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Individual Artist Fellowship Program

Fellowships to Alabama Individual Artists for
Media Arts, Crafts, Visual Arts, and Photography

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Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA)

Deadline Date:

03/01/19 4:45 PM Submission


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Fellowships of $5,000 to Alabama individual artists in recognition of artistic commitment and excellence. Funding is intended to support the artist's professional development, career advancement, art creation, and enhancement of artistic skills. Eligible categories include the visual arts, photography, media arts, and crafts.

Cash awards are made to individual artists in the visual arts based on merit of work, career achievement, career potential and service to the state. This component provides awards to recognize artistic excellence as well as professional commitment and maturity and to contribute to the further development of the artist and the advancement of his or her professional career. Applicants are encouraged to be as specific as possible about the proposed use of Fellowship funds in order to illustrate the seriousness of their professional intent. Quality of work and professionalism as determined by samples of work and narrative are particularly important.

Each year, up to two fellowships are awarded in each of three catergories: Visual Art, Craft, and Media/Photography.

- Visual Arts includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, book arts, and experimental and conceptual approaches.

- Craft includes work created using clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, plastic, wood, or mixed media.

- Media Arts and Photography includes film, audio and sound installations, video, experimental technology and work created using computers or other digital technology as the primary expressive vehicle.

Recipients may use funds to set aside time to create art, improve their skills or to do what is most advantageous to enhance their artistic careers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177549

Number of Grants:

Each year, up to two fellowships are awarded in each of three categories; Visual Art, Craft, and Media/Photography.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Council awards Artist Fellowships of $5,000 for Alabama artists.

Term of Contract:

The grant period runs from October 1 to September 30. All grant activities must fall within this time frame.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


Fellowship applicants must be legal residents of Alabama for a minimum of two years prior to the application deadline, and are expected to maintain residency during the grant award year (Oct. 1-Sept. 30).

Fellowships do not require the recipient to undertake a project or service.

The Alabama State Council on the Arts does not fund:

- Interest on loans, fines, penalties, and/or litigation costs
- Expenses incurred prior to October 1 or after September 30 of the current grant year
- Investments of any kind
- Indirect costs

This program does not provide funding for academic study in pursuit of a college degree.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submitting an application is March 1.

All applications must be submitted by 4:45 p.m. on the due date to meet the 5:00 p.m. submission deadline. If the deadline date falls on a weekend or state holiday, the application is due by 5:00 p.m. the next business day. If you are unsure of an application deadline, please contact a program manager.

Submission of the electronic form is the first part of a two-part application process. Applicants must submit their application electronically through the eGRANT system and then physically mail in a disc with ten samples of work and supporting materials. The ten samples should be of the highest quality work that you have completed in the past five years. You may also include an artist statement/explanation of process not to exceed one page in length. Samples of work, certification page with original signatures, and supporting materials must be received in the ASCA office within three days of the online application deadline. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you want your submission materials returned.

Organizations or individuals who are applying to the Council for the first time are encouraged to submit a draft version of their application to be reviewed by staff. Draft applications should be submitted for review no later than three to four weeks prior to the deadline date.

It takes approximately three months between the time an application is received by the Council and the time the applicant is notified of final action. Award letters and contracts are usually issued within two weeks after the full Council approves grants recommended by the Grants Review Committee.

Grantsmanship is a major factor in a favorable review of proposals. While an application might be technically eligible, budget errors, unaddressed evaluation criteria, non-descriptive narratives, or a failure to itemize expenses and income, etc. may result in a negative evaluation and no funding.

An individual may submit only one fellowship application during the year. Applicants who have not received a fellowship are encouraged to apply again. Artists who have previously been awarded a Fellowship are eligible to apply for a second Fellowship six years after their first Fellowship. After an artist has received two Fellowships, they are no longer eligible to apply.

The Council strongly encourages all applicants to contact the office to communicate with staff before completing the online application.

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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.

Online application portal:

Wanda DeJarnette, Grants Officer
334-242-4076 x 239 or 334-242-5139

Vinnie Watson, Grants Assistant

Alabama State Council on the Arts
201 Monroe Street, Suite 110
Montgomery, AL 36104-3721

P: (334) 242-4076, ext. 250
F: (334) 240-3269

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USA: Alabama