Margaret A. Cargill Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation supports projects related to folk and Native American arts.

IP TAKE: Cargill prioritizes underfunded areas of the visual arts. Grantmaking is competitive. 

PROFILE: Established in 2006, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (MACF) honors the memory of Margaret A. Cargill. The foundation is just one of several under the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies umbrella. MACF seeks to "provide meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts and the environment." It supports programs for arts and culture, the environment, animal welfare, disaster relief, education, and development

MACF funds the arts through its arts and culture program, which supports "folk arts, Native American art, music, tactile art, and artistically significant crafts that foster human creativity." Within the scope of this program, the foundation offers two subprograms: native arts and cultures, and folk arts and cultures. 

The native arts and culture program supports organizations in the Upper Midwest, Montana, Idaho, the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest. While the foundation prioritizes these areas, it also funds organizations beyond them. Cargill supports work that strengthens networks of Native artists and their communities. 

The folk arts and cultures program funds projects that foster a “deep understanding, wide practice, and broad recognition of Scandinavia folk arts and culture.” Grants are generally restricted to organizations located in the Upper Midwest and the Appalachian folk culture of the Southeast.

Grants range from $100,000 to over $3 million. However, grantseekers should note that grantmaking is competitive. Great money if you can get it, but this isn’t one of the easiest funding doors to bust through. MACF prefers to build long-term relationships with grantees, and it does not accept unsolicited requests for funding.

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