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Funding for Artists : Home

A guide to sourcing grants, awards, residencies, and other funding opportunities for artists

Art Reference and Instruction Librarian

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Anna Simon
Kohler Art Library
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Funding for Artists: Subscription Databases/Search Engines

It's important to note that there are a couple of main ways to seek funding: as an individual or as a non-profit. Most grants are given to organizations, not individuals. However, Individuals can broaden their funding options through a fiscal sponsorship -- in other words, legally entering into an arrangement with a 501(c)(3) that allows you to use their non-profit status.

Individual artists should look for funding through Pivot, a subscription database for funding available at UW-Madison, and Foundation Grants to Individuals, an open website run through the Foundation Center.

Nonprofits should consider the Foundation Directory Online and Pivot.

Please note that Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants to Individuals can only be used in the Grants Information Collection Center, Memorial Library, 2nd floor.

Both individuals and nonprofits are encouraged to use GrantSpace, the Foundation Center's learning community. GrantSpace provides easy-to-use tutorials and resources for navigating the funding universe.


COS Pivot


Foundation Grants to Individuals


Foundation Directory Online, Professional Edition



Helpful Handouts

Funding for Artists: Snapshot on how artists can use the Grants Information Collection in Memorial Library

Selected Bibliography of Arts Funding Resources, courtesy Grants Information Collection in Memorial Library

Quick start guide on using Pivot


General Funding Help at UW-Madison