Grants

Since 1986, Artist Trust has awarded more than $15 million in funding to artists across Washington State. The purpose of these grants is to invest in the Washington’s art community and support art at its source.

Artist Trust offers a variety of grants throughout the year which can be found below.

Current Grants

Open

Amount Awarded: $1,500

Number of Awards: 50

Application Dates: 8/2/2021 - 9/7/2021

Discipline: All Disciplines

Grants for Artists' Progress Awards are $1,500 hybrid merit-and-need-based awards for BIPOC artists in Washington State. Awards will be evenly distributed to the five regions of Washington State: West, Puget Sound, North Central, South Central, and East.

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Amount Awarded: $25,000

Number of Awards: 2

Application Dates: 2/1/2021 - 3/8/2021

Discipline: All Disciplines

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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Amount Awarded: $3,000

Number of Awards: 3

Application Dates: 5/24/2021 - 6/28/2021

Discipline: Visual

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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Amount Awarded: $10,000

Number of Awards: 8+

Application Dates: 10/5/2021 - 11/8/2021

Discipline: All Disciplines

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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Amount Awarded: $10,000

Number of Awards: 1

Application Dates: 5/24/2021 - 6/28/2021

Discipline: Visual

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 is currently closed.

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Disciplinary Categories

Artist Trust supports all artists doing work in literary, media, performing, and visual fields. Below is an expanded list of each discipline. When applying for our grants above, we encourage you to choose the category that best suits your practice.

Literary Arts: Creative Nonfiction, Experimental/Hybrid Works, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Poetry, and Zines. 

Media Arts: Animation, Augmented Reality, Film, Immersive Audio & Video Works, Podcasts, Screenplays, Sound Art, Teleplays, Video Art, Virtual Reality, and Web-based Art. 

Performing Arts: Costume Design, Dance, Music, Music Composition, Musical Theater, Performance Art, Playwriting, Puppetry, Set Design, Sound Design, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Theater, and Traditional/Folk Performance. 

Visual Arts: BioArt, Digital Arts, Drawing, Ecological Art, Environmental Design, Furniture Art, Illustration, Installation, Interactive Installation & Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Public Art, Sculpture, and Traditional/Folk Art.  

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