Foundation for Contemporary Arts (NY), National Call for Applicants: Emergency Grants

Foundation for Contemporary Arts (NY), National Call for Applicants: Emergency Grants

Deadline: Ongoing

In keeping with Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, applicants must demonstrate that their artistic practice falls within this context. Created in 1993, Emergency Grants provides prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who:

  • Have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding
  • Incur unexpected or un-budgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates

Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Grants range in amount from $200 to $2,500.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be living in the United States or U.S. territories and have a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN)
  • Applicants must have committed performance or exhibition opportunities, providing specific dates at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be individual artists, or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible to apply.
  • Students (high school, undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., doctoral candidates, and other students enrolled in any degree program at the time of application) are not eligible to apply.
  • Successful applicants to the Emergency Grants program may not reapply for three years from the date of their past award.
  • Similarly, Grants to Artists recipients may not apply for three years from the date of their award.
  • Applicants may not reapply for a project for which they have previously been denied.

Emergency Grant applications are reviewed mid-month, every month by a volunteer committee of established artists. We recommend applying within 6-8 weeks of your performance or exhibition date. You should apply no sooner than 8 weeks prior to when funding is needed, due to the program’s last-minute focus.

If you require funding in six-eight weeks, you may submit an Emergency Grants application without timeline confirmation.

If you require funding in less than six weeks, you may optionally contact FCA before submitting for confirmation that your timeline falls within a month’s grants cycle.

If you require funding in less than two weeks, please contact FCA prior to applying to confirm we are able to consider your application in the upcoming panel meeting.

For full details, guidelines, and link to apply:

About: In 1963 Jasper Johns and John Cage established the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts based on the belief that visual artists – painters and sculptors – were sufficiently concerned about the state of the performance arts – dance, theatre and music – enough so to donate artwork to benefit performing artists. Marcel Duchamp, Ellsworth Kelly, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Saul Steinberg and Andy Warhol were among the sixty-seven artists who contributed to the Foundation’s historic first benefit exhibition—the first fund-raising benefit of this kind. Proceeds from sales enabled the Foundation to launch a significant program of assistance to performing artists who were engaged in work of a contemporary nature. To date, over 900 visual artists have supported the Foundation’s grants programs with major gifts of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints contributed for benefit exhibitions held over the years.

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