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Resource Bulletin

The Maryland State Arts Council Online Resource Bulletin

The MSAC Online Resource Bulletin, maintained by the Maryland Art Place, includes regional, national, and international exhibition opportunities, grants, fellowships, residencies, and information on available studio spaces in the area. The Resource Bulletin is updated on a weekly basis and maintains hundreds of listings of arts opportunities, organized by subject and deadline date. If you have information that you wish to have included in the Resource Bulletin, please send it to: caitlin@mdartplace.org

Disclaimer: Maryland Art Place and The Maryland State Arts Council cannot, at this time, screen all bulletin submissions. Artists should carefully consider each listing before submitting materials or sending fees. Bulletin opportunities should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the listing deadline. 
 
The Maryland State Arts Council Online Resource Bulletin is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.
 

Fellowships & Grants

Grant Opportunity: The Bennet Prize: 10/7

The Bennett Prize is a stipend/grant-in-aid program established by American art collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt to support the fine art practice of a woman painter working in figurative realism. The Bennett Prize, administered by The Pittsburgh Foundation, is awarded biennially and provides $25,000 annually over two consecutive years to the winning artist ($50,000 total). Ten (10) finalists will be selected to participate in a traveling exhibition organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) and the winner will be showcased in a solo exhibition at the close of her grant. A runner up award of $10,000 will be given to one additional finalist. The opening exhibition will be held from May 18 to Sept. 10, 2023 at the Muskegon Museum of Art before traveling to additional venues.

Eligibility:

The Bennett Prize is open only to women eighteen (18) years or older residing at least part time in the United States (50 States and Washington, D.C.) whose primary practice is the creation of original paintings in the genre of figurative realism, and who identifies as a woman, regardless of their assigned gender at birth. This includes trans and cis women and nonbinary people.

Part-time residence must include an active studio practice in the U.S. (On-site studio visits are a required component of The Prize.) U.S. Citizenship is not required.

Artists must be currently pursuing, or hope to pursue, a career as a full-time painter.

No contestant may be a full- or part-time student at any time during the period from the conclusion of the call for entries on Oct. 7, 2022 through the announcement of the winner on May 18, 2023. The winner of The Prize may not be a full- or part-time student at any time from the conclusion of the call for entries on Oct. 7, 2022 through the opening of her solo Prize exhibition in May 2025.

Artists who have received a prior award or grant of $25,000 or more, or sold any single work of art for $25,000 or more, are NOT eligible.

Artists must have works available for exhibition from Feb. 10, 2023 through Sept. 2025

Submission Details:

Paintings must depict representational images of one or more figures of any gender. Figures may be clothed or nude and do not need to be photorealistic. All entries must be traditional paintings, which is defined as paint upon a two-dimensional surface. For this purpose, watercolor, gouache, and pastels are considered “paint.” Mixed media pieces will be considered as long as paint is the primary material. Paintings rendered over the top of photographic images are NOT eligible.

Only original works completed in the past five (5) years are eligible for consideration.

Each artist may submit up to five (5) paintings for consideration by jurors.

All entrants must also include one (1) detail image that demonstrates their craft and technique. Entries that do not include a minimum of three (3) pieces and one (1) detail will not be considered.

Digital image files must conform to the requirements as listed on the CaFÉ site.

Catalogue:

The Pittsburgh Foundation and MMA will publish a full-color catalogue in conjunction with the exhibition featuring the artwork of the ten (10) finalists.

Application:

Please read the FAQ and Complete Rules Section before applying.

The fee for entry is $40. No refunds will be given for ineligible or disqualified entries so read all terms carefully before applying.

Artists will be notified of the jury results by email no later than Nov. 29, 2022.

Finalists will be notified by Dec. 30, 2022, of which paintings to send for exhibition.

Sales:

While it is not required, exhibiting artists are strongly encouraged to make all exhibited artworks available for sale. The MMA commission is 40% and must be included in the purchase price. Work offered for sale will be sold as exhibited and delivered to the purchaser by the MMA at the close of the traveling exhibition.

Awards:

The Bennett Prize, administered by The Pittsburgh Foundation, is awarded biennially and provides $25,000 annually over two consecutive years to the winning artist ($50,000 total).

Ten (10) finalists will be selected to participate in a traveling exhibition organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) and the winner will be showcased in a solo exhibition at the close of her grant.

A runner up award of $10,000 will be given to one additional finalist. The opening exhibition will be held from May 18 to Sept. 10, 2023 at the Muskegon Museum of Art before traveling to additional venues.

The MMA will cover travel and lodging expenses of the ten finalists to attend the opening event on May 18-19, 2023. The opening event includes a public reception, award ceremony and private dinner.

Dates:

April 18, 2022: Call for Entries for 2023 (Round 3) launches.

Oct. 7, 2022:  Call for Entries closes 11:59 p.m. (MST)

Nov. 29, 2022: Announcement of the Round 2 finalists. 

May 18, 2023: Round 3 Prize winner announced at exhibition opening reception in Muskegon, Mich.

May 19 to Sept. 10, 2023: Exhibition at Muskegon Museum of Art.

Contact Information:

Location: Five PPG Place, Suite 250, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-391-5122

Email bennettprize@pghfdn.org or use their Contact Page.

CALL FOR ARCHIVISTS: Dance/USA: 10/19

Dance/USA, the national service organization for dance, invites Letters of Interest from dance organizations and artists interested in working with Archival Fellows in the Dance/USA 2023 Archiving and Preservation Fellowship Program. To submit a Letter of Interest, complete this form by October 19, 2022.

The Dance/USA Archiving and Preservation Fellowship program pairs library science students and other emerging archivists with dance companies, arts organizations, and independent artists to complete archiving projects. The program’s goals include developing an engaged, passionate, and well-trained next generation of archivists in the dance field; advancing models for community-based archiving assistance to regional dance communities; and providing high quality archival assistance to dance organizations and artists who may otherwise not have the resources, time, or expertise to access professional archiving services.

In summer 2023, each host organization or artist will be assigned to one Fellow who will work with the organization/artist to develop and execute an archiving project over the course of 13 weeks. This opportunity is open to all regardless of membership status with Dance/USA. Stipends are available to support the time and labor needed to execute archiving projects as well as cover the cost of supplies. The 2023 Fellowships may take place in person, take place remotely, or take place as a hybrid experience. A call for Fellows to be placed with selected host organizations or artists will go out in late 2022/early 2023. Dance/USA will award four Fellowships in 2023. Learnings from the programs will be shared with the dance field.

Click here for more information.

 
 

Grant Opportunity: Rbhu Gives Back: 10/31

At Rbhu, we believe that art plays a key role in lifting the human spirit; it ignites our imagination with possibilities, helps us process and express our feelings, and brings people together for a collective cause. We believe that monumental sculptures have the power to inspire creativity and can positively impact the health and wellbeing of those around them.

Engineering large-scale art sculptures is our mission, and we are fortunate to play a part in bringing life transformative experiences to the world. We exist because of our community and their vision, so we feel the need to do our part to support them. We are honored to announce that we are launching the 2022 Rbhu Gives Back grants, offering $12,000 worth of free engineering services to artists in need.

Eligible Media:

Any art piece that needs engineering services is eligible for this program. We want to get a good idea of your concept so that we understand how we can best help you. Please answer the questions as best as you can. If we need additional information, we will reach out and ask you.

Offerings:

Structural or mechanical engineering services for any size artwork, which can include analysis, construction drawings, and permit documents, depending on the project needs. Offerings will be broken down as follows:

One full pro-bono project (up to $6,000 in free services)

One project with 50% discounted services (up to $4,000 in free services)

One project with 50% discounted services (up to $3,000 in free services)

Application Information:

What you need to provide:

A completed Application

Visual representation of your concept – this can be anything from a napkin sketch to a 3D model. If you don’t have your idea fully flushed out yet, that’s OK, just let us know in your application

No Fee

Dates:

October 31, 2022: Applications close

December 16, 2022: Selected projects are chosen, and applicants are notified

Important Information:

We are licensed in several states in the U.S. and always looking for a reason to expand that list, even to outside the country, so don’t let location stop you from applying

If you’d like for your project to be confidential, please state so on your application. We will respect confidentiality if requested. If an NDA is needed, please email us at rhugivesback@rbhu.org with the NDA attached

We will never share your personal information.

If you have any additional questions, please email us at rbhugivesback@rbhu.org

Fellowship Opportunity: Smithsonian American Art Museum: 11/1

Deadline: November 1, 2022.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and its Renwick Gallery invite applications to its premier fellowship program, the oldest and largest in American art. Scholars from any discipline who are researching the art, craft, and visual culture of the United States are encouraged to apply. Fellowships are residential and support full-time research in the Smithsonian collections. SAAM seeks a diverse pool of applicants and especially welcomes candidates with an understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in the field of American art.

Qualification:

Fellowships are available for graduate students, PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars from any discipline who are pursuing research on American art:

- Graduate student fellowships support independent research by MA and PhD students who have not yet advanced to candidacy. Students must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study at a degree-granting institution and must have completed at least one full-time semester or its equivalent at the time they apply.

- Predoctoral fellowships are for those who have completed coursework and preliminary examinations for their doctoral degree and are engaged in dissertation research.

- Postdoctoral fellowships are available to support specific research projects by scholars who have earned a PhD or equivalent within the last seven years.

- Senior fellowships are intended for scholars with a distinguished publication record who have held their doctoral degree for more than seven years or who possess a commensurate record of professional accomplishment.

Application Process:

The museum hosts a number of fellows each year through the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP), and also awards its own named fellowships to candidates from this general pool. Only one application is necessary. All candidates should apply to the SIFP. The deadline is November 1, 2022.

Applicants must identify a member of SAAM’s research staff to serve as primary advisor for the fellowship in order to hold a residency at this museum. They are encouraged to notify the potential advisor in advance of their application. To identify an advisor, browse the museum’s staff listings in the Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study guide or search our Staff Bios. Applicants to the SIFP who propose a SAAM primary advisor will automatically be considered for the museum’s named fellowships:

The Will Barnet Foundation Fellowship funds a full year of research on a topic related to American modern art, including its influence on later generations.

The Joe and Wanda Corn Fellowship is endowed by their former students Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan and supports scholars whose research interests span American art and American history. The recipient will be jointly appointed at SAAM and the National Museum of American History and will draw on the resources of both museums.

The Douglass Foundation Fellowship in American Art supports a full year of predoctoral research in American art.

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellowship is offered to support research in American art and visual culture.

The George Gurney Fellowship funds a six-month research appointment in American sculpture in honor of the distinguished career of SAAM’s former curator of sculpture. Residencies should take place June–December 2023 or January–August 2024.

The Joshua C. Taylor Fellowship is intermittently awarded and is supported by alumni and friends in memory of the museum’s former director and founder of the fellowship program. Contribute to this fund

The Terra Foundation Fellowships in American Art expand narratives of American art by fostering inclusive and equitable research that centers undervalued and underrepresented artists and communities. Fellowships of three to twelve months are available at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels, and ten-week summer graduate fellowships are open to MA and PhD students who have not yet advanced to candidacy. Eligible projects may focus on the art and visual culture of any period, including contemporary art, provided that it engages with historical American art, U.S. history, or American art history and relates to the collections of the Smithsonian Institution.

The William H. Truettner Fellowship supports six months of research in recognition of Mr. Truettner’s career of nearly fifty years as a curator of painting and sculpture at SAAM. Residencies should take place June–December 2023 or January–August 2024.

The Windgate Foundation supports a yearlong fellowship for the study of American craft.

The Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship is awarded for the advancement and completion of a doctoral dissertation that concerns the study, appreciation, and recognition of excellence in all aspects of American art.

Application FAQ

Selection:

Applications will be evaluated on the originality and quality of the proposed research project; its compatibility with Smithsonian collections, facilities, staff, and programs; its contribution to a more equitable and inclusive history of American art; and the applicant’s academic standing, scholarly qualifications, and experience. SAAM believes that recruiting and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, and diverse cohort of fellows is critical to our mission. We welcome applications from qualified persons of color; who are Indigenous; with disabilities; who are LGBTQ+; first-generation college graduates; those from low-income households; and who are veterans. The Smithsonian does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, or disability.

No employee or contractor of the Smithsonian Institution may hold a Smithsonian fellowship during the time of their employment or contract, nor may an award be offered to any person who has been employed by or under contract to the Institution in the previous year, without the prior approval of the Office of Academic Appointments and Internships

Support/Tenure:

The stipend for a one-year fellowship is $42,000 for predoctoral scholars and $55,000 for postdoctoral and senior scholars, with an allowance of up to $5,000 available for short research trips. Additional allowances may be provided to help with temporary relocation to the Smithsonian and the cost of health insurance. The standard term of residency is twelve months, but terms as short as three months are available with prorated stipends. Residencies must take place between June 1, 2023, and August 31, 2024.

Graduate student fellowships are available for ten-week terms and are awarded a stipend of $8,000. An additional allowance may be provided to assist with temporary relocation to the Smithsonian. Residencies are available in June, July, and August.

 

The Smithsonian Office of International Relations will assist with arranging J-1 exchange visas for fellowship recipients who require them.

Resources/Facilities:

The holdings of the Smithsonian American Art Museum reveal the United States’ rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. This unparalleled collection of over 45,500 works by more than 13,000 artists includes special strengths in nineteenth- and twentieth-century sculpture, nineteenth-century landscape painting and imagery of the American West, Gilded Age and American impressionist painting, twentieth-century realism, New Deal art, photography and graphic art, self-taught art, Latinx art, work by African American artists, and time-based media. The collection is housed in a National Historic Landmark building—shared with the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and the Archives of American Art—where the expansive holdings of the Luce Foundation Center, a three-story visible art storage facility, can be accessed on a daily basis. Contemporary American craft and decorative art are featured in the Renwick Gallery, a branch of the museum located across from the White House.

Each scholar is provided a study carrel in SAAM’s Research and Scholars Center, situated across the street from the museum. There, fellows have access to a 180,000-volume library that specializes in American art, history, and biography; the Archives of American Art; the graphics collections of SAAM and NPG; the Joseph Cornell Study Center; and the Nam June Paik Archive, as well as a variety of image collections and research databases. Located in downtown Washington, D.C., SAAM’s Research and Scholars Center is a short walk from other Smithsonian museums and libraries, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art. Regular lunchtime seminars, workshops, public lectures, and symposia provide a forum for lively scholarly exchange and professional advancement.

Extra Information:

You can visit their website for more information about the fellowship.

Please contact Amelia Goerlitz, Chair of Academic Programs, at (202) 633-8353 or SAAMFellowships@si.edu for questions concerning this fellowship. Otherwise, you can use SAAM's Contact Us page for general questions.

Grant Opportunity: Spanish Film Club:4/15 Deadline Ongoing

Grant Opportunity: Spanish Film Club:4/15 (Ongoing)

Spanish Film Club, an initiative by PRAGDA, offers grants twice a year to help high schools and universities bring the very best in contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema to campuses with the aim of introducing students to the language and cultures of these territories. More than 150 schools have participated in the program so far.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Grants cover up to 50% of the festival costs

  • Universities screen 5 films or more in 8 weeks

  • Two grant deadlines: April 17 and October 15, 2019

  • More than 80 Award-winning titles from +25 countries

  • Virtual Q&As with filmmakers

  • Study Guides available

  • 150+ universities participating so far

Submit the applications: click here.

Other Details, click here.

For any questions, you may contact Daniela Bajar at filmclub@pragda.com.

Grant Opportunity: USArtists International: Ongoing

USArtists International is a grant program for performing artists/ensembles in the United States and its territories. The program helps fund U.S. artists to travel abroad and perform at significant international festivals and performing arts marketplaces abroad, professionally developing and expanding both the careers and artistic goals of U.S. performers by providing connections with presenters, curators, and fellow artists. The program also promotes justice in the arts community by elevating the diverse voices contributing to the vibrant array of artistic expression in the United States.

USArtists International (USAI) supports in-person and virtual performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at international festivals and global presenting arts marketplaces outside of the United States, and USAI grantees reflect the vibrant diversity of U.S. artists and creative expression in the performing arts. USAI is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding and is the only program of its size and scope in the country.

 

Required Documents for Applications:

Application Summary

Festival and/or Market Information

Two Work Samples and Description

Application Narrative

Biographies of the Principal Artist(s)

Participant List

Budget Detail

Signed letter(s) of invitation or signed contract(s) from each festival(s) or market(s).

 

Certification

Guidelines:

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Any changes in the content, schedule, or budget of your project as proposed must be submitted in writing for approval prior to being implemented.

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109

USAI provides grants of up to $18,000 toward eligible expenses, the program has three rounds with application deadlines:

Deadline 1: September 1, 2022.

(For projects taking place between December 15, 2022 and December 14, 2023)

Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by September 8, 2022, decision notification is sent on November 21, 2022.

Deadline 2: November 30, 2022.

(For projects taking place between March 15, 2023 and March 14, 2024)

Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by December 7, 2022, decision notification is sent on February 27, 2023.

Deadline 3: March 29, 2023.

(For projects taking place between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024)

Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by April 5, 2023, decision notification is sent on June 20, 2023.

Extra Information:

If you want more information and have more questions, you can participate in either the "USArtists International Webinar: Am I eligible?" (July 21, 2022, from 1:30-2:30 PM ET) or "USArtists International Webinar: Application Tips and Pointers" (August 3, 2022, from 1:30-2:30 PM ET) events for more clarification. Please visit their website if you want to register for either event.

Please read the Program Guidelines Form and the Work Sample Preparation Guide for more information about the program and submission details.

To learn more about the program requirements or access the online application, please visit this page on their website.

Grant Opportunity: Carroll County Arts Council - Arts Opportunity Mini-Grants: Ongoing

"These grants are designed to support small cultural programs in the community and to provide financial assistance for Carroll County residents to participate in special arts activities. Awards range from $100 – $1,000 with most being less than $300. Organizations must have annual operating budgets of $10,000 or less and awards cannot exceed 25% of the annual budget."

The Arts Opportunity Mini Grants are administered by the Carroll County Arts Council, a nonprofit organization, and are designed to provide financial assistance for Carroll County residents to participate in special arts activities and to support small cultural programs in the community.

For the purpose of this program, “arts” are defined as music, dance, drama, literary, and visual arts.

The Carroll County Arts Council’s Board of Directors review applications at their regular meetings. Applications are judged based on artistic merit of the applicant, reasonable planning and management of the project, ability to secure additional funds to fully support the project and availability of funds at the time of application.

Eligibility:

Non-profit organizations based in and primarily serving Carroll County with annual operating budgets of $10,000 or less are eligible to apply.

Individuals (i.e. artists, performers, teachers and students) ages 16 and older, are also eligible to apply. Larger organizations with annual budgets of more than $10,000 should apply in the Community Arts Development (CAD) Grant Program.

Commercial businesses, programs within the public school system, and for-profit ventures are not eligible to apply. Only one application per year will be accepted from the same entity. Organizations cannot apply for a CAD Grant and an Arts Opportunity Mini-grant in the same year.

Organizations must conduct their daily operations, performances and activities in locations that are in full compliance with all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Organizations which discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or disability are not eligible to apply.

Support Types and Amounts:

Awards range from $100 - $1,000 and typically will not exceed 25% of an annual or specific project budget. Most awards are under $300.

Submission Details:

All applicants must complete and submit the following form to: Carroll County Arts Council 91 W. Main St. Westminster, MD 21157

All applications will receive responses within 60 days. If awarded, a check for the full amount of the grant will be included.

Deadlines: September 1, November 1, March 1, May 1.

Please contact Lynne Griffith, Executive Director at 410-848-7272 or email Lynne@carrollcountyartscouncil.org if you have other questions.

You can view the full application here.

Grant Opportunity: Carroll County - Arts in Education (AiE): Ongoing

The CCAC provides up to $250 per school for AiE Grants. These funds are provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

The purpose of these grants is to support bringing Maryland artists and performers into the public schools for residencies, workshops, assembly performances, Master Classes, etc. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. Performer/Artist rosters can be found at Maryland State Arts Council, Class Acts Arts or Young Audiences of Maryland.

There is no deadline. AiE Funding Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

You can access the full application here.

For more information or if you have questions, please call Lynne Griffith at 410-848-7272 or email Lynne@CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org

NOTE: The Arts Council can fund up to $250 per school, per school year, and our share cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the performance. You are responsible for paying your performer(s.)

Grant Opportunity: Maryland State Arts Council - Creativity Grants: Ongoing

Creativity Grants support activities and general operations for Independent Artists and Organizations.

The Creativity Grant Program strengthens the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. The Creativity Grant also provides opportunities to serve the growing needs of relevant arts projects and collaborations within Maryland communities

Eligibility:

Be an Independent Artist or an arts-related organization in operation for one year or more and within grant income requirements.

Identify a specific event, activity or project to occur within the application time frame.

If you are an organization, you may not be in the Grants for Organizations (GFO) or County Arts Development (CAD) program, or an Arts & Entertainment District (A&E).

Process:

Applications are reviewed monthly, and Creativity Grants are awarded throughout the fiscal year until allocated funding is depleted. The grant period for FY21 is July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021. For awarded activities, payment may take up to 90 days.

Upon execution of the grant agreement, payment will be processed for receipt in 6-8 weeks. Grantees are required to submit a final report at the completion of the funded project.

If awarded a Creativity Grant, the grantees are required to submit a final report through the MSAC's Smart Simple system by August 15, the end of the Fiscal Year in which the grantee was awarded.

New for FY23 - Creativity Grants now available for up to $4,000!

Over the past few years, the maximum grant amount has been $3500, but with rising costs for materials, supplies, and other factors, the maximum grant amount will be increased for the new fiscal year. The Creativity Grant will continue on with the same structure of rolling deadlines and monthly reviews with a brief (3 question!) application.

Arts Relief Funding for Creativity-funded Organizations

Organizations that receive General Operating support through the Creativity Grant program in FY23 will have the opportunity to receive additional Arts Relief funding grants as outlined above. Creativity-funded organizations will need to submit a brief application later this year for this additional funding. Be on the look out for details about this application process, important dates, and Informational Sessions, which will be hosted later this summer. (Please note: the additional funding is only available to organizations receiving general operating support. Independent Artists will have other programs to consider for additional funds.)

Keep an eye out for information on a "How to Apply" webinar, hosted by Program Directors Emily Sollenberger and Laura Weiss, later this summer.

Questions? Please contact Emily Sollenberger (emily.sollenberger@maryland.gov) or Laura Weiss (laura.weiss@maryland.gov) for assistance.

Please visit this webpage if you want more information about the grant.

Emergency Grants: Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant Deadline Ongoing

Emergency Grants: Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant: Ongoing 

Application Deadline: Rolling

Created in 1993 to further The Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ (FCA) mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who:

  • Have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding
  • Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates

Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad.

Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the average grant is now $1,600.

For More Information click, here

Grant Opportunity: Innovate Grant: Quarterly

Grant Opportunity: Innovate Grant: Quarterly 

Application Deadline:

Innovate Grant distributes awards each quarter, 4 times a year:

  • Q1: Winter: Dec, Jan, Feb
  • Q2: Spring: Mar, Apr, May
  • Q3: Summer: Jun, Jul, Aug
  • Q4: Fall: Sept, Oct, Nov

Entry Fee: $25

Innovate Grant is a new initiative that supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants.

We believe that new ideas come from sparks of inspiration and aim to provide just that, access to small and mighty bursts of financial support so that you can focus on making your important and innovative work.

Innovate Grant was created out of the frustration of applying to grants with time-consuming requirements. These lengthy applications took valuable time and energy away from making new work. Countless hours were always sacrificed in either writing artist statements, crafting project proposals and getting letters of recommendation.

We believe that time is one of the most valuable components to fostering creativity and innovation. Our aim is to provide the time you need to be fully immersed in your ideas and in creating your work.

Keeping the grant process simple enables us to continue to support you on your important journey of creation, inspiration, and innovation.

Winners will be featured on our website and will receive a one time unrestricted $550.00 grant. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit.                         

Mediums accepted: All media and genres are accepted

Eligibility: Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply

Applications: We believe your work should speak for itself and our grant application reflects that. All that we require is your:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Website (Optional)
  • Grant Category
  • 3-5 Images of Your Work

For More Information click, here

Grant Opportunity: Awesome Foundation Deadline Ongoing

The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes $1,000 grants each month, no strings attached, to projects and their creators. At each fully autonomous chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given up front in cash, check, or gold doubloons. 

Anyone is eligible for a grant — individuals, groups, and organizations alike.

No Entry Fee

For more information, click here.

Grant Opportunity: The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant Deadline Ongoing

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.

The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical.

To be eligible for this program, an artist must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking. Each application will be reviewed by the Directors, who will exercise their discretion in considering it, and will determine the amount of each award. Applicants should note there is a set amount appropriated for these grants each fiscal year; once this budgetary limit has been reached, the Foundation will not be able to judge any additional requests on their merits. 

Second-party requests are honored only when the applicant is physically unable to communicate with the Foundation. Review procedures for completed applications begin as soon as they are received. Full review generally takes about four weeks from the time an application is complete. Situations with imminent deadlines will receive priority.

For more information, click here.

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