Grants & Funding

Listings for current visual arts grants and funding opportunities

  • The Steven Rubenstein Annual Scholarship Fund

    Deadline: April 30, 2017

    The Steven Rubenstein Annual Scholarship Fund

    To download the scholarship application, click here.
    Construct, Inc., announces its annual scholarship fund opportunity, The Steven Rubenstein Scholarship. The scholarship is derived from a gift of $10,000 from Kenneth and Francine C. Rubenstein of Great Barrington made in 2014 in made in memory of their son, Steven Rubenstein, who was Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Research Institute for Latin American Studies at Liverpool University (UK). The gift is awarded at a rate of $1,000 per year for ten years to eligible south county students living at 60% of median income or less who are studying in the fields of human services, anthropology, environmental science, women’s studies, Latin American studies, or whose studies will provide the opportunity to help people living in poverty and/or create a more just and peaceful world.

    The scholarship application deadline is April 30. The recipient will be notified by June 1 and the award will be given at Construct’s Annual Meeting on June 21. 

    Kenneth Rubenstein, a former member of the Board of Directors of Construct and past President, and his wife, Francine,  make this gift in memory of their son, Steven, with the hope that others are able to carry on the important work in women’s and Latin American studies that was his passion. Beginning in the 1980s, Rubenstein worked with the Shuar people of Ecuador, documenting and analyzing practices of healing, the circulation of shrunken heads, and the ways in which the Shuar reacted to colonization and increasing incorporation into Ecuadorian society. He frequently used life histories of individual Shuar people as a way to understand the political conditions facing the community. He was also known for his application of reflexive and even autoethnographic methods when writing about experiences of intimacy and vulnerability in ethnographic fieldwork.

    “We are so excited about being able to offer deserving students this opportunity. Steven Rubenstein spent his life trying to make a difference in the world. This scholarship fund is a perfect way to remember him and honor his life’s work. What more, it opens up the world of higher education to someone who might never have dreamed of going to college,” said Jane Ralph, Executive Director of Construct.

    Interested college-bound students may call at Construct at 413-528-1985 or email Jane Ralph at for further information. The application is also available to download at

    About Construct

    Construct began in the late 1960s as a local study group of clergy and lay persons that met to examine south Berkshire County community issues. Amid the prosperity of the Berkshires, group members soon identified affordable housing as a critical need. By 1970, the group had incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit under the name of Construct Inc., and continues to preserve and increase the area’s affordable housing stock.


    To provide comprehensive housing support, educational services and a continuum of related services to low to moderate income persons in the south Berkshire region in western Massachusetts.

    Service Area

    The southern Berkshire region, including Lenox, Lee, Richmond, West Stockbridge, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, Housatonic, Sheffield, Ashley Falls, Monterey, New Marlboro and Mill River, Otis, Becket, Sandisfield, and the border towns in Litchfield Country, CT and Columbia County, NY.


  • Teen Lounge Request for Proposals – Spring & Summer 2017

    March 6, 2017

    Teen Lounge at Fleisher Art Memorial is accepting project proposals from teaching artists for paid residencies. Teen Lounge provides young people with opportunities to work with experienced Teaching Artists from around the region. Participating teens evaluate proposals submitted by Teaching Artists through the RFP (Request for Proposals) process.

    The deadline is March 6th, 2017 for projects in April – August 2017We will be selecting eight visiting artists, who are compensated up to $600 for 4 sessions with a supply budget of $150. Artists will be asked to attend a proposal review fair to be scheduled for Monday March 13th 2017 from 4-5:30pm, to meet Teen Lounge students, who will then vote to select the artists they want to work with in the Spring & Summer terms. The workshops should offer young people, between the ages 13 and 18, exciting opportunity to be introduced to a medium or explore a theme of relevance to this age group. The workshop must be completed in 6-8 hours (3-4 sessions) maximum. Experimental workshop proposals are welcome and highly encouraged. The sessions will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:00 pm, and the Summer session time slot will be determined at a later date to align with Fleisher’s summer camp. Note: Up to 20 students attend our Teen Lounge daily, from a variety of levels in art making experiences. Please keep this in mind when designing your workshop.


    Proposal need to be submitted at:

  • Call for Artists: Mural Arts Program Artist Residency

    Deadline March 6, 2016

    Call for Artists: Mural Arts Program Artist Residency

    Mural Arts Philadelphia invites visual artists working in any medium to apply for the Tacony Library and Arts Building (LAB) 2017 Spring-Summer Artist Residency. This 12-week residency residency, housed in a storefront library on the Torresdale Avenue Commercial Corridor in Northeast Philadelphia, is a unique opportunity to combine personal practice, community engagement, and the creation of civically-focused public art. The Tacony LAB Artist Residency is open to visual artists based in the Philadelphia area with experience in public art and/or community engagement. Artists need not have experience in mural-making to be considered.

    The Tacony Community Development Corporation (CDC) has identified the creation of new street banners for Torresdale Avenue as a key 2017 development goal. The LAB’s 2017 Spring-Summer resident artist will create these banners in collaboration with community members. 


    The artist selected for the residency will have access to the LAB studio space for both personal practice and project creation; the space will be shared with LAB art classes and workshops.

    The artist will receive a total stipend of $4,000, in addition to full funding for materials and supplies associated with banner creation. The artist will be expected to spend approximately 15 hours per week on-site in the studio and the Tacony neighborhood. Some of this time will be devoted to engaging the community through weekly activities with youth and adults. The artist will develop these activities in collaboration with the LAB Project Manager and the library staff. The artist will also be expected to take part in LAB open houses, relevant community meetings, and similar events.


    Deadline: August 1, 2017


    FUTURE FRAMERS: Envision 2040

    F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2017

    F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2017 calls for proposals that help envision and frame the future. What voices, stories, platforms, food, services, or experiences are currently missing or hidden? Imagine and implement creative actions, events, and experiences. Explore alternative economies, architectures, or modes of transportation that might be present in 2040 and beyond. Reveal and connect people to the more-than-human environment. Transform the ordinary into the extra-ordinary. Think long term!  Proposals from artists, thinkers, organizations, and collaborative teams are welcome. Put creative thinking into practice. Give us a glimpse of what the future will be or could be. Help envision a sustainable world in the future!

    You and your collaborators do not have to live in Rockville to submit a proposal. Great sustainable vision in another place may fit perfectly in another place. Please consider the particular cultural and environmental make up of the site you envision for your proposal.  Projects that blend the human and non- human environment with practical, poetic, utopian, or idealist ideas will help frame, visualize, and shape the future. 

    Projects that may receive funding represent a diverse cross section of contemporary artistic, social, design and scientific practices. Performances, community events, visual, sonic, tactile, olfactory discoveries, documents, parades, paths, maps, participatory actions, poetic data analysis, interviews, stories, games… No project or medium is incongruous with F.E.A.S.T. We encourage artists, thinkers and organizations to move outside their everyday practice and produce work that encourages situations where interaction and participation are essential.  Frame the future!

    F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2017 (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) is a bridge between artists and the community.  F.E.A.S.T. is a public meal designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund projects that use art and creative thinking to impact the community. F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2017 will take place on September 24th on the Rooftop at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland, 11:30 to 4:00 PM. Patrons will give a donation for which they receive a meal of locally produced and prepared food and a ballot. Diners listen to and review a series of project proposals and converse with the artists and thinkers behind each idea. Attendees cast a vote for their favorite proposal, and by the end of the event, the artist who garners the most votes is awarded a grant comprised of the event ticket money. 

    F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts invites artists, thinkers, and organizations to submit proposals for funding up to $1,000. Project proposals will address the theme Future Framers: Envisioning 2040.  The deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. 

    F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts is based on F.E.A.S.T. in Brooklyn’s  ( model for sustaining artist projects directly through community participation and InCubate ( Another great resource: 

    Only complete proposals will be reviewed.  

    Only finalists will be invited to the F.E.A.S.T.  

    All applicants will be notified by September 1, 2017 if they are finalists.

    All finalists must be present at the September 24th F.E.A.S.T. to be eligible to appear on the ballot.

    Should you win a F.E.A.S.T. grant, you must attend the next F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts (2018) to discuss the progress of your project.

    No application fee. For more information and to apply:

    Questions or advice:  Feel free to contact

  • 2017 InLiquid Grants for Member Artists: Micro-Grants at Blick

    InLiquid is proud to announce year two of our partnership with Blick Art Materials to offer the InLiquid Microgrants Program, exclusively for our Artist Members. This is a special member benefit and is currently for those working on a project that will be publicly exhibited in 2017 (this can include exhibitions, public commissions, etc.). The purpose of this funding opportunity is to assist artists in covering necessary material costs (as funding will be awarded in the form of Blick gift cards, redeemable in-store only). All submissions will be reviewed by an Advisory Committee consisting of artists and professionals from the region’s arts and culture community (not InLiquid staff). The committee will meet quarterly.

    The requirements for this program are as follows:

    Micro-Grants will be awarded in the form of gift cards, redeemable in-store only at the downtown Philadelphia Blick location.
    • Applicants must be current InLiquid Artist Members.
    • Artist must complete and exhibit the proposed project in 2017, preferably in the Philadelphia region.
    • The Micro-Grant is not meant to fully fund a project, but instead assist in covering material costs.
    • Applications must be submitted online through the link provided. Please be prepared to include your materials list and budget.

    New this year, grant winners will be automatically entered for a chance to participate in an in-store demonstration series event at the downtown Philadelphia Blick. Demonstration materials needed will be provided by Blick. If selected, artists will be contacted directly with details.

    To be considered for an InLiquid Grant, please apply here:

    2017 Quarterly Deadlines

    First Quarter: February 17, 2017

    Second Quarter:  May 12, 2017

    Third Quarter:  August 11, 2017

    Fourth Quarter: November 10, 2017

    For inquiries, please contact Matthew.


  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: Making Israel Real


    A 2017 grant program of the Temple Judea Museum (TJM)through funding from the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia – Israel Engagement program.

    WHAT IS IT? A grant program open to professional artists in the Philadelphia region who have never visited Israel.

    PURPOSE: To help artists become familiar with the visual arts, artists, galleries, museums and creative milieu of Israel.

    HOW? Selected artists will participate in four seminar sessions at TJM spread over two Sunday afternoons: May 7th and May 21st from 12:00 – 2:30pm each day. A light lunch will be served.

    Grant leaders are Cheryl Harper and Rita Rosen Poley.

    Cheryl Harper is the scholar-in-residence for Making Israel Real. Both curator and artist, Harper organized many cutting edge Israel themed exhibitions, including the well-received multi-site project “LandEscapes” in 2002, and traveled to Israel to meet with curators and artists, making studio visits and the rounds to museums and galleries. While curator of galleries at the Gershman Y in Philadelphia, Harper’s Israel shows attracted consistent critical attention. She worked with Philadelphia, New York and Israel cultural attaches to bring these shows to Philadelphia. Her award-funded travel to Israel as an undergraduate affected her own artwork and laid the groundwork for her sustained interest in Israeli contemporary art.

    Rita Rosen Poley, Director and Curator of the Temple Judea Museum, Elkins Park, PA, since 1999, was Art Education Consultant for the Division of Community Services of Gratz College and art education lecturer there for fifteen years. She developed the Arthur and Rita Poley Gallery at Delaware Valley University, the first such gallery for on-campus exhibitions of college history. She developed and directed ENTOURAGE:Exhibitions, a national company for the travel of art exhibitions to small colleges and museums. She served on the committee for the development of the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center at Beth Sholom synagogue, and has reviewed grants for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. A practicing studio artist; she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Tyler School, TU. She has organized many exhibitions about Israel and has made more than twenty trips to Israel.

    HOW DO I APPLY? Send an up to date bio and ten images* of recent work – or send a connection to your professional website, along with a statement of no more than 500 words, detailing why you are interested in knowing more about the arts and artists of Israel and how such knowledge could be helpful in your art and/or community involvement. Send to *Send images of your art work in JPEG format as they can be easily compressed into small and manageable sizes without loss of detail. Label your images in numeric order and with titles: Example:  01_Name_Title

    1. Each participating artist will receive a $100 honorarium at the end of the four sessions.
    2. Participating artists may be invited to participate in a follow up exhibition.
    3. Each artist will receive a CD with images created specially for this grant.
    4. You do not have to be Jewish to participate.
    5. For more information, please email:

    The Temple Judea Museum
    Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
    8339 Old York Road, (SE corner Township Line Road) – Elkins Park, PA 19027

  • Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation – Grants to Representational Artists

    Ongoing / no deadline : The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation aids talented artists in the early stages of their careers by aiding worthy art students, artists, or sculptors who need further training or other assistance during their formative years. Awards are limited to candidates working in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture. Work must be representational or figurative – abstract or non-representational art is precluded by the terms of the Foundation’s Charter. The Foundation will not accept applications from commercial artists, photographers, video artists, filmmakers, craftmakers, or any artist whose work falls primarily into these categories. To be eligible for a grant candidates are required to have already started or completed training in an established school of art and/or to demonstrate, through past work and future plans, a commitment to making art a lifetime career. No geographic requirements. The Foundation welcomes applications throughout the year; there is no deadline for sending the application form. Each grant is $10,000 (Canadian). For more information, contact 1814 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite #1, Montreal, Quebec CANADA H3H 1E4 / telephone 514-937-9225 / fax 514-937-0141 or visit the website.

  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation’ Grants For Artists

    Ongoing: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation provides financial assistance to individual visual artists of established ability on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The Foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. Open to individuals who have been professional artists over a significant period of time and who work in any of the following media: painting, sculpture, and works on paper, including printmaking. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will consider need on the part of an applicant for all legitimate expenditures relating to his or her professional work and personal living, including medical expenses. The size and length of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist. For complete details, including application guidelines, visit

  • Craft Emergency Relief Fund Grants

    Ongoing : Craft Emergency Relief Fund was established to assist professional craft artists who have experienced a recent, career-threatening emergency. CERF emergency relief assistance includes small grants, no interest loans, access to resources, booth fee waivers and discounts on, and/or donations of craft supplies and equipment.The mission of CERF is to strengthen and sustain the careers of craft artists across the United States. CERF accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists, including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance. CERF also advocates for the interests of craft artists. For more information, visit the web site: