While art is one of the many creative expressions of our society, keeping an art gallery running and then expanding it to reach members of the community can be a struggle. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) offers art grants, including some that are appropriate for art galleries and museums. Private foundations can also be found that offer art grants to artists, programs and galleries.
Access to Artistic Excellence
Museums and galleries may be eligible for Access to Artistic Excellence grants offered by the NEA. These grants provide artists with the opportunities and chances to perform and display their work, enable organizations and artists various ways to increase the diversity of their audience and generally strengthen the arts community. Galleries can also get help with provenance search, collections management, conservation, collection catalogs, programs and reinstallment of collections.
National Endowment for the Arts 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20506 202-682-5555 nea.gov
Challenge America Fast-Track
Challenge America Fast-Track is a selection of grants for small- and medium-sized organizations, such as galleries and museums, that seek to expose underserved populations to the arts based on geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. Grants are available for programs and projects that highlight the role of arts in community development. Experienced artists and professionals must be involved with the project. According to the NEA, examples of grant projects include an arts event or events that will feature one or more guest artists, professionally-directed public art projects, civic design activities for structures and community-wide arts activities. Grants can be received for up to three years in a row.
National Endowment for the Arts 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20506 202-682-5700
Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program
The Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program provides insurance protection for collections that galleries and museums display. The goal of this program is to minimize the cost of insurance-valuable art exhibits worth more than $75 million. In the event of theft, damage or loss, the Federal Council will certify the claim and request that Congress pay the insured amount. Art works, other artifacts or objects, rare documents, books and other printed materials, photographs, films and videotapes are all eligible for the program, according to the NEA.
Indemnity Administrator National Endowment for the Arts 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20506 202-682-5574 nea.gov
The Lily Auchincloss Foundation Grants
The Lily Auchincloss Foundation provides grants that enhance the quality of life in New York City, according to the Foundation website. Only 501(c)3 organizations within New York City’s five boroughs are eligible. The exhibits or projects must be centered on contemporary visual art. The foundation has three application deadlines each year for its grant awards.
Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc. 16 E. 79th St. #31 New York, NY 10075 212-737-9533 lilyauch.org
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