Grants

Since 1986, Artist Trust has awarded more than $10 million in funding to artists in Washington State. In 2020, we quickly pivoted our programs to rapid relief and response, launching the Artist Trust COVID-19 Relief Fund. With this fund, we disbursed $700,000 to over 400 artists across Washington State. On March 5, we launched the second iteration of our relief fund. Applications for this new iteration are now closed. For this new phase of COVID-19 relief funding, through which we are able to provide at least 120 artists with $1500 each. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact COVID-19 Relief Coordinator Grace Nakahara.

We are also excited to introduce our refreshed grants schedule, which can be found below.

 

All Grants

Arts Innovator Award

Deadline: 03/08/2021

Amount Awarded: $25,000

Number of Awards: 2

Application Open: 02/01/2021

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 open.

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Twining Humber Award

Deadline: 06/28/2021

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Number of Awards: 1

Application Open: 05/24/2021

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: 06/28/2021

Amount Awarded: $3,000

Number of Awards: 3

Application Open: 05/24/2021

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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GAP Award

Deadline: 09/07/2021

Amount Awarded: $1,500

Number of Awards: 50+

Application Open: 08/02/2021

GAP Awards are merit-based grants of $1,500 open to Washington State artists of any discipline. GAP Awards support the development of new ideas and are intended to be a catalyst for the work of artists at critical points in their practice.

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Fellowship Awards

Deadline: 11/08/2021

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Number of Awards: 8+

Application Open: 10/05/2021

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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Recent Grants Recipients

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2020 Fellowship Awards
Sharma Shields
Spokane County
Literary
Amount Awarded: $10,000
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2020 Fellowship Awards
Anthony White
King County
Visual
Amount Awarded: $10,000
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2020 Fellowship Awards
Jaleesa Johnston
Skamania County
Multidisciplinary
Amount Awarded: $10,000
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2020 Fellowship Awards
Chris E. Vargas
Whatcom County
Multidisciplinary
Amount Awarded: $10,000
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2020 Fellowship Awards
Dan Friday
King County
Visual
Amount Awarded: $10,000
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2020 Fellowship Awards
Mary Ann Peters
King County
Visual
Amount Awarded: $10,000

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