The Idea Fund Round 14 Applications Are Now Open!
Application Deadline: November 16, 2020

Apply Now!

(Houston, TX, September 21, 2020) - The Idea Fund, a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks in partnership with Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announces it’s fourteenth round of funding for artist-generated and artist-centered projects that will be realized in 2021.

The Idea Fund is committed to supporting cultural equity in the arts and has reimagined funding for 2020. Round 14 will support artist-driven projects with an emphasis on cultural and social equity. The application portal is now open and the submission deadline is Monday, November 16, 2020. For Round 14, The Idea Fund will award 12 visual arts project grants in the amount of $5,000 each for community-driven, collaborative, or social practice-based initiatives that contribute to local activism and movement-building through the arts in the Greater Houston Area.

This year’s Idea Fund seeks to support new projects developed by Black, Indigenous, and POC artists and encourages creative projects that raise awareness of local social and cultural issues, including, but not limited to anti-racism and systemic change in the arts, reparations, decolonization, Black Lives Matter, civil rights, and more. Round 14 envisions artist-led community projects across Houston that serve a dual function as COVID-19 pandemic relief and support for equity and representation of the diverse perspectives of artists and collectives throughout Houston's creative economy. While Round 14 grants are project-based, when developing their budgets, applicants are encouraged to consider their own needs and the needs of their community and potential collaborators, in addition to direct production costs.

Individual artists and collectives are eligible to apply. Applicants are invited to attend one of three online Info Sessions to learn more about the application process and how The Idea Fund supports Greater Houston Area artists. For more information and eligibility guidelines please visit

Application Timeline:
Application Portal is Now Open
Deadline: November 16, 2020, at 11:59 pm (CT)

Apply Now!
Grant Amount: $5,000

Geographic Eligibility: The lead artist must reside in one of the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller.

ROUND 14_Social Media_Flyer (1) (1)

Info Sessions
Monday, September 28, 2020, 6:00 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 1:00 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required
Tuesday, November 10, 2019, 4:00 PM, Via Zoom - Registration Required

The Idea Fund Awards 65-$1,000 Emergency Relief Grants to Greater Houston Area Artists

(May 13, 2020) The Idea Fund is pleased to announce that Emergency Relief Grants in the amount of $1,000 each have been awarded to 65 artists from across the Greater Houston Area. Applicants were required to demonstrate financial need, be a professional visual or multidisciplinary artist, and reside in one of the eight Greater Houston Area counties (Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Chambers, Liberty, or Montgomery).

The Emergency Relief Grant saw a diverse pool of applicants with visual arts-based practices living and working in the Greater Houston Area, including artists working in film and video, illustration, photography, installation, social practice, fiber, painting, performance, and sound.

About the Idea Fund's Emergency Relief Grant

The Idea Fund’s Emergency Relief Grant is conceived as an emergency grant to assist artists whose income has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including job cuts or furloughed employment; lost income from canceled exhibitions, performances, and lectures; and needed assistance with basic expenses such as food, rent, medical costs, and child care during this time. 

The Idea Fund Emergency Relief Grants are made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which has authorized its 16 Regional Regranting Partners across the nation to reallocate funds for emergency relief. For more information visit the Emergency Relief Grant section of our website. For additional resources and relief support please visit our list of city, state, and national resources: The Idea Fund COVID-19 Resources and Relief List.