U.S. Bancorp Foundation Likes Community Arts

The U.S. Bancorp Foundation, the philanthropic arm of financial services company U.S. Bancorp, by its own accounting granted more than $23.4 million in 2013, with 17 percent of those coffers going to arts and culture programs.

When U.S. Bancorp Foundation is giving you those stats, what it’s really doing is adding up the giving across the 25 states (and regions within) it focuses on—where its corporate side has banking enterprises.

This is the point where you’ll want to know if your state makes that 50 percent cut: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming are the ones the list.

Though giving is broken out by state (and sometimes regions within states), the foundation's directives for its Cultural and Artistic Enrichment grants are system-wide. The foundation seeks to aid 501(c)(3) organizations to develop audience (particularly in underserved populations), bring “select and limited civic amenities” to rural communities, and to promote arts education. 

U.S. Bancorp Foundation gives many individual grants directly to a wide array of theater, music, and dance organizations (primarily of the performance variety), as well as to some media, film, and literary programming. But the foundation's history of giving shows that it also very much likes to support umbrella community arts organizations, centers, and festivals that showcase and engage audiences in a range of arts disciplines.

Community arts councils receiving U.S. Bancorp Foundation's grants vary greatly in geography and types of communities served. A recently sampling includes:

  • $17,000 to the Fund for the Arts (Louisville, KY)
  • $10,000 to the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (Denver, CO)
  • $6,000 to the Idaho Falls Arts Council (Idaho Falls, ID)
  • $5,000 to the Allied Arts Fund (Rapid City, SD)
  • $5,000 to the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council (Eau Claire, WI)
  • $5,000 to the Culture Alliance of the Miami Valley (Dayton, OH)
  • $2,750 to Allied Arts Council of St. Joseph Missouri (St. Joseph, MO)
  • $2,000 to the Northern Nevada Arts Council (Winnemucca, NV)
  • $2,000 to the Lane Arts Council (Eugene, OR)
  • $1,200 to the McLean County Art Association (Bloomington, IL)
  • $1,000 to the Minot Area Council of the Arts (Minot, ND)

A sampling of performing arts centers and work spaces (creating and showcasing a combination of theater, music, dance, and film) that have recently received funds from U.S. Bancorp Foundation includes:

  • $25,000 to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Denver, CO)
  • $15,000 to the Center of Creative Arts (St. Louis, MO)
  • $10,000 to the Lawrence Arts Center (Lawrence, KS)
  • $10,000 to the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County (Los Angeles, CA)
  • $10,000 to ArtSpace (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • $5,000 to Arkansas Arts Center (Hot Springs, AR)
  • $5,000 to Fitton Center for the Creative Arts (Hamilton, OH)
  • $4,000 to the Lensic Performing Arts Center (Santa Fe, NM)
  • $3,000 to Custer County Art & Heritage Center (Miles City, MT)
  • $2,500 to the API Cultural Center (Oakland, CA)
  • $1,500 to Lander Art Center (Lander, WY)

U.S. Bancorp Foundation also supplies grants for community arts festivals. This includes a recent $10,000 grant to the Marshall Festivals (Marshall, MN); $2,500 to Art in Action (Menlo Park, CA); $2,000 to Artwalk Longmont (Longmont, CO); $1,000 to the College Hill Arts Festival (Cedar Falls, IA).

Each state/region has its own grant managers, contact information, and deadlines. Applications for each state/region are also online.