Arts and Culture

Supporting the creation, showing, and/or dissemination of artistic works, including film, theatre, dance, music, or visual arts, relating to human rights issues. Includes grantmaking to promote cultural awareness and preservation.

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$4,562,105 (6%)
87 Grants (6%)

Caribbean

$1,365,548 (2%)
11 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$6,770,294 (8%)
182 Grants (13%)

Global Programs

$13,862,864 (17%)
65 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$2,977,040 (4%)
175 Grants (13%)

Middle East & North Africa

$1,705,581 (2%)
56 Grants (4%)

North America

$30,092,123 (38%)
464 Grants (34%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$9,291,336 (12%)
144 Grants (11%)

Western Europe

$14,100,554 (18%)
198 Grants (15%)

Regional focus includes grants going directly to recipients in the region specified and to recipients located in other regions for activities focused on the region specified.

Issue Focus

Social and Cultural Rights

$23,876,962 (30%)
413 Grants (30%)

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$10,376,630 (13%)
240 Grants (18%)

Freedom from Violence

$9,443,685 (12%)
152 Grants (11%)

Population Focus

Children & Youth

$19,493,220 (24%)
376 Grants (28%)

Indigenous Peoples

$13,426,930 (17%)
186 Grants (14%)

Women & Girls

$11,590,188 (15%)
350 Grants (26%)

Population Focus includes funding explicitly targeted to benefit specific groups and only illustrates those accounting for the largest shares of grant dollars or grants. See Methodology for details on how regional focus and population focus were determined and limitations.

Sample Grants

  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation gave core support to Streetwise Opera in the United Kingdom for the delivery of programs, including weekly workshops in homeless centers and arts venues leading to opera productions starring homeless performers alongside professionals, to help homeless people make positive changes in their lives.
  • Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca supported Amani Nyayo Onlus in Italy for Stories of the Other World, featuring film, culture, and music from Africa to Latin America.