Funding for Folk & Traditional Arts


The following organizations and agencies administer funding programs that have historically supported or have guidelines relevant to folk and traditional arts.

Please also visit the Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online and the New York Foundation for the Arts' NYFA Source, two extensive national directories of funders and funding opportunities for the arts.

The Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival's directory of funding sources for Native peoples is also available for download.

National Funders

  • Committed to safeguarding and sustaining the careers of craft artists and providing emergency resources that benefit all artists.
  • A national organization that supports indiviudal artists and arts organizations.
  • Creating strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
  • A family foundation dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity.
  • Offering competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations that effect improvements in music education for children.
  • A public agency dedicated to supporting artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.
  • An independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
  • A statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supporting a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources.
  • An Indigenous non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples throughout the Americas.
  • Contributing to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture.
  • A grantmaking, artist-advocacy organization dedicated to supporting America’s finest artists working across diverse disciplines.

Statewide Funders

  • The state's arts agency with the mission to advance California through the arts and creativity with an emphasis on children and artistically underserved communities.
  • An independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, connecting Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.
  • Promoting knowledge sharing, networking, and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs.
  • A list of links to county, city, and regional arts agencies throughout the state.
  • With the mission to expand opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, sucessful and inclusive society.
  • A regional nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts.

Local Funders

(by region)

Bay Area

  • A private, nonprofit arts organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Santa Clara County residents by creating and fostering arts and culture throughout the region.
  • A foundation that crafts its grantmaking and other activities on the conviction that worldwide diversity – both cultural and biological – is hugely valuable and should be cared for.
  • A city agency for supporting and promoting the development of a rich arts and cultural environment.
  • Making grants that enhance the quality of life through the arts with programs that are accessible to and affordable for a large and diverse public in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • A grantmaking program for San Francisco Bay Area artists that invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations.
  • A leading resource for mobilizing financial resources and community leadership to transform the lives of people with pressing needs in the East Bay.
  • A city agency that champions the arts, with the belief that a creative cultural environment is essential to the city’s well-being.
  • Providing quick-turnaround, low-cost financial assistance to arts organizations and individual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • A city agency which provides services to the arts community and sponsors culturally enriching programs, exhibitions and events for Oakland citizens.
  • A family foundation with the mission to be a catalyst for constructive social change by initiating and investing in efforts that strengthen families and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Greater Los Angeles Area

Northern California