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Grants to Under-Recognized USA Visual
Artists for Artistic Development Activities

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Harpo Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/19/19 11:59 PM PST


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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA individual artists who are under-recognized in the field of visual arts. Applications will be evaluated according to the artistic quality of the applicant’s work and the potential to foster aesthetic inquiry. Funding may be used to support any activity that promotes artistic development. To determine whether an artist is “under-recognized” the Foundation looks at an artist’s resume and overall presence in the field.

Harpo focuses on supporting the development of visual artists, however, a proposal with an interdisciplinary approach may be considered as long as it has a strong visual art component.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180968

Number of Grants:

The Foundation typically makes 7-10 grants each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average grant is $6,000 and grant amounts do not exceed $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Self-defined under-recognized visual artist 21 years or older
-United States citizen
-Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program are not eligible.
-Not a previous recipient of a direct artist grant from Harpo.
-Artists who have been supported by organizational grant from Harpo in the past are eligible to apply for a direct grant.

As of March 2013, self-defined under-recognized visual artists who are not students but are U.S. citizens may submit proposals on their own behalf. Non-U.S. citizens, even permanent residents of the U.S., are not eligible. Artists who are students at the time of the application deadline are not eligible.

Creative writing, dance, theatre and film all fall outside of the Foundation's purview.

If the Foundation sees that the artist has already achieved a certain amount of prominence and recognition because they have (1) presented their work at venues such as major museums, art centers, international biennales, (2) received multiple notable awards and grants, (3) enjoy the representation of a prominent commercial gallery, the Foundation would likely not consider them to be “under recognized” by the field.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit an online application for the 2019 grant cycle is April 19, 2019 11:59PM Pacific.

To apply, a $15 application fee is required.

Grant decisions are usually announced no later than December 1.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Julie Deamer, Director

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