Collective Power Fund 2022 / Funding

April 26, 2022

Organization Name: Northwest Film Forum

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Funding

Fee: Free


An initiative of Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), Collective Power Fund is a part of the Regional Regranting Program by the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which consists of 30 satellite venues and partners across the country presenting hyper-local artist funding.

Collective Power Fund focuses primarily on supporting work that incites public dialogue, pushes boundaries, explores genre fluidity, speaks its truth through an authentic perspective, and is often non-traditional, anti-institutional, socially responsible, or disruptive of existing structures and conventions. It encourages a community-forward environment of resource-sharing, mutual support, and fellowship in the Pacific Northwest arts ecosystem.

Our Spring 2022 grants will distribute $68,000 in increments of $2,000 – $5,000 – $10,000. Individual artists, who live in King County, will be eligible to self-select into either the $2,000 or $5,000 tiers and the $10,000 tier will be exclusive to artist teams or artist-run collectives within the county. Unlike the Artist Development Grant in Spring 2021, the next round will be for artists of all levels, rather than those who are just emerging.

Collective Power Fund grants will be project-based and will distribute $68,000 in funding as follows:

(1) $10,000 (Artist Team or Arts Collective)
(10) $5,000 (New Work/Projects)
(4) $2,000 (Research + Development)

Individual artists, who live in King County, will be able to apply for the $2,000 or $5,000 tiers. The $10,000 tier will be exclusive to artist teams or artist-run collectives within unincorporated and incorporated King County.

New Work/Project Grants ($5,000)
​​Support the creation and presentation of visionary, artist-driven new work/projects.

Research & Development Grants ($2,000)
Research Grants funds can be used to compensate for intellectual labor and idea development, to pay other artists and thinkers for their time and contributions, and/or for costs associated with gaining access to specific resources.

Project Criteria (for Individuals)
Projects must function around a visual arts context
Applicant must be the primary creator of the project and related work
Projects must have a publicly accessible component
Proposals must be for the development, completion, and/or presentation of a project
Applicant must have creative control and rights of the proposed project
Individual artists may apply to complete a body of work as long as part of their project expands beyond their own solo practice
Funded projects must be completed by July 30, 2023

Preference will be given to projects that achieve one or more of the following:
Exemplifies equity and collectivity
Provides energy, visibility, and/or solidarity around social justice issues
Gives back to the community and nurtures our creative ecosystem
Develops an unconventional approach or perspective to the arts/culture in our region

What types of projects are not eligible?
Projects seeking to get support retroactively or seeking reimbursement
Existing or ongoing programming such as an exhibition series, or regularly occurring project
Projects solely focused on individual studio practices or to fund solo exhibitions
Projects that are work-for-hire

Project Criteria (Artist Teams & Artist-Led Collectives)
If you are applying as an artist team or arts collective, you will need to choose one person to serve as the project’s lead organizer. The artist team or arts collective will need to have completed at least one arts-related project with the person you chose as the lead organizer.

The lead organizer will be the primary contact for the project during the application and granting process. You can choose to list up to six additional collaborators on the application. The collaborators you list should be people who share organizing responsibilities on the project. Artists who are supported through your project, but do not have organizing responsibilities, do not need to be listed as collaborators in the application.

Artist-led curatorial initiatives are eligible, and visual artists who are interested in organizing and collaborating with other creatives they’ve worked with before are encouraged to do so.

Opportunity Website