The Idea Fund Round 15 Applications are Now Open!

Monday, November 15 2021, at 11:59PM (CST)

Apply Now!

Grant Amount: $5,000

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

All info sessions will be held online via Zoom. Registration is required to attend.
Monday, September 13, 2021, 1:00 PM CST
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 4:00 PM CST
Saturday, November 6, 2021, 6:30 PM CST HOW TO APPLY?
Applications must be completed online via Submittable.
The online application will prompt you to provide the following:
• Project Summary & Description (sample application)
• Resume/CV
• Budget & Budget Description (Download The Idea Fund Budget Template-Round 15, 2021)
• Five Work Samples

Work samples may be related to the proposed project or representative of previous works. The Idea Fund accepts the following work sample formats: jpegs, video links (via Vimeo), audio files, and Word documents (or PDFs). JPGs should be no larger than 1 MB.

Applicants must state how their project is related to contemporary visual arts.

If you are having trouble with the application and or need assistance on how to submit please feel free to contact: [email protected].

The Idea Fund supports individual artists, artist-curators, collectives, or collaboratives. Round 14 will prioritize perspectives of Black, Indigenous, and POC artist-driven projects in the Houston region. If applying as a group, the collective or collaborative can be long-standing or created specifically for the project. The lead artist must reside in one of the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller. WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS WILL BE FUNDED?
Round 14 will support artist-driven projects with an emphasis on cultural and social equity and continues our mission to support artist-generated or artist-centered projects that exemplify unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices within the Greater Houston community.

Project activities must function primarily within, or have a strong connection to the visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, social practice, performance, film/video, photography, textiles, ceramics, cross-disciplinary, public art, new media, and digital processes etc.)

All proposals are evaluated based on the following criteria:

• The artistic and creative strength of the proposed project
• The overall vision of the applicant(s)
• The capacity of the applicant(s) to realize the project
• The accessibility of the resulting project to the public as either an in-person and online event, project, program.
• The project’s demonstration of community support and commitment to serving a local constituency

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of jurors composed of artists and arts professionals.

The Idea Fund is committed to new, risk-taking forms that help to define new practices in contemporary art. A panel of professionals will select between 12 projects submitted by individual artists, curators, performers, collectives, or collaboratives that must be completed by December 31, 2021. .

Attend an information session, download a Sample Application and a Budget Template.