The information below can help you locate funding and other opportunities. The Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration will post opportunities that engage the broad range of research and collaboration practices at SAIC.

Federal Funding
Offers notification of new opportunities for 26 U.S. federal grant-making agencies.

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Science Foundation

U.S. Department of Education

State and City Funding Agencies

After School Matters
Accepts proposals for providers of youth enrichment programs.

City of Chicago
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events administers more than $1 million in funding for the arts yearly.

Illinois Arts Council
Serves the people of Illinois through a variety of grants and services in the arts, advances arts education, and creativity.

Illinois Board of Higher Education

Illinois Humanities Council
Accepts proposals from nonprofit organizations who use the humanities to enrich communities in the state of Illinois.

Illinois State Board of Education

Foundations and Other Funders

3Arts advocates for women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities working in the performing, teaching, and visual arts.

Alphawood Foundation Chicago
The Alphawood Foundation provides general operating grants to nonprofit organizations in metropolitan Chicago and Northwest Indiana whose primary mission involves any of the following: the arts (performing, visual, literary, and media), art education for children, institutional advocacy for social change, domestic violence intervention/prevention, and architecture and preservation.

Alexia Foundation
The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change by promoting the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice through grants and scholarships.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Supports original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, economic performance, and the quality of American life. Its Public Understanding of Science and Technology program's goal is to enhance people's lives by providing a better understanding of the increasingly scientific and technological environment in which we live. The program supports the use of books, film, radio, television, theater, etc., to reach a wide nonspecialist audience. Letters of inquiry are accepted on an ongoing basis.

The Andy Warhol Foundation
The Warhol Foundation's mission is the advancement of the visual arts.

The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design
The Craft Research Fund supports scholarship in U.S. contemporary and decorative arts craft.

Chicago Community Trust
Leads and inspires philanthropic efforts that measurably improve the quality of life and the prosperity of the Chicago region.

The Cliff Dwellers Foundation for the Arts
Supports the arts by providing grants to arts-oriented organizations and individuals, presenting concerts and films at its club, and sponsoring an annual music competition.

Creative Capital
Provides integrated financial and advisory support to foster sustainable practices to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: emerging fields, film/video, literature, performing arts, and visual arts.

Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide.

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation
Invests in organizations and partnerships engaged in Land Conservation and Artistic Vitality in the Chicago region and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Graham Foundation
Makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

The Green Foundation
Focuses on the arts, education, and human services.

Henry Luce Foundation
Seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious, and art communities.

Joyce Foundation
The Joyce Foundation supports the development of policies that both improve the quality of life for people in the Great Lakes region and serve as models for the rest of the country. The foundation focuses on today's most pressing problems while also informing the public policy decisions critical to creating opportunity and achieving long-term solutions.

Knight Foundation
Supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.

McCormick Foundation
Invests in organizations that demonstrate a commitment to creating value in one or more of our key areas of work—early childhood education, journalism and the First Amendment, youth civic engagement, assistance for disadvantaged communities, and serving veterans.

MetLife Foundation
Metlife's goal is to empower people to lead healthy, productive lives and strengthen communities by making grants in health, education, civic affairs, and culture.

National Geographic
National Geographic's interests include geography, archaeology, and natural science and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Supports the preservation and enhancement of the built and natural environments through historic preservation, encouragement of quality architectural and landscape design, and conserving open space. The foundation also supports the performing and visual arts and makes grants to organizations that provide opportunities for working families who remain poor.

Rockefeller Family Fund
The Rockefeller Family Fund makes grants in four program areas: environment, economic justice for women, institutional responsiveness, and citizen participation and government accountability.

Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that enables individuals, communities, and institutions to access new tools, practices, resources, services, and products. They support work that enhances resilience in the face of acute crises and chronic stresses, whether manmade, ecological, or both.

Spencer Foundation
The Spencer Foundation is committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

Surdna Foundation
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.

Terra Foundation for American Art
Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago.