Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture in 2017

Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture in 2017

Grants of at least $10,000 awarded in support of arts and culture by a sample of a thousand of the largest U.S. foundations in 2017 totaled $2.8 billion, a report from Grantmakers in the Arts finds. Based on an analysis of Candid data, the report, Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture in 2017, found that funding for the performing arts, museums, visual arts, multidisciplinary arts, humanities, historical activities, arts services, folk arts, public arts, and cultural awareness accounted for 8 percent of overall grantmakin, down slightly from 2016. Among a matched subset of 845 funders, grant dollars for arts and culture declined 1 percent on a year-over-year basis, as did the number of grants. The median amount for arts and culture grants also fell, to $27,500 from $28,600, and remained well below the $35,000 median amount for all foundation grants in 2017. The foundations that awarded the most grant dollars for arts and culture were the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ($168.8 million); the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation ($88.5 million); the Margie & Robert E. Petersen ($75.3 million), and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur ($61.7 million) foundations, and Bloomberg Philanthropies ($61.7 million).

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