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Resources for Grant Seekers

Information that may help you find the funding you need, especially related to arts & creativity, climate, and education.

When grant seekers visit our website, even if Barr is not offering funding opportunities that relate to their work, we still want to be helpful in their search for resources. We recognize the tremendous effort that goes into fundraising.

Barr’s work focuses on arts & creativity, climate, and education. The following resources support these three areas and others, and may help expand your own search and reveal new opportunities.

  • Philanthropy Massachusetts features resources for both grant makers and grant seekers, including a grant seeker database focused on opportunities in Massachusetts.

  • Foundation Center (subscription required) provides access to a database of foundations, both nationally and internationally, allowing you to tap into funding opportunities beyond open requests for proposals (RFPs).

  • Network of Engaged International Donors (NEID) works to match donors interested in supporting international causes, human rights, and cultural exchange.

Barr’s Arts & Creativity Program seeks to provide large, multi-year operating grants to support organizations at various points in their evolution, especially where they are pursuing opportunities to center racial equity; provide leadership to the field with innovative new models; and integrate arts in other sectors. For those seeking funding in the area of Arts & Creativity, the following resources may be helpful:

  • Massachusetts Cultural Council is Massachusetts’ state-backed arts organization that provides grants for Massachusetts artists and arts organizations.

  • New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) is one of six regional arts organizations across the country that works with the National Endowment for the Arts to regrant federal funds for the arts; NEFA serves all six New England states and has a variety of grant programs.

While we recognize the important roles youth arts educators, filmmakers, and international arts organizations play, Barr does not currently fund in these areas. The following resources may be of interest to you:

The Climate Program seeks to support large, multi-year initiatives aiming to advance equitable solutions for clean energy, mobility, and resilient communities. The following resources may be helpful for those seeking funding for climate related initiatives and programming:

Barr’s Education program supports organizations that align with our three primary strategies—catalyzing new models, investing in educators, and building public will—with an aim to advance excellence and equity for young people attending public high schools across New England. The following resource might be of interest if you are seeking funding for other education initiatives and programming:

Thank you again for your interest in the Barr Foundation. We do hope these resources prove useful in your search for opportunities to support your work and mission.

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Alexandra Juckno

Former Program Associate, Arts & Creativity