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- What is the definition of an “artist” who is eligible to apply for
the Artist Outreach Project? I am not sure if I will qualify as an
The Foundation defines an “artist” as someone who has
been engaged as a writer, performer, musician, or visual artist with
some regularity and continuity over the years. The Foundation does not
require that applicants have been paid for their artistic endeavors.
- What artistic disciplines does the Artist Outreach Project support?
The artist outreach project supports artists pursuing projects with
underserved groups in the literary, performing, or visual arts. The
Foundation maintains a liberal definition of these art forms, and
considers applications from a wide spectrum of these art forms. However,
proposals primarily focused on sports activities such as surfing or
other therapeutic disciplines such as yoga or meditation will not be
considered for an Artist Outreach Grant.
- What groups qualify as “underserved” for the Artist Outreach
Groups and individuals of any age are underserved when
they lack opportunities to engage in therapeutic or educational arts
programs. Quite often, these groups or individuals lack access because
of economic, social, or other disadvantages.
- Does the Foundation prioritize specific underserved individuals or
groups for arts programming through the Artist Outreach Project?
No – The Foundation seeks to provide underserved groups of all kinds and
all ages with meaningful therapeutic or educational arts experiences.
- Can artists apply to work with more than one underserved group
and/or nonprofit organization?
Yes – Artists often apply to serve
more than one population and more than one nonprofit organization.
Applicants may be interested in serving diverse groups. Moreover, some
nonprofits are unable to accommodate a weekly commitment of six to eight
hours a week.
- Does the Foundation expect each artist to serve a minimum number of
people each week?
No – the Foundation expects each artist to
determine the number of people they would like to serve based on the
artist’s own interests and ability, and the nature of the project being
- Can I submit an Artist Outreach Project application if I am not
available to contribute six to eight hours each week?
Yes – The
Foundation awards smaller grants to artists who are interested in
contributing fewer hours.
- Will the Foundation accept my Artist Outreach Project application if
I am planning to take some time off for travel or other activities
during the year I plan to pursue my project?
Yes – The foundation
will consider applications from artists who plan to take time off for
part of the year. Plans for time away should be coordinated with the
nonprofit host and people being served.
- The nonprofit I am collaborating with would like the Artist Outreach
Project to provide funding for use of their space, additional staff, or
administrative overhead. Can I include these expenses in my proposal
No – The Artist Outreach Grant only provides
funding for supplies directly used by the participants artists serve.
Nonprofits are expected to contribute space, oversight, and access to
clients who will benefit from the artist’s services.
- I have been providing volunteer services as an artist to a nonprofit
organization for some time. Can I collaborate with this nonprofit and
apply for an Artist Outreach Project grant to pay for my time and
No – The intent of the Artist Outreach Project is to
provide artists with new opportunities to give back. However, you may
consider an Artist Outreach Project application with a different
nonprofit or another population that you have not had an opportunity to
- Will the Foundation accept an Artist Outreach Project application
from a nonprofit organization to support staffing for ongoing arts
No – the Foundation only accepts applications from
individual artists. However, nonprofits may encourage and collaborate
with artists to complete an application. Please note – the Foundation
will not accept applications from artists who are current staff, paid
consultants, or volunteers with the nonprofit. The Artist Outreach
Project is intended to provide artists with new opportunities to give
- Can I apply for an Artist Outreach Project grant to provide art
education in a school setting where young people now have limited access
to art education?
The Artist Outreach Project is not intended
to replace art education in public, charter, or private schools during
the school day. However, artists may collaborate with schools to
provide after-school arts experiences for children or families –
particularly in neighborhoods where few after-school opportunities
- What is the best way for me to submit my Artist Outreach
Artists may submit applications by U.S. mail, as
an email attachment, or by downloading the
- Can I mail in a handwritten application?
- Should I submit examples of my work with my application?
Artists are not required to submit examples of their work as part of
their application. However, the Foundation may request examples of work
during interviews with finalists.
- How will I know the Foundation received my application?
Foundation will send an email confirmation when the application is
received. Confirmations will be mailed to applicants without an email
- How will I know if I am chosen as a Finalist for the Artist Outreach
The Foundation will notify all applicants about the
status of their application by email or U.S. mail on or before the
application review deadline. Applicants will be notified if they have
been chosen as a finalist, if their application has been denied, or if a
decision has not been made about their application.
- How should I complete my budget? I am unsure about the number of
people I will serve and all of the materials I will need.
budget section is intended for the artist to provide an estimate of the
amount they anticipate to be reimbursed for materials over the course of
one year. Application reviewers understand artists may make an educated
guess about their budget. The average budget approved for supplies
reimbursement is $1,000 per year. Budgets will be reviewed and updated
with Finalists before grants are approved.