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Joyce Awards

Grants to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
Organizations and Artists of Color for New Collaborative Projects

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Grants of $75,000 to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin arts and community organizations and artists of color in eligible locations for new collaborative projects. Applicants must register one week prior to submitting a letter of inquiry. Organizations must be located in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, or Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Each award supports an artist in the creation and production of a new work and provides the commissioning organization with the resources needed to engage audiences, new partners, and their surrounding communities at large. Past Joyce Awards have spanned visual, performing, and multi-disciplinary arts and have fostered exciting, new collaborations between artists, institutions, and communities. A distinct feature of funded projects is the requirement that artists and host institutions include a robust community engagement strategy in their project plan.

Hallmarks of past Joyce Award recipients include artists whose work:

  • Demonstrates artistic excellence as well as new thinking or approaches while being firmly grounded in the history and evolution of an art form and the discourse which surrounds it;
  • Is as artistically and intellectually relevant to the current moment and historical legacies in the place of commission as it is rigorous;
  • Engages with and is informed by the stories and concerns of diverse communities, including communities of color;
  • Creates opportunities for community access and learning from the ideation stage through the culminating production; and
  • Will have a culminating and tangible program, product or process. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 180457

Estimated Size of Grant:

Of the $75,000 Joyce Award, the artist(s) must receive at least $25,000 as a stipend while the collaborating commissioning organization receives at most $50,000 to use towards compensation of staff time, production costs, materials, participant stipends, and other expenses.

Term of Contract:

The Joyce Award period is from 12 to 18 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts or community-based organizations physically located or doing substantial work in the metropolitan areas of the six cities where Joyce Awards are made (i.e. Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, or Minneapolis-St. Paul), may submit an application.

Joyce Award applications may be submitted by artists living and practicing anywhere in the world, provided that they are proposing a collaboration with an arts or community organization located in one of six Great Lakes cities: Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, or Minneapolis-St. Paul. There is no restriction in regard to art discipline or medium. Artists must be commissioned by an unrelated entity – no self-commissions or commissions by an arts organization or company founded or run by the artist.

Artists who have received a Joyce Award in the past are not eligible to apply as a commissioned artist. In addition, organizations that have received a Joyce Award in the past may re-apply if proposing a commission with an artist who has never received a Joyce Award in the past.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications for the 2022 Joyce Awards will open on June 1, 2021.
- Registration for new organizational applicants is due by September 9, 2021.
- Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for the 2022 Joyce Awards will be accepted until September 13, 2021.
- Full proposals are due November 1, 2021.
- Winning applicants are notified in May 2022

New Joyce applicants who do not already have access to the Foundation’s grantee portal Fluxx will need to create an account and submit it for approval by September 9, 2021,* at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

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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The Joyce Foundation
321 North Clark Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60654


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USA: Illinois: Chicago;   Indiana: Indianapolis;   Michigan: Detroit;   Minnesota: Minneapolis-St. Paul;   Ohio: Cleveland;   Wisconsin: Milwaukee

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