HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ELIGIBLE FOR A GRANT?
All of the foundation’s grant guidelines are located on the How to Apply page. Please review them carefully to ensure you meet all eligibility requirements for any call for proposals.
ARE CURRENT GRANTEES ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR OPEN CALLS?
No. If you have an active grant with the foundation we ask that you abstain from responding to any open calls.
IN PAST GRANT CYCLES THERE WERE OPPORTUNITIES THAT I NO LONGER SEE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. HOW CAN I APPLY FOR THOSE GRANTS?
Request for Proposals (RFPS) are the only method for applicants to actively seek support from the foundation. If you do not see an RFP for a grant program it means no new applications are being currently offered. Please join the foundation’s mailing list or follow the foundation on Twitter and Facebook to learn about new opportunities.
I SEE YOU HAVE AN OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS, BUT I AM NOT ELIGIBLE. CAN I APPLYFOR A DIFFERENT GRANT OR SOMEHOW SHARE MY WORK WITH THE FOUNDATION?
No. Open calls listed on the How to Apply page are the only way to pursue support from the foundation. We are not able to respond to unsolicited request for support.
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE FOR THE CURRENT CALL FOR PROPOSALS?
We have extended our deadline for the 2017 Fellowship. The new deadline is Wednesday December 7th, 2016 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). The foundation is unable to accept late submissions. To receive notices of future funding opportunities, you can sign up on our mailing list.
ARE FULL-TIME UNIVERSITY FACULTY OR STUDENTS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
While the current open call can resource full-time faculty, the opportunity is not available to full-time students.
CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE PROJECT?
No. One application per person will be reviewed regardless of whether you work independently or as part of a collective, or both.
WHAT IS THE THEMATIC FOCUS FOR THE ARTIST AS ACTIVIST TWO-YEAR FELLOWSHIP?
Themes will rotate every two years. The current focus is racial justice in the United States, and more specifically, the epidemic of mass incarceration. Activist artists who pursue ambitious creative projects that directly tackle the issue of mass incarceration are invited to respond to the current open call.
WHAT TYPE OF SUPPORT DO YOU OFFER ARTIST AS ACTIVIST FELLOWS?
The Artist as Activist Fellows receive up to $100,000 over a two-year period, although most grants will be in the $50,000 range.
In addition to receiving financial support for the proposed project, 2017 Artist as Activist Fellows will gather as a group for five weeks at the foundation’s residency campus in Captiva, Florida. Participation for the full five weeks is a requirement of the fellowship and will take place during the fellowship period (between May 2017 and April 2019).
CAN LETTERS OF SUPPORT COME FROM CURRENTLY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS?
Yes, letters of support from individuals currently (or formerly) incarcerated are acceptable as a form of reference or recommendation.
FOR MY VIDEO WORK SAMPLE, CAN I STRING TOGETHER MULTIPLE PROJECTS INTO A 2-MINUTE REEL?
No, please do not string together multiple projects into a 2-minute reel. If you’d like to show us video footage from a project that’s longer than 2 minutes please provide a two-minute time stamp. For example: start at 4:05 end at 6:05. You can also edit down a larger project to two running minutes. Please do not put together a sizzle reel of multiple projects into one work sample. Each video counts as ONE work sample.
SHOULD I HAVE SECURED DISTRIBUTION OR BROADCAST OF MY PROJECT BY THE TIME I APPLY?
No, but do let us know what partnerships and relationships you are building. Share your distribution/engagement plans even if they are not yet secured.
I’M A MEMBER OF AN ARTIST COLLECTIVE. CAN WE INCLUDE ARTIST BIOS AND WORK SAMPLES FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER?
Application materials should refer to the artist collective. Please send an artist bio for the collective and for individual members. All work samples and letters of support should be for the collective.
IF AWARDED A FELLOWSHIP, AM I REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN A MONTH-LONG RESIDENCY WITH MY COHORT? DOES THE FOUNDATION COVER MY EXPENSES?
Yes. The foundation provides travel, food, and lodging for that period. It is assumed that any materials or production costs associated with your project would be covered in your fellowship budget.
WHO AM I ABLE TO BRING TO THE RESIDENCY?
The residency is intended for the fellow as an individual artist or two members of an artist collective.
IF I DON’T HAVE ANY CURRENT WORK SAMPLES THAT ADDRESS RACIAL JUSTICE THROUGH THE LENS OF MASS INCARCERATION, CAN I STILL APPLY?
No. You must have at least two current work samples from the project you would pursue during your fellowship. This is not an opportunity for new work that has not yet begun.
I APPLIED LAST YEAR AND DID NOT RECEIVE A FELLOWSHIP AND I’D LIKE TO APPLY AGAIN THIS YEAR. SHOULD I USE THE SAME RECOMMENDATIONS OR SEEK NEW ONES? SHOULD I SEND THE SAME NARRATIVE?
You should include materials that will make your proposal strong. If that means requesting recommendations from different partners, it’s for you to decide. Similarly, sending the same (or slightly revised) narrative as last year’s proposal is up to you.
I HEARD THAT THE FOUNDATION OFFERS APPLICATION WEBINARS FOR ITS OPEN CALLS. WHEN DO THOSE HAPPEN?
There are no more webinars scheduled for the 2017 Artist as Activist Two-Year Fellowship. A recording of the webinar we held on October 27th can be found here.
I HAVE REVIEWED THE FAQS, GRANT GUIDELINES, APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS, AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION IN THE GRANTS SECTION, BUT I DO NOT SEE THE ANSWER TO MY QUESTION. IS THERE SOMEONE WHO CAN ASSIST ME?
If, after exhausting these materials and reading the grant guidelines, your inquiry is still unresolved, please email email@example.com. Program staff will do their best to get back to you in a timely manner. Due to the volume of inquiries, please do not call the foundation.