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Professional Development for Artists and Artisans Grant Program - Individual Artist Application

Grants to West Virginia Individual Artists
for Artistic and Career Development

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West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) - West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA)

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $2,500 to West Virginia individual artists to expand, improve, and enhance their artistic work. This program is intended to enable artists to gain the skills and support required to develop art-based businesses and thriving arts careers.

Grants provide funding to support participation in professional development and skills-building activities, including structured courses, workshops, trainings and unique internship programs.

Examples of Eligible Expenses:
-Fees associated with an exceptional opportunity for advanced study with a significant master or mentor (outside of a classroom setting and not related to any degree program)
-Travel expenses associated with an imminent, specific professional artistic opportunity, conference, seminar or workshop
-Tuition or registration fees for conferences, seminars, workshops and residency programs
-Materials and equipment to complete work for a scheduled gallery exhibition, performance, publication or unique artistic opportunity that will significantly advance an artist’s career

Examples of Eligible Activities:
-Attending professional development workshops, conferences or seminars, including travel, registration fees, meals, and lodging (outline of workshop curriculum required)
-Participating in self-designed apprenticeships/mentorships (letter of support, syllabus or curriculum outline and signed contract from master artist required)
-Learning to build and maintain a professional web site
-Purchasing new equipment (excluding computers except where a computer is the primary tool used)
-Remodeling or building a safe and energy-efficient studio

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174689

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests may not exceed $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Round One projects may occur between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Round Two Projects may occur between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are individual artists who are
-18 years of age or older
-A U.S. citizen
-A legal resident of West Virginia

Additionally, applicants must have:
-Resided in West Virginia for at least one year prior to application deadline
-Submitted all final reports in conjunction with previous WVDCH/Arts grants

Individuals are eligible for ONE Professional Development grant award per year

Ineligible Activities:
-Marketing/promotions of exhibits and shows
-Publishing and printing costs
-Royalty fees
-Space rental fees

Pre-Application Information:

First time applicants must provide a minimum of 25% cash match of total project costs; all previously funded applicants must provide a minimum of 50% cash match for total project costs.

Grant funds may not be released before the project date; all attempts are made to promptly deliver awarded funds, but applicant must be prepared to pay all project fees in full upon delivery of services.

Complete the application and submit to the selected round; deadlines represent a postmark deadline.

Round One:
-February 1: Application Deadline
-March: Panel Review held
-July: Notification of Award

Round Two:
-October 1: Application Deadline
-November: Panel Review held
-January: Notification of Award

Contact Information:

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

Elizabeth Yeager, Individual Artist Coordinator
304-558-0240, extension 152

The Culture Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300

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Geographic Focus:

USA: West Virginia