The Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support artists who are under recognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry to encourage new modes of thinking about art. We view the definitions of art and artist to be open-ended and expansive.

The Foundation’s grant program awards 7-10 grants annually.

Grants are made directly to artists to support their development through the program 'Grants for Visual Artists.' 

Grants are made to non-profit organizations in support of new work by visual artists through the program 'New Work Project Grants.'

The online applications for these grant programs are below.

New Work Project Grants are made to non-profit organizations in support of new work by under recognized artists 21 years or older.

Application Process and Deadlines

To apply, a $15 application fee is required. Fees are applied to grant administration and program development.  Applicants apply through a 2-step process:
Step One: Submit a Letter-of-Inquiry online starting February 26, 2020. In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the deadline to submit a Letter-of-Inquiry for the 2020 grant cycle has been extended by two weeks. The new deadline is April 24, 2020.

Step Two: Applicants who advance to step two will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 19, 2020. Full proposals will then be due on July 10, 2020.

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Eligibility

  • Tax exempt 501c3 organizations     
    • Presenting venues and hosting organizations may only submit one application a year
    • Fiscal sponsors may submit proposals on behalf of more than one artist a year
  • Institutions in countries outside of the United States are eligible but if awarded must be prepared to supply the foundation with a legal affidavit written in English qualifying its tax exempt activities and structure
  • To curtail redundant applications, Organizations must notify artists they plan to propose in their New Work Project Grant applications. If an artist intends to apply for a Direct Artist grant, the organization should not submit a proposal on behalf of that artist.

Criteria

Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under recognized by the field.

Proposals

The foundation considers proposals that directly support the production of new work by visual artists and/or collaborative teams who are under recognized by the field. This production may happen in the context of an installation, public intervention, residency, or exhibition.

Funding and Reporting

Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors, following review of applications by independent professional advisors. Awards are made of up to $10,000.  The number of awards is determined each year by the annual granting budget. Project grant funds must be used for costs in direct support of new work by the proposed artist, including artist honorarium. All projects funded during the 2020 funding cycle should be completed by September 2021. 

Projects that are scheduled in 2020 but happen prior to the foundation’s notification date may be eligible for funding on a retroactive basis.

A report detailing how funds were used is due within 10-months of receiving funds.

Notification

Grant decisions are usually announced no later than December 1.

Questions

Please visit our questions page. 

The Grants for Visual Artists award provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older. 

Deadline

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the deadline to submit an application for the 2020 grant cycle has been extended by two weeks. The new deadline to submit an application for the 2020 grant cycle is May 1, 2020 11:59PM Pacific.

Application Process and Deadline

To apply, a $15 application fee is required. Fees are applied to grant administration and program development.

Applicants must use the foundation’s online application system to submit the following:

  • Artist resume
  • Artist statement (200 words)
  • Work samples (up to 10)

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Eligibility

  • Self-defined under recognized visual artist 21 years or older
  • United States citizen
  • Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program are not eligible.
  • Not a previous recipient of a direct artist grant from Harpo. Artists who have been supported by organizational grant from Harpo in the past are eligible to apply for a direct grant.

Criteria

Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under recognized by the field.

Funding and Reporting

Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors, following review of applications by independent professional advisors. Awards are made of up to $10,000.  The number of awards is determined each year by the annual granting budget. Grants are made to support the development of artists’ work and a grantee may use their award to support any activity toward that purpose.

A report detailing how funds were used is due within 10-months of receiving funds.

Notification

Grant decisions are usually announced no later than December 1.

Questions

Please visit our questions page.