Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA's Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture

Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA's Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture

Funding for arts and culture by a thousand of the largest U.S. foundations in 2015 remained essentially unchanged from the previous year, a report from finds. Based on data, the report, (13 pages, PDF), found that foundations in the sample awarded 19,638 grants for arts and culture — up 3 percent on a year-over-year basis — totaling more than $2.5 billion and accounting for 9 percent of overall grant dollars — both nearly unchanged from 2014. The analysis also found that 20 percent of arts grant dollars were for operating support — down from 23 percent in 2014 but representing a larger share than was the case for most other areas of giving — and that while large grants of at least $500,000 represented 58 percent of total grant dollars for arts and culture, down slightly from 61 percent in 2014, median grant size increased from $25,000 to $30,000. The report also found that the top twenty-five arts funders in the sample provided 37 percent of total arts grant dollars, the same as in 2014, and that the performing arts (33 percent) and museums (29 percent) received the largest shares of grant dollars.