Professional Development for Artists – Individual Artist Grant

Grants to West Virginia Individual Artists
for Artistic andCareer Development

GrantWatch ID#: 174689
Agency Type:


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

10/01/17 Postmarked

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Grants of up to $2,500 to West Virginia emerging and professional artists to enhance their artistic skills and share their expertise. This program assists individual artists in expanding, improving, or enhancing their work by attaining the support and skills needed to develop a thriving arts career or arts-based business.

This program provides 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

First time applicants may request up to 75% of project costs, not to exceed $2,500; all other applicants who have previously received funding through the Professional Development for Artists and Artisans grant program may request up to 50% of project cost, not to exceed $2,500.

Projects may occur between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018.

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

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

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.

Complete the application and submit to the selected round; deadlines represent a postmark deadline. If the postmark deadline for a grant program falls on a weekend, the postmark deadline moves to the first following work day.

Round One - For projects occurring between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018:
-February 1: Application Deadline
-March: Panel Review held
-July: Notification of Award

Round Two - For projects occurring between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018:
-October 1: Application Deadline
-November: Panel Review held
-January: Notification of Award

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.

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, ext. 152

Submit your completed package to:

West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Attention: Elizabeth Yeager
The Culture Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300

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