Funding and Opportunities
Current Open Calls and Funding Opportunities
CycLOUvia Chalk Walks - Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability
In conjunction with CycLOUvia on Main Street., Louisville Metro’s Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability (APS) will be piloting the forthcoming Community Crosswalk Program and is requesting designs from artists to design and install chalk murals in four selected intersections along the CycLOUvia Main Street route, during the event hours.
P.A.I.N.T. Project in California Leisure Space - Center for Neighborhoods
Center for Neighborhoods, Fund for the Arts, Louisville Metro Government, and Louisville Public Media are partnering through an NEA Our Town grant to install a public art project in the California Leisure Space. The project will be part of Center for Neighborhood's P.A.I.N.T. program (Producing Art in Neighborhoods Together). The first community meeting to discuss the project was held in Fall 2021.
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is an independent agency of the federal government that provides funding opportunities for art and artists to strengthen the creative capacities of our communities. The NEA awards a variety of grants every year to state and local government agencies, as well as community organizations.
Culturalyst Louisville - Artist Directory
Louisville's Elevator Artist Resource has joined forces with Culturalyst, a New Orleans-based start-up that is building a national network of local artist directories, to bring you Culturalyst Louisville: an online directory for artists of all disciplines who reside in the greater Louisville area. Artists can create and activate a unique profile of their work including cover and profile photos, Google-indexed artist statement, links to all online properties, and a full gallery of work (images, songs, video). The directory is public and searchable by medium and genre, among other attributes.
External Agency Fund Grants
Louisville Metro Government strives to activate the city through the arts and creative industries by providing programs and direct support. Each year, the Mayor and Metro Council approve funds from the general operating budget to invest in arts and culture through grants. These grants support nonprofit organizations through program-based support. In the current fiscal year Metro invested $600,000 in funding to nonprofits in support of our goals of arts experiences for everyone, a creative workforce, and creative community spaces and neighborhoods.
Louisville Metro Council approved FY22 awards on June 24, 2021. The application window for FY23 funding closed on February 3, 2022. Please visit the External Agency Fund-Arts & Creative Industries webpage for information.
Sign Up to receive emails for more information on funding and opportunities.