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Grants for Artists and Photographers by Innovative Grants

Call for Artists + Photographers – $550.00 Innovate Grants

Deadline: March 18, 2021 11:59pm PST

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2021 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit https://innovateartistgrants.org

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We’ve simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

How to Apply:

Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at https://innovateartistgrants.org

Explore the work of past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at https://innovateartistgrants.org


Deadline 3/18/2021
Contact Name Innovative Grants
Contact Email [email protected]

NYFA | Final Cycle of the Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts

Cycle open from Wednesday, November 18 through Monday, December 14; arts educators, arts publication editors, and arts curators now eligible to apply.


New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) will open the fourth and final cycle of the Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts on Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00 AM EST. For this final cycle, NYFA is extending the eligibility categories to include:

  • Arts Educators: within the fine art and art history fields, specifically non-tenured, adjunct professors and lecturers in colleges, universities, as well as art educators within museums, art foundations, and other cultural organizations.
  • Arts Publication Editors: who have a clear track record of contributing to arts publications.
  • Arts Curators: who have a clear track record of making regular, curatorial contributions.

In May, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Teiger Foundation, and the Cy Twombly Foundation partnered to establish an emergency relief grant program to provide aid to Tri-State non-salaried workers in the visual arts who have experienced financial hardship from lack of income or opportunity as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. The aim of the fund is to support the behind-the-scenes arts workers whose jobs vanished during lockdown and continue to be cancelled or postponed today.

Who Can Apply

The Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts will distribute one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 each to freelance, contract, or non-salaried:

  • Archivists
  • Art Handlers
  • Artist/Fine Art Photographer’s Assistants
  • Cataloguers
  • Database Specialists
  • Digital Assets Specialists
  • Image Scanners/Digitizers
  • Registrars
  • Arts Educators
  • Arts Publication Editors
  • Arts Curators

All applicants will need to show documentation of lost work or opportunities as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic from anytime during the period of March 1 to December 14, 2020.

Applicants must be current residents of Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York and have a sustained commitment to their field of visual arts work for a minimum of three years (since 2017).

Grant Timeline

Application Opens: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM EST
Application Closes: Monday, December 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
Applicants Notified: Friday, January 15, 2021

Application Link

The application is available at apply.nyfa.org/submit.


Read our FAQs. If your question is not answered there, contact [email protected].

If you need resources, please check our Emergency Grants page on NYFA’s website. We are updating it regularly as new funding comes in. Find out about additional awards and grants here. Sign up for our free bi-weekly newsletter NYFA News to receive announcements about future NYFA events and programs.


Deadline 12/14/2020
Contact Name New York Foundation for the Arts
Contact Email [email protected]

2021 Poet Laureate for Westchester County

Westchester County Executive George Latimer today joined in partnership with ArtsWestchester to announce a competitive call for an inaugural Poet Laureate position for Westchester County for the 2021-2022 term.  Westchester’s Poet Laureate candidate will be an advocate for poetry and the literary arts, have significant personal poetic work and will encourage the community to engage with poetry by creating and leading activities that inspire writing and poetry performances among all age groups while initiating a dialogue between local poets, cultural organizations, and community institutions.

How do poets apply?  The Open Call for applications for the 2021-2022 Poet Laureate is now active, with a deadline of November 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. The Poet Laureate’s two-year term is set to begin January 1, 2021, and continue through to December 31st, 2022.

Applications are ONLY accepted through ArtsWestchester’s grant site through: submittable.

Applicants must be 25 years of age or older, must have resided in Westchester County for two years prior to application, during the time of application, and for the duration of the appointment, and must have past work that is of high artistic quality (demonstrated by journal publications, chapbooks, books, audio or video). Full eligibility requirements and terms are here.

The selected Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term and receive an honorarium of $1,250 per year to fulfill the post’s duties. Additional funds of up to $500 will be available for materials and other approved costs associated with the community engagement programs the Poet Laureate facilitates.


Deadline 11/20/2020
Contact Name Lauren Brady
Contact Email [email protected]