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Awards to USA, Canada, and International Artists
and Writers with Children for Work of Artistic Merit

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

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Awards of $5,000 to USA, Canada, and International individual artists and writers with children to recognize works of artistic merit and support the continuation of their careers. These awards provide unrestricted cash and recipients may use the funding as they see fit. The selection will be focused almost entirely on the quality of the submitted portfolio.

Writers may apply in one of the following categories:

-Creative Nonfiction
-Early and Middle-Grade Fiction
-Graphic Novel
-Long Form Journalism
-Picture Books
-Young Adult Fiction

Visual artists may apply in one of the following categories:

-Book Arts
-Fiber Arts and Textiles
-Mixed Media

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175490

Number of Grants:

The Foundation will make awards to twenty artists and writers. Additionally, the Foundation will name ten award finalists.

Estimated Size of Grant:

This year, the Foundation will make awards of $5,000 each.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18.

Artists and writers with at least one child and a strong portfolio of polished work are welcome to apply.

The Foundation has no geographic restrictions on applicants. This applies both to U.S. citizens living abroad as well as to citizens of other countries.

The Foundation is inspired by anyone who is making creative work while raising a family. Given the intense demand for these awards, and the fact that the awards are based on demonstrated excellence in your discipline, the Foundation does not recommend that artists or writers who are just starting out in their creative careers apply to this program.

While the Foundation does not require that applicants have published or exhibited their work, the rigor and critique involved in that process can certainly benefit the portfolio. Portfolios of writing or artwork created in a more personal vein for sharing with friends and family are not suitable.

As of Fall 2016, the Foundation will make half of the awards to applicants of color.

At this time the Foundation is not accepting applications in the performing arts, film/video/tv (including screenplays), music, jewelry, pottery, and other crafts.

The Foundation does not accept portfolios of self-help books, motivational writing, travel and/or other kinds of guidebooks.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must supply samples of work created within the last 2-3 years. While you're welcome to make reference to older works, please know that you should only submit work produced since having children.

The application fee is $15.

-Application opens: July 25, 2017
-Deadline to apply: August 31, 2017
-Awards announced: November 16, 2017

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Contact Information:

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

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Sustainable Arts Foundation
1032 Irving Street #609
San Francisco, CA 94122-2200

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.