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SVArts Award Program

Awards to California Artists in Eligible Areas to
Recognize Outstanding Artistic Contributions

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Silicon Valley Creates (SVCREATES)

Deadline Date:

12/20/19 5:00 PM


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Awards of $5,000 to California artists in eligible areas to honor outstanding visual, performance, or literary contributions. The goal of the award program is to recognize artists who have positively affected the community and demonstrated a dedication to advancing their art forms. Eligible applicants must reside in the Santa Clara County area and have made a substantial artistic impact on the residents of Santa Clara County.

The purpose of the SVArts Award Program is to:

  • Recognize the artistic vibrancy and impact of our local artists
  • Provide monetary support to encourage continuing development of the artist’s work
  • Spotlight the important role individual artists play in contributing to a vital and creative community

The SVArts Award Program, including the SVLaureates and the Content Emerging Artist Award, awards unrestricted cash prizes to support artists while they pursue their creative work.

Artist Laureates (up to four awards): Laureates are typically mid-late career artists who have made significant advances in their work, have a clear mission for their artistic practice, and demonstrate leadership in their fields.

The SVArts application process has been simplified this year. Artist Laureate applicants may apply in their predominant area of artistic practice, within the categories listed below. Up to four laureate awards will be given, with the possibility of multiple awards given in one or more areas of practice.

  • Visual Arts: including two and three-dimensional work that is created in the studio or in community spaces; including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture in all media, photography, video, mixed/multiple medias, installation, new or alternative medias and social practice art.
  • Performing Arts: including art that is presented for an audience on a formal or informal stage. Applicants would include artists creating work that is developed offstage, backstage, or pre-performance (choreographers, composers, stage directors, stage/set/costume designers). Or performers themselves (dancers, actors, spoken word artists, instrumental/vocal musicians).
  • Literary Arts: all written literary art forms.

Content Emerging Artist Award (1 award): Recognizing early career artists in all genres. Emerging Artists are defined as:

  • Having some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment
  • Rigorous in their approach to creation and production
  • Having a developing voice that reveals significant potential
  • Taking risks and embracing challenges

Note: This program does not include architecture, landscaping, industrial/graphic/computer systems design, journalism/photojournalism, or other commercial activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179936

Number of Grants:

Artist Laureates: Up to 4. Content Emerging Artist: 1.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Five awards of $5,000 will be awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must:
- Be at least 18 years of age at the time of the application deadline.
- Spend at least ten hours a week on and derive income from the practice/creation of art.
- Have exhibited, performed, presented and/or published artistic work in a public context within the last three years.
- Be the principal creator/performer or the sole author of work(s) submitted.
- Be a resident of Santa Clara County or one of several bordering counties (Alameda, San Mateo, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties) for at least one year prior to the application deadline, AND can demonstrate through professional history that artistic activity has had significant impact on residents of Santa Clara County.

Applicant must not:
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student.
- Be a prior recipient of an Artist Fellowship or Laureate from SVCREATES or Arts Council Silicon Valley.
- Be a current or former employee or board member of SVCREATES/Arts Council Silicon Valley/1stACT Silicon Valley.

Pre-Application Information:

2020 SVArts Award Program applications will OPEN on November 1, 2019, and will be DUE by 5pm on Friday, December 20, 2019. Applicants will be notified of award decisions in March 2020.

Emerging Artist applicants only: submit one letter of recommendation from an arts professional who knows your work well.

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Contact Information:

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

To apply online, click here:

Please contact: Alyssa Erickson, Program Manager | 408-998-2787 ext. 204

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Santa Clara County, Alameda, San Mateo, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties.