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Artistic Production Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, Artists,
and Cultural Institutions for Contemporary Arts Projects

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Visionary Initiatives in Art (VIA) Art Fund

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, artists, art production platforms, cultural institutions, festivals, and biennials for contemporary art projects. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support the production, exhibition, public dissemination, and institutional acquisition of innovative art projects and initiatives with far-reaching impact.

Artistic Production Grants are awarded to support new artistic commissions that take place outside museum or gallery walls, within the public realm, or in nontraditional exhibition environments. Funded projects will best exemplify the following core values:

I. Artistic Production:
VIA Art Fund champions the production of new work – from creation to exhibition, documentation, and dissemination – that reflects artistic excellence and innovation. When possible, VIA Artistic Production grants are made with the intention to gift the work to a US-based cultural organization, ensuring that VIA funded artworks live on to encounter new audiences under the stewardship of public institutions.

II. Thought Leadership:
VIA Art Fund 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:
VIA Art Fund promotes works that penetrate 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#: 179287

Estimated Size of Grant:

Artistic Production funding ranges from $25,000 to $100,000 (can be lower than $25,000) per project, with grants at the $50,000 to $100,000 level reserved for permanent or quasi-permanent / long-term installations, or newly commissioned works that may be gifted to a U.S. public collection. For production requests that are solely for exhibition purposes, grants are usually in the $25,000 to $50,000 range.

Term of Contract:

Fall 2019 projects must start after November 2019. Spring 2020 projects must start after May 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- VIA awards grants to artists, nonprofit organizations, cultural institutions, art production platforms, and biennials or festivals working in the field of contemporary art in the United States and internationally.
- VIA may also award artist-direct grants for the production of new work. The project must have a confirmed exhibition venue in the United States.
- If the project takes place in the United States, the featured artist(s) may be American or international. If the artist is international, then the project must take place in the United States. If the applicant is a nonprofit entity (American or international) applying for support for a project outside the United States, the proposal must feature the work of a U.S.-based artist(s) or curator(s).
- Organizations applying must provide proof of nonprofit status.
- Individual artists applying must provide supporting materials of confirmed exhibition/presenting venue.
- VIA does not fund museum or gallery exhibitions. Support is geared towards high-impact projects in non-traditional exhibition venues and those mounted in the public realm.

VIA accepts applications for collaborative projects. Applicants should decide which presenting organization will apply and select one point person for the Letter of Inquiry. In some cases, a direct artist grant might be more appropriate for multi-site projects, rather than a grant to a presenting organization.


Applicants who would like to apply with a project that features an exhibition within their institution’s galleries, as well as a public artistic component, are eligible to apply for funding if the public component (installation, intervention, performance, socially-engaged programming, etc.) is paramount and central to the proposed artist’s project. The VIA does not accept applications for artist talks or symposia organized as auxiliary events to accompany traditional exhibitions.

Pre-Application Information:

VIA Art Fund accepts Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) on a semiannual basis.


Fall 2019 Award Cycle:
- Letter of inquiry deadline: May 3, 2019
- Letter of inquiry notification: June 7, 2019
- Application deadline (by invitation only): July 5, 2019
- Grant award notification: October 15, 2019
- Projects must start after: November 2019

Spring 2020 Award Cycle (tentative dates):
- Letter of inquiry deadline: October 25, 2019
- Letter of inquiry notification: December 6, 2019
- Application deadline (by invitation only): January 3, 2020
- Grant award notification: April 18, 2020
- Projects must start after: May 2020

Letters of inquiry are due by 11:59 PM EST on the deadline date.

It is recommended that all previous applicants and grantees consult with VIA staff prior to submitting an LOI.

The application process for Artistic Production Grants unfolds in four stages:

1) If you are eligible for an Artistic Production grant then you may submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for either the fall or spring deadlines.
2) Projects of interest are invited to submit a formal application. Please note: VIA does not provide formal rejections at the LOI stage. If you are not contacted, then you may assume that your proposal was not advanced.
3) Applications from invited artists and organizations will be reviewed during the VIA's Partners Meetings.
4) Final award notifications will be sent and funds dispersed approximately three months after the initial application deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Letters of Inquiry, and all questions, should be submitted to:

VIA Art Fund
83 Newbury Street, 4th floor
Boston, MA 02116

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.