The deadline for The Idea Fund Round 10 application is MONDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2017.
What types of projects will be funded?
The Idea Fund is committed to new, risk-taking forms that help to define new practices in contemporary art. A panel of professionals will select between 12-14 projects submitted by individual artists, curators, performers, collectives or
collaboratives that must be completed by December 31, 2018.
Who can apply?
The Idea Fund supports individual
artists, curators, collectives, collaboratives or partnerships. If
applying as a group, the artistic group can be long-standing or created
specifically for this project; however, the lead member of the group
must be living and working in the greater Houston area.
Review Process and Selection Criteria
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
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.
Please keep in mind that The Idea
Fund favors projects that exemplify unconventional, participatory or
social practice, conceptual, innovative or entrepreneurial, or activist
artistic practices that occur outside of the traditional frameworks of
support. Works that are eligible for conventional sources of funding are
highly unlikely to be awarded.
What kind of projects are eligible for funding?
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
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
A temporary public art project
Site specific installations
Audio, video and photo projects
Interdisciplinary, emerging fields and new media projects
What kind of projects will not be funded?
Projects proposed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Projects in which the lead artist lives outside of Houston
Projects in which all artists reside outside of Houston
that do not have a public component (i.e., projects which do not involve
the public via process, production, or presentation)
Projects that are not accessible and presented to the public
Projects that do not exemplify innovative practices in contemporary art
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions that are not addressed below, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Rachel Cook, TIF Administrator, at 713.223.8346.
When does my project have to end?
Your project needs to reach some sort of conclusion by Dec. 31,
2018. This means you need to have an exhibition, performance, opening,
workshop, etc. by Dec. 31, 2018.
Where do I submit my application?
I’m a Houston artist, but I want to work with some artists or do some of my project outside of the city, can I still apply?
please note, that something (an exhibition, a performance, a workshop,
etc.) MUST happen in the greater Houston-area. The Houston artist must
also be the lead artist. We also would prefer that you remain living in
Houston during your project.
When will I find out if I got the grant?
How many project proposals can I submit?
submit as many as you like. Groups or collectives can submit one and
each member can submit multiple individual projects. Just note that the
likelihood that a project with the same lead artist of a
group/collective and an individual project to be funded is slim. But if
the projects are compelling then they can both be funded. This is up to
the decision of the panel of jurors.
If you have questions, please come to an information session. For more information, check out some of the previously funded The Idea Fund projects. If you have questions about whether your proposal is eligible for The Idea Fund, please email email@example.com or contact Rachel Cook, TIF Administrator, at 713.223.8346.