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Indiana Arts Commission
This state agency awards Individual Artist Program grants for artists' career development in all disciplines. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and reside in Indiana for one year preceding the application date.
Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Eligible persons may receive services and assistance for employment-related needs, including support for vocationally-related education.
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Click on Funding. Grants and Fellowships for individuals include the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program, the new Transformational Impact Fellowship PILOT Program, and the Robert D. Beckmann Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship.
Academy of Special Dreams Foundation Working Artists Fund
The fund is focused on the disabled adult artist who actively pursues a career or vocation in any artistic field and who occasionally requires financial support to further that career or vocation.
Creative Access Fellowships at Vermont Studio Center
For visual artists and writers who have sensory disabilities.
Alliance of Artists Communities
Click on Residencies to search for artists’ communities and residencies (also known as artists’ colonies or retreats.) Identifies which programs have accessibility features.
Lists art contests and competitions, art jobs and internships, art scholarships, grants and fellowships, art festivals, calls for entries, etc.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
The Foundation Center's site offers a database to search for scholarships, fellowships, loans, internships and professional support. There is a fee but one can sign up for a month at a time. Information for users with disabilities is provided.
Funding Sources Compiled by WomenArts
An extensive list of funders (many for men as well as women) in the fields of visual, literary, and performing arts.
A free, national, online directory of awards, services, and publications for artists of all disciplines, from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Creative Capital Foundation
A national grantmaking organization with an open application process that supports individual artists across all disciplines.
First Peoples Fund
The organization has grant programs for individuals, including the Artist in Business Leadership program, the Community Spirit Awards, and the Cultural Capital grant program. First Peoples Fund's mission is to honor and support the collective spirit of First Peoples artists and culture bearers.
Their Fiscal Sponsorship program can help projects and individual artists to solicit and receive grants and tax-deductible contributions that are normally available only to 501(c)(3) organizations.
A detailed list of active grants for women screenwriters and filmmakers, from pre-production work to filming and post.
National Association of Latino Arts and Culture
The NALAC Fund for the Arts, Transnational Cultural Remittances programs provide financial support to Latino artists. Click on Programs, then Grants.
National Endowment for the Arts
Awards grants to individual artists in a very limited number of categories.
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, offers several programs that recognize the artistic accomplishments of young and emerging artists with disabilities through awards of excellence and achievement.
Wynn Newhouse Awards
This Awards program provides grants annually to artists of excellence who happen to have disabilities.
Academy of Special Dreams Foundation College Scholarship Fund
Targeted to the traditional college-aged student with a disability who is pursuing either a full- or part-time course of study in any medium of art.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Association offers financial aid and scholarship programs from infancy through post-secondary education.
ChairScholars National Scholarship Program
Provides eligible applicants, who have serious physical challenges and may or may not use a wheelchair for mobility, up to $20,000 for college tuition.
College Funding for Students with Disabilities
A directory of scholarship resources compiled by the University of Washington
Financial Aid Opportunities for Disabled Students
On the bestcolleges.com website
HEATH Financial Aid Information
A free guide published by the online clearinghouse on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities.
Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities: A free, online guide to college financing.
Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program
A targeted population is college-age youths and adults with physical disabilities in Indiana and Arizona.
The medical supply company is offering college scholarships for students with disabilities of the spine. For guidelines and to apply, visit the website.
Organization for Autism Research offers scholarships for students with autism (including severe) diagnoses.
Grants scholarships to adults with Down syndrome who are seeking post-secondary education, enrichment or vocational classes.
NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship
Sponsored by the American Association of People with Disabilities.
Through the Looking Glass
Scholarships are awarded to students who have at least one parent with a disability.
Scholarships for Students with Visual Impairments
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See profiles of a few of the many accomplished individuals working in diverse fields of the arts who also have a disability.
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Mark Smith lives in Brazil, Indiana. He is a trained artist who served in the military as a medic in combat and other missions. Pictured above: "Anima Animus."
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Nicolas Lyford-Pike is an artist from Columbus, Indiana who is deaf and has autism.
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Warren Miller is an artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. Pictured above: Miller's painting "George Veditz."
Melissa Draper recalls that in school "they automatically labeled me as special education. They just stuck me right into that label." Now she is the author of a memoir, Follow Your Dreams and is a public speaker. She lives in Monticello, Indiana.
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Allan Yates lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Above: Photograph taken at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, copyright Allan Yates.
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New Albany, IN artist Thaniel Ion Lee has exhibited his art at Swanson Contemporary in Louisville and at Indiana University Southeast, among other galleries. Pictured above: The Mountain Valley.