Grants & Funding

All information provided below about grant programs is for informational purposes only.
Museum services maintains a downloadable pdf Grant Sources and Funding that lists grant programs available from the federal government, membership organizaations and private foundations.

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Grants

Humanities Texas: With generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Texas invites Texas cultural and historical institutions that suffered damage and losses as a result of Hurricane Harvey to apply immediately for fast-track grants to support recovery efforts.Grants are awarded on a rolling basis. Download the application form.

FEMA Public Assistance (PA): If you are private nonprofit organization unaffiliated with any government agency, you can apply for FEMA Public Assistance (PA) and a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan. Institutions affected by Hurricane Harvey should first file with their insurance company and then file a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). Questions can be directed to Angela Rayne at angela.m.rayne@fema.dhs.gov.

Grant Directory

Fundsnet Services Grant Directory

This is a fundraising grant directory that provids resource information about grants, fundraising, philanthropy, foundations and 501(c)(3) non-profits organizations to those in need of funding and research for their their philanthropic efforts and missions.


Funding Opportunities

National Endowment for the Humanities

There are various grant programs available through the National Endowment for the Humanities.  To see the various programs and deadlines visit the NEH website.


Humanities Texas

Humanities Texas grants enable communities throughout the state to develop programs of local interest promoting heritage, culture, and education. 

Mini-grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but applications must be received at least six weeks before project promotion begins. Decisions are made within ten business days of an application’s arrival in the Humanities Texas office.

Grants guidelines

Mini-grants

Mini-grants fund up to $1,500 of the costs associated with public humanities programs. These small grants, which are easy to apply for and administer, are particularly appropriate for funding a speaker and/or the rental of a traveling exhibition, including those provided by Humanities Texas.

Major grants for community projects

Major grants for community projects fund comprehensive public programs such as lectures, seminars, and conferences; book and film discussions; interpretive exhibitions and materials; town forums and civic discussions; and teacher workshops. Programs should reflect substantial participation by both humanities scholars and members of the target audience(s).

Major grants for media projects

Major grants for media projects fund film, radio, television, or interactive programming related to the humanities. Applicants may request funds for any phase of the project, including scripting, development, production, post-production, and in some cases, distribution and free public screenings. Humanities scholars should play an integral role in determining the content and approach of the project.


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation currently makes grants in five core program areas: higher education, museums and art conservation, performing arts, conservation and the environment, and public affairs.


Small Museums Collection Care Grant for Textiles

This grant from the Costume Soceity of America is inteded to assist the costume and texltiles collections of small museums that have limited budget and staff.  Application deadline is typically in February.


JCP Cares Grant

Through their redesigned corporate philanthropy, JC Penney supports local and national non-profit organizations that provide youth enrichment opportunities outside of school.


Elevation One for One Technology Funds for Nonprofits

For each dollar your nonprofit spends on web design, programming or other media related work, Elevation will match that dolar with a dollar of their own.  Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program offers a grant opportunity for organizations integrating arts and culture into specific community revitalization work.

We accept and review inquiries about support for activities in specific thematic areas on an ongoing basis. - See more at: http://kresge.org/programs/arts-culture/harvesting-leading-practices#sth...

There is a two-step application process that begins with an inquiry, submitted via an online application system.  Inquiries about support are reviewed on an ongoing basis.


50 State for Good Support for Grassroots Community Organizations

50 States for Good is a national Tom's of Maine initiative to help grassroots community projects. Nominate an inspirational nonprofit that supports healthy, human or environmental goodness. Tom’s of Maine judges will choose a finalist from every state. A nonprofit you care about could receive $10,000 in Tom's of Maine sponsorship funding. Open, online voting will determine which 15 of the finalists share $150,000.


Target Field Trip Grants

The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips. Grants of up to $700 each will be awarded to staff who are employed by accredited K-12 public, private or charter schools.

Eligibility:  Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private or charter school in the United States that maintains a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals or classified staff of these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.


Wells Fargo Grants

Wells Fargo supports organizations that work to strengthen communities. First priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families. They look for projects that keep communities strong, diverse, and vibrant.

Wells Fargo makes grants in the following areas: Community Development, Education, Human services, Arts and Culture, Civic Engagement, Environment.  Wells Fargo grants guidelines are available online.


Archives.com Grants

Grants offered from Archives.com to individuals or organizations contributing to the promotion and advancement of family history research and historic preservation. Grant recipient chosen each month.


American Institute for Conservation Grants and Scholarships

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offers grants and scholarships in several categories.


Austin Museum Partnership

Austin Museum Partnership has created a new professional development scholarship for employees of current member institutions or current individual members. They will sponsor up to five scholarships of up to $200 each. Applications must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the date of the professional development activity to give the scholarship committee sufficient time to review all applications.


THC History Grant Programs

As a result of the 82nd Texas Legislature’s budget reductions, the History Museum Grant Program is indefinitely suspended.

The Texas Historical Commission does offer preservation-related grants.


For more information, email staff or call 512.463.6427.