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By Eddie Lu on January 10th, 2020

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Upcoming Grant Deadlines and Opportunities (1/10/20)

Fiscal Sponsorship | Grants

Every month we provide a list of upcoming grant opportunities for artists and arts-based projects. Here is the list for January 2020.

Indiana Arts Commission


The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is accepting applications for its Individual Advancement Program.


The Individual Advancement Program (IAP) provides support (up to $2,000) to Indiana artists for career development projects. Applicants must plan a project (or phase of a project) that is feasible within the requested budget and completed within the proposed timeline.

This Individual Advancement Program supports projects that have a positive impact on any phase of an artist’s career and directly benefits the public in Indiana and/or engages an Indiana community. Project proposals should focus on activities that support and enhance individual artist growth and should define clearly the relationship of the proposal to career development.

Because the Individual Advancement Program is so popular, the IAC only accepts certain disciplines per year. This cycle, they’re accepting visual arts (crafts, design, media arts, photography) applications.

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February 6, 2020


The Neon Museum Las Vegas

The Neon Museum is accepting applications for their National Artist Residency Program.


The Neon Museum National Artist Residency Program is designed to expand the interpretive potential of the museum collection while providing artists the opportunity to create new work in an unconventional setting. The residency includes a public program to engage the community and museum visitors, while providing exposure to new artists and a fresh perspective on the collection.

The selected artist, working in the fields of digital, performance or visual arts, will be sponsored and supported by the Neon Museum and will reside in Las Vegas, Nevada, for eight weeks over the summer from June 15 through August 7, 2020. The residency project is open to artists based in the United States over the age of 18.

The following is provided to artists accepted for participation in the Museum's National Artist Residency Program:

  • Honorarium
  • Accommodation and studio space
  • Access to onsite collection and archives
  • Curatorial support as needed
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Documentation

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February 7, 2020

The Harpo Foundation is accepting applications for their Native American Residency Fellowship.


This Fellowship program was established in 2011 to support the development of visual artists and the potential for inter-cultural dialog. Each year, the Foundation awards two residency fellowships to Native American visual artists at the Vermont Studio Center. Each Fellow receives a one-month residency, which includes room and board, a private studio, and a $500 travel stipend.

Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists’ and writers’ Residency Program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world. The Studio Center provides 4-12 week residencies on an historic 30 building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the heart of the northern Green Mountains.

Two fellowships are awarded annually to Native American visual artists who demonstrate:

  • Strong artistic ability
  • An evolving practice this is at a pivotal moment in its development
  • A practice that engages a dialogue between the artist’s indigenous world and
  • the surrounding culture

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February 15, 2020

Chicago Artists Coalition

Chicago Artists Coalition is accepting applications for their SPARK grants.


The SPARK Grant program offers twenty, unrestricted awards of $2,000 each to recognize exceptional artists working in Chicago and to support the advancement of their artistic careers. This grant is generously funded by the Joyce Foundation.

SPARK Grants are an annual, unrestricted award opportunity for Chicago-based visual artists who identify as ALAANA (Asian, Latinx, Arab, African diaspora, Native), an artist with a demonstrated need, an artist with a disability, or as a self-taught or informally trained artist who is striving to make their art practice a primary vocation.

Applicants must be:

  • A resident of the City of Chicago
  • At least 21 years old
  • NOT enrolled in a degree-granting program after June 2020

This application is open to visual artists that identify as one or more of the following:

  • ALAANA (Asian, Latinx, African diaspora, Arab, Native)
  • An artist with acute need (individual income less than $44,450/year, family income less than $63,200/year) facing urgent hardship
  • An artist with a disability
  • A self taught or informally trained artist: an artist who was not formally trained at an art school or degree-granting setting yet is committed to making their art practice a primary vocation

Ideal candidates show significant promise and dedication towards the advancement of their career as a practicing artist.

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Chicago, IL


February 16, 2020


California Humanities


California Humanities is accepting applications for its Quick Grants opportunity.


Humanities for All is a grant program that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects. This program responds to the needs and interests of Californians, encourages greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy.

Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) will be awarded three times a year for small-scale public humanities activities and projects that will take place within a one-year period from the award date. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation.

Appropriate formats include but are not limited to community dialogues, reading- or film-and-discussion groups, oral history or nonfiction writing or story-sharing workshops, and other types of activities. Any California-based nonprofit organization or non-federal public agency is eligible to apply.

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February 17, 2020

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is accepting applications for its Art + Technology Lab at LACMA grant program.


The LACMA Art + Technology Lab is designed to foster new work with financial and in-kind support for projects that engage technology.

The Lab is accepting proposals for artist projects with awards of up to $50,000 as well as in-kind support from the museum and private partners in technology and science. In addition to the grant, artists receive advice and assistance from the museum and from its technology advisors including innovation leaders from Hyundai, Accenture, Snap Inc., SpaceX, Google, Jet Propulsion Laboratories, and the MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative.

Grant recipients are encouraged to pursue new directions in their work that explore ideas in technology and culture. Preference is given to projects that are speculative in nature and provide opportunities for public engagement, through outputs such as performances, demonstrations, workshops, and research lectures. Recent endeavors have involved A.I., genetic engineering, and satellite technology.

Art + Technology Lab grants are open to individuals and collectives located anywhere in the world. Recipients need not be located in or near Los Angeles. The Lab welcomes proposals for projects that are presented outside of the bounds of the museum campus, including conceptual projects and projects that unfold in virtual, online, extraterrestrial locations.

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February 25, 2020


Creative Capital

Creative Capital is accepting proposals for their Creative Capital Awards.


Creative Capital’s venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Creative Capital Awards provide each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $50,000, for a total commitment of up to $100,000 per project.

Through funding, professional development, individual meetings with close colleagues, and consistent engagement with Creative Capital staff, artists are provided with the resources they will need at strategic moments in their process. These include: consultations with legal, financial, marketing, public relations, and web consultants; an orientation meeting, Artist Retreats and Regional Gatherings; ten meetings with a strategic planning coach; and much more.

Although most of the projects supported have a timeline of at least a few years, Creative Capital makes a commitment to work with artists for the time they need to get their project done.

To be eligible for a Creative Capital Award, an artist must be:

  • At least 25 years old
  • A working artist with at least five years of professional experience
  • A U.S. Citizen, permanent legal resident, or an O-1 Visa holder

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February 28, 2020

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About Eddie Lu

Eddie Lu is a dancer and musician from China, Taiwan, and California. In his role as Grant Coordinator, he supports the Fractured Atlas Programs Team in reviewing funding proposals from fiscal sponsees, communicating with funders, and coordinating internally between Fractured Atlas departments. Prior to joining Fractured Atlas, Eddie worked with several New York-based music education nonprofits in direct service, programming, and development roles, and founded a cultural diplomacy program that brought together experimental Chinese and American musicians for workshops, performances, and artist residencies. He is a strong advocate for creative empowerment as a solution to the most pressing issues of the 21st-century, including technology, education, and inequality. In his free time, Eddie enjoys dancing, making music, reading, and cooking.