Arts & Creativity Grant

From The Barr Foundation

The Barr Foundation's mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential. They support stewardship that nurtures and enhances vital community assets, and strive to serve as catalysts for breakthrough ideas that shape a collective future.

Grant uses


Arts and creativity have the power to connect us with each other, to help us understand our dynamic environment, and to imagine new and better futures.

Barr seeks to invest in bold ideas and leaders through three strategies:

  • Invest in organizations to be adaptive and relevant
  • Join arts with other sectors to foster creative problem-solving, broaden arts participation, share new resources for the arts, and forge new cross-disciplinary alliances
  • Activate public support for arts and creativity

Please note that, in addition to assessing alignment with the Foundation’s strategies, we are particularly interested in partners who:

  • Are presenting artistically excellent and relevant work
  • Have a strong, nuanced understanding of their challenges, and approach challenges in bold ways—ready to experiment, take risks, an appropriately pivot and change
  • Maximize their assets, are well informed about their field, and demonstrate curiosity and a rigorous inquiry process
  • Demonstrate field and civic leadership


Organization's Location
Program Location
New England (CT, ME, NH, RI, VT, with preference for MA)
Organization Type
Organization Budget And Years
Organization's annual budget is at least 250k


Individuals or funding scholarships
Program-related investments
Capital projects
Event sponsorships
not specified


Step 1: Pre-proposal
Application deadline
Step 2: Full proposal (invite only)