The following funding opportunities notice is being sent to department chairs and administrators in the Arts & Humanities.  Please distribute as appropriate.
FAS Research Development
Opportunities in the Arts, Humanities, and Humanistic Social Sciences
December 2013
Funding Opportunities
Unless otherwise noted, full proposals must be submitted to OSP for review five business days in advance of the sponsor deadline.  For questions regarding any of the opportunities listed below, please contact Erin Cromack, Research Development Officer, at or 617-496-5252

fullerFuller Foundation
Grants for The Arts
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $7,500

The Fuller Foundation seeks proposals for projects in the arts that encourage hands-on and participatory collaborations between established cultural institutions, artists and communities.

Specific program interests include the following:
  • Art for viewing and listening
  • Art education in school
  • Art and performing arts festivals 
  • Art (murals and sculpture) that beautifies or inspires a community  
  • Programs that bring symphony, opera and theatre to the community  
  • Adult or children's museum education programsor  

For more information, see here.    


mccMassachusetts Cultural Council
Artist Fellowships
Deadline: January 27, 2014
Award Amount: $10,000
Target Disciplines: Choreography, fiction, creative nonfiction and painting

The Artist Fellowships provide direct, unrestricted support to Massachusetts artists in recognition of exceptional original work to foster the creation of new art in the Commonwealth.  Artist Fellowships in a range of disciplines are awarded to primary creators of original works of art.  For the January 2014 deadline, applications in the areas of choreography, fiction, creative nonfiction and painting will be considered.  Applicants should be generative artists who create original work, as opposed to those who interpret or translate the work of others.

For more information, see here.

nehdigitalNational Endowment for the Humanities
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants
Deadline: February 19, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $325,000
Eligible Disciplines: Languages; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; social sciences with humanistic content and methods

This program is designed to fund the implementation of innovative digital-humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field. Such projects might enhance our understanding of central problems in the humanities, raise new questions in the humanities, or develop new digital applications and approaches for use in the humanities. The program can support innovative digital-humanities projects that address multiple audiences, including scholars, teachers, librarians, and the public.

For more information, see here.

grahamGraham Foundation for the Fine Arts
Grants to Organizations
Inquiry Form Deadline: February 25, 2014
Award Amount: up to $30,000
Target Disciplines: architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and related fields of inquiry such as work being done in the fine arts, humanities, and sciences that expands the boundaries of thinking about architecture and space.

The Graham Foundation will accept only one application per department.  Please discuss with your department chair before applying for this award.

The Graham Foundation makes project-based grants 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.  These grants assist organizations with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. Projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects, conferences/ lectures, and other public programs.  Projects must have clearly defined goals, work plans, budgets, and production and dissemination plans.


For more information, see here.  

creativecapitalCreative Capital
Inquiry Form Deadline: February 28, 2014
Award Amount: $10,000 in the initial year, with additional financial support of up to a total of $50,000 possible in subsequent years
Target Disciplines: Film/Video and Visual Arts

Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in the creative arts. Creative capital will begin accepting online letters of inquiry for individual or collaborative projects in the areas of Film/Video and Visual Arts beginning February 3, 2014.  Film/Video may include animation, experimental film or video, installation, interdisciplinary projects, non-traditional documentary or narrative.  Projects may be intended for projection, hand-held devices, the web, television, galleries, etc.   Visual Arts may include architecture/design, contemporary crafts, installation, interdisciplinary projects, moving image, painting, photo-based work, public art, sculpture or works on paper.  Projects may be site-specific or intended for display in galleries, on the web, etc.

For more information, see here.

dorisdukeDoris Duke Charitable Foundation
Fund for National Projects
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: February 28, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $200,000 (no more than 50% of a project's total costs will be funded)
Eligible Disciplines: Dance, jazz, presenting or theatre fields

The fund supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the dance, jazz, presenting or theatre fields; or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in dance, jazz and theatre, such as but not limited to:
  • Research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists;
  • Special national convenings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences);
  • Special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field.
National projects engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field. Highest priority will be given to projects that improve the health of the Arts Program's priority performing arts fields and do not duplicate ongoing efforts or existing services. 

For more information, see here

nehNational Endowment for the Humanities
Summer Seminars and Institutes
Deadline: March 4, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $200,000
Eligible Disciplines: Languages; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; social sciences with humanistic content and methods

These grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as five weeks.  An NEH Summer Seminar or Institute may be hosted by a college, university, learned society, center for advanced study, library or other repository, a cultural or professional organization, or a school or school system.  


NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes  

  • extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics and texts;  
  • contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants;  
  • build communities of inquiry and provide models of civility and excellent scholarship and teaching; and  
  • effectively link teaching and research in the humanities.     

For more information, see here.  


Erin Cromack
Research Development Officer

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Unless otherwise noted, all applications must be submitted to OSP for review five business days in advance of the sponsor deadline.