ARTIST RESOURCES

ARTIST RESOURCES

Transformer is committed to connecting artists with information on resources and opportunities to support them. On a rolling basis, we share helpful artist listings and links rom colleagues throughout the contemporary art field. Please check back on our website and Twitter regularly for these updates.

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Last Updated: November 16, 2020


GRANTS + FUNDING + MORE:

Nexus Fund | Atlanta Contemporary

  • The Nexus Fund: Emergency Relief, in this first year, will give $1,000 to support 60 self-identifying visual artists. In order to ensure that artists of every ethnicity, race, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability status, and socioeconomic class have access to this fund, Atlanta Contemporary will work with new and established partners to reach communities that have been historically underrepresented.
  • Who is eligible: Self-identified visual artists 21 years of age and older living within the 9- counties designated as: Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Henry
  • Application Deadline: November 22, 2020

LACE Lightning Fund

  • A total of 50 grants of $1,500 each will be awarded. Only applicants that are LA County residents, are at least 18 years of age, and are experiencing extreme financial hardship due to the impact of COVID-19 will be considered. 
  • The application form will ask you to: 1. Describe significant financial hardship or need through a combination of multiple-choice questions and narrative response, and 2. demonstrate an active visual art practice through a brief artist statement, website, or other online presence.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, November 20, 2020, at 11:59 PM PST.

Innovate Grant

  • Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on their website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. They have simplified the grant process so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.
  • Award Info: $550 Grants to one Visual Artist and one Photographer 
  • Type: Competition 
  • Fall 2020 Cycle Deadline: Thursday, December 10, 2020 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time

Pollock-Krasner Foundation

  • The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will review expenditures relating to an artist's professional work and personal expenses and amounts range up to $30,000. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist. Professional exhibition history will be taken into consideration. Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.
  • The Foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, graphic artists, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers, or any artist whose work primarily falls into these categories.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Basis

The Awesome Foundation

  • The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time.
  • ​Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Basis

Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Emergency Grants for COVID-19 Fund

  • In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. For as long as our Board of Directors determines it is necessary and prudent to do so, the Foundation will disburse one-time $2,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Basis December 1, 2020

Dedalus Foundation: Master of Fine Art Fellowship in Painting & Sculpture

  • The Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture is awarded annually to final-year students who are graduating from an M.F.A. degree program in the United States. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $15,000.
  • Candidacy for the fellowship is by nomination only. Each fall, department chairpersons from M.F.A. programs in painting and sculpture are invited to submit nominations. Each institution may nominate two candidates. Nominees should be graduating in the spring semester that directly follows the fall nominating cycle. Nominees need not be U.S. citizens.
  • Once nominations are submitted to the Foundation, nominees will receive application guidelines from us via e-mail. Nominees are asked to submit JPGs of eight work samples, a description of the work, and a biographical statement.
  • They will accept nominations beginning October 1, 2020. 
  • The Deadline for applications is January 15, 2021, 5 p.m. EST. 

The Hopper Prize

  • The Hopper Prize is now accepting entries for our Fall 2020 artist grants. We are offering 5 grants in the amount of $1,000 USD awarded through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators.
  • This is an international open call. All media is eligible. Our open call provides you with a direct path to get your work in front of these forward-thinking exhibition makers. In addition to grants, 30 artists will be selected for a shortlist. Additional exposure is available via our online Journal as well as our Instagram feed, currently reaching an audience over 46K.
  • Eligibility: The Hopper Prize is open to all artists age 18 and older working in any media. There are no restrictions on genre, subject matter, or media. We welcome entries in all media. We are committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. All artists are encouraged to apply.
  • Application Deadline: November 17, 2020

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

  • The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistance – they would like to help. 
  • They will disburse funds in the amount of US $200 per person, on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Basis
  • Application Form: Here

The Terra Foundation for American Arts: Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants

  • To that end, it welcomes applications for its Academic Workshop and Symposium Grants. Through the program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of in-person exchanges intended for scholarly audiences such as workshops, symposia, and colloquia that advance scholarship in the field of American art (circa 1500–1980) that take place in Chicago or outside the United States; or in the United States, with at least one-third of the participants coming from outside the United States. The foundation also welcomes applications from international research groups. Groups should involve two to four faculty members from two or more academic institutions, at least one of which must be located outside the United States. Groups should pursue specific research questions that will advance scholarship and meet in person two or more times
  • Visual arts that are eligible for Terra Foundation Academic Workshop and Symposium Grants include all visual art categories except architecture and commercial film/animation. The foundation favors programs that place objects and practices from an art-historical perspective.
  • To be eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the international equivalent. 
  • Letter of Inquiry: December 4, 2020
  • Proposal: February 15, 2021

The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant

  • The Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success.
  • The Gottlieb Foundation does not fund organizations, educational institutions, students, graphic artists, or those working in crafts. The disciplines of photography, film, video, or related forms are not eligible unless the work directly involves, or can be interpreted as, painting or sculpture. The Foundation does not fund exhibitions, installations, or projects of any kind.
  • Please note that these grants are available only to mature individual visual artists. The Foundation defines maturity in this case as having worked for 20 years or more in a mature phase of art.
  • Application Deadline: February 26, 2021

Art-in-Ed Artist’s Book Residency Grant

  • The Art-in-Education Artist’s Book Grant is a residency awarded to two artists to create a new artist’s book and teach young people in WSW’s studios. Residency length: 8-10 weeks
  • This grant includes a stipend of $350/week for up to ten weeks, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access during non-AIE sessions. This residency has a two-step jury process: artists submit their materials, then WSW applies to the appropriate funders.
  • Application Deadline: November 15, 2020

The Fellowship for Utopian Practice 

  • For the Fall 2020 cycle we will dedicate one of our three Fellowship slots to the inaugural Black Utopian Fellowship, a year-long Fellowship for Black artists, researchers, scientists and/or inventors, with career development and mentorship opportunities. The intent of the Black Utopian Fellowship is to share resources and support social engagement, educational programming, and revitalizing communal hubs. For more information, view the full description here.
  • The Fellowship program is open to artists and other professionals working in any discipline who wish to expand the boundaries of their practice. Three Fellows are selected for each application cycle.
  • Application Deadline: October 14, 2020

Durham Arts Council: Emerging Artist Grant

  • The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career, therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to unestablished artists. 
  • Applicants must be individuals, not ensembles or groups. Artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicants must have resided in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange, or Person Counties (North Carolina) for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since November 13, 2019). Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in their art form at the time of the application deadline.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, November 13 by 11:59 p.m.

California Humanities: Film, Audio and Digital Documentaries

  • CDP Research and Development grants are designed to strengthen the humanities content and approach of documentary media productions in their earliest stages. Projects must actively involve at least two humanities advisors to help frame and contextualize subject matter throughout the research and development phase. Eligible applicants may apply for funding up to $10,000.
  • Application Deadline: November 2, 2020

Cleveland Foundation: Minority Arts and Education Fund

  • Now through Oct. 30, 2020, the MAEF is accepting applications for grants ranging from $5,000 – $20,000 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; and/or 
    • Host fellowships for artists of color, providing them with meaningful opportunities to create new work, practice arts management skills, and engage with the community.
  • Application Deadline: October 30, 2020

Artist-Organizer Residency at WPA

  • In response to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our ability to host in-person events and exhibitions, WPA is offering our project space to an artist-organizer/artist-curator from the end of October through early January. In addition to the space, the residency will include a $1,000 stipend. We will prioritize applications from artist-organizers whose practices reflect our values of collaboration, experimentation, and inclusion, as well as artists able to use the space for an average of at least 20 hours per week.
  • What you can expect:

    -WPA will provide a $1,000 stipend ($500 in October/$500 in November)
    -800 sq ft space with gallery lighting 
    -24/hour access (outside of a weekly mutually agreed upon block of time for WPA staff to access the office)
    -Internet access
    -Folding table and chair
    -Access to slop sink, bathroom, kitchenette

  • Application Deadline: Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET

 

American-Scandinavian Foundation

  • The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year.
  • Grants are considered suitable for post-graduate scholars, professionals, and candidates in the arts to carry out research or study visits of one to three months duration.
  • Applicants must complete an ASF application form, including a well-defined project description and project statement that outlines their research, study, or creative arts project and describes why a stay in Scandinavia is essential.
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Decisions announced: April 15, 2020

Artadia Awards

  • Artadia Awards are open to all visual artists living and working throughout one of Artadia’s Award Cities. Individual artists and collaboratives working in all visual media and at any stage in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Artadia Awardees will be selected through a two-tiered jury process that combines local expertise with outside perspective from leading national and international curators and artists. From the Finalist pool, two artists are selected to receive an unrestricted Artadia Award of $10,000.

  • The Artadia Awards application process is open to all visual artists who: 

  • Live and work in designated partner cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, LA, NYC, SF) 
    – Have resided in the program city for at least two years prior to the application deadline. 
    – Not currently enrolled in an art-related degree program or long-term residency, nor planning to attend an art-related degree program or long-term residency in the coming year. 
    – Are not related to Artadia staff or directors in any way. 
    – Have not received an Artadia (formerly The ArtCouncil Inc.) Award for $10,000 or more in the past.

  • Application Deadline: Atlanta; October 16th + Houston; November 2nd

Rhode Island Foundation: Arts in Academics Grants

  • This grant is to support educational projects that integrate art disciplines into other core academic subjects. Successful Arts in Academics projects create collaborations among artists and educators and promote the arts as an integral part of the learning process. This fund is not intended to support performances where students are passive participants. Literacy projects are generally not funded unless they are exceptionally creative and include other core academic subjects.
  • Grant amounts typically range from $500 to $1,000. Potential projects might include:
    • Collaboration between artist and educator: An architect and a math teacher help students learn about scale by reading and using rulers when building a scale model

    • Field trips: Students take a trip to the zoo to study symmetrical patterns as they relate to mathematics. (Trips may not be for entertainment purposes, but must serve an academic need.)

    • Professional training: A teacher attends a workshop or other course in critical/creative problem-solving to expand arts literacy skills and incorporate its principles into other core academic areas.

  • Application Deadline: Midnight (EST) on October 23, 2020

Propeller IMPACT Fund 2020

  • Open to artists in the *Chicagoland area with a practice grounded in the visual arts, Propeller Impact Fund will distribute $500 unrestricted, one-time grants over four rounds of applications. The $500 grants are disbursed the month following each application deadline. A total amount of $56,000 will be disbursed over the four rounds. 
  • Priority consideration for communities that are impacted disproportionately including: ALAANA artists (African descendent, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Native American), d/Deaf and disabled artists, LGBTQ2SIA+ artists, and gender non-conforming and non-binary artists. 
  • WHO CAN APPLY 

    • Applicants must be individual artists grounded in the visual arts. 

    • Applicants must be able to demonstrate activity in their artistic discipline over the past three years. 

    • Applicants must be residents of the *Illinois counties — Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaPorte, McHenry & Will. 

    • Applicants will need to express how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Application Round: October 26 at 9am, CDT – October 29 at 5pm, CDT

Stonewall Quarter Share 2020 Grant Cycle: Supporting Black Trans Leadership

  • Stonewall Quarter Share (SQS) is a network of young donors who, through volunteer service and collective giving, support LGBTQ causes throughout New York City. Each year, SQS members award one or more grants to advance programming and services that directly benefit LGBTQ New Yorkers.
  • This year, SQS is proud to announce it will be awarding $40,000 to a Black trans-led organization. “Led” here is defined as a president or executive director, co-president or co-executive director, or functional equivalent who identifies as Black and transgender, gender non-conforming, or non-binary.
  • An informational Zoom call will be held on Wednesday, September 2 at 2pm EDT to answer questions related to this RFP.  RSVP for the info session here.
  • Proposals are due by noon on Friday, October 2, 2020.

Conference on College Composition & Communication Invites Applications for Travel Awards

  • The Conference on College Composition & Communication is inviting applications for its Scholars for the Dream Travel Award, which encourages scholarship by historically underrepresented groups.
  • Through the award program, emerging scholars from historically underrepresented groups will receive $1,000 travel awards, an invitation to a reception, and the opportunity to work with a career mentor who is a CCCC member. Recipients of Dream Travel Awards also will be first-time presenters at CCCC. The opportunity is open to Black, Latinx, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander scholars, regardless of citizenship status.

Center for Craft

  • Through the program, two grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice. Proposals are welcome from mid-career artists, artisans, designers, makers, sculptors, and others who identify their practice within the field of craft. The center, and by extension the grant, recognizes craft to be a particular approach to making with a strong connection to materials, skill, and process.
  • Examples of craft research identified by the center include but are not limited to archive and museum-based research; material innovations and experimentation; process-oriented research/innovation; historical research; collaborations among artists and/or with other disciplines and/or institutions; and other projects that have the potential to transform questions that are being asked in an academic context.
  • Application Deadline: October 1, 2020

CERF+ COVID-19 Relief Grant: Cycle II

  • As part of CERF+’s broader COVID-19 crisis response strategies, this special program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing and/or health insecurities. The grants will be awarded in two cycles: the application opens July 8th and the deadline for the first round will be July 29th, the second round will open August 19th and the deadline will be September 9th. The program will focus on those facing the most severe financial pressures. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community including people of color and folk and traditional artists.
  • Application Deadline: September 9, 2020

Stanley Bleifeld Memorial Grant

  • The Stanley Bleifeld Memorial Grant is a prize of $5,000 sponsored by the National Sculpture Society.It is awarded annually to a sculptor who has demonstrated outstanding ability as a sculptor and who has created a body of work inspired by nature which includes works of sculpture in bas-relief and in the round. The Bleifeld Grant is for a mature body of work; sculpture created in workshop or instructional settings should not be submitted.​ The grant will be awarded in June 2021.
  • Application Deadline: October 5, 2020

Vermont Studio Center 

  • Each year, VSC offers fellowships to artists and writers to attend a month-long residency. Residencies include a private room in modest, shared housing; twenty-four-hour access to a private studio space in one of six medium-specific studio buildings; and three communal meals per day (plus fresh fruit, coffee/tea/cold beverages, and cereal available around the clock). Most residencies last a month, so sessions adhere to a four-week calendar; however, residencies may be scheduled in two-week increments ranging from two to twelve weeks if a shorter or longer stay better suits an applicant’s needs
  • Application Deadline: October 1, 2020

 


Focus III Photography Exhibit 

  • Focus III will be Envision Art’s third installment of contemporary and fine art photography. All submitted works must include at least one photograph. Eligible media include, but are not limited to: digital photography, film photography, instant film photography, mobile photography, street photography, micro / macro photography, mixed media using photographs, assemblage using photographs, digital art using an original digital photograph, collage using photographs, jewelry design using photographs, contemporary craft, image transfers, works of art containing vintage photograph/ephemera and original video/film stills. 
  • Location: Online
  • ​Application Deadline: August 28, 2020

NYFA, Rauschenberg Emergency Grants Program

  • The program will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to hospital and doctor bills (including insurance co-pays), tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition, and emergency dental work. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and panels will meet monthly to ensure funds are distributed on a timely basis.
  • ​Application Deadline: August 28, 2020

CERF+ Invites Applications from Craft Artists for Covid-19 Relief

  • The organization launched the COVID-19 Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. One-time grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to meet the urgent food, housing, and/or health needs of craft artists. 
  • The program is focused on artists facing the most severe financial pressure, and priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community, including people of color and folk and traditional artists.
  • To be eligible, artists must create work using historically recognized craft materials such as clay, glass, textiles, wood, metal; as well as those whose work expands on these historical definitions through the incorporation of non-traditional materials, new technologies and experimental approaches.
  • Application Deadline: August 19, 2020

The Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists

  • $10,000 grant, supports visual artists who are self-identified Black trans women and trans femmes.
  • ​The Illuminations Grant is administered through Queer|Art with a rotating panel of judges, each of whom will conduct a studio visit with the winning artist as part of the award’s focus on supporting creative and professional development. Judges for the 2020 grant cycle include Thelma Golden, Juliana Huxtable, Texas Isaiah, and Kiyan Williams. Queer|Art staff will also provide the winning artist with consultations and further access to many of the tools they have developed in conjunction with the organization’s cornerstone creative and professional development program, Queer|Art|Mentorship.
  • Application Deadline: August 30, 2020

Innovate Grants

  • Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on their website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. They have simplified the grant process so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.
  • Award Info: $550 Grants to one Visual Artist and one Photographer 
  • Type: Competition 
  • Application Deadline: August 25, 2020

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

  • In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. The Foundation will disburse one-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.
  • Who: U.S artists affected by COVID-19
  • Deadline: August 31, 2020

Artist Relief

  • Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19
  • Applicants must be:
    • Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience;
    • Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
    • 21 years of age or older;
    • Able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN);
    • Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
  • Applications will be open in cycles:
    • Cycle I: April 8 - April 23 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle II: April 24 - May 21 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle III: May 22 - June 18 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle IV: June 19 - July 23 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle V: July 24 - August 26 (closes 11:59pm ET)

Black Girls Who Paint

  • The BGWP Awards Fund supports Black girls who paint. Each month, one girl between the ages of 6-18 will recieve the Girls Award, a $75 e-gift card to an art store for supplies. Each Spring and Fall semester, one student between the ages of 17-21 currently enrolled at least part-time in a visual arts program will receive the Student Award, a $750 academic award to help offset the cost of art supplies, program fees, food, academic expenses, etc. All award recipients will be highlighted on BGWP website, marketing materials, and Mahyue Magazine.

Leeway Foundation (Philadelphia)

  • The Art and Change Grant (ACG) provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans* artists in Greater Philadelphia to fund art for social change projects.
  • The Leeway Foundation encourages you to apply if you are a woman or trans* artist who:
    • Has an art for social change project or opportunity that impacts a larger group, audience, or community.
    • Has financial need and limited or no access to other financial resources.
    • Has a project supported by or in collaboration with a Change Partner (a person, organization, or business that is a part of the project in some way).
    • Lives in Greater Philadelphia: Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County
  • Application Deadline: August 3, 2020

 


JUNE 11, 2020: 

GRANTS + FUNDING:

Black Girls Who Paint

  • The BGWP Awards Fund supports Black girls who paint. Each month, one girl between the ages of 6-18 will recieve the Girls Award, a $75 e-gift card to an art store for supplies. Each Spring and Fall semester, one student between the ages of 17-21 currently enrolled at least part-time in a visual arts program will receive the Student Award, a $750 academic award to help offset the cost of art supplies, program fees, food, academic expenses, etc. All award recipients will be highlighted on BGWP website, marketing materials, and Mahyue Magazine.

SF Film

  • SFFILM is inviting applications for is Westridge Grant program.
  • Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of independent narrative feature filmmakers working on films that address social issues and pressing questions of our time through creative and original storytelling
  • See the SFFILM website for complete program guidelines and application instructions
  • RSVP here to attend SFFILM's information session taking place on June 19 that will cover SFFILM’s three largest narrative funding opportunities : the Rainin Grant, which supports films in screenwriting, development, and post-production; the Westridge Grant for screenwriting; and the Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship, for fiction films rooted in science and technology

Critical Minded

  • Mindful of the unique hardships critics -- and in particular critics of color and critics from underrepresented communities -- face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Critical Minded will provide need-based, unrestricted relief grants of $500 to cultural critics in the US and US territories experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic.
  • To be eligible, critics must be part of a self-identified underrepresented community in the US and must have published at least three pieces of cultural criticism in English or Spanish since January 1, 2019 that engage with works of art or artists in one of the following disciplines: culture, dance, film/television, food, literary arts, music, theater or visual art.
  • Application Deadline: This application portal will close on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 11:59pm ET

Emergent Seed

  • Emergent Seed will be giving $500 Microgrants to support emerging Writers & Composers in the DC Metro Area. Must submit ORIGINAL work.
  • Applicants need to currently reside, and have lived for at least 7 of the last 12 months, in the Greater DC Metro area, which we have defined as the District of Columbia, along with the six nearby counties in MD and VA consisting of: Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties.
  • Applicants must be 18 - 35 years old at the time of application.
  • Emergent Seed is trying to prioritize financial need at this time and asks that only creatives who are economically disadvantaged, especially if directly affected by coronavirus closures, apply for a microgrant. You may apply if any one of the following pertains to you. You are:
    • A self-employed artist affected by coronavirus closures
    • Not employed full-time (including those laid off or furloughed because of the coronavirus)
    • Working fewer than 25 hours/wk
    • Earning less than $15/hr, even if employed full-time 
    • A student, provided that you are not declared as a dependent by your parents (or anyone else) for Federal Tax purposes
    • If another financial hardship applies to you that is not listed above, please explain in the application
  • Application Deadline: Monday, June 15 

NBAF (National Black Arts) Artist Project Fund

  • NBAF (National Black Arts) launched an Artist Project Fund starting at $5,000 to support Black Artists in getting back to work and thus provide for their households.
  • Click here to apply
  • Application Deadline: Monday, June 15

Orphan We

  • The Orphan We grant is open to applicants who have an interesting life story to tell. We accept video story submissions up to 10 minutes long. 
  • The grant amount is $300.
  • Artists and activists are welcome to apply. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are a part of marginalized groups.
  • Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

PRINTING RESOURCES:

Ipsy Bipsy Studio

  • For the month of June, Ipsy Bipsy Studio will be offering FREE limited-run riso print services to black folx in DC.
  • Use this form to submit your zine, poster, card, flyers or art prints

 


JUNE 01, 2020: 

Transformer stands in solidarity with the black members of our community, and the world, in the fight for justice and equality.

Black Lives Matter DC
National Bail Out
Anti-Racism Resources
NAACP
Reclaim The Block
Anti-Racism for Beginners
H.U.M.A.N.I.T.Y 360
The Nicholson Project
Brown Art Ink
Brown Girls Write
nomunomu
Black Girls Who Paint
Black Visions Collective
Donate to the victims of police brutality
Donate to bail funds for protestors


MAY 15, 2020:

RESOURCES:

Arlington Arts COVID-19 Artist Resources 
Americans for the Arts Resources

GRANTS + FUNDING:

The Prairie Ronde Artist Residency

  • The Prairie Ronde Artist Residency is located in historic Vicksburg, Michigan, near Kalamazoo, and provides access to the 420,000-square-foot former Lee Paper Company paper mill and its adjacent eighty acres of property. From the French, meaning "round meadow," the residency is named to honor the islands of grasses and wildflowers that once dotted the landscape of southwest Michigan. First settled in 1831, Vicksburg is a quaint, rural village surrounded by lush agricultural land dotted with lakes, stands of hardwood forests, and gently flowing streams.
  • The artist residency program supports visual artists, writers, video/filmmakers, and musicians with a $2,000 stipend for a residency of between four and seven weeks, a $500 travel grant, and private use of a car.
  • Artists are encouraged to utilize Prairie Ronde's close ties to members of the village community and the area’s creative community and are asked to propose a community "give back" such as a workshop, final show, or open studio days, as well as donate a piece of work to Prairie Ronde's collection.
  • Fall residencies will be held September 15 through December 15, 2020.
  • Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

Craft Futures Fund

  • This fund supports craft-based education projects through October. Artists can apply to receive one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 for their education projects that envision and build new futures for craft.
  • Application Deadline: May 22, 2020

Tamarack Emergency Relief Program (West Virginia)

  • The foundation offers grants and bridge loans of up to $5,000 for artist businesses on a rolling basis to help with these events. These funds are available to artists juried into the Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia retail facility in Beckley, WV.
  • Priority for grants will be given by an external committee to those most severely affected by career threatening occasions that could result in the closure of business. Requests in excess of $5,000 are eligible for request, but the application must show significant need. These requests will be submitted to the committee and approved by the foundation Board of Directors.
  • Please contact Executive Director Renee Margocee at renee@tamarackfoundation.org with a brief summary of your situation to receive more information about obtaining funds. Please include your telephone number.

BGWP Awards Fund 

  • The BGWP Awards Fund supports actual Black girls who paint. Each month, one girl between the ages of 6-18 will recieve the Girls Award, a $50 e-gift card to an art store for supplies. Each Spring and Fall semester, one student between the ages of 17-21 currently enrolled at least part-time in a visual arts program will receive the Student Award, a $750 academic award to help offset the cost of art supplies, program fees, food, academic expenses, etc. 
  • If you know a Black, female painter who would benefit from the Girls Award, please feel free to nominate them here!

Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund (Minnesota)

  • The Personal Emergency Relief Fund is a longstanding program of Springboard for the Arts that has been expanded to respond to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on the arts and creative sector. Artists and creative workers of all disciplines affected in Minnesota can request $500 to support them in this moment. The Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund will run through July 1, 2020.

The Burke Prize 

  • The Burke Prize is a contemporary art prize for a new generation of artists working in a world of expanded media with a foundation in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood. Selected by a diverse and distinguished jury of curators, artists, and scholars through an open-call application process, the Burke Prize winner receives an unrestricted award of $50,000 and a major exhibition with a select group of finalists at the Museum.
  • Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2020. 

Connecticut Arts Organization Emergency Relief Fund

  • The Connecticut Office of the Arts is providing emergency funding for CT non-profit arts organizations that have been impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. Organizations can apply for grants between $1,500 and 3,000 for salaries, artist fees, and more, by June 3.

Rocket Relief Fund (Kansas City, Kansas + Missouri)

  • Artists within an 80-mile radius of Kansas City can apply for this relief fund. Artists will receive $1,000 through a lottery process.

Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund (Sedgwick County, Kansas)

  • Independent artists, musicians, performers and others who work in a creative capacity in the Sedgwick County area can apply for $500 rapid response.

MAY 11, 2020:

CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, & ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT GRANT PROGRAM 

  • The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), is soliciting applications from qualified arts, humanities, arts education, service organizations, and individual artists and humanities practitioners for its Fiscal Year 2020 CAH-NEA Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant program. Award amounts vary.
  • Applicants must:
    • Be legal District of Columbia residents for at least one (1) year prior to the application deadline and must maintain residency during the entire grant period (proof of residency is required);
    • Have a permanent District of Columbia address, as listed on government issued identification or tax returns. Post office boxes may not be used as a primary address;
    • If an applicant is a current or previous grantee, they must be in “good standing” with CAH. Note: a CAH grant applicant that has failed, as of May 11, 2020, to comply with all applicable CAH-related mandates (e.g., failed to submit to CAH required reports related to prior CAH funding), is not in “good standing” with CAH and, accordingly, is ineligible to receive additional funds from CAH in FY 2020);
    • Must not use fiscal agents.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2020.

Georgetown Storefront Window Art Program

  • The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) seeks proposals from professional artists located in the DC area to create and install temporary artwork on exterior windows of commercial storefronts or boards covering ground-level storefronts in the Georgetown commercial district. Many businesses have closed because of the public health emergency, and the Georgetown BID wishes to maintain an attractive and welcoming environment and to send positive and inspiring messages such as safe “reopening” messages to the community during the crisis. The BID is partnering with Halcyon Arts Lab in Georgetown on this program.
  • Email proposals to Nat Cannon at the Georgetown BID (ncannon@georgetowndc.com) by 5:00pm on Thursday, May 14th with the subject line “Georgetown Storefront Window Art Program.”
  • Artists will be notified of award no later than 8:00 pm on Wednesday May 20th, 2020. Installation must be complete by Monday, June 1st, 2020.

MAY 08, 2020:

RESOURCES

Hire Artists is a marketplace designed to facilitate creative exchange during an unprecedented economic crisis. Hire Artists take no commission; 100% of sales go to the artist.

Asian American Feminist Collective - Mutual Aid List + Downloadable Zine

  • The Asian American Feminist Collective is a world-building project that engages in intersectional feminist politics. They seek to provide spaces for identity exploration, political education, community building, and advocacy through public events and resources.

COVID-19/At-Home Mental Health Resource List

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics COVID-19 Resources

Workers Need Childcare (NYC)

  • Wiggle Room has launched Workers Need Childcare to connect NYC parents to free and low-cost childcare options during COVID-19.

GRANTS + FUNDING

Alternative Exposure - Emergency Relief Funding for Artists (Bay Area)

  • Southern Exposure, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, is allocating a total of $60,000 to support Bay Area working artists in need right now. Sixty grants of $1,000 each will be made available to visual and multidisciplinary artists. Priority will be given to artists who are Black, Indigenous, POC, elder, LGBTQ+, disabled, immune-compromised, and immigrants. Funds may be used to cover any needed expenses.
  • Deadline: Sunday, May 24, 2020, 11:59 PM PST

Landfall Foundation 2020 Program and Project Grant Awards (North Carolina)

  • Through the Foundation, the program will award grants of up to $7,500 in support of programs or projects that support residents of the North Carolina counties of New Hanover, Pender, or Brunswick in the categories of health and welfare, education, and the arts.
  • Deadline: August 15, 2020

GlobalGiving Red Backpack Fund

  • Majority women-owned businesses and nonprofits with annual revenues less than $5M can now apply for $5,000 grants in support of long-term recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. 
  • Deadline: May 11, 2020 at 12 p.m. ET

Boston Artist Relief Fund 

  • The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The Boston Artist Relief Fund will be open on a rolling basis.

Burnaway’s Emergency Writers Grant

  • Burnaway has an open application to apply for cash grants of $500. Critics and culture writers based in the South, who are facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19 are welcome to apply by May 15.
  • Deadline to Apply: May 15, 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Act Guidelines

  • NEH invites applications from eligible organizations, like libraries, art museums, and other cultural organizations seeking support for at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by the coronavirus. 
  • Deadline: May 11, 2020

 


APRIL 30, 2020:

RESOURCES

Annuity - A Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances: What You Need to Know​
Nomunomu - Visual Artists Resources 
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation - COVID-19 Resources 
Booooooom - COVID-19 Crisis Resources for Creatives
Arts Fairfax Local Resources
DC Food Project 
DC Mutual Aid Spreadsheet 
Resources for Remote Work

GRANTS + FUNDING

The aSHE Fund Microgrant (DC, Maryland, Virginia DMV Area)

  • The aSHE FUND Microgrant provides black women creatives 18+ years of age residing in the Metropolitan area with an award of $2500.00 to create, and or complete an artistic project. The microgrant currently consists of a Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter cycle.

Diverse City Fund

  • Diverse City Fund has been providing grants to grassroots, people of color-led social justice groups in DC, and are awarding $150,000 to groups across the city. Diverse City Fund is looking for groups working with and led by communities of color that are mobilizing, organizing, and advocating to change systems of oppression. 
  • Application Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020 (11:59 PM).

Golden Triangle DC WINDOWS 

  • WINDOWS is a response to COVID-19, asking local artists to use the empty storefront windows in the Golden Triangle neighborhood as their canvas to infuse the neighborhood with creativity and vibrancy and offer a new platform for the region’s artistic talent during this challenging time. Up to five artists will be selected; artists based in DC, Maryland, and Virginia are eligible to apply; each artist will be paid a flat fee of $2,000. 
  • Application Deadline: May 8, 2020 (11:59 PM).

Arts Huntsville Individual Artist Emergency Relief Grant (Madison County, AL)

  • Provides individual artists – musicians, visual artists, writers, dancers, theatre artists, etc. – with grants of $250 to $500 to cover immediate expenses.

Artist Relief Grants

  • Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19
  • Applicants must be:
    • Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience;
    • Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
    • 21 years of age or older;
    • Able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN);
    • Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
  • Applications will be open in cycles:
    • Cycle I: April 8 - April 23 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle II: April 24 - May 21 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle III: May 22 - June 18 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle IV: June 19 - July 23 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle V: July 24 - August 20 (closes 11:59pm ET)

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) Precipice Fund (Portland, OR)

  • Through an application-based selection process, a total of 120 emergency reief grants of $500 each will be awarded to eligible visual artists based in the Portland Metro region.
  • Applications will go live via Submittable on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM PDT
  • Applications will close on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM PDT

The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University - Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prizes for the Translation of Japanese Literature

  • Through the program, a prize of up to $6,000 will be awarded for the best translation of a modern Japanese or classical work. 
  • Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2020.

Central Carolina Community Foundation (South Carolina)

  • The foundation has activated the One SC Fund in support of statewide COVID-19 efforts to link charitable people and businesses with needs in South Carolina communities.
  • Through the fund, grants will be awarded to nonprofits providing direct services in support of efforts already under way in several counties and regions across South Carolina. Funds should be used to address gaps in response efforts, including support for communities that lack resources or an organized philanthropic response. Priority will be given to organizations serving underresourced counties as well as those working with populations disproportionately impacted by the crisis in the areas of basic needs (food and water, shelter, safety and security).
  • Single organizations may request up to $25,000, while coalitions may request up to $75,000.
  • Applications are due May 30 and June 30 (tentatively).
  • To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor with such status.

APRIL 24, 2020:

RESOURCES

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