In line with Locust Projects' mission to empower Miami artists of all disciplines to build and sustain a creative practice through access to probono legal services, incubator grants, and professional development opportunities, we are regularly updating this list of resources to help artists find other opportunities, grants, and open calls outside of our organization.
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Foundation for Contemporary Arts Bridge Fund: Fund provides one-time, $1,500 emergency relief grants for experimental artists who have pressing financial needs.
NATIONAL SURVEY - All artists are encouraged to fill out the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists across the US.
MORE GRANTS, OPEN CALLS & RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant: 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. Apply here.
Alternative Art School: TAAS stands firmly on a commitment to the production of dreams, alternatives, social relationships, and inner-dialogues produced in tandem with an active caring for each other and our planet. They offer a structured and intimate global extension of your local embodied art practice. With a growing roster of extraordinarily talented artists, curators, dreamers, and do-ers, they allow access and connection across a disparate array of experiences and disciplines. Learn more here.
National Parks Arts Foundation - Fort Union, New Mexico: invites artists of all artistic media to apply for the Fort Union National Monument residency program. The residency comes with housing for one month, and more. Deadline to apply is October 29. Apply here.
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants: The Pollock Krasner Foundation's dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation's mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time. Apply here.
Rauschenberg Emergency Grants: provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical or dental emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists, and choreographers living anywhere in the US. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Apply here.
The South Florida Cultural Consortium Grant to Visual and Media Artists: offers the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States, awarding $15,000 and $7,500 grants to resident visual and media artists from the counties of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach. Deadline to apply is October 25. Apply here.
Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize - In 1997, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Contemporary Craft, a $5,000 prize for excellence in the field of contemporary craft was established. The biennial award is given in conjunction with a catalog and juried exhibition in the gallery. This opportunity is funded by the daughters of Elizabeth R. Raphael, the founder of Contemporary Craft and a nationally known figure in the contemporary art scene for many decades. More about
LEAP (Lydon Emerging Artist Program) Award - The LEAP Award was established in 2007 in honor of Contemporary Craft Director of Exhibitions Kate Lydon’s 20-years of service. The program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market. The yearlong retail program features markets and sells the work of one winner and four finalists. The winner also receives a $1,000 prize. LEAP is open to exceptionally talented graduate students and/or emerging artists who are beginning to receive recognition for their work but are not currently represented by well-established galleries. Artists must work in craft media: ceramics, wood, metal/jewelry, glass, found materials, mixed media, fiber, or a combination of these materials. More about Deadline – October 30, 2021
Awesome Foundation Grant – A micro-granting organization, funding “awesome” ideas, The Awesome Foundation set up local chapters around the world to provide rolling grants of $1000 to “awesome projects.” Each chapter defines what is “awesome” for their local community, but most include arts initiative and public or social practice art projects. There are also a few worldwide grant chapters that give a pretty succinct summary: “We give no-strings-attached weekly grants to awesome initiatives which solve a problem, cultivate community, and spread joy.”
Clark Hulings Fund Business Accelerator Program - Established in memory of acclaimed painter Clark Hulings, The Clark Hulings Fund offers strategic business training and support to professional artists. Through this unique program, The Clark Hulings Fund helps artists better manage their business and tackle specific business obstacles, so that they can get a leg up on making a living through their artwork. The program gives access to business tools, PR outreach, networking events, and many other opportunities as well as mentoring and financial support.
Fulbright Fellowship for the Creative and Performing Arts - Fulbright Program has been sending students, academics and professionals across the world to conduct research, study, teach and act as ambassadors to the US since 1945. A rigorous process of securing recommendations, outlining a proposal and finding a host sponsor, it’s best to get started on this application early. But with approximately 8,000 grants annually awarded, it’s worth the time to see if you can’t be on of the artists who embark on an international adventure while doing some good.
Radcliffe Fellowship - The Fellowship Program annually selects and supports artists, scholars, and practitioners who bring both a record of achievement and exceptional promise to the Institute.
Harpo Foundation - The Harpo Foundation provides up to $10,000 for self-described underrepresented visual artists over 21 years old, working in any medium. Grants are made to support the development of artists’ work and a grantee may use their award to support any activity toward that purpose, so this award may also be used for specific projects and not only professional development. Deadline is April 29 2022
A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Artists - The Fellowship is designed to support artists that are using great art to enact a social change in the world. Criteria include projects with artistic value, a plan to enact social change, and a high quality of engagement practice. The award is $20,000 to enable the artist to continue their project, and includes a required expenses paid 2-day orientation retreat in NYC to engage a cohort of peer artists and A Blade of Grass staff and board.
Global Art Grants – It is offered by Burning Man, but the Global Art Grant requires that the art NOT be present during the annual festival. The primary criteria is that the art produced is that which can be touched, heard, or experienced and is highly interactive and encourages community involvement. The average grant falls between $3,000- $6,000.
Center Project Development Grant - This grant supports fine art or documentary projects in-progress that have not yet been widely distributed or published. This grant includes a $5,000 cash award as well as feedback and various professional development opportunities.
Ruth & Harold Chenven Foundation - These individual grants provide $1,500 to artists who are living or working in the United States and engaged in a new craft or visual arts project.
NATIONAL RESOURCES & EMERGENCY GRANTS
You can also find extensive listings on emergency grants, financial support and resources for artists, curators and other cultural producers, including specific funds for COVID-19 related economic hardship, and further resources listed here:
FRACTURED ATLAS - helps individual artists and arts organizations at every level of the cultural ecosystem, in every creative medium, through several programs: Fiscal Sponsorship, and SpaceFinder for example. Fractured Atlas also provides educational resources and personalized support.
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