The Astraea Visual Arts Fund
Who: Contemporary lesbian visual artists working in ursculpte, painting, prints, mixed media, and works on paper
When: Date not available for 2013 yet
How Much: $2,500
Each year three grants are given, two of which are supported by an endowed gift from Joan Watts, a founding member and artist. Glittery portraitist Mickalene Thomas was a panelist for 2008/2009.
[Fine Print]: Candidates must show a commitment to social-justice feminism.
The Awesome Foundation For the Arts and Sciences
Who: The awesome amongst us
When: Awarded monthly. Applications are rolling.
How Much: $1,000
The Awesome Foundation is a loose network of small-time philanthropists who award $1,000 micro-grants to people with certifiably awesome ideas every month. Chapters consist of 10 trustees who each donate $100. The project can be artistic, scientific, and/or social in nature. Previous “awesome” projects have included a giant hammock in Boston, a mushroom farm made out of phone books in Ottawa, and a portable pipe organ.
[Fine Print]: None — this grant is that awesome.
College Art Association Professional Development Grant
When: Annually. Applications will be available in May.
How Much: $5,000
The College Art Association’s (CCA) Professional-Development Fellowships offers awards to aspiring artists and art historians currently enrolled in MFA and PhD programs. The transition from school to “the real world” can be tough. Fortunately, the CCA is there to cushion the blow with unrestricted grants of $5,000, free one-year CAA membership, and complimentary registration to the CCA’s Annual Conference where you can network with fellow strivers.
Notable Grantees: Mary Reid Kelley, LaToya Ruby Frazer
[Fine Print]: Applicants must receive their MFA or PhD degree in the calendar year following the year of application.