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Arts Matching Grant

Osage Foundation Grant Programs

The Osage Nation offers three different grant programs. Each type of grant is designed to meet a specific need within the Osage Nation and the communities where Osage reside. The three programs include:

Osage Arts Grants: The purpose of the Osage Nation Foundation’s Arts Matching Grant is to provide opportunities for Osage artists and Osage-related, arts-focused organizations to promote the arts, which are an intricate part of Osage and Native American Culture. Each qualifying individual or organization will be eligible for a matching grant up to a maximum of $15,000. As a matching grant, each Osage Foundation dollars must be matched one-for-one by the recipient.

Osage Charitable Grants: The purpose of the Osage Charitable Grant is to financially support organizations and their projects, other than arts-related projects, that specifically benefit the Osage People. Only organizations -- not individuals -- are eligible for these grants and the maximum amount available is $2,500. No matching funds from the recipient are required.

Osage Community Grants: The purpose of the Osage Community Grant is to financially support organizations and their projects in communities where Osage live and work. Only organizations -- not individuals -- are eligible for these grants and the maximum amount available is $2500. No matching funds from the recipient are required

Osage Foundation Charitable Grant Guidelines 

The purpose of the Osage Nation Foundation’s Arts Matching Grant is to provide opportunities for Osage artists and arts-focused organizations to promote the arts, which are an intricate part of Osage and Native American Culture. Each qualifying individual or organization will be eligible for a matching grant up to a maximum of $15,000.

Application forms may be downloaded from our website by clicking here. 

All applications must be received by the Osage Nation Foundation by no later than September 1 of the grant year.  Applications must be faxed to (817) 796-1816, emailed to bwebb@osagefoundation.org or a hard copy mailed to Osage Nation Foundation, P.O. Box 92777 Southlake, TX  76092.

Priorities for Funding

The first priority of the Osage Nation Foundation’s Arts grant program is to provide operation or program support to qualified arts organizations including theaters, symphonies, galleries, art guilds, choral societies, dance companies, writers groups and arts festivals, among others. 

The second priority of the Osage Nation Foundation’s Arts grant program is to supports arts learning and arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists.  These can be artist residencies in schools, after school summer camps, or adult arts learning classes.

The third priority of the Osage Nation Foundation’s Arts grant program is to community, civic and municipal organizations.  These programs must be conducted by qualified artists.

What We Fund

A wide range of artistic projects are eligible for funding in this category, but not limited to:

  • performance or a small series of performances
  • visual art exhibition
  • literary reading or series
  • discipline-specific festival
  • film or motion picture
  • community-based residency with a professional artist or ensemble
  • small-press publication or literary magazine issue
  • arts program utilizing one or more professional artists in a healthcare setting or engaging people with disabilities
  • commissioning and premiere of new work

Eligibility for Application

  • Applicants must be individuals, foundations, museums, businesses or organizations with a connection to an arts discipline, including but not limited to, visual arts, dance, writing, publishing, photography and arts education
  • Individuals are eligible to apply for Osage Nation Foundation’s Arts Program Grants
  • Applications and support materials must be complete and received by the due date
  • Funds acquired from the Osage Nation Government, its entities or its wholly owned business, may not be used as matching funds for this arts grant

Organizations are limited to one application per calendar year.  While in certain instances more than one related exhibition or performance may be included in the proposal to establish an overall audience strategy, an organizations entire season of programs cannot be funded.

All Applicants must disclose any personal or familiar relationship to employees, appointees or elected officials of the Osage Nation or its entities.  If your application is for a business entity, government entity or charitable entity, a disclosure must be completed by each person with an ownership interest in the entity.