Sure, there’s a romance to the art world, to the life of an artist – or at least that’s what we are led to believe. While this may be true on some levels, the reality is that a career in art is a lot of work and often for very little return, at least in the beginning. So how does an artist sustain? One way is to seek out and apply for art grants – and believe us when we say there are plenty of them if you know where to look. These infusions of cash come in all shapes and sizes – some with strings attached, others unrestricted – but all can help you make the next move in your career if you’re feeling a little strapped. Read on for a few to get you started.
Innovate Grants invites artists to apply for quarterly grants awarded in the amount of $1800. During each cycle, a grant is awarded to one visual artist and one photographer. For more information, visit the website. There is an application fee for this grant. Deadlines are ongoing.
In their own words: “The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital archiving platform offering a series of individual artist grants on a bi-annual basis totaling $22,000.00 USD.
We provide unrestricted cash grants in the amount of $3,500 and $1,000 to artists around the globe.“
For more information and to apply, visit the website. International deadline is May 16.
Artists who have incurred significant medical expenses related to COVID-19 or who have experienced a recent, career-threatening emergency such as illness, accident, fire or natural disaster are eligible to apply for CERF+ emergency grants. For more information, visit the website. Deadlines are ongoing.
Praxis Center knows the art world isn’t a cakewalk. It’s no trip down the garden path. Sometimes it can feel like – well, like a job because, in truth that’s exactly what it is. And jobs are meant to bring in income. That’s why we work hard to make sure our artists have access to every available resource to give them the best chance at success. Join Praxis today and see how far it can take you.
Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists, most recently Making it in the Art World.