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Funding for the Arts

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was founded in 1969 and funds proposals that “build, strengthen and sustain institutions and their core capacities...” In 2009, the Foundation had $199.5 million for grants. Prospective grantees are advised to look at past awards summaries found in the annual reports to familiarize themselves with the Foundation’s areas of interest.

Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. government and seeks to build understanding between U.S. citizens and those of other countries. Founded in 1946, Fulbright funding comes from Congress and exceeded $230 million in 2011. They give out 8,000 grants annually, with approximately 1,200 of those going to scholars. Specific to the School of the Arts, the Fulbright Program sponsors projects in the following areas of study, among others:

  • Music
  • Visual Art
  • Performance Art

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. is the online clearinghouse for all Federal grant opportunities. To search for Federal funding opportunities, go to and click on "Find Grant Opportunities" in the navigation bar on the left side of the page. This will take you to a page where you can search by Agency, Keyword, CFDA number, or other factors. This search will generate a list of RFPs that are currently in the system. Pay close attention to deadline and closing dates, as well as eligibility requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to submit through without the help of your Grants Coordinator. The system has extensive credential requirements that have already been satisfied for Clemson University by the Office of Sponsored Programs. Do not attempt to obtain another "account" with!

It is also important to note that and PureEdge/Adobe work best with the Internet Explorer browser. You may encounter problems when using Firefox or other browsers.

If your computer will not support PureEdge software, you can contact our office with the specifics of your chosen opportunity (solicitation number, CFDA number, sponsoring agency, etc), and we can download the package and assist you in completing it.

Remember, all submissions must be completed by the AAH Grants Coordinator through the Office of Sponsored Programs!


InfoEd is the electronic research administration software that Clemson University uses to track your grant proposals. The software also has a component that allows you to receive customized daily emails of funding opportunities from Federal, non-profit, and private sources!

To set up an InfoEd profile, please contact Karen Pless in the Office of Sponsored Programs at or by phone at 864 656-6182.