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Grants for Artists’ Progress (GAP) Awards


Application: 8/15/2022 - 9/26/2022

Amount Awarded: $1,500

Number of Awards: 65

Eligible Disciplines: All Disciplines

Eligible Counties: All

Deadline: September 26, 2022 at 11:59pm

About the 2022 GAP Awards

2022 Grants for Artists’ Progress (GAP) Awards are unrestricted project-based grants of $1,500 for artists working in all disciplines across Washington State who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and/or residing outside King County.

Funding for the 2022 GAP Awards is made possible in part thanks to WarnerMedia, funded by AT&T.

To learn more about the 2022 GAP Awards, see the guidelines below. To learn how to apply for the 2022 GAP Awards, check out our How to Apply webinar.

Guidelines

Read the 2022 GAP Guidelines here!

Click here to read the plain text version of the 2022 GAP Guidelines.

Selection Criteria

  • Artistic excellence;
  • Clarity of vision and project;
  • The potential progress and impact the award would have on the artist’s life;
  • Geographic location in Washington State

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by one multidisciplinary panel of working artists from across the state. The panel will consist of one artist from each of the five regions (West, Puget Sound, North Central, South Central, and East). Panelists review all eligible applicants online through Submittable and meet via Zoom to discuss applications and recommend recipients. 10 recipients from West, North Central, South Central, East, and Puget Sound (outside of King County), and 15 BIPOC recipients within King County will be nominated by the panel. Panelists are required to review applicants through a lens of racial equity and are encouraged to highlight a range of disciplines, practices, and career stages. 

Artist Trust recognizes that Black and Indigenous people experience more barriers and less opportunities than other people of color. We use the term BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) to acknowledge this reality.  

Throughout the 2022 GAP Awards adjudication process, panelists will be asked to prioritize Black and Indigenous artists, as well as discuss marginalized identities within BIPOC communities.

2022 GAP Awards Timeline

July 22  Guidelines available.

August 15  Application opens.

August 30 Info Session.

September 9 & 16  Office hours.

September 13 Study hall.

September 26  Application closes.

October – November Panel review.

November  Board votes.

December  Notification of award status.

December 13   Public announcement.

Eligibility Information

The 2022 GAP Awards are open to artists residing in Washington State working in all disciplines.

APPLICANTS MUST BE:

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • Washington State residents at the time of both application and payment (payment will be made in the December 2022);
  • Individual artists (or artist teams): those who are the originators of works of art;
  • BIPOC (Alaskan Native, Asian/Asian-American/Pacific Islander or Hawaiian, Black/African/African-American, Latinx, Middle Eastern, Native American or Indigenous, or South Asian) 
  • And/or residing outside of King County

APPLICANTS MUST NOT BE:

  • A recipient of an AT GAP or Fellowship from 2017–2021
  • Previous recipients of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist or Arts Innovator Awards;
  • Recipients of another Artist Trust grant in the 2022 calendar year;
  • Current graduate or undergraduate students enrolled at the time of both application and/or payment (payment will be made December 2022);
  • Applying on behalf of a company, nonprofit, organization, fiscal sponsorship, or community group;
  • Current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current GAP panelists, or their immediate family.

2022 GAP FAQ

Please read this FAQ prior to contacting our staff with questions. Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to respond to every question we receive. If your question is not covered in this FAQ, please contact Program Manager Grace Nakahara at grace@artisttrust.org. 

What’s changed? 

2022 Grants for Artists’ Progress (GAP) Awards are unrestricted project-based grants of $1,500 for artists working in all disciplines across Washington State who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and/or residing outside King County.

Why were these changes made?

In 2021, we re-envisioned GAP (previously Grants for Artists’ Projects) as Grants for Artists’ Progress to begin reversing historic inequities in Artist Trust’s funding programs. Through artist feedback, focus groups, and research with partner organizations, our team learned that artists preferred unrestricted funding for their vision and creative projects. Additionally, we understand that King County has the greatest funding and resources for artists, and it is imperative that we attempt to reach rural artists in our state. With this new iteration of GAP, we saw an opportunity to widen our support of artists of all backgrounds living outside of King County. 

Through these conversations with artists and research, we learned that we need to build more genuine connections with artists across the state, specifically BIPOC and rural artists. Artists also expressed that they want their initiatives and creative projects to be the driving factor of the process.

It has been a time of growth and transformation for all of us at Artist Trust. Over the past couple of years, we have worked tirelessly to meet artists’ needs in the volatile landscape of COVID-19. Through the leadership of artists, we began to shift our organization towards deeper equity and accountability, examining processes, structure, culture, and more. 

Changes made to the GAP process are part of an overall strategy to reverse historic inequities in Artist Trust’s funding programs, and move resources to Washington State communities without access to funding and resources to support their work. In the last ten years, well over 60% of GAP funding was given solely to white artists. In addition, 85% of GAP recipients resided in Puget Sound, with over 70% of all funding available going to King County artists. Although we have made great strides towards closing these gaps over the past five years, there is much more to be done.  

How were these changes made? 

2022 Grants for Artists’ Progress was created in response to feedback from our statewide artist community, in collaboration with national and statewide partners, Artist Trust’s Strategic Vision and Racial Equity Committees, Board of Trustees, and staff. We also convened focus groups consisting of artists of all disciplines from across the State to further refine the program.  

Are these changes permanent?

We don’t know yet! Our work is iterative, and 2022 GAP is part of us learning and growing as an organization. Our goal for this GAP cycle is to broaden our reach to BIPOC and rural artist communities statewide, better understand our impact, and gain important insights to inform future programs and strategic direction.

Our team will evaluate the program throughout, collecting feedback from awardees, applicants, and our statewide artist and partner community. We will then use this data to further refine and revise our work. We hope the success of 2022 GAP will inspire innovation and change across our organization for years to come.

How is 2022 GAP funded? 

2022 GAP is made possible thanks to support from WarnerMedia, funded by AT&T, along with Artist Trust’s Board of Trustees and donor community. No public dollars were used to fund this program.  

Which region do I live in? 

The map of Washington State regions can be found on page 5 of the 2022 GAP Guidelines. If you’re not sure which county you live in, click here.     

Am I eligible for the 2022 GAP Awards from Artist Trust?

The 2022 GAP Awards are open to BIPOC artists and artists residing outside King County in Washington State working in all disciplines. 

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • Washington State residents at the time of both application and payment (payment will be made in the December 2021);
  • Individual artists (or artist teams): those who are the originators of works of art;
  • BIPOC (Alaskan Native, Asian/Asian-American/Pacific Islander or Hawaiian, Black/African/African-American, Latinx, Middle Eastern, Native American or Indigenous, or South Asian) 
  • And/or residing outside of King County

Applicants must not be:

  • A recipient of an AT GAP or Fellowship from 2017–2021
  • Previous recipients of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist or Arts Innovator Awards;
  • Recipients of another Artist Trust grant in the 2022 calendar year;
  • Current graduate or undergraduate students enrolled at the time of both application and/or payment (payment will be made December 2022);
  • Applying on behalf of a company, nonprofit, organization, fiscal sponsorship, or community group;
  • Current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, current GAP panelists, or their immediate family.

Why does Artist Trust use the term “BIPOC”?

Artist Trust recognizes that Black and Indigenous people experience more barriers and less opportunities than other people of color. We use the term BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) to recognize this reality.

Throughout the 2022 GAP Awards adjudication process, panelists will be asked to prioritize Black and Indigenous artists, as well as discuss marginalized identities within BIPOC communities.

What if I don’t have a project proposal?

For the 2022 GAP, you are required to apply with a project proposal. Funded projects can vary in scope and size. You are not required to provide a budget or to report back to Artist Trust. Examples can be found in the 2022 Reference Guide.

How much money will I receive? 

GAP Awards are $1,500 each. 

How many artists are being funded? 

65 artists in total will be funded, consisting of 10 artists from West, North Central, South Central, and East, Puget Sound (residing outside King County), and 15 BIPOC artists residing in King County.

Can I apply as part of a collaboration or team?

A team of two or more artists may apply if you have a documented history of creating and presenting work as a team. Artists applying as a team must contact Artist Trust to confirm eligibility before applying. If eligible, one artist will submit the application and list team members. All team members must meet the eligibility requirements for the respective award. Applications made on behalf of a company, nonprofit, organization, community group, or a fiscally-sponsored entity will not be accepted.  

If I apply as part of team, how much money will we receive? 

The team will receive $1,500 total.   

When can I apply? 

The 2022 GAP Award application is available online starting August 15, 2022. The application deadline is Monday, September 26, 2022, 11:59 PM PST.  

How do I apply? 

To apply, you must create a Submittable account and submit an application through Submittable. Here’s a link to the application. Applications must be submitted through submittable. Emailed or physical applications will not be reviewed.  

Do you accept late applications?

We do not accept late applications under any circumstances. 

Can I edit my application after I submit?

If you submit your application before the deadline, we are able to open your application for edits. You will be responsible for submitting your application after it’s opened for editing.  

However, after the deadline, applications cannot be edited. 

What materials do I need to include in my application? 

In your application in Submittable, be sure to include: A Discipline Statement (50 words or less), A Biography (150 words or less or up to 3 minutes of audio/video), a Project Description (350 words or less or up to 5 minutes of audio/video), Work Samples, and a Progress Statement (150 words). 

Can I see examples of these materials? 

Yes! Examples of the materials can be viewed in the 2022 GAP Reference Guide. 

What’s the most important part of the 2022 GAP application?
Your work samples are the most important part of your application. Spend the most time honing your samples. If you are submitting images, audio, or video, make sure your documentation is high quality. Be sure to follow the work sample guidelines. 

 Additionally, your project statement is important and explains the who, what, when, where, and why of a project. It gives specific details about your vision, timeline, intentions, goals, and how this funding will support your work. A strong project description is clear and straightforward, cohesive with the work samples, and shows you know what it takes to complete your project. Projects selected for GAP funding vary in scope, size, and scale. They range from developing a series of poems to large-scale performances. You can find examples of projects supported by GAP in the reference guide or by looking at the previous award recipients’ profiles on our website.

Your other application materials, such as the biography and artist statement help panelists understand your vision, process, and philosophy and give context for the work in your work samples. Start on these parts early and have friends or colleagues read them. You can find examples of successful applications in our Reference Guide here. For tips and tricks on the written parts of your application, visit our Resources  here. 

I can’t decide on my career stage. Will that affect the panelists’ decisions?
Career stage is not part of the selection criteria for this award and does not have an impact on whether or not you are chosen for an award. 

Where can I find help with my application? 
We offer several support services and resources to help you with your application, including virtual Office Hours and Study Hall, workshops, reference guides, and other resources. These are listed on page 5 of the 2022 GAP Guidelines, and on our website.  

What do I do if I’m having technical difficulties with my grant application?
If you aren’t able to sign into Submittable, have questions about uploading or formatting files, or other technical questions, visit  https://help.submittable.com.  

How are the awards selected?
Applications are reviewed by one multidisciplinary panel of working artists from across the state. The panel will consist of one artist from each of the five regions (West, Puget Sound, North Central, South Central, and East). Panelists review all eligible applicants online through Submittable and meet via Zoom to discuss applications and recommend recipients. 10 recipients from West, North Central, South Central, East, and Puget Sound (outside of King County), and 15 BIPOC recipients within King County will be nominated by the panel. Panelists are required to review applicants through a lens of racial equity and are encouraged to highlight a range of disciplines, practices, and career stages. 

Artist Trust recognizes that Black and Indigenous people experience more barriers and less opportunities than other people of color. We use the term BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) to acknowledge this reality.  

Throughout the 2022 GAP Awards adjudication process, panelists will be asked to prioritize Black and Indigenous artists, as well as discuss marginalized identities within BIPOC communities.  

What criteria does the panel use to nominate recipients? 

The 2022 GAP Awards criteria are: 

  • Artistic excellence;
  • Clarity of vision and project;
  • The potential progress and impact the award would have on the artist’s life;
  • Geographic location in Washington State

How does racial equity impact the selection of awardees?
We have a strong commitment to racial equity throughout our organization. Within our award programs, we ask selection panelists to review all applications through a lens of racial equity. This means when a panelist is considering an applicant, we ask them to be mindful of structural, institutional, and historical barriers artists of color face and how those barriers may impact their work and their career. Additionally, panelists are encouraged to have an intersectional approach and to highlight a range of disciplines and practices as well as discuss marginalized identities within BIPOC communities. 

Read more about our work towards racial equity here. 

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