How to Apply for Art Grants

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If you’re an artist, you don’t need us to tell you that the last couple of years have been tough for arts and culture. Yet despite these challenging times, arts and culture added $876.7 billion, or 4.2 percent, to the national GDP in 2020!

We believe that the concept of the struggling artist has had its day. It’s time for artists to be recognized for the huge impact their work can have on communities. And Art Grants for creators are a great way to collaborate with nonprofits and get rewarded.

Let’s look at how you can apply for art grants that benefit everyone.

What Are Art Grants?

Art grants are a way to bring together artists and nonprofits in a mutually beneficial way. Artists are often asked or even expected to give their talents for free to support worthy causes. Yet, at the same time, they need to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.

Art grants allow artists to devote time to nonprofit projects that benefit communities while ensuring they get remunerated for their work. It’s also a great way for artists to raise their profile.

The Application Process

Grants help to connect artists with nonprofits looking to raise their profile through art. The first consideration for an artist is the scope of the grant.

Are You Eligible?

All grants will have certain criteria. For example, they may stipulate that creators are not currently working with other nonprofits to be able to apply. Others may only allow applications from creators in a particular age bracket. 

What Is the Nonprofit Looking For?

Nonprofits that award grants will normally set pretty strict criteria for grant applications. So look out for the focus of the project, such as:

  • Is it for a particular socio-economic group? 
  • Does it focus on a geographical area?
  • Is it a vehicle for a fundraising program?
  • Does it need to include audience participation?

These details can help you craft an application that will meet the brief and is more likely to secure funding.

Craft a Tailored Portfolio

As part of your application, you’ll need to submit details of your previous work. This will usually be in the form of high-resolution images of completed projects. You will also be asked to provide a description of each piece along with your intention for it.

You’ll also be expected to provide a biographical sketch to help the evaluators understand your unique perspective.

Application Evaluation

Normally, an expert panel will confidentially evaluate each application before making the final decision. The panel may consider areas such as:

  • Artistic merit
  • Artistic excellence
  • Nonprofit priorities
  • Viability of the project

If you’re eligible, take your time to put together the best application you can. A successful grant application could be the first step to raising your profile and may open up new opportunities in the future.

Access Art Grants from Causability

Causability is a crowdfunding platform. We’re focused on connecting supporters with the causes they care about.

We offer collaborative creator grants of $2,500 to artists to develop a specific art program with a nonprofit organization. These grants are currently geographically limited to the Oklahoma County, OK, and Dallas County, TX areas.

If you’re ready to apply for a Causability grant, click here to start the process today!

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