Material Needs Grants, funded by an anonymous donor, support the expenses of supplies and materials for the creation of new art in Worcester County. Each year, we distribute $10,000 in sums between $500 and $1,500. We plan to exhibit the work produced in the following exhibition season (awardees receiving grants made in the early spring of 2018 may expect to exhibit their work in the 2019-2020 season). The guidelines for them are below.
When is the deadline? The deadline for 2018 grants is midnight on Monday, January 22, 2018. Applications made after this date and time will not be considered.
What expenses could be covered by a Material Needs Grant? These grants are restricted to expenses incurred for the supplies, material, and equipment (purchased or rented) needed to make new art. Proposals for any and all kinds of visual art are welcome.
What expenses are not covered? Examples of expenses not covered would be studio rental, framing, publicity and promotional costs, reception expenses, insurance or transport of artwork.
How are proposals evaluated? Proposals are considered for their novelty, innovation, potential impact (on the viewer, on your career, and on other artists in the area), and feasibility. Can you do it? And can you do it in one calendar year?
Who is eligible? You must have been a member of ArtsWorcester for one calendar year prior to applying for a Material Needs Grant, and you must reside in Worcester County. We regret that members residing outside of Worcester County are not eligible. If you have previously received a Material Needs Grant, you must wait three years before applying again.