There is a huge amount of funding out there for artists. Many of these resources are connected to state funding institutions and universities though there are several private organizations and corporations who are know for their support of artists. Julia Galloway has assembled an extraordinary list of granting agencies and some quality advice. While much of what is found in Julia Galloway’s Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans is aimed toward ceramic artists alone, the information and advice she offers about finding and writing grants is applicable for all disciplines. Read the article
Most grants for artists are specific project related grants. This means having to think ahead, visualize, plan and budget the project before you even start working on it. To complicate things even more, a lot of these grants want artists to find a sponsoring or partner organization to oversee your project. If your practice involves community or social practice- you will find a ton of grant money out there for you. If you are more object based, it may be a little more challenging to find grants that support you and your art making. There are very few no strings grants. However, they do exist and those tend to be very well funded. These grants like the Virginia Groot Foundation Grant and the Pollock Krasner Grant provide enough money to live on for a year. This kind of funding can allow an artist to step back from the necessary evil of having a job and to solely focus on making work. These types of grants are career making.