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Career Opportunity Grant (COG)

Grants to Alaska Individual Artists for
Travel Related to Professional Development

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Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA)

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Grants of up to $1,000 to Alaska professional artists to support career advancement in the literary, visual, traditional, or performing arts. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding will enable professional artists to travel to in-state, national, and international programs, seminars, or events, and other activities that will contribute to the strength of the artist’s professional standing or skill.

These cash awards help professional artists take advantage of impending, concrete opportunities that will significantly advance their work or careers. The awards are for unique, short-term opportunities that do not constitute routine completion of work in progress.

The Alaska State Council on the Arts intends to support a broad range of activities through this program. The following list does not include all possible opportunities available for support, but it does illustrate the range of activities for which artists can receive assistance:

-Advanced study with a significant mentor (not related to any degree);
-Travel associated with a career opportunity (computed at most economical and direct route)
-Contracting of professional services for a specific opportunity
-Rental of equipment, instruments, or working space for a unique artistic opportunity.
-Materials to complete work scheduled for a gallery exhibition, performance, publication, etc., that will have a significant impact on the artist's career
-Freight and shipping costs associated with an exhibition or presentation of applicant's work
-Travel to meet with a publisher after agreement has been signed to publish work

Review Criteria:

Artistic quality must be demonstrated by a work sample. If the artistic activity meets high standards of excellence, the application will be further reviewed according to the following standards:

-The merit of the proposed opportunity, determined by how the proposed activity relates to your professional development and its anticipated impact on your work or the development of your career. For arts administrators, the impact on your organization and/or community must be shown
-The financial feasibility of the proposal, demonstrated by a budget that realistically reflects costs associated with the project
-Previous contribution and involvement of the artist/arts administrator in Alaska based on resume

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176239

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request grants in variable amounts from $100 to $1,000 rounded to the nearest $100. Career Opportunity Grants will not exceed $1,000.

Awards in this category usually range from $300 - $1,000.

Term of Contract:

The Alaska State Council on the Arts operates on the State of Alaska fiscal year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30. All funds must be expended within the fiscal year the grant is awarded.

Activity must take place between the first of the month following award date and June 30 (end of State Fiscal Year).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Visual, literary, performing, and traditional artists with professional standing may apply.

Applicants must:
-Be an Alaskan resident
-Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
-Not be enrolled as a full-time student during the period of the grant
-Not have received a Career Opportunity Grant in the preceding state fiscal year (July 1 - June 30)

Career Opportunity Grants will not fund:
-Development of a body of work without a confirmed prior commitment for exhibit, publication or presentation
-Tuition, workshop fee, meals, lodging or local transportation

Pre-Application Information:

A career opportunity grant will provide not more than one half of the applicant's cash expenses.

First-time applicant must contact ASCA prior to applying.

Quarterly Deadlines:
-June 1
-September 1
-December 1
-March 1

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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.

Apply Online:

Andrea Noble-Pelant, Visual & Literary Arts Program Director

Alaska State Council on the Arts
161 Klevin Street, Suite 102
Anchorage, AK 99508-1506

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USA: Alaska