Artist Financial Resources

Posted on Jun 18, By Anna

Artist Grants

1. The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Description: The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation gives annual awards of $1,500 to individual artists living and working in the United States in support of a visual art or fine craft project. The Foundation does not accept film, video, performance art, or music submissions.

Eligibility: U.S. artists

Award: $1,500 each to six artists

2. 2021 Betty Bowen Award

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Description: Selection is based on, but not limited to, the following criteria: the compelling nature of the artist’s ideas and contribution to the field, the quality and creativity of the work submitted for review, the artist’s commitment to developing their work, the impact the award will have on the artist and his/her career.

Eligibility: U.S. artists in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho

Award: $15,000 or $2,500

3. 2021 Halstead Grant

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Description: Jewelry | Applicants submit answers to 15 business questions in addition to their design portfolios. Download an application for eligibility requirements and complete details. Learn more here.

Eligibility: Emerging artists

Award: $7,500

4. John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships

Deadline: Applications will be available in July 2021

Description: Visual arts | On the application, you must include a chronological list of shows, citing dates and places, and a list of collections in which your work is represented. Work exhibited on websites and blogs alone does not constitute a sufficient record of accomplishment for our competition. Learn more about applying here.

Eligibility: Artists in the U.S. and Canada

Award: The amounts of grants vary, and the Foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.

5. Puffin Foundation Artist Grants

Deadline: Applications will be available in September 2021, due December 31, 2021

Description: Video/Film and arts-related Environmental projects | Your application must be “hard copy.” Requests for application packets must be received by December 15, 2021. Completed or returned applications must be postmarked by December 30th. Check out the FAQs here.

Eligibility: New and emerging artists

Award: TBD

6. Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: Painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmaking.| Commercial artists, video artists, performance artists, Filmmakers, crafts-makers, and computer artists are not eligible. Students not eligible. Requirements for consideration are the application form, a cover letter, a current resume including an exhibition record, and ten digital images of current work with a corresponding identification list. Detailed FAQ here.

Eligibility: Mid-career professional artists with demonstrable financial need. Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.

Award: Awards range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending on need and circumstance.

7. The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant 

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: Painting, sculpture or printmaking | The program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. Learn more here.

Eligibility: Artist who can demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work.

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

8. Awesome Foundation Grant

Deadline: Ongoing - monthly grants offered

Description: Any Field. Each chapter has their own requirements, most consider arts projects. | Grants not given for studio space or strictly salary or supplies. Needs to make the community more “awesome.” Think public works. More info here.

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

Award: $1,000

9. Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: Visual and performing arts | Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Artists should review all eligibility guidelines and FAQs before applying. Learn more here.

Eligibility: U.S. artists

Award: Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the average grant is now $1,600.

10. The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: The Foundation does not provide funding for the pursuit of abstract or non-objective art. Grants are intended to assist applicants in the study or practice of their art, and the costs associated therewith, such as tuition, studio rental, model fees, travel and living expenses. Eligible courses of study or training include undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate studies and diploma programs from accredited institutions, recognized residencies, apprenticeships/internships and studio training. Grants are not intended as work or project grants for more experienced or mature artists.

Eligibility: Young artists pursuing their studies or in the early or developmental stage of their career. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible to apply.

Award: First grants are in the amount of CAD $15,000 each, and subsequent grants are in the amount of CAD $18,000 each (maximum three grants).

11. Young Masters Art Prize

Deadline: TBD; no Prize will be given in 2020-2021.

Description: The renowned, innovative and high-profile Young Masters Art Prize is a biannual award, which recognizes how contemporary artists embrace the art of the past. 

Eligibility: Artists worldwide

Award: Up to £1,500 in prizes

12. The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes - Artist Development Grants

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: Artist Development grants provide up to $500 to local artists from Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties. These grants support professional opportunities as well as help to alleviate economic disparity and insecurity facing artists. Artist Development grants are administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes with funding from the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes.

Award: Up to $500

COVID Relief Artist Funds

1. Erie Arts & Culture, Emergency Financial Assistance Fund

Deadline: Ongoing, monthly awards

Eligibility: Erie area artists

Award: Up to $500

Fineprint: Awarded funds can be used to assist with basic living expenses, such as housing, utilities, or groceries. Learn more here.

2. Developing your Creative Practice

Deadline: The next round of DYCP is set to open on August 5, 2021. Deadline to be announced.

Eligibility: Artists in England

Award: TBD

Fineprint: You can plan your application at any time, take a look at their guidance for applicants and and out if you're ready to apply with this short quiz. You cannot start your eligibility questionnaire or application until we’ve approved your new applicant profile, which may take up to ten working days. Learn more here.

3. Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants

Deadline: Ongoing, Cycle 8 will open on Tuesday, June 8, and close on Tuesday, June 29, for emergencies occurring November 1, 2020 and later.

Eligibility: Open to artists who reside in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories.

Award: Up to $5,000

Fineprint: Please review their artistic discipline defnitions to determine that you are eligible before applying. Open to artists whose adjusted gross annual income is $75,000 or lower for an individual, or $150,000 for joint filers, averaged over the last two federal tax returns. Learn more here.

4. Artists' Charitable Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

Eligibility: American visual fine artists (painters and sculptors) living anywhere in the United States needing assistance to pay medical / dental / eye-care bills.

Award: Varies depending on medical need.

Fineprint: Please do not contact to ask for Financial assistance due to loss of income or for anything other than assistance with medical bills. Contact them here.

5. leveler

Deadline: Ongoing

Award: TBD

Fineprint: Must provide context (what you feel comfortable sharing about your situation), payment method, and social media handle for verification. Sign up here.

6. We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) Emergency Fund for Diverse Creatives in Children’s Publishing

Deadline: Ongoing

Eligibility: Diverse writers and/or illustrators must be traditionally published and are experiencing financial need. We accept all genres and age categories. Diverse publishing positions include but are not limited to: editors, agents, publicists, designers, and sales positions. 

Award: Between $500 and $1,000

7. The Mayer Foundation Economic Relief Grants

Deadline: Ongoing

Award: Grant sizes vary but generally range around $2,000 per grant.

Fineprint: An application form is not required. Proposals should be made in letter form and should include the following information, if applicable: Description of the assistance requested, goals and objectives (measurable if possible); Adequate evidence of individual’s need (e.g., nancial statements); Plans to accomplish goals and objectives; Timetable for implementation of goals and objectives; etc. Learn more here.

8. Dallas Artist Relief Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

Eligibility: Dallas artists

Award: TBD

Fineprint: Those that qualify for funding will be awarded money within a few days of their application depending on the state of our funds. Apply here.

9. COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund

Deadline: Ongoing, weekly

Eligibility: Washington State artists

Award: $500 to $5,000 based on artists’ needs

Fineprint: These unrestricted cash grants are intended to support working artists with: Lost wages and earnings; Loss from event, performance, and conference cancellations and school / community-based education closures; Medical expenses; Rent and mortgage payments, food, utilities, and other living expenses. Learn more here.

10. Max’s Kansas City Project

Deadline: Ongoing

Eligibility: Residents of New York State

Award: $500 to $1000

Fineprint: Income verification and financial information is required. Application and support materials must be sent by mail. Learn more and download the application here.

11. Charlottesville Emergency Relief Fund for Artists

Deadline: Ongoing

Eligibility: Artists who live in the Charlottesville area, including the city of Charlottesville or the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, or Nelson.

Award: Up to $300

Fineprint: Artists are eligible to apply for loss of income regardless of whether the income was from art or other jobs. Learn more here.

12. Austin Creative Alliance (ACA) Artists Emergency Relief Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

Eligibility: Austin area artists

Award: $500

Fineprint: Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and are subject to approval and available funds. Priority will be given to ACA members, and to applicants facing food or housing insecurity. ACA is reviewing applications daily, so that funds can be in artists’ hands as quickly as possible. Apply here.

13. Chippewa Valley Artist Relief Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

Eligibility: Chippewa Valley, WI artists of all disciplines

Award: $500

Fineprint: Individual distributions are capped at $500, applications will be reviewed weekly. If you don't fill out the application fully, your application may be rejected. We are not awarding money based on “merit” i.e. our opinions of an applicants’ work but rather on my based on need. Learn more here.

14. Durham Arts Council Arts Recovery Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

Eligibility: Durham county artists

Award: TBD

Fineprint: This fund does not make awards for projected losses. Only complete applications will be considered. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received for eligibility, clarity and completeness. Awards will be prioritized by need and be granted based on the availability of funds. Learn more here.

15. LA Young Creatives Fun

Deadline: Ongoing

Eligibility: LA county artists between the ages of 18 and 30 experiencing loss of income as a result of COVID-19.

Award: $500

Fineprint: Eligible artists must be a current resident of Los Angeles County; be between the ages of 18 and 30; earned income in the last 12 months from the creative economy (e.g. cultural, artistic, and design-related goods and services); experienced a loss of income as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Safer at Home initiative, and/or social distancing policy. Learn more here.

16. Torrington Collective NWCT Artist Emergency Relief Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

Eligibility: Northwest Connecticut artists

Award: $100

Fineprint: You must be a resident of the 25 town service area of the NWCT Arts Council. As of right now, we are focusing on the people in greatest need. This likely means people that have lost their entire source of income. Our selection committee will evaluate applications on a rolling basis. Apply here.