call for artists: imaginative and direct small grants

July 25, 2007 § 3 Comments

In an attempt to move beyond the typical protocol of grant applications, several folks have come up with some brilliant alternatives. Instead of applying to a large corporation, non-profit or government agency, with these grants, you pretty much apply directly to one or a few people. Seeking to minimize bureaucracy and heirarchy, their application process is direct and straightforward: you tell them about your project, how much it will cost, and they quickly decide who gets the grant for that cycle. Got an idea? Submit it to these revolutionary folks . . .

Josh Greene at Service Works – he’s a waiter and artist who will grant one person a month his tips from one night of work

Carla Williams and Deirdre Visser at Cadre – they collect $10 donations from people to fund two projects a year; to apply, you have to donate $10

Damali Ayo at NOW Art Grants– funds work that engages dialogue about current social issues; includes three months mentorship by damali ayo and a second mentor who has specific experience in the project field

Have you heard about other projects like these? Tell me so I can pass on the information.


§ 3 Responses to call for artists: imaginative and direct small grants

  • labotanica says:

    hey thanks for this posting. i’ve been thinking about starting a small grant project through labotanica, kicking it off with my own money. this is a nice reminder to just make it happen. im also taking serious note of the jerk tofu and collard greens. and i see that u gave props to sekou sundiata i actually just included him on my blog after reading in the nytimes. what a force…

  • lara says:

    It’s great that you are stirring up some of your own projects. Let me know what I can do to spread the word, etc.

    as for the tofu and greens . . . definitely make it. they were sooo good.

    and, of course, sekou sundiata . . . i really can’t believe it. he was truly a talent, and i think a kick in the butt for all of us to remember to do what we are here to do now instead of waiting for later.

    in peace…

  • chintia says:

    Hi there,
    Thanks for this blog.
    I will push my organization, EYA (Emerging Young Artists), toward this idea. I think for many emerging artists, alternative grant application is the best way to go!


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