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Dear POC: September artist grant opportunities

7 to apply to now.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Aug 31, 2020

Can you believe that August is pretty much over? September is right around the corner, and with it, comes new opportunities for artist grants, residencies, and fellowship. Make sure to apply to them as soon as you can and secure some funds and opportunities for the month of September!


Artist Grant

Artist Grant supports and funds the efforts of artists to continue doing their important work and contributing to society. They provide a modest competitive grant of $500 to one artist every quarter. You can learn more here.


Who can apply: Visual artists 18 and older from anywhere in the world. Artists may be in the following fields: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, stills of video/film, sculpture (of any type of material), ceramics, mixed/multiple media, installation, and other new or alternative media.

Grant amount: $500 each grant cycle

Deadline: There are four grant cycle deadlines per year – January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15


Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts created a temporary fund that caters to the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by postponed or canceled performances. Learn more here.


Who can apply: U.S. artists affected by COVID-19

Grant amount: $1,500

Deadline: August 31, 2020


The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant

The Gottlieb Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success. Detailed FAQ here.


Who can apply: Artists who have been working for at least 20 years and can demonstrate a need for financial assistance in the fields of painting, printmaking, or sculpting.

Grant amount: $25,000 each to 12 artists

Deadline: December 15, 2020


Ongoing Grant Deadlines:


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant was set up to support the creative lives of artists. This is a competitive grant for artists with extensive exhibition records. Detailed FAQ here.


Who can apply: “Mid-career professional artists with demonstrable financial need.  Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.”

Grant amount: Awards range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending on need and circumstance.

Deadline: Ongoing


The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

“The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance.” Learn more here.


Who can apply: Artist who can demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years of work

Grant amount: The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical

Deadline: Ongoing


Joan Mitchell Foundation: Emergency Grant

The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to U.S.-based visual artists who have suffered significant losses after natural or man-made disasters, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out their FAQs here.


Who can apply: U.S. artists who have been impacted due to natural or man-made disasters

Grant amount: Up to $6,000 in emergency support

Deadline: Ongoing 


Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Emergency Grant provides urgent funding for visual and performing artists “who have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding or incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.” Artists should review all eligibility guidelines and FAQs before applying. Learn more here.

Who can apply: U.S. artists in visual and performing arts field

Grant amount: Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the average grant is now $1,600

Deadline: Ongoing