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.

Washington, DC
Our Town is the NEA's primary creative placemaking grants program. The impact of art is extensive and communities across the nation are leveraging the arts and engaging design to make their communities more livable with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, a distinct sense of place, and vibrant local economies that together capitalize on their existing assets. Our Town grants invest in projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core.
Sausalito, CA
The Panta Rhea Foundation (PRF) was established in 2001 as a private foundation devoted to researching issues and analyzing the operations, goals and potential of organizations committed to building a more just and sustainable world. The Foundation advises individual donors and other charitable entities on grantmaking strategies and specific grants.
Minneapolis, MN
PFund advances social justice for LGBT communities by funding systems change, developing leaders, inspiring giving, and convening and reporting on issues of importance within our communities. We are working to change attitudes, change systems and break down barriers at the intersection of our identities—orientation, gender, race, culture—to achieve social justice.
New York, NY
Our Foundation funds programs which advance arts education in public, charter, and parochial schools in New York City.
Teaneck, NJ
The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.
Our puma.creative initiatives aim to bring together individual artists and organizations, and provide them with a platform for creative exchange and international exposure.
Flint, MI
The Foundation supports the arts for their inherent value in deepening and enriching the quality of our lives, and in their capacity to enhance our awareness and understanding of one another, advance important social, humanistic, and educational goals, and promote cultural diversity and democracy.
San Francisco, CA
The San Francisco Arts Commission is the city agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. The Commission believes that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City’s well-being. Their programs integrate the arts into all aspects of city life.
Atlanta , GA
South Arts strengthens the South through advancing excellence in the arts, connecting the arts to key state and national policies, and nurturing a vibrant quality of life.
St. Louis, MO
The St. Louis Regional Arts Commission's mission is to support, foster and encourage art and culture/artists in the STL region.
St. Louis, MO
The Regional Arts Commission was founded in 1985 to promote, encourage, and foster the arts and cultural institutions in St. Louis City and County and to contribute to the economic development of the area through a strong presence of the arts. The mission of the Regional Arts Commission is to create an environment that nurtures artists as well as arts and cultural organizations by:
Philadelphia, PA
The Bartol Foundation believes in the intrinsic value of the arts to guide in understanding, interpreting and communicating core aspects of people's lives and community. The Foundation also believes in the value of arts to educate young people and build strong communities. All people have the right to be welcomed into arts practices and experiences that are high quality, relevant and accessible.
Los Angeles, CA
Sundance Institute supports original storytelling worldwide, focusing on independent film and theatre. The Documentary Film Program is a financial and creative resource for independent documentary film artists working with human rights and social justice themes to create a more aware, engaged and active citizenry.
New York, NY
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities in the United States—communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. For five generations, since 1917, the Foundation has been governed largely by descendants of John Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity.
Nashville, TN
The mission of the Tennessee Arts Commission is that the citizens of Tennessee have access to and participate in the arts.
Austin, TX
The Texas Commission on the Arts’ mission is to develop a receptive climate for the arts in Texas. To accomplish its mission, TCA awards grants, promotes the arts, and raises funds to enhance support of the arts in Texas.
New York, NY
The Fledgling Fund seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities by supporting innovative media projects that target entrenched social problems. We leverage our resources by funding projects around a cluster of issues that we believe are critical including: girls' empowerment and women's leadership, health and wellness, and systemic poverty, among others. In this way we can select media projects that not only highlight the complexity of these social problems but also offer solutions.
Washington, DC
The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is the largest private, independent, local Foundation focused exclusively on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Foundation is the legacy of Morris Cafritz, one of Washington’s leading commercial and residential builders from the early 1920’s to the mid-60’s. An outstanding civic leader known for his generosity, Morris Cafritz established the Foundation in 1948.
New York, NY
The Foundation works to achieve its goal of creating meaningful and measurable impact for poor and vulnerable communities through smart globalization. The Rockefeller Foundation focuses its resources on five related issue areas including basic survival safeguards, global health, climate & the environment, urbanization, and social & economic security.
Saint Paul, MN
The Saint Paul Foundation awards grants in six areas: economic opportunity and security, education and training, civic participation, housing, affordable health care, and family support. Our unique role as a community foundation allows us to play critical convening and problem solving roles for the Saint Paul region.