Grants

Since 1986, Artist Trust has awarded more than $10 million in funding to artists in Washington State. Our grantmaking programs recognize artists of all disciplines across Washington State ranging from small grants to develop artist projects to large grants that give artists the time and space to focus on their work

When COVID-19 hit, we heard from artists who were suffering immediate income loss. To best serve these artists in crisis,  we quickly pivoted our work to COVID-19 relief and have since distributed more than $620k in COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Funds to nearly 400 artists statewide.

To make this rapid relief happen, we put our merit-based grant programs on hold. But rest assured,  these programs have been resumed. The Arts Innovator Awards were announced August 17, 2020 and the Yvonne Twining Humber and SOLA Awards announcement took place on October 13, 2020. The Fellowship Awards panel will occur this winter, with recipients announced in February 2021. All applicants have been receiving direct communication from our staff with more details about these awards programs.

This page was updated on October 20, 2020.

 

All Grants

Arts Innovator Award

Deadline: TBD

Amount Awarded: $25,000

Number of Awards: 2

Application Open: TBD 2021

The Arts Innovator Award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. These unrestricted awards of $25,000 are given annually to two Washington State artists of any discipline who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks, and pushing the boundaries of their fields. Applications for this award are currently closed.

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Fellowship Awards

Deadline: TBD

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Number of Awards: 8+

Application Open: TBD 2021

Artist Trust Fellowship Awards are merit-based awards of $10,000 to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and ability residing in Washington State. These unrestricted awards are open to artists of all disciplines and are given annually to up to 8+ artists of in recognition of artistic excellence and dedication to their practice. Applications for this award are currently closed.

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Twining Humber Award

Deadline: TBD

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Number of Awards: 1

Application Open: TBD 2021

The Twining Humber Award is an unrestricted award of $10,000 given annually to a Washington State female-identified visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. The award is made possible by a generous gift from the painter Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004), who established the Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Fund for Artistic Excellence to support the grant through Artist Trust in recognition of female-identified artists who oftentimes must interrupt or postpone art-making in order to answer the demands of family life. The award recognizes artistic excellence, professional accomplishment, and longstanding dedication to the visual arts. Applications for this award are currently closed.

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SOLA Awards

Deadline: TBD

Amount Awarded: $3,000

Number of Awards: 3

Application Open: TBD 2021

The SOLA (Support Old Lady Artists) Awards are three unrestricted awards of $3,000 given annually to Washington State female-identified visual artists, age 60 or over, who have dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. The awards were created by artist Ginny Ruffner. Applications for this award are currently closed.

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Grants for Artist Projects

Deadline: TBD 2021

Amount Awarded: $1,500

Number of Awards: 50+

Application Open: TBD 2021

Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) Awards are project-based grants of $1,500 open to Washington State artists of any discipline. GAP Awards provide support for artist projects, including the development, completion, or presentation of new work. Funding may be used for artist fees, materials, equipment, space rental, travel for research, documentation, professional development opportunities, marketing & promotion, and many other needs related to your project. Applications for this award is currently closed.

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LaSalle Storyteller Award

Deadline: TBD 2021

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Number of Awards: 1

Application Open: TBD 2021

The LaSalle Storyteller Award is an unrestricted grant of $10,000 given to a Washington State artist engaged in storytelling through their artistic discipline. Applications for this award is currently closed.

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Recent Grants Recipients

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2020 SOLA Awards
Carol Gouthro
King County
Visual
Amount Awarded: $3,000
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2020 SOLA Awards
Barbara Sternberger
Whatcom County
Visual
Amount Awarded: $3,000
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2020 Twining Humber Award
Ross Palmer Beecher
King County
Visual
Amount Awarded: $10,000
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2020 SOLA Awards
Susan Bennerstrom
Whatcom County
Visual
Amount Awarded: $3,000
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2020 Arts Innovator Award
Degenerate Art Ensemble
King County
Performing
Amount Awarded: $25,000
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2020 Arts Innovator Award
Etsuko Ichikawa
King County
Visual
Amount Awarded: $25,000

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