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Last Updated: January 4, 2020


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/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: 


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.


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
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
Black Girls Who Paint
Black Visions Collective
Donate to the victims of police brutality
Donate to bail funds for protestors

MAY 15, 2020:


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


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, Vicksb
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