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Fulcrum Fund

Grants to Albuquerque Area, New Mexico Artists
and Collectives for Public Art Presentations

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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516 ARTS and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

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Deadline Date:

08/11/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 to Albuquerque Area, New Mexico individual artists and collectives for the presentation and development of artist-led visual arts programs and projects that will be accessible to the public. Funding is intended for a variety of projects, such as a new exhibition or exhibition series, ongoing works of an arts venue or collective, a public art project, a one-time event or performance, publications directly related to the visual arts, an online project, an artist residency, a series of film screenings, and more.

The Fulcrum Fund awards are intended for artists expressly working in the visual arts. Works and projects created with, and involving performance or media are eligible provided visual art is a major portion of the finished project. Prospective artists are encouraged to apply for funding in support of projects that embrace experimentation and utilize innovative, risk-taking approaches that seek to expand conceptions regarding contemporary visual art production in the greater Albuquerque area.

This program serves as an essential support structure to enable artists to expand existing work and pivot in new directions in creating and showcasing projects that inspire curiosity, engagement and dialogue. The Fulcrum Fund is a springboard for artistic processes that are adventurous, experimental and forward thinking, while celebrating projects that do not fit into the traditional museum and gallery systems.

You may apply for general operating expenses for a new or existing art space. Examples of general operating expenses associated with the launch of a new arts space or the support of an existing arts space include: rent, utilities, artist/designer fees, materials, supplies, administrative fees and promotional materials.

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GrantWatch ID#: 170644

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Number of Grants:

Funding will be awarded to between 8-20 applicants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

You may request any amount between $2,000 and $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Recipients will have 1 calendar year from the date of award notification to complete their projects and public event. Projects must be completed by October 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Fund grants are for individual artists for the creation and support of self-organized artistic activity that is accessible to the general public. Artists and collectives whose work centers around visual arts and who are based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque (including Santa Fe, Española, Grants and Socorro) are encouraged to apply.

New to 2019: While jurors have typically acknowledged artists that work collaboratively, beginning in 2019, the Fulcrum Fund will consider projects carried out by a sole individual. Therefore collaboration among more than one person is no longer a required.

Students who are currently enrolled during the grant cycle, commercial businesses and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are NOT eligible.

Commercial businesses and nonprofit organizations are NOT eligible.

US citizenship is not required, but the artist/lead organizer must have a social security number in order to receive payment of the award. Additional collaborators and/or participants do not need to be U.S. citizens or have social security numbers.

Not Eligible: Projects for which the lead artist lives outside of the 80-mile radius of Albuquerque, an individual artist’s studio practice, projects that are a part of a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization’s programming, projects proposed by students, and projects that do not have a public component will not be considered.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Info Sessions for artists will be held on:

Saturday, May 18, 10am-noon
516 ARTS in Albuquerque

Saturday, July 13, 2-4pm
Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) in Santa Fe

These sessions provide an overview of the program, eligibility requirements, examples of selected proposals from previous years’ grant recipients, and instructions on how to develop project budgets.

There is also an Application Lab Session for those who need help filling out the online form on Saturday, August 3, 10am-noon at 516 ARTS.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submissions is August 11, 2019, 11:59 PM. Applications are only accepted online through the platform “Submittable.”

- Submissions open: April 11
- Submissions close: August 11
- Recipients announced: September 1
- Funding dispersed: September 1-7
- Projects completed: October 1, 2020

Additional funding sources are welcome, but not required.

Additional information and FAQ:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Claude Smith, Fulcrum Fund Program Manager

516 ARTS
516 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico: Within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque (including Santa Fe)

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