Apply for a grant from the Equity in the Arts Fund!

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The Equity in the Arts Fund (EITAF), previously known as the Minority Arts and Education Fund (MAEF), is a supporting organization of the Cleveland Foundation that seeks to strengthen and build the capacity of organizations that promote the arts and cultures of communities of color and to provide meaningful creative opportunities for artists of color.  

Current grant opportunities 

The EITAF will accept applications from Aug. 14-Oct. 2, 2023, for grants ranging from $5,000 – $30,000 to organizations that are led by people of color and serve, engage in, and promote the arts and cultures – both traditional and new – of communities of African, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Indigenous and Middle Eastern descent.  

Organizations may apply for grants to strengthen and/or grow their capacity to deliver high-quality, inclusive and representative arts and cultural programming and services.

At least one organization currently holding 501(c)3 tax-exempt status must serve as lead applicant for an EITAF grant. Organizations that do not currently have 501(c)3 tax-exempt status are eligible to apply in partnership with a tax-exempt organization. Artist fellowships will not be awarded directly to artists; a 501(c)3 organization must apply to host a fellowship opportunity. 

Applicants who have not previously received a grant from the EITAF are encouraged to apply! 


How to apply 

Application instructions are provided in the Request for Proposals document, which can be downloaded by clicking the button above. 

Technical assistance session

Do you have questions about the Equity in the Arts Fund or the application process? If you missed our Aug. 21 technical assistance session or would just like to watch again, you can access the recording here:


For programmatic questions or information, contact Boris Oicherman:

For application or technical questions, contact: Grants Management via 216-615-7254 or 

More about the EITAF

The Equity in the Arts Fund (EITAF), formally known as the Minority Arts and Education Fund (MAEF), a supporting organization of the Cleveland Foundation, was established in 1994 to provide for the planning, preparation, production, and/or presentation of cultural, educational, and scientific programs and projects which promote and benefit Cleveland’s minority populations.   

The EITAF is an endowed fund with assets of approximately $3.6 million providing grantmaking in the local community from investment income. The Board of Directors is comprised of two appointees by the Mayor of the City of Cleveland, two appointees by the Chair of City Council, and five appointees by the Cleveland Foundation.