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Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and Museums to Purchase Artwork from State Artists

Alaska Art Fund (AAF)


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Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: Alaska

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/13/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $35,000 to Alaska nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal entities, and museums to purchase contemporary works of art by artists residing in the state. Funding is intended to strengthen museum collections of accomplished, practicing artists, thereby supporting local artists' livelihoods. The goal of the Alaska Art Fund (AAF) is to encourage museums to collect the work of living Alaska artists for their collections and commission public art from practicing Alaska artists. Only visual art will be considered.

Artwork must meet the mission of the museum and the specific goals and criteria stipulated in the applicant’s formally adopted collections policy. The program strongly encourages applicants to tie their purchasing goals very closely to the institution’s educational activities. For additional selection criteria, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications are accepted from qualified nonprofit, government, and tribal entities or equivalent organizations that hold collections in the public trust, such as a museum or cultural center. An institution’s qualified auxiliary or support group may act as the agent for purchasing if it is impossible for a museum to do so directly.

A museum must be qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code of 1986, and classified as (1) a public charity under Section 509(a) of the IRS Code or, (2) as a unit of government, in selected cases.

A museum must be able to professionally store and/or care for all works purchased.

The Alaska Art Fund does not fund overhead or indirect costs, including staff time, insurance, conservation, security, transportation, or travel.

Pre-Application Information
2023 Dates:

1st Cycle:
- Open: February 1, 2023
- Draft Review Deadline: March 1, 2023
- Close: March 17, 2023

2nd Cycle:
- Open: September 1, 2023
- Draft Review Deadline: September 29, 2023
- Close: October 13, 2023

There will be a rolling deadline between the two deadlines to allow organizations to purchase art on an emergency or time-sensitive basis. If there is a reason that the art you wish to purchase needs to be bought before the next grant cycle, you may apply to the rolling deadline. Please contact the Museums Alaska director before you apply to the rolling deadline.

During the rolling deadline, applications will be reviewed as received and every effort will be made to make a decision made within two weeks of submission. The rolling deadline will open on May 1, 2023, and close on August 4, 2023.

There is an optional grant review for those who would like help strengthening their application. To submit your application for optional grant review, fill out your application on the grant application website and choose the appropriate submit button at the end.

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Estimated Size of Grant
No more than $35,000 will be allocated to a single museum in the program year.

Term of Contract
Artworks must be purchased within six months of an award, unless the work is commissioned. For commissioned works, the artwork should be completed within a year of the award.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions, contact

Museums Alaska
625 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

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