Grants to Individuals

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Guidelines and seek counsel from a program manager prior to submitting an application.

Artist Fellowship

Deadline to apply: March 1

The Council awards Artist Fellowships of $5,000 for artists working in crafts, dance, design, media/photography, music, literature, theatre, visual arts, and arts education.

Technical Assistance

This category provides support on a limited basis to individual artists who wish to develop marketing materials and/or to attend workshops/seminars geared toward resource development or perfecting a technique or style of work. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to seek counsel from a program manager prior to submitting an application. Approval from a program manager must be given before an application can be considered for funding.

Folk Arts Apprenticeships

Deadline to apply: September 1

Apprenticeships are cash awards generally not exceeding $3,500 made to master folk artists who are willing to teach students their art traditions. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to seek counsel from a Folklife Program Manager prior to submitting an application. Please note that this request cannot be submitted electronically. Click here to learn more.

Projects & Residencies for Individual Artists

An arts project or school residency by an individual artist may be funded through an organization or school, which acts as fiscal agent and administers the grant. Successful applications will show considerable planning and collaboration between the artist and the supporting organization and school. For school residencies, both the artist and the supporting organization are encouraged to seek counsel from the Arts in Education Program Manager prior to submitting the application.