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Grants from Your State Arts Agency
Guide to Online Grantseeker Resources
Introduction to Fundraising Planning
A New Approach to NEA Grants
Nonprofit Sustainability: Building Blocks to Organizational Success
Your Board and Fundraising


Grants from Your State Arts Agency

Some state arts agencies that have special grant categories designed to support career development or travel. Carefully consult the grant guidelines to find out what kinds of activities are eligible and to learn how to apply. State arts agency staff can provide you with guidance and refer you to additional sources of information or support. Click here for the full list.


Guide to Online Grantseeker Resources

Learn to navigate and use the wide-range of resources available on the Foundation Center's newest website, GrantSpace.org in this session. This website offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers. You can explore content based on your subject area or a skill set you want to improve, as well as take advantage of various tools that answer the most frequently asked questions, find sample documents, including proposals, and more. This session will show you how to get the most out of the website, to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to get grants, manage your nonprofit, and improve your community.

Free to League members. Register here.

Visit GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, which offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers.


Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Learn a basic planning process for diversifying your organization's support.A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams. If your organization has never developed a fundraising plan or calendar, this session is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You'll learn how to:
• Take stock of your organization's strengths and assets
• Develop a case statement
• Set fundraising goals
• Identify funding partners
• Prepare a fundraising plan and calendar

Free to League members. Register here.

Visit GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, which offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers.


A New Approach to NEA Grants

Join expert staff from the National Endowment for the Arts, including Director of Music and Opera Wayne Brown and former Arts Education Director Sarah Cunningham as they walk orchestras through significant new changes to the grant-making process. NEA grants to orchestras provide critical funding for projects that increase access to music in communities nationwide. Learn everything you need to know to prepare your next application.

Moderated by Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy, League of American Orchestras

Free to League members; available on-demand. Register here.

Please remember to visit our Advocacy and Government area to find tips for orchestras, application deadlines, contact information for NEA specialists, and project descriptions of previous NEA grants to orchestras.


Nonprofit Sustainability: Building Blocks to Organizational Success

Learn how to enhance your organization's competitiveness and strengthen its financial health. Sustainability is a popular buzzword in our sector. Nonprofit sustainability means more than just generating enough money to keep your organization afloat. In this class we will define nonprofit sustainability and cover each of the four key elements that contribute to long-term sustainability for an organization. Learn what you can do to increase your organization's competitiveness and strengthen its financial health in the current economic climate.Topics covered include:

  • Understanding what nonprofit sustainability means
  • Key elements of nonprofit sustainability
  • Tips on how to develop them in your organization

Free to League members. Register here.

Visit GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, which offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers.


Your Board and Fundraising

Learn how to engage your board in fundraising. This eCourse helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. What we will cover:

  • The role of your board
  • Why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns
  • Ways the board can participate in fundraising activities
  • Tips for strengthening your fundraising board

Free to League members. Register here.

Visit GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, which offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers.

Learning Online opportunities are made possible by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MetLife Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., and National Endowment for the Arts, and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.