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New Work Project Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits
for New Artistic Works by Under-Recognized Visual Artists

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Harpo Foundation

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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to support the creation of new work by under-recognized visual artists. A letter of inquiry is due April 13, 2018. Applications will be evaluated based on the quality of work and the potential to foster aesthetic inquiry.

Harpo focuses on supporting the development of visual artists. Creative writing, dance, theatre and film all fall outside this focus. However, a proposal with an interdisciplinary approach may be considered as long as it has a strong visual art component.

The Foundation considers proposals that directly support the production of new work by visual artists and/or collaborative teams who are under-recognized by the field. This production may happen in the context of an installation, public intervention, residency, or exhibition.

Project grant funds must be used for costs in direct support of new work by the proposed artist, including artist honorarium.

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GrantWatch ID#: 180967

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The average grant is $6,000 and grant amounts do not exceed $10,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects funded during the 2018 funding cycle should be completed by September 2019.

Projects that are scheduled in 2018 but happen prior to the foundation’s notification date may be eligible for funding on a retroactive basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New Work Project grants are made to nonprofit organizations in support of new work by under-recognized artists 21 years or older.

Organization Eligibility:

-Tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations: Presenting venues and hosting organizations may only submit one application a year; Fiscal sponsors may submit proposals on behalf of more than one artist a year.

-Institutions in countries outside of the United States are eligible but if awarded must be prepared to supply the foundation with a legal affidavit written in English qualifying its tax-exempt activities and structure.

-To curtail redundant applications, Organizations must notify artists they plan to propose in their New Work Project Grant applications. If an artist intends to apply for a Direct Artist grant, the organization should not submit a proposal on behalf of that artist.

To determine whether an artist is “under-recognized” the Foundation looks at an artist’s resume and overall presence in the field. If the Foundation sees that the artist has already achieved a certain amount of prominence and recognition because they have (1) presented their work at venues such as major museums, art centers, international biennales, (2) received multiple notable awards and grants, (3) enjoy the representation of a prominent commercial gallery, the Foundation would likely not consider them to be “under recognized” by the field.

As a general rule, the Foundation prefers funding to go toward providing opportunities and encouragement to artists who have yet to receive this level of support.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants apply through a 2-step process:

-Step One: Submit a Letter-of-Inquiry through our online application system. The deadline to submit a Letter-of-Inquiry for the 2018 grant cycle is April 13, 2018.

-Step Two: Applicants who advance to step two will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 8, 2018. Full proposals will then be due on June 29, 2018.

Please note: A $15 application fee is required.

Grant decisions are usually announced no later than December 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 at the bottom of the page:

Julie Deamer, Director

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.