Ends on October 29, 2018

The deadline for The Idea Fund Round 11 application is MONDAY OCTOBER 29, 2018.

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 12-15 projects submitted by individual artists, curators, performers, collectives or collaboratives that must be completed by December 31, 2019.  

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 in one of the eligible counties: Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Chambers, Liberty, or Montgomery.

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.

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

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

A temporary public art project

Site specific installations

Web-based projects

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

Projects  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

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 info@theideafund.org or visit theideafund.org.