8 Grants for Visual Artists

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock in their garden, Springs, East Hampton, 1949. Photograph by Wilfrid Zogbaum.

Who is eligible: Visual artists including painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper (i.e. printmakers) who are actively exhibiting their work in professional artistic venues. The Foundation considers need on the part of an applicant for all legitimate expenditures relating to his or her professional work and personal living expenses, including medical expenses.

Who isn’t eligible: Commercial artists, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers, or digital artists. Grants will not be made to fund academic study.

Amount: $5,000 – $30,000

Deadline: Rolling

Application materials: Cover letter, resume/CV, artist statement (optional), 10 digital images, image identification list

Apply here.


The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant

Who is eligible: Artists who have been working for at least 20 years in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking.

Who isn’t eligible: Organizations, projects, educational institutions, students, graphic artists, photographers, filmmakers, or those working in crafts.

Amount: TBD

Deadline: December 15, 2016 at 11:59pm

Application materials: Bio, artist statement, up to 40 digital images, image identification list, financial information (financial disclosure form and federal tax return)

Apply here.

(NOTE: This foundation also awards Emergency Grants for artists in amounts ranging from $5,000 – $15,000. Click here for more information.) 


William H. Johnson Prize

Who is eligible: African-American artists working in the following media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new media. The prize is awarded annually to an early-career artist (not determined by age).

Who isn’t eligible: Anyone who isn’t an early-career African-American artist.

Amount: $25,000

Deadline: November 10, 2016 at 5pm

Application materials: Artist statement, resume/CV, 12 samples of artwork, image identification list, 2 letters of recommendation.

Apply here.


Sustainable Arts Foundation Award

Who is eligible: Visual artists or writers who have at least one child under the age of 18.
Writers must fall into one of these categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, long form journalism, playwriting, picture books, early and middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, or graphic novels. Visual artists must fall into one of these categories: painting, sculpture, drawing/illustration, printmaking, mixed-media, photography, installation.

Who isn’t eligible: Anyone who doesn’t have a child under the age of 18.

Amount: $2,000 – $6,000

Deadline: September 2, 2016 at 5pm

Application materials: Bio, artist statement, resume/CV, an essay outlining how you would use the award, portfolio

Apply here.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

2000 grantee Jon Kessler, installation view of The Web, at Swiss Institute in New York, 2013. Photo by Andrew Ohanesian

Who is eligible: Artists who are living, working and paying taxes in the US; have committed to a performance or exhibition opportunity and are able to provide specific dates at the time of application; are individuals or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group.

Who isn’t eligible: Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations or arts presenters. Artists who received the grant in the last three years may not apply.

Amount: $200 – $2,000

Deadline: Rolling; reviewed monthly. (Apply 6-8 weeks before your exhibition opening date.)

Click here for more detailed guidelines.

Apply here.


The Awesome Foundation

Who is eligible: Anyone, including individuals, groups and organizations. (Grants are given out by individual Awesome Foundation Chapters. The closest one to Savannah is the Atlanta, GA Chapter. They like to fund projects centered on science, art, education, civic engagement, media and entertainment. You can also select “Any” and apply for a grant from any national Chapter!)

Who isn’t eligible: People, groups or organizations who are not awesome.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Rolling. Winners are announced monthly.

Application materials: Project description and images.

Apply here.


Working Artist Grant

Who is eligible: All artists working in traditional and new visual arts mediums, including but not limited to: conceptual, installation, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and video.

Who isn’t eligible: Artists working in the fields of music, performance or dance.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: September 30, 2016 at midnight

Application materials: A link to your website or 5 digital images of recent work. There’s a $25 submission fee to apply.

Apply here.


Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

Who is eligible: Artists working in the fields of painting, drawing, sculpting or printmaking who are in the early or developmental stage of their career and are at least 18 years old. Artists must be working in a representational style–no abstract or non-objective work will be considered.

Who isn’t eligible: Commercial artists, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, cartoonists, animation artists, video artists, filmmakers, digital artists, or craft-makers.

Amount: $15,000 CAD ($11,599.14 USD)

Deadline: Rolling.

Apply here. 

Author: SAI

Savannah Art Informer is a program by Art Rise Savannah, a non-profit arts organization in Savannah, Georgia.

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