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Grants to USA Nonprofit Visual Arts Organizations for General Operations

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Incubator Grant

Visionary Initiatives in Art (VIA) Art Fund and Wagner Foundation


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #185411

Grant Description

Grants to USA small nonprofit arts organizations to support general operations. Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to applying. Funding is intended for a wide range of activities, initiatives, and programs that promote the arts across the country. Funding may also be directed toward a specific initiative.

The fund aims to build a robust and inclusive national arts ecosystem by awarding unrestricted funding to small-scale nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, with a particular focus on regional diversity.

Proposals considered for the Fund include local art spaces focused on production and exhibition; artist residency programs; online or print discursive platforms; and curatorial or artists’ initiatives. The Funds seeks to support small visual arts organizations whose activities are rooted in programs, platforms and/or initiatives that embrace innovation, progress, and risk; who champion new, diverse and/or overlooked artistic voices; who attract and serve expanded audiences; and who cultivate new avenues of thought leadership.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria
• Incubator Grants may be awarded to U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit visual arts organizations. Organizations or artists’ initiatives that do not have 501(c)(3) status may submit an application through a fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor must submit the grant application.
• VIA does not award grants to international entities within the Incubator Grant Fund.
• In some cases, VIA will consider grant requests for funding from start-up organizations, or artists’ initiatives at a nascent stage of development. However, the organization must demonstrate clear objectives and robust engagement with diverse constituents.
• Organizations with an annual operating budget of up to $2.2 million are eligible to apply for a grant.
• Incubator Grant Fund recipients may not apply for renewed funding at the conclusion of their grant period.
• Organizations that were invited to submit an application, but were unsuccessful in a previous cycle must wait two years before submitting another LOI.

Pre-Application Information:

2023 Award Cycle:
- Letter of inquiry deadline: December 15, 2022
- Invitation to submit full application: February 15, 2023
- Application deadline (by invitation only): March 15, 2023
- Grant award notification: June 2023

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Each year, five organizations will receive a grant.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are awarded in the amount of $40,000, dispersed in two $20,000 installments.

Term of Contract:

Two years

Contact Information:

Submit the LOI in a single PDF file to grants@viaartfund.org.

For questions, contact grants@viaartfund.org.

VIA Art Fund
8 Newbury Street, 7th floor
Boston, MA 02116
617-379-3494
info@viaartfund.org

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