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Creation Grant

Grants to Vermont Individual Artists and Artist Groups
for Financial Assistance to Produce Artistic Works

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Vermont Arts Council

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04/14/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of $4,000 to Vermont individual artists and groups of artists for financial assistance to produce new artistic works. Eligible disciplines include crafts and performing, visual, literary, media and design, and multidisciplinary arts. Emerging artists will be given special consideration.

Creation Grants support the creation of new work by Vermont artists. Creation Grants can fund time, materials, some equipment costs, and space rental for artists and artist groups.

These are examples of fundable projects:

  • A multimedia artist creating a new video series
  • A writer completing the first draft of a novel
  • A dance ensemble developing choreography for a new piece
  • A visual artist creating art for exhibition that explores new subjects and techniques
  • A musician composing music for a new album

Eligible expenses for this grant award are:

  • The artist’s time (and other artists’ time, if applicable) creating new work. This might include research, ideation/development, planning, and creation.
  • The cost of purchasing materials or equipment for the creation of the work. The grant award may not be used for more than $1,000 towards the equipment expense.
  • The cost of renting space outside of the artist’s home to create the work.
  • The cost of renting equipment necessary to create the work.
  • The cost of accommodations and accessibility related to the creation of the work. This might include captioning, ASL or other interpreters, large print, audio description, assistive listening system rentals, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180667

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant amount for this program is $4,000 per award. Grant amounts are dependent upon federal and state funding and subject to change.

Term of Contract:

Activities outlined in the project must take place between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual artists and artist groups may apply.

Individual applicants must:
- Be a resident of Vermont at the time the award is granted, and must have been a resident of Vermont for a minimum of one year prior to the application deadline
- Be eighteen years of age or older at the time of application
- Have submitted all required reports on any prior Council grants

Artist groups must have at least one member that meets all the above requirements who will serve as the lead applicant and project coordinator.

While all eligible Vermont artists are encouraged to apply for a Creation Grant, special consideration will be given to emerging artists in this grant round. Generally, emerging artists are defined as those who are at an early stage in their career development. Age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist. Emerging artists:
- Must be “active” or “practicing” artists (i.e., creating work regularly, rather than a few times a year).
- Should not have received major grants, awards, or other significant recognition (such as a solo exhibition) at this stage in their career. With regard to the Vermont Arts Council’s grant programs for individual artists, only Creation Grants are considered to be “major grants”.

Who May Not Apply
- Artists whose projects involve activities for which college credit is given
- Artists or artist groups that have received a Creation Grant within the past five years (FY2017; September 1, 2016 or after).

Grant funds may not be applied to any aspect of the public presentation of the work once the creation is completed.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Creation Grantseeker Workshop March 4, 3 p.m.:

Join Artist Services Manager, Dominique Gustin for an overview of the Creation grant program, guidelines and application process, followed by an end of session Q&A.

To register in advance:

Creation Grant Drop-in Q&A March 29 between 11-1 p.m.:

Working on your Creation Grant application and have a quick question? Drop in and chat with Artist Services Manager, Dominique Gustin, in this 2-hour virtual Q&A.

Join Zoom Q&A on March 29 (no pre-registration):

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline is is 11:59 p.m. on April 14, 2021.

Applicants will receive an email notification of their funding status in August 2021.

The Council welcomes conversations well in advance of your application.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For questions, contact:
Dominique Gustin

For technical issues relating to the online grant application, send an email to Meredith Bell at or call 802.402.4478 (voice and relay calls welcome).

Vermont Arts Council
136 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-6001

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