The Idea Fund, a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks in partnership with Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announces its fourteenth round of funding for artist-generated and artist-centered projects that will be realized in 2021.

Round 14 will support artist-driven projects with an emphasis on cultural and social equity and continues our mission to support artist-generated or artist-centered projects that exemplify unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices within the Greater Houston community. The application portal is now open and the submission deadline is Monday, November 16, 2020. For Round 14, The Idea Fund will award 12 visual arts project grants in the amount of $5,000 each. Round 14 will prioritize perspectives of Black, Indigenous, and POC artist-driven projects in the Houston region.

Individual artists and collectives are eligible to apply. Applicants are invited to attend one of three online Info Sessions to learn more about the application process and how The Idea Fund supports Greater Houston Area artists. For more information and eligibility guidelines please visit the Grant Info section of our website and/or Frequently Ask Questions.


APPLICATION TIMELINE:

Application Portal is Now Open

Deadline: November 16, 2020, at 11:59 pm (CT)

Apply Now!

Grant Amount: $5,000

Geographic Eligibility: The lead artist must reside in one of the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller. 


INFO SESSIONS:

Monday, September 28, 2020, 6:00 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 1:00 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required

Tuesday, November 10, 2019, 4:00 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required


HOW TO APPLY?

Applications must be completed online via Submittable

The online application will prompt you to provide the following:

• Project Summary & Description (sample application)

• Resume/CV

• Budget & Budget Description (sample budget)

• Five Work Samples

Work samples may be related to the proposed project or representative of previous works. The Idea Fund accepts the following work sample formats: jpegs, video links (via Vimeo), audio files, and Word documents (or PDFs). JPGs should be no larger than 1 MB.

Applicants must state how their project is related to contemporary visual arts.

If you are having trouble with the application and or need assistance on how to submit please feel free to contact: info@theideafund.org.


WHO CAN APPLY?

The Idea Fund supports individual artists, artist-curators, collectives, or collaboratives with an emphasis on new projects developed by Black, Indigenous, and POC lead organizers. If applying as a group, the collective or collaborative can be long-standing or created specifically for the project. The lead artist must reside in one of the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller.


WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS WILL BE FUNDED?

Project activities must function primarily within, or have a strong connection to the visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, social practice, performance, film/video, photography, textiles, ceramics, cross-disciplinary, public art, new media, and digital processes etc.)

Here are some types of projects that have been awarded in the past and/or fit within our mission/vision:

  • The work of an individual artist, collective or temporary association of artists
  • A project of a temporary or permanent artist-run space
  • Curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice
  • An exhibition that has a strong public component(i.e., projects which involve the public via process, production, or presentation)
  • Publications of creative writing, including printed matter, and online publications
  • A public event, performance, or intervention
  • A screening, lecture, or workshop series
  • Site-specific installations
  • Web-based projects
  • Audio, video, and photo projects
  • Online/virtual engagement.
  • Social practice-based projects
  • Community events

Projects must adhere to Covid-19 safety precautions and restrictions to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved; this includes wearing masks, providing space for social distancing, and limiting groups to the size authorized by the Texas Department of Health and Houston’s Mayor’s Office. 


HOW WILL PROJECTS BE REVIEWED? 

All proposals are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The artistic and creative strength of the proposed project
  • The overall vision of the applicant(s)
  • The capacity of the applicant(s) to realize the project
  • The accessibility of the resulting project to the public as either an in-person and online event, project, program.
  • The project’s demonstration of community support and commitment to serving a local constituency

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of jurors composed of artists and arts professionals.


ABOUT THE IDEA FUND AND REGIONAL REGRANTING PROGRAM:

The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks in partnership with Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 

The Idea Fund provides grants for artist-generated or artist-centered projects that exemplify unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices. In response to the COVID-19 crisis in spring 2020, The Idea Fund shifted it’s Round 13 awards from project grants to emergency relief grants, awarding 65 $1,000 grants to artists in need across the Greater Houston Area.

The Idea Fund is one of sixteen re-granting programs developed and facilitated by organizations in Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Portland (ME), and San Francisco, that provide grants for the creation and public presentation of new work. The Warhol Foundation’s Regional Regranting Program, launched in 2007, by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar, and self-organized artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program reaches a sizable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives, and supports their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events, and other projects. Together, this network of programs has funded more than 800 artists' projects.

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