Selected national grants for individual artists

This is a listing of selected grants available to individual artists working in the United States. It is maintained by Springboard for the Arts as a service to the artist communities of the Upper Midwest. It is not meant to be a comprehensive listings of annual grants and fellowships, but an overview of grants with regularly occurring deadlines.

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Grants and Fellowships for Individual Artists

A Blade of GrassSupports seven to ten socially engaged artists annually who are working in close partnerships with a community. Letter of interest due mid-November, full application due mid-January.  

Aaron Siskind Fund: A $10,000 grant awarded to photographers and photo-based artists. Applications due at the end of May. ($20 application fee).

Asian Cultural Council: A process-oriented grant for artists and scholars living in Asia or the USA. Projects must be explorations, not exhibition-based, and take place outside of one’s home country, also either in Asia or the USA. Applications due in early November. 

The Awesome Foundation: Gives $1,000, no-strings-attached grants to projects of various disciplines (including art) deemed “awesome” by their respective chapters. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Twin Cities chapter

North Minneapolis chapter

Creative Capital: Creative Capital offers an open application process to artists of all disciplines ages 25 years or older with 5 years professional experience. They work on a seven-year cycle, and will accept no new applications until 2018

Guggenheim Fellowship: The Guggenheim Fellowship awards exceptional mid-career artists with a grant intended to support their ability to freely work for six months to a year. Applications are due in September

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Master Artist Grant: The NALAC provides both project-based grants and a mentor-ship grant for US-based Latino artists across multiple disciplines. Information on the 2016-2017 grant cycle will be available in Spring 2016

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation: Awards $20,000 to individual practicing Native artists who demonstrate exemplary skill and exceptional quality of work in any of these categories: Traditional Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Artistic Innovation and Literature. Application due in mid-March.

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship: Supports artists whose work explores racial justice with a particular focus on mass incarceration. New cycle of grant proposals will become available in Fall 2016

William H. Johnson Prize for African American Artists: Award of $25,000 for an early-career African American artist. Applications usually due in mid-September

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