Grants and funding for artists



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Danfoss Art Award

Do you study the art of painting, photography, sculpture, architecture or design? And do you like a good challenge? Then apply for the Danfoss ArtAward and get an opportunity for international exposure. The theme of the award is to

The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award

Developed from a bequest managed by Perpetual Trustees and named after the late Australian artist, Helen Lempriere, this is the richest art prize for sculptors in Australia. The winning artist's sculpture will become part of the Lempriere Collection ...

TAFE NSW Arts and Design Prize

The TAFE NSW Arts and Design Prize is an annual event which provides TAFE NSW arts and media students the opportunity to enter an award competition and to have their work included in a regional touring exhibition of New South Wales.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is a national contemporary painting and 2D art award presented in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. It is an acquisitive prize that in time will build a significant art collection for Caloundra City. The websit...

Prometheus Visual Arts Award

The Prometheus Visual Arts Award is an acquisitive art award and exhibition, which is conducted biennially by the Prometheus Foundation. The award aims 'To promote the Visual Arts as an essential vehicle for human expression'.

Memento Awards

The Memento Awards showcase fresh, contemporary, commercially viable craft, art and design that reflects the unique character and spirit of Queensland and Australia. Visit the website for Entry Dates, Entry Form and Selection Criteria information.

Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award

Information about dates and schedules, conditions of entry, an online entry form, and biography of the judge, as well as details of past winners and images of current and past works entered.

Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale

Australia's richest prize for landscape painting and a major festival of visual arts held every two years. Visit the website for background information, details of prizes offered, past winners and entry form.

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

The Doug Moran national portrait prize is a biennial competition established by the Moran family. The winner receives $100,000, making it the richest portrait prize in the world. Entry conditions require that both painters and subjects be Australian...

Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting

Initiated in 2003, the $35,000 Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting is Australia's richest annual landscape art prize, equivalent in prize money to the esteemed Archibald Art Prize for Portrait Painting. Details and entry form provided. ...

Art Galleries Schubert

Consultants and Dealers in Fine Art specialising in traditional, modern and contemporary Australian Fine Art. Visit the website to see some of the extensive range of art works, read artist biographies, find details of the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schub...

The Alice Prize

The Alice Prize is a national contemporary art award, first held in 1970. The Alice Prize is administered by the Alice Springs Art Foundation, a community-based voluntary organisation. The Art Foundation also supports and hosts a variety of visual ar...

Elizabeth Stein Scholarship

Any student enrolled in an Illinois State University School of Art degree program is also eligible to apply for the Elizabeth Stein Scholarship. This award grants the recipient up to $500 to be put towards tuition and fees. Further, the recipient will have his/her name added to the Elizabeth Stein Art Scholarship Plaque in the CVA building. Students who demonstrate their artistic ability through the submission of a portfolio, scholarship performance in other academic areas, and financial need can apply at the School of Art Office.

Friends of the Arts Talent Grants

Those enrolled in an Illinois State University School of Art degree program are eligible to receive an up to $200 monetary award on behalf of the Friends of the Arts. Those students who can demonstrate their scholarly performance through artistic ability in either studio practice, art history, or art education studies may submit an application as well as a portfolio and/or evidence of scholarly production to the School of Art Office.

NESTA Insight Out

Insight Out is a national enterprise training programme specifically designed for creative individuals who want to set up a business within the creative industries.


Appalshop is a multipurpose media arts center located in the heart of the Appalachian coalfields.

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With more than 40 years of service, they are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.

ACES Media Arts Center

The misson of ACES Media Arts Center is to provide education, instruction and knowledgeable expertise to all who want to learn the art and practice of media arts.

911 Media Arts Center

911 Media Arts Center is Washington's premier non-profit arts center providing workshops, screenings, editing facilities and interaction opportunities to media makers.

Res Artis

Searchable directory of worldwide artist residency opportunities.

Alliance of Artists Communities

A searchable directory of North American residency opportunities.

Foundation Center San Francisco

'The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants,' operating a library in San Francisco with free classes for individuals in the arts, and lots of online and hardcopy resources.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Online Grant Directory

Links to grants and other funding sources for individual artists.

Grants for Individuals: Arts

'A compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to individuals seeking funding opportunities related to arts and cultural activities.' Maintained by Michigan State University Libraries.

National Alliance for the Media Arts & Culture

Search NAMAC's directory for 'Funding' under Services + Programs for links to over 70 organizations with grant opportunities in the media arts.

Yosemite Renaissance Artists-in-Residence

Yosemite Natl Park One-month residencies for ten to fifteen established visual artists each year.

Stanford University Stegner Fellowships

Five poetry and five fiction fellowships with a $57,000 two-year stipend are awarded each year.

Kala Art Institute

Berkeley Residency and fellowship opportunities for artists working in printmaking, book arts, and digital media.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

One month studio residencies for Bay Area artists, focusing on visual artists in all media.


San Francisco A variety of opportunities for 'artists to create artworks, installations, films, and performances that can augment large-scale thematically-based exhibitions' at the Exploratorium. Exploratory (one-week) and Full residencies available.

Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Santa Cruz Mountains One month residencies available for emerging and established artists in the visual arts, literature, music composition, and choreography.

SF Recycling

Four-month residencies include studio space, monthly stipend ($1800 for full-time, $900 for part-time), and 24/7 access to the dump for career-level Bay Area artists who are currently working professionally.

Headlands Center for the Arts

Sausalito A variety of live-in and non-live-in residencies for international visual, literary, film/video, dance, and performance artists.

Women in Film

Film Finishing Fund (FFF) offers cash awards from $1,000 to $5,000 to assist filmmakers who make thoughtful and provocative films by or about women.

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships

Offering 'several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies' in other countries.

College Art Association

The Professional Development Fellowship Program offers one-time awards of $15,000 'to help MFA and PhD candidates in art and art history bridge the gap between their graduate study and professional careers.'

George Sugarman Foundation

'The George Sugarman Foundation offers annual grants [of $500 to $3,600] to painters and sculptors who are engaged in creating new works of fine art, whose work shows promise, and who are in need of financial assistance.'

Frameline, Inc

'The Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund provides [$5,000 to $10,000] grants to emerging and established lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender filmmakers.'

Arts Writers Grant Program

'A three-year pilot program designed to support writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants issued directly to individual authors.' Awards 15 to 20 grants of $3,000 to $50,000 per year

United States Artists

'Distributes 50 unrestricted fellowship grants of $50,000 each to a diverse array of artists across the United States... The program supports artists in all career stages, including emerging and midcareer artists, as well as individuals who have achieved master artist status.'

Northern California Grantmakers

Does not offer grants, but rather an 'Arts Loan Fund' which seeks 'to provide quick-turnaround, low-cost financial assistance to San Francisco Bay Area arts organizations.' Loans must be repaid within one year.

Marin Arts Council

Offers a range of grants for community arts projects (arranged through non-profits) and to mid-career and established artists in Marin County.

Film Arts Foundation

Grants for Bay Area emerging and mid-career film and video artists up to $7,500. Some grant awards include free classes, access to production and post production equipment, project mentoring by an established director, and Film Arts Foundation membership, in addition or in lieu of cash.

City of Oakland Cultural Arts and Marketing Dept

Includes listings of artist opportunities for city of Oakland projects, and grants from the Cultural Funding Program in performing, visual, and literary arts (ranging from $1,000 to $5,000). These grants seek 'to provide access to financial support... to a wide range of Oakland-based artists and nonprofit organizations providing arts and cultural services in Oakland.'

Bay Area Video Coalition

Offers fiscal sponsorship to 'independent artists/producers who are soliciting funding from private foundations, government agencies, and individual donors for their non-commercial, video-based projects' and a number of grants for established video and media artists.

San Francisco Foundation

Six awards per year for California-born artists of all ages working in film, video, photography, or printmaking. Range from $2,500 to $7,500 each.

Black Rock Arts (SF)

Grants from $1,000 to $6,000 for 'community-based interactive art' projects.


Awards from $15,000 to $1,500, which 'can be used however the artist sees fit,' for visual artists who live and work in San Francisco. Available once every three years.

Arts Council Silicon Valley

Offers six $4,000 grants per year to professional working artists (including writers) 'to enable them to continue to pursue their creative work.'

Alliance for California Traditional Arts

Various grants from $1,500 to $10,000 for practitioners in folk and traditional arts and crafts, including an apprenticeship program.

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