Tired of scrounging for cash, clipping coupons, and filling out online surveys for hours on end? Then cash in on your creativity by applying to arts grants! If you have some hidden art, photography, writing, theatrical or musical talent, you can earn thousands of dollars a year by winning grants especially targeted for you!
Maybe you are a successful amateur photographer with a knack for Photoshop, maybe you write music and direct your church or community choir, maybe you can draw or paint realistic portraits, or are constantly taping with your video camera. Discover what your artistic passion is and then brainstorm what you would like to do with your artistic talent. Do you want to start a painting class for the community, begin a drumming program for inner city youth, begin a youth orchestra, write and publish a book of poetry or a film screenplay, or go back to school to study art? Find what you want to do, then look for a way to fund them through grants.
Mom Grant #1: Open Meadows
The Open Meadows Foundation funds women’s projects, including the PatsyLu Music Fund, specifically designed to provide money for films, compositions, seminars, and research that deals with women in music. There are many other grant opportunities available through The Open Meadows Foundation, including grant opportunities for indigenous women, grants to fund sports for girls, and grassroots environmental programs.
Mom Grant #2: Creative Capital.Org
Creative Capital has funded hundreds of creative people in a variety of fields, from writing, painting, music, and architecture, to photography and film. Let your creativity come alive and apply to Creative Capital for some serious funding for your artistic creativity.
Mom Grant #3: Print and Graphics Scholarship Fund
If you have a knack for Photoshop, you might want to apply to teh Print and Graphics Scholarship Fund, which financially supports high school and college age women who are interested in continuing their education. See, all those hours editing your kid’s photos for grandma and grandpa will finally pay off!
Mom Grant #4: The McKenzie River Gathering Foundation
The McKenzie River Gathering Foundation has funded over $11 million in arts grants. If you are an artist, you can apply for their Lilla Jewel for Women Artists Grant which helps fund community projects created by women that want to help marginalized groups of society in their community. Awarded grants can be up to $4000. Get together with other moms from your neighborhood and see what great ideas you can brainstorm!
Mom Grant #5: Women in Architecture Grant
Apply for grants up to $10,000 if you are a designer, urban planner, architect, or mom in another other related field. Grants can be used for travel and projects, among other opportunities.
Mom Grant #6: The Leeway Foundation Grant for Women Artists
Apply for the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant for women artists who use their art as activism in their communities.
Mom Grant #7: The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
Does your community lack a music program or does your child need a musical instrument? Then apply for a grant through the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation which helps children and communities get instruments and monetary funding for community projects.
Mom Grant #8: Raise the Nation.org
Are you a single mom hampered by student debt or you want to go back to college? Then you can apply for thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships to pay for tuition, books, student loans, and other college expenses. The Raise the Nation Foundation works hard to ensure that working moms have a chance at bettering their lives and their children’s lives through education by easing the financial burdens of college.
There are literally hundreds of grant opportunities available for any mom who wants to earn money through her art and music talents. Find what you love to do, and then find a way to fund it through art grants!
To get more insight on how to apply to a music or art grant for the first time, check out: How to Apply for a Grant for Your Music or Visual Art Project