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Fulcrum Fund

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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516 ARTS and Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Deadline Date:

08/01/18 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. Previously funded activities have included a new exhibition or exhibition series, ongoing work of an experimental 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.

In accordance with the mission of 516 ARTS to forge connections between art and audiences, the Fulcrum Fund seeks to support artists and projects that generate meaningful shared experiences and are created in a collaborative spirit.

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.

The Fulcrum Fund is expressly interested in visual art including: public art projects/site specific installations, the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts including printed matter and online publications, artist residencies, film screenings, curatorial projects and exhibitions that highlight unconventional artistic practice, workshops, multimedia, video and photo projects.

Equipment purchase or rental can be included as an expense in the project budget as a part of a larger project; however, applications submitted for the sole purpose of acquiring equipment will not be considered.

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.

Projects that seek to expand their reach or are considered “ongoing” can be considered. Keep in mind that the Fulcrum Fund will not allocate resources to finished projects or support individuals looking to document pre-existing or finished projects.

If your project requires you to compensate your collaborators, participants or yourself, you should include artist fees in your budget.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170644

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Funding will be awarded to between 6-12 applicants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Fulcrum Fund grants are for non-501(c)3, self-organized artistic activity that has a public component.

Artists and collectives whose work centers around visual arts and who are based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque (including Santa Fe) are encouraged to apply.

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-Application Information:

Additional funding sources are welcome, but not required.

The Call for Proposals opens April 1, 2018, and the deadline is August 1, 2018, 11:59 PM.


Application Information:

Contact Information:

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

Completed applications must be emailed to with “Your Name, Fulcrum Fund Submission” in the subject line.

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)