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Dear POC: March 2021 funding opportunities

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $35,000.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Mar 8, 2021

It’s that time of the month again when we compile a list of all the grants, opportunities, and residencies for artists. If you’ve been slacking off (and we’re not judging!), this is your chance to commit yourself to applying to at least one funding opportunity this month. So, without further ado, here’s the list:


The Harpo Foundation Grants

The Harpo Foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and to encourage new modes of thinking about art. The applications are open to under-recognized US visual artists over the age of 21. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field. The average grant is $6,000, without exceeding $10,000. 7 to 10 grants are awarded every year. You will need to submit an artist resume, artist statement, and work samples on the online application.

For more details, check out their FAQ page here. Students are not eligible and there is a $15 application fee.

Deadline to apply: April 2021


PAAM’s The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant

“The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant is awarded annually to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need. The mission of this grant is to promote public awareness of and a commitment to American art and to encourage interest in artists who lack adequate recognition. U.S. painters aged 45 years or older at the time of application. A need for financial support must be clear and demonstrated. Applications must be submitted by an individual working artist or collaborators in an artist group; organizations cannot apply.”

The awards include a cash grant ranging from $5,000 to $35,000 and an exhibition at PAAM. More information is available on

Deadline to apply: April 1, 2021


Artwork Archive’s Art Business Accelerator Grant

“Artwork Archive’s Art Business Accelerator Grant provides visual artists with unrestricted funds, resources, and a curriculum to help establish, grow and manage their art careers. The program is designed to arm artists with the necessary business skills to succeed as artists and entrepreneurs—and to make a living through their artwork.”

This grant is aimed at visual artists 21 and older from anywhere in the world, and 20 unrestricted cash grants of $1,000 each will be awarded.

Deadline to apply:  May 14, 2021