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The Art of Getting an Artist Grant

The Art of Getting an Artist Grant

Aletta de Wal | Artist Career Training

"The Foundation Center has a lot either paid subscriptions online or free at a local center. There are many across the USA. Each grant has summary info including how they prefer first contact.

• "Sometimes, it’s just a letter, as it was with a client of mine. We drafted and sent the letter, total time, about 30 minutes. The grantor replied expressing interest, and enclosed a complete info packet and application. Because my client had already written much of what she needed, and had quality images of her work, she was able to put the application together in just several hours. And although she didn’t get that grant (it was for $10,000), it was certainly worth a few hours of her time to try and she was invited to apply again the next year.

Would she have gone to hours of work for a very small grant? Probably not for a few hundred dollars, but then again, she didn’t even bother contacting grantors unless the grants were significant. Again, she was well-matched with the grants, thereby greatly increasing the odds of her success."

• A.C.T. Expert Benny Shaboy and Art Opportunities Monthly have done most of the hard work for you: “Get your share of the $5.7 million from this art opportunities list, published monthly. It’s for artists and photographers. In each issue:
• Art contests
• Grants
• Juried art competitions
• Fellowships
• Residencies
• Public art commissions
• Art awards
• Scholarships
• Teaching assistance-ships
• Calls for art
• Art deadlines
• Scholarships
• Art shows
• Photography contests
• RFPs
• RFQs
• Sculpture commissions
• Percent-for-art
• Slide registries
• University art galleries
• Non-profit art galleries
• or other artist opportunities and venues normally outside the commercial gallery systems


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