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Incubator Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofit Visual Arts Organizations for
General Operating and Specific Project Support

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Foundation / Corporation

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Visionary Initiatives in Art (VIA) Art Fund and Wagner Foundation

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Grants of up to $40,000 USA to small and medium-size nonprofit arts organizations for general operating and specific project support. Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to applying. Funding is intended to support visual arts organizations that promote progress and innovation; that present diverse and under-represented artistic voices; that attract and serve expanded audiences; and that cultivate new avenues of thought leadership. Proposals considered for the Fund include local art spaces focused on production and exhibition; artist residency programs; online or print discursive platforms; and curatorial or artists’ initiatives.

Core Values and Assessment Criteria
I. Artistic Production: The Foundation champions the production of new work – from creation to exhibition, documentation, and dissemination – that reflects artistic excellence and innovation.
II. Thought Leadership: The Foundation supports the work of both established and emerging voices in contemporary art that bring new knowledge and dynamic avenues of understanding to the field. The creative output of these thought leaders generates entry points for dialogue and collaboration and fosters vital intellectual exchange.
III. Public Engagement: The Foundation promotes work that penetrates social, cultural, geographic, and economic barriers to inspire and educate diverse and expanded audiences. These initiatives act as platforms for inquiry and investigation, generating meaningful collective experiences for the public.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185411

Number of Grants:

Five organizations will receive support each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $40,000, which will be disbursed in equal installments of $20,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The Incubator Grant Fund provides two-year support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Incubator Grants may be awarded to U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit visual arts organizations. Organizations or artists’ initiatives that do not have 501(c)(3) status may submit an application through a fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor must submit the grant application on behalf of the applicant, and must assume the role of grantee if the application is successful.

VIA will consider grant requests for funding from independent entities, start-up organizations, or artists’ initiatives at a nascent stage. However, the organization must demonstrate clear objectives and robust engagement with diverse constituents.

Organizations with an annual operating budget of up to $2.2 million are eligible to apply for a grant from the Incubator Grant Fund.

VIA does not award grants to international entities within the Incubator Grant Fund.

Incubator Grant Fund recipients may not apply for renewed funding at the conclusion of their grant period.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Inquiry (LOI) will be accepted on a rolling basis between January 1 to May 10, 2019. Should your proposal advance, you will be contacted with an invitation and further instructions on how to submit a formal Incubator Grant Fund application. If you do not hear from the Foundation within 4-6 weeks, your proposal has not advanced to the next round.

Dates & Deadlines 2019
- January 1 – May 10: Open rolling acceptance of LOI’s
- May 30: Deadline for invited applications
- November 15: Grant award notification
- November 30: Grant distribution

Contact Information:

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

Please submit your LOI in a single PDF file to

VIA Art Fund
83 Newbury Street, 4th floor
Boston, MA 02116

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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