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The most important thing for applying to grants is doing the research to find out 1) which grants you are eligible for and 2) what each grant requires in the application.

It can be surprising that even though there are many grants listed, that there will be many you are not eligible to apply for.

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What each grant apply requires is really different in terms of what they want, and how involved the preparation is for the materials.

Some grant applications are easy. When I applied for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist grant, you fill out a form, send in 10 artwork images, that’s it.

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On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Guggenheim grant is extremely time consuming to put together, requires references, a very long artist statement, and more.

More details

Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation

Deadline: July 15
Eligibility: 
Artists living & working in the U.S.
Does not fund:
 film, video, performance art
Grant: $1500 USD

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

Deadline: ongoing
Eligibility: Age 18+, international artists
Accepts: artwork in representational styles of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture
Does not fund: abstract or non-objective art,  commercial art, graphic design, illustration, photography, cartoons, animation, video, film, digital art, crafts
Grant: $15,000 CAD

Pollock-Krasner Foundation

Deadline: ongoing
Accepts: painting, sculpture, works on paper, printmaking
Does not fund:  video, performance art, film, or digital media
Grant: $5000-$30,000 USD

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Artist’s Resource Trust
Deadline: August
Eligibility:
 Ages 35+, New England residents
Grant: $2500-$10,000

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Deadline:  January
Eligibility: U.S. & Canadian citizens
Accepts:  works by feminist women in the arts
Application Fee: $25
Grant: $500-$1500 USD

Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation

Deadline: April
Eligibility: Painters ages 45+, U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents
Accepts: painting (oil, acrylic, gouache, ink, tempera, watercolor, egg tempera, casein)
Does not fund: mixed media, encaustic, collage, pastels, digital paintings, prints, drawings
Grant:  $5000-$30,000 USD

Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant

Deadline: ongoing
Eligibility: “qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.” 20+ years professional experience. Students are not eligible.
Grant: $5000-$15,000 USD

Aaron Siskind Foundation

Deadline: July
Eligibility: Ages 21+ U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents. College students are not eligible
Accepts: Still photography
Grant: up to $10,000 USD
Application fee: $20 USD

State Cultural Councils

Most state cultural councils offer artist fellowships for state residents. 

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

United States & Canada Competition
Deadline: October
Eligibility: mid-career artists, students are not eligible
Grant: about $43,000 USD

Harpo Foundation

Deadline:  April
Eligibility: Age 21+, U.S. Citizens
Grant: up to $10,000 USD
Application fee:  $15

Artadia

Deadline: varies
Eligibility: Residents of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco
Grant: $5000 USD

Creative Capital

Deadline: varies, every 2-3 years
Eligibility: Ages 25+, U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents
Minimum 5 years of professional experience
Students are not eligible
Grant: $10,000 USD + follow up monetary support

Sustainable Arts Foundation

Deadline: Spring & Fall
Eligibility: Applicants must have at least 1 child younger than 18
Accepts: painting, sculpture, drawing/illustration, printmaking, mixed-media, photography,installation
Grant: $2000, $6000 USD
Application fee: $15

Puffin Foundation

Deadline: December
Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents
Accepts: fine arts and video/film. “Fine arts includes a broad range: painting, drawing, weaving, crafts, collage and sculpture.”
Does not fund: film, travel, books, education
Grant: $1250-$2500 USD

Gottlieb Foundation Individual Grant

Deadline: December
Eligibility: 20+ years professional experience
Students are not eligible
Does not fund: photography, film, video, crafts
Grant: $25,000 USD

Canadian Women Artists’ Award

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11: 59PM
Eligibility: Ages 21-35, Female Canadian Citizens living in NY, NJ, or CT
Accepts: Crafts/Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Digital/Electronic Arts, Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts,Video/Film
Grant: $5000 USD

The Awesome Foundation

Deadline: ongoing
Eligibility: international
Accepts: projects of any subject
Grant: $1000 USD

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Sculpture Grants

Marilyn Newmark Memorial Grant

Deadline: March 1
Eligibility: U.S. citizens
Accepts: sculptors specializing in animal sculpture
Grant: up to $7800 USD

Virginia A. Groot Foundation

Deadline: March 1
Eligibility: Ages 21+. Students are not eligible
Accepts: ceramics, sculpture
Grant: up to $35,000, $10,000, $5,000 USD

Alex J. Ettl Grant

Deadline: varies
Eligibility: U.S. citizens
Accepts: figurative/realist sculpture
Grant: $7800 USD

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