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Emergency Grant for Curators

Grant to a USA Curator or Art Historian for
Emergency Support Related to COVID-19/Coronavirus

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Kinkade Family Foundation (KFF)

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Grant of up to $5,000 to a USA or Territories individual curator or art historian for emergency support related to COVID-19/Coronavirus. Funding is intended to assist with the development of projects that promote artwork of contemporary and experimental nature. Grants specifically support projects that shed light on the world during this time of darkness. Priority will be given to curators who have a venue secured for their project and are greatly impacted by COVID-19.

KFFs Emergency Panelists will consider the urgent nature of each request, the opportunity for which the curator is applying for funding, the impact an Emergency Grant would have on the curators ability to carry out the project, the clarity of the written request, and the strength of the work samples submitted.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188569

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

One-time grant

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The grant is available to curators who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories. If you aren’t sure if your discipline fits within these guidelines, please contact the grants administrator.

In addition:
- Applicants must be living in the United States or U.S. territories and have a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN, or other).
- Applicants must have committed performance or exhibition opportunities and be able to provide a specific time window at the time of application.
- Applicants must be a curator or art historian with a track record of producing scholarly curatorial projects.

Artists are not eligible to apply.

Emergency grants do not support:
- Projects that are to open after December 31st, 2020, project that have already happened, reimbursement incurred for past projects
- Life-related emergencies such as food, rent, medical bills, childcare, and other basic necessities
- Reimbursement for expenses that you have already incurred
- Projects with no scheduled exhibition or performance dates
- Fees for participation in a residency program, or other educational and artistic development opportunities.
- Deposits and registration fees for participation in an exhibition, fair, or other presentation opportunity
- Projects taking place in commercial gallery spaces
- Requests to attend, present at, or organize professional training, workshops, lectures, symposiums, conferences, or competitions
- Students (high school, undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., doctoral candidates, and any other students enrolled in any degree program
- Production of CDs, albums, or music videos

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted immediately and through April 12, 2020. KFF’s panel will meet in the middle of April.

KFF reviews applications received within a shorter timeline, but please keep in mind that you may not hear back from KFF until May. Applicants should not request more funding than needed.

All applicants will receive notification of the panel's decision following the panel meeting. Grant checks are mailed to awardees within four weeks of approval. KFF has a small Programs team that is responsible for reviewing all Emergency Grants requests. KFF appreciates applicants refraining from calling with phone inquiries.

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

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