October 2021

Funding Fridays #2

This month's list includes 12 13 grant opportunities, five of which take applications on a rolling basis, and seven with application deadlines in October and early November 2021.

Please note:

  • A running summary of this series is available on our Resources page.

  • Grants that take applications on a rolling basis are listed in alphabetical order, while those with deadlines are listed in ascending order by deadline.

  • To see details for each listing, click on the listing's down arrow. Listings that don't note an open date are open as of the publication of this post. All information provided with each listing is taken from each grant's website and current as of the publication of this post. For a grant's most current and accurate information, visit its website by clicking on the grant title.

  • Hello Barkada is not affiliated with any grants listed. Also, this is not an exhaustive list of grant opportunities for this time period. This post is intended to serve as an additional resource to your individual efforts to find grant opportunities.

  • Our next edition will be published on the first Friday of November.

Do you have a tip on a grant? Let us know by sending an email with the subject "Grant Tip" to contact[at]hellobarkada.org.

This list was updated on October 18 to list the Shearing Fellowship.



The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency GrantOpen to artists around the world

Amount(s) rewarded. Up to $15,000; most typically $5000

Application fee. NA

Who's eligible. The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. An artist must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of their work. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking.

Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism Open CallOpen to artists around the world

Amount(s) rewarded. $500–$5000

Application fee. NA

Who's eligible. The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ) is an experimental grant-making program that supports artists and artist-journalist teams producing innovative and revelatory journalistic work for major media outlets. The funds distributed to artists will assist with research, travel, and other expenses many media outlets struggle to cover, allowing stories that are often out of reach in today’s climate to be produced. Artists with longer-term, research-intensive projects are also encouraged to apply. Applicants must have an existing commission letter from an editor.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency GrantsMust reside in the United States or U.S. territories

Timeline tip. Best to start process at least eights weeks from when funding is needed

Amount(s) rewarded. Unclear. Please contact FCA's Program Assistant, Pooja Seshadri: grants@contemporary-arts.org

Application fee. NA

Who's eligible. Emergency Grants is a multi-disciplinary program that supports visual and performing artists whose work is of a contemporary, experimental nature. Artists who apply must:

  • Have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding.

  • Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.

Open 4CultureOutside of Seattle, anywhere in King County

Timeline tip. Best to start process at least six weeks from when funding needed

Amount(s) rewarded. $1500

Application fee. NA

Who's eligible. Projects created by or for audiences of underserved communities, or offers an innovative approach to the arts, historic preservation, or King County heritage and offers public benefit to King County residents and visitors.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation GrantOpen to artists around the world

Amount(s) rewarded. Up to $30,000

Application fee. NA

Who's eligible. The Foundation provides financial resources for visual artists to create new work, acquire supplies, rent studio space, prepare for exhibitions, attend a residency and offset living expenses. The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers.


Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants (Cycle 9) Must reside in the United States, the District of Columbia, a Tribal Nation, or a U.S. Territory

Deadline. October 4

Amount(s) rewarded. Up to $5000

Application fee. NA

Who's eligible. This program provides one-time grants for recent unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies to artists in financial need, practicing visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, and choreography. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Must be 21 years or older on the cycle’s deadline.

  • Have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or lower for an individual, or $150,000 for joint filers, averaged over the last two federal tax returns.

  • Medical emergency and treatment must occur in the U.S. (including D.C., Tribal Nations and U.S. Territories).

  • Demonstrate current and ongoing activity in your artistic discipline.

  • Not be enrolled in any degree-seeking program.

Make | Learn | BuildMust be headquartered/reside in Multnomah, Clackamas, & Washington counties in Oregon

Deadline. October 6, by 5:00 P.M. PDT

Amount(s) rewarded. $1500, $3000, $5000

Application fee. NA

Who's eligible. Artists and arts-based business/organizations in three categories:

  • MAKE: the creation of work in any artistic discipline.

  • LEARN: artistic or administrative learning, skill building, or professional development that improve your art practice or business.

  • BUILD: a transition or pivot for an arts business or operations, including purchase of equipment or staffing costs.

Foundwork Artist PrizeSee "Who's eligible" section for details on where an artist must reside

Deadline. October 10

Amount(s) rewarded. $10,000

Application fee. None, but $4 to subscribe to Foundwork in order to submit (if not already a Foundwork subscriber)

Who's eligible. Artists who are at least 18 years old, have a published artist profile on Foundwork, with at least 6 artworks published on their profile page during the judging period, who do NOT reside in the following countries, states, and/or provinces: Argentina; Arizona (US State); Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Cuba; Iran; Kosovo; Latvia; Macedonia; North Korea; Quebec (Canadian Province); Russia; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Sudan; Syria; and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Artist GrantOpen to artists around the world

Deadline. October 15

Amount(s) rewarded. $100, $500

Application fee. $25

Who's eligible. Visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture (of any type of material), ceramics, mixed/multiple medias, installation, and other new or alternative medias, and who are at least 18 years old.

Quick Grants from California HumanitiesMust be headquartered/reside in California

Deadline. October 18, by 5:00 P.M. PDT

Amount(s) rewarded. $1000–$5000

Application fee. NA

Who's eligible. Any California-based nonprofit organization or non-federal public agency is eligible to apply. 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 virtual and in-person community dialogues, reading and film discussion groups, oral history workshops, non-fiction workshops, speaker series, and many more activities based in humanities disciplines.

Pivotal FundMust reside in either Alamance, Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange, Randolph, or Wake Counties in North Carolina

Deadline: October 25

Amount(s) rewarded. $5000

Application fee. NA

Who's eligible. The Pivotal Fund seeks to fund visual artist-organized projects of high artistic merit and community impact. Ideal candidates will use grant funds to further their artistic practice, create opportunities for other artists, engage the broader community, and contribute to racial, disability, and queer justice.

The Samuel R. Delany FellowshipMust reside in the United States

Deadline: October 31

Amount(s) rewarded. $10,000

Application fee. NA

Who's eligible. Authors from a traditionally marginalized community currently working on a book-length work of speculative fiction or poetry.

Shearing FellowshipOpen to published writers around the world

Deadline: November 1, at midnight PDT

Amount(s) rewarded. $20,000

Application fee. NA

Who's eligible. For emerging and distinguished writers who have published at least one book with a trade or literary press.

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