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Grants to USA Nonprofit Visual Arts
Organizations for General Operations

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

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Grants of up to $20,000 per year to USA small nonprofit arts organizations to support general operations. Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to applying. Funding may be used for multiple activities, initiatives, and programs that promote the arts across the Country. The VIA | Wagner Foundation Incubator Grant Fund provides two-year general operating support that may also be directed towards a specific initiative.

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 Foundation 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.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Incubator Grant Fund Core Values and Assessment Criteria (above) to determine the potential compatibility of their organization’s work within the Incubator Grant Fund’s parameters and grantmaking values:

Core Values and Assessment Criteria:

I. Artistic Production: The Foundation champions the production of new work – from creation to exhibition, documentation, and dissemination – that reflects artistic excellence and innovation.

II. Thought Leadership: The Foundation supports the work of both established and emerging voices in contemporary art that bring new knowledge and dynamic avenues of understanding to the field. The creative output of these thought leaders generates entry points for dialogue and collaboration and fosters vital intellectual exchange.

III. Public Engagement: The Foundation promotes work that penetrates social, cultural, geographic, and economic barriers to inspire and educate diverse and expanded audiences. These initiatives act as platforms for inquiry and investigation, generating meaningful collective experiences for the public.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185411

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $40,000, which will be disbursed in equal installments of $20,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The Incubator Grant Fund provides two-years of support. Incubator Grant Fund recipients may not apply for renewed funding at the conclusion of their grant period.

Additional 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.
- VIA will consider grant requests for funding from independent, start-up organizations, or artists’ initiatives at a nascent stage. However, the organization must demonstrate clear objectives and robust engagement with diverse constituents.
- Organizations with an annual operating budget of up to $1.5 million are eligible to apply for a grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Dates & Deadlines 2020:
- February 3: LOI Deadline
- May 11: Invitation-Only Application Deadline
- November 3: Grant Award Notification
- November 30: Grant Distribution

Organizations that were invited to submit an application, but were unsuccessful in a previous cycle must wait two years before submitting another LOI.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the LOI in a single PDF file to

VIA Art Fund
8 Newbury Street, 7th floor
Boston, MA 02116

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