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Last Updated: February 24, 2021


Creative Capital Awards Open Application

  • Creative Capital helps visionary artists in all disciplines build thriving careers, and every year we review applications from artists ready to take the next step in their creative practices. The selected artists receive the Creative Capital Award, which includes up to $50,000 in funding for bold new projects, as well as a wide range of counsel, career development, and networking opportunities to make their work come to life.
  • Artists can submit their project ideas through a free application. This application helps us identify a selection of artists working at the forefront of their fields. It’s designed to provoke deep thought about project ideas to determine intention, impact, timeliness, and capacity.
  • Application Deadline: March 8, 2021 at 4PM ET

Provincetown Art Association and Museum - Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant

  • The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant is awarded annually to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need. The mission of this grant is to promote public awareness of and a commitment to American art, and to encourage interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.
  • Recipients are selected by a diverse group of jurors—artists, curators, professors, writers—based on the strength of the materials submitted in this application as well as the perceived adherence to the spirit of the grant: to assist under recognized artists. Awards include a cash grant, ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 and an exhibition at PAAM.
  • Eligibility 
    • You are 45-years old or older.
    • You are a painter. For the purposes of this grant, painting is considered the application of various media (oil, acrylic, gouache, ink, tempera, watercolor, egg tempera, casein, enamel) on paper, canvas, fabric, or wood. This includes fresco. This excludes mixed media, encaustic, collage, dry pastels, chalk, digital paintings, prints, and work in graphite or drawings. The use of multiple paint mediums is allowed (ie mixing acrylics with oil paints). Do not submit images in ANY of these excluded mediums as they will not be reviewed. Only paintings will be considered.
    • You are American. You must be either a citizen of the United States or have permanent residency in the United States, though you can be presently living abroad.
    • A need for financial support must be clear and demonstrated.
  • Application Deadline: Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5pm EST

Asymmetry Art Foundation: Curatorial Fellowship 2021

  • The Curatorial Fellowship is a 6-month placement (September 2021 - March 2022) within the Exhibition department of London’s Whitechapel Gallery, geared towards a mid-career curator who is a national of Mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. 
  • The Fellow will also be situated within Delfina Foundation’s renowned residency programme, which will offer further professional opportunities as well as accommodation.
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Residency Unlimited Artist Residency Program

  • Residency Unlimited is pleased to announce an Open Call for the 2021 NYC-Based Artist Residency Program.
  • Residency Unlimited (RU) invites visual artists who identify as Black to apply for a three-month residency from April 5 - July 2, 2021. RU welcomes applications from NYC-based visual artists who work across media and whose practices are research-based and geared towards filling in gaps in historical knowledge. Four artists will be selected from applications reviewed by a jury of arts professionals together with RU staff.
  • Deadline: March 1, 11:59 pm EST
    Notifications: March 15
    Residency Dates: April 5 - July 2, 2021

CUE Open Call

  • CUE’s Open Calls provide artists and emerging curators the opportunity and necessary resources to realize an exhibition at CUE’s storefront gallery in East Chelsea, New York.
  • Solo Exhibition Open Call: Open to emerging and under-recognized artists, selected artists will receive a $5,00 honorarium, an accompanying exhibition catalogue, and mentor support from an established artist or curator on the selection panel
  • Eligibility: Must not have had a solo show in a commercial NYC gallery within the last five years; NOT have current, consistent commercial gallery representation in the US, and NOT currently enrolled in a degree program
  • Application Deadline: March 12, 2021

Locust Projects: Wavemaker Grants

  • Each year, WaveMaker incubator grants at Locust Projects awards a total of $60,000 in grant funding to artists, curators, and collectives across Miami-Dade County in the following three categories: New Work / Projects, Long-Haul Projects, and Research & Development + Implementation. 
  • Submissions for WaveMaker Incubator Grants Cycle 8 are open now until April 2, learn more and join the next info sessions on February 23 and March 30 to get all of your questions answered - more details on info sessions coming soon
  • Application Deadline: April 2, 2021

The RAiR Foundation | Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program

  • Well known by visual artists as the "Gift of Time", the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 1967 to provide gifted studio based visual artists with the unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in a supportive, collegial environment for a whole year. This "gift of time" allows artists to work without distraction in an effort to break new ground and focus on individual goals. The Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program’s interest is in strengthening the vitality of the visual art in New Mexico and has been a catalyst in broadening community understanding of contemporary art for over fifty years.
  • In residence grants are offered to all professional visual artists 21 years of age or older, involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installation and other fine art media. Grants are not made in the disciplines of performance art or production crafts.
  • The studios are large, open spaces that measure approximately 30 'x 25 'x 10'. These areas are well-lighted and convertible to the artist's requirements. Artists are housed in a complex of six houses and 10 studios located on fifty acres of land.
  • A stipend of $1100 per month is offered along with $100 for a spouse/partner and each child living with the grantee. An additional $100 stipend for each child ($200 total per child) is currently offered through a matching grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
  • Application Deadline: MARCH 15, 2021 AT 5PM MOUNTAIN TIME

Actos de Confianza: Relief Grants | Covid-19 Relief Grants for Latinx Artists

  • In collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Intercultural Leadership Institute partners, the 2021 Actos de Confianza relief effort will expand to support Latinx artists and arts organizations who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. NALAC will distribute $2,500 grants to Latinx artists and cultural workers and $5,000 grants to Latinx arts organizations facing critical financial emergencies. Open calls organized by geographic region will take place between January and May 2021.
  • Cycle 1 – Mid-America 
    • Call Opens: January 13, 2021 
    • Deadline to Apply: January 27, 2021 (closes 11:59PM CT)  
    • Applicants need to reside in one of the following states or territories: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming
  • Cycle 2 – Eastern US + Puerto Rico 
    • Call Opens: March 3rd, 2021 
    • Deadline to Apply: March 17, 2021 (closes 11:59PM CT) 
    • Applicants need to reside in one of the following states or territories: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico 
  • Cycle 3 – Western US
    • Call Opens: April 28, 2021 
    • Deadline to Apply: May 12, 2021 (closes 11:59PM CT)  
    • Applicants need to reside in one of the following states or territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington

Ucross Foundation 2021 Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists

  • The foundation currently is accepting applications for its 2021 Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists. Lunch and dinners are prepared Monday to Friday by a professional chef with ample provisions on hand for breakfasts and weekends. Towels and all linens are provided, as is weekly housekeeping for bedrooms. There is cell phone service and wireless Internet throughout the residency facilities. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Sheridan, Wyoming.
  • Application Deadline March 1, 2021

Maryland Humanities | Grant Program

  • Programs can take many forms, including lectures, new media projects, reading and discussion programs, seminars, interpretive exhibits, local and living histories, spoken word programs, and interpreting oral histories.
  • The humanities include the study and interpretation of history, literature (including novels, poetry, drama, and other forms of written expression, both modern and classical), philosophy, ethics, jurisprudence, comparative religion, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and the interpretation (not the creation) of the arts.  These humanities disciplines are tools that can help us to explore what makes us human, connect us with others, and discover meaning and richness in our lives and for our communities
  • Letters of Intent Due: March 1*
  • Grant Proposals Due: April 15*

Houstan Center for Contemporary Craft

  • HCCC is inviting applications for its Artist Residency Program. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and mixed media. Through the residency, museum visitors have the unique opportunity to visit the artists’ studios and watch the artists at work; in turn, artists receive a unique opportunity to gain exposure, make connections with the community in Houston, and help educate the public about craft. Up to ten residencies — which include a 200-square-foot studio, a $1,000 monthly stipend and a small, quarterly housing/materials allowance — will be awarded. (Studios are equipped with sinks, telephones, and wireless Internet access.) 
  • The application for the 2021-2022 artist residency cycle is open January 1 – March 1, 2021.

Oregon Community Foundation | Creative Heights

  • The initiative aims to increase Oregon’s cultural visibility and vitality while also supporting unique opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture.
  • Creative Heights grants are for the creation and/or presentation of new and innovative performances, exhibitions, programs, and other works of art and culture. Up to $1 million in projects will be funded annually with grants from $10,000 to $100,000 per project.
  • Interested applicants must submit a brief LOI via our online system. You may answer the LOI narrative questions in writing or in a 2-3 minute video (upload). LOIs should describe the proposed project idea, the lead artists/curators/collaborators involved, and how the project idea is distinct or different from previous work.
  • Deadline: February 16, 2021 (Letters of Inquiry)

Leeway Foundation | Art and Change Grant

  • The Art and Change Grant (ACG) provides grants of up to $2,500 to fund art for social change projects by women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia.
  • ​The grant is project-based and open to artists and cultural producers working in any medium, including traditional and nontraditional as well as multimedia and experimental forms.
  • We encourage you to apply if you are a woman, trans*, and/or or gender nonconforming 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: March 1, 2021

The Juneau Community Foundation

  • Nurturing a dynamic arts culture in southeastern Alaska is a foundation priority being pursued through development of an Arts Vibrancy Endowment. The grant program is dedicated to the development of local artists pursuing the creation of original works and fostering a process through which they can realize their creative vision. All art forms and idioms, including but not limited to visual arts, dance, music, fabric arts, photography, theater, and literary arts, are eligible for funding. The total amount available in this round is $10,000, with a maximum award amount of $2,500.
  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

National Cherry Blossom Festival  | Call for Artists - Art in Bloom Project

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival (NCBF) invites you to be among the select group of artists that will make giant blossom sculptures flourish across Washington, DC this Spring.
  • Art in Bloom is a unique and exciting project wishing to reveal the whimsical and imaginative sides of the Festival and our Nation’s Capital. NCBF has “cultivated” 25 cherry blossom sculptures and is seeking local and national artists to submit creative designs for these icons.
  • The sculptures will be installed from March 20th, and will be on display at least until the end of April 2021. The exhibition will culminate with a Blossom Auction with proceeds from sculpture sales supporting NCBF programs and community initiatives.
  • Selected artists will be awarded a $1,000 honorarium.
  • Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Public Art on Trails & Paths: Open Call

  • Alexandria’s Public Art Program is inviting artists from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia to create original, temporary artworks for installation along key stretches of its off-street trail network.
  • The goal is to provide a sense of respite, discovery and fun during the dark, cold winter months for the hundreds of people who use these trails every day. Artworks should be easily installed and removed, and should consider highlighting phenomena such as ambient light and shadows, color and sound, breezes and other sensory aspects
    of the trail environments.
  • The program will commission up to three artists to create installations. Each artist will be provided with a budget of up to $5,000 to design, fabricate, install and deinstall their artworks.
  • Artists will be selected during the week of January 11 and will have until March 5 to design, fabricate and install their artworks. The Public Art Program will provide technical support in obtaining site permissions and in the development of design and fabrication approaches.
  • This project is open to artists who live in Virginia, Maryland or Washington D.C. and who work in any medium appropriate to the site. Artists need not have completed traditional public art commissions to qualify.
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2021


The Monmouth Museum: New Jersey Emerging Artists-2021-2020

  • The focus of the upcoming Emerging Artists Series will be representing the underrepresented in the arts, as it applies to all fields and disciplines. We look to thoughtfully engage a broad group of emerging artists and prioritize diversity in all areas, including gender, age, background, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and the special needs community. The focus is to encourage the artistic expression of those artists underrepresented in the art world, at their point of emerging in their next career level as an artist. By creating a platform and providing a voice to these diverse perspectives, the exhibits and their workshops can provide an inclusive and interactive space for artistic exploration and support a collaborative environment for attendees. 
  • Eligibility: This exhibition opportunity is open to any artist who is a full-time resident of New Jersey, at least 18 years of age, and has not had a solo exhibition at an AAM Accredited Museum. If selected, proof of New Jersey residency is required. 
  • Deadline: The ability to submit will end Friday, March 5th, 2021 at Midnight EST
  • Visit link for submission guidelines!


  • Il Varco invites you to join the second edition of the Passepartout Photography Prize, a photography contest born to promote and widen the exposure of emerging photographers.
  • ​Our mission is to be your “Passe-partout” – which means a master key and also a framing method to enhance the power of the artwork within.
  • Passepartout Photography Prize aims to support the development of talented photographers from all over the world by providing 1,000 euros in monetary award every year and exhibition opportunities in a prestigious venue in the heart of Rome, Italy. This is a perfect platform to start your career in contemporary art and photography industries on an international scale.
  • More Info:
    • Entry fee: 18 euros (for 3 photographs) – you can submit up to 7 photographs with additional 3 euros per piece.
    • Passepartout Photo Prize: 500 euros
    • Exhibition Prize: Participation in our collective exhibition in 2021
  • Submission Deadline: January 10th, 2021

Art Gallery 118: Open Calls

  • Applications are now open for our Juried Online Exhibition “RE:INVENT”
    Welcoming entries of traditional and alternative photography, paintings, sculpture and mixed media works themed around reinvention, change, renovation and revival.
  • Applications Open For: 
    • Thematic online exhibitions 
    • Solo and two-person online exhibitions
    •  Pop-up virtual shows 
    • Social media features and special interviews
  • Open to all artists 18 years and older.
  • All visual art mediums (except video) are allowed.
  • Deadline to apply: Friday, January 15 2021, 11:59 pm EST

IncuArts Gallery International Exhibition: Call for Entries

  • IncuArts Gallery invites artists to submit work for the upcoming exhibition, Force. Force explores ideas related to the forces that govern our lives, both seen and unseen. What influences your experiences- excessive or deadly force, judicial and social injustices, notions of cultural "norms", gender, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic disparities? Are religious, spiritual, or political forces at work? How do you react to these forces? How do they influence your work?or political forces at work? How do you react to these forces? How do they influence your work?
  • Selected artists will have their work featured in the online exhibition and via social media platforms. Artists of all media are encouraged to apply. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and other community members are encouraged to apply. Each artwork will be considered based upon the merit of individual images submitted by each artist.
  • Entry Deadline: January 15, 2021
  • Selections Announced- January 23, 2021
  • Exhibition Dates - February 1 - 28, 2021

Rasmuson Foundation: Individual Artist Awards

  • Grants to Alaska artists to support the time, reflection, immersion or experimentation beneficial to the development of their artistry.
  • Rasmuson Foundation has created three award programs for individual artists living and working in Alaska:
    • Project Awards: Awards of $7,500 for emerging, mid-career, and mature artists in all disciplines for specific, short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and the development of his/her work. Approximately 25 Project Awards are granted annually. Project Awards are available in all 11 artistic disciplines.
    • Fellowships: $18,000 awards for mid-career or mature artists to focus their energy and attention for a one-year period on developing their creative work. The Fellowship program awards grants in 11 artistic disciplines that rotate on a two-year cycle. Approximately 10 Fellowships are awarded each year.
    • Distinguished Artist Award: A single $40,000 annual award for a mature artist of recognized stature with a history of creative excellence and accomplishment in the arts. (Nominations are now open for 2021)
  • Application Deadline: Paper applications must be delivered or postmarked by Feb. 15 to allow processing time. The deadline for online applications is March 1.

Gilroy Foundation: Richard Hayes "Like A Rock" Industrial Arts Grant

  • AREAS OF FUNDING: Industrial Arts ~ design, technical drawing, graphic technology, engineering studies, vocational programs, film/movies.
  • In authorizing grants, the Foundation gives preference to projects of the following types, whether undertaken by existing agencies or by new agencies.
    • Projects or programs aimed at providing needed facilities or services, for which public funds are either not available or not sufficient and the Foundation’s contribution, either by itself or in conjunction with other private support, would have a significant impact
    • Projects that will provide leverage in an agency’s ability to secure other funds.
    • Projects that, in responding to known community needs, are designed to                                         coordinate or consolidate community services in an effort to reduce overhead expenses, increase efficiency or eliminate unnecessary duplication.
  •  GRANT AMOUNT: $10,000
  • Application Deadline: Completed applications must be emailed to by Monday, February 1, 2021.

Dietrich Foundation Greenville (PA) Fund

  • Through the fund, grants totaling $60,000 will be awarded in support of cultural, educational, and other charitable organizations and projects in the Borough of Greenville in Mercer County.
  • To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization that is not classified as a private foundation under Section 509(a). The Borough of Greenville, Pennsylvania, also is eligible. Annual amounts available for distribution are expected to increase in future years.
  • Application Deadline: February 12, 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

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

  • The foundation welcomes applications from organizations for its Production and Presentation Grants. Through the program, grants of up to $30,000 (though likely to be much less) will be awarded for production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to public presentation. Projects may include but are not limited to publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects, conferences/lectures, and other public programs.
  • To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Under some circumstances the foundation will make grants to other entities when there is clear evidence that the public interest will be served (e.g., in the case of a publisher or an emerging organization that does not yet have tax exempt status)
  • Application deadline: Feb 25, 2021 
  • Application available: Jan 15, 2021

but, also: Open Call for Posters

  • “but, also” is excited to announce our inaugural open call. The flagship and inaugural project at “but, also” will give artists the opportunity to create profit from an art practice by way of merch! There is a community of people who cannot afford the work we make in our art practices, but who want to support artists and own things that artists make. Through the concept of merch, artists will have the space to try something new, launch a pre-existing idea, work in a new way or an old way, and be part of a series of editionable projects.
    • ​Edition size: 10-50
    • Size requirements: must be between 11x17 and 24 x 36
    • Make something new, or send us something old.
    • 50% if your work sells. Our goal is to sell out your work and get everyone paid. We will do this through a hybrid model of online and social media promotion and open storefront hours.
    • Free promotion. Not only will we push the items for sale on our website and social media but we’ll highlight you and your art practice.
    • Your poster will be installed in the storefront of our temporary brick and mortar space in Columbia Heights.
    • High quality tiff and jpeg documentation of the final printed poster
  • Deadline: January 8, 2021 midnight, EST
  • Artists Notified: January 10

CulturalDC | ONE501 Live/Work Artist Spaces

  • CulturalDC, Foulger-Pratt, and DC Housing and Community Development Fair Housing Program are pleased to offer an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to live and create in the historic Eckington neighborhood near Alethia Tanner Park. The two-story units are 2 Bedroom and 2 or 3 Bathroom with a work space, flex/retail space, kitchen, and slop sink. Interested tenants must meet the income requirements of 60% Median Family Income (MFI), have a household of 2-5 people, and show a commitment to artistic practice and/or active participation in the arts industry and local arts community. Priority will be given to artists in need of housing who currently live or work in the District. Earliest move-in is in Spring 2021. Artists of all disciplines, ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, religions, ages, languages, and backgrounds are encouraged and welcome to apply!
  • Application Deadline: December 31, 2020

Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts

  • The Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts will distribute one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 each to freelance, contract, or non-salaried archivists, art handlers, artist/fine art photographer’s assistants, cataloguers, database specialists, digital assets specialists, image scanners/digitizers, and registrars.
  • In addition, this final cycle will also accept applications from freelance, contract, or non-salaried: 
    • Arts Educators
    • Arts Publication Editors
    • Arts Curators
  • Applications will open on November 18 and close on December 14, 2020. After reviewing for completeness and documented losses of income, qualifying applicants will be selected for funding via a lottery process.
  • Application Deadline: December 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT

Women’s Center for Creative Work: LA's Feminist Idols

  • Join the Women’s Center for Creative Work as we search for LA’S FEMINIST IDOLS! We’re looking for proposals for new, timely, feminist creative projects to be included in the WCCW’s curated programming for The Music Center’s For the Love of L.A., premiering on The Music Center’s social media platforms in March 2021. Applications are now open for proposals for music videos, short films, zines, photo series, dance projects, or any other creative endeavor that can be presented entirely digitally in March 2021.
  • To apply, fill out application and submit an up to 1 minute video pitching your project. 
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 15th, at 11:59pm PST. 

Emerging Native American Artists

  • The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) offers three artist-in-residence fellowships annually to advance the work of established and emerging Native American artists. Each fellowship includes a monthly stipend, housing, studio space, a supplies allowance, full access to the IARC collections, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR. These fellowships provide time for artists to explore new avenues of creativity, grapple with new ideas to further advance their work, and strengthen existing talents.
  • The fellowships support diverse creative disciplines and can include sculpture, performance, basketry, painting, printmaking, digital art, mixed media, photography, pottery, writing, and film and video. However each fellowship has specific applicant criteria as indicated below.
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

Terra Summer Residency Fellowships in Giverny, France

  • Founded in 2001, the Terra Summer Residency brings together doctoral scholars of American art and emerging artists worldwide for a nine-week residential program in Giverny, France. The program encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by senior scholars and artists to foster reflection and debate. The Terra Summer Residency provides an opportunity for participants to widen their academic and creative horizons, explore international cultural perspectives, and forge lifelong exchanges and professional networks.
  • In addition to a stipend, fellows receive on-site lodging, use of working facilities, and lunches for the duration of the residency.
  • Deadline Applications for the 2021 program will be open from October 15, 2020 to January 15, 2021.

Institute for Electronic Arts 

  • The Institute for Electronic Arts is dedicated to the integration of electronic media within the fine arts disciplines, with a focus on art making, research, and education
  • To be eligible, applicants must be a resident of New York State.
  • Both the media and film programs support artists with a one- or two-week residency, a stipend, travel support of up to $125 within New York State, lodging at the Institute for Electronic Arts, School of Art and Design at Alfred University, access to technology, materials, and technical assistance. Artists also have access to a combination of emerging, contemporary, and historical media arts tools and materials, many of which are unique and not ordinarily available in a studio setting. Resident artists have twenty-four hour dedicated access to the IEA video and sound studio, which offers artists an integrated system with real-time video, image-processing software, hardware, and video capture. An IEA research specialist is also available to work with resident artists, and additional technical staff and faculty are available for consultation.
  • Application Deadline: TBD

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

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



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.

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. 

    • 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/fil