Chicago, IL
Crossroads Fund supports community organizations working on issues of social and economic justice in the Chicago area.
Columbia, SC
The Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties missions is to grow the arts industry as an industry in and of itself, through operational and project support for audience development, arts education and community development.
Santa Cruz, CA
The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County leads and advances the arts by providing funding, advocacy, and support to artists and arts organizations.
Madison, WI
The Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission's mission is to encourage participation and access to Dane County's arts, culture and local history resources and activities.
Washington, DC
The mission of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is to provide grants, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities, so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of the city.
Washington, DC
Since 1967, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (the Commission or DCCAH) has supported and advanced the arts and humanities of the District of Columbia.  Through carefully calibrated investments across a range of targeted and general support grant programs the agency has helped make available a broad range of arts and humanities programs to the citizens of the District. During the past nearhalf-century, the Commission has developed other capacities and relationships that equip it to have even greater impact in the community.
Dover, DE
The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans.
Cambridge, MA
The Community Arts Grants program is an effort of the Dorchester Center for the Arts, as the designated county Arts Council, to support and expand arts programming throughout our county. These funds, allocated by the Maryland State Arts Council, are intended to encourage arts programming and arts participation across the county.
Santa Monica, CA
The Durfee Foundation is a family foundation that seeks to adhere to the values of their founders, Dorothy Durfee Avery and R. Stanton Avery, by rewarding individual initiative and leadership. The majority of their grantmaking focuses on the Los Angeles region where the Foundation builds partnerships with individuals and institutions that share their ideals of creativity, risk-taking, fiscal care, integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and continuous learning.
Oakland, CA
The East Bay Community Foundation's mission is to be the organization of choice for philanthropy in the East Bay through leadership in leveraging all assets in our communities to speed the transformation of low-income, disadvantaged, impoverished, underserved and underrepresented people.
Swainsboro, GA
The purpose of the council is to serve as a non-profit institiution in promoting and sponsoring cultural programs in all areas of the arts, for the general community betterment and benefitof the people of Emanuel County and surrounding areas.
Mill Valley, CA
Fund promotes public awareness and education on environmental issues through film, video, digital and interactive media, media-based educational teaching tools and special events, and to inspire individuals to participate in solutions.

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