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Overview of Application Process

Applicant Information Seminars (August- October 2017)
Optional application webinars and seminars for potential Creative Work Fund applicants are offered in advance of a call for Letters of Inquiry. Applicants are not required to attend a webinar or seminar, but are encouraged to do so—especially if they are unfamiliar with the Fund.
Grantseeker Registration (August- November 2017)
Once you know who your collaborating partners will be, avoid the rush and complete a brief applicant eligibility quiz and request a grantseeker account at the Creative Work Fund application portal. These steps are easy to complete, but it takes the Fund a day or two to confirm your eligibility and assign your user name and password. Don’t wait until the last minute.
Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: December 1, 2017, 5 pm
Organizations and artists should jointly prepare and submit a letter of inquiry of no more than three pages (including a brief, preliminary budget). The lead artist should submit a professional resume of no more than two pages.

 

 

Letters of inquiry must be received no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on December 1, 2017.

Reader Review (December-January)
Media Arts and Performing Arts letters will be reviewed separately by up to four readers.

Read our review criteria here.

Invitations to Full Proposal: February 9, 2018
From among the letters of inquiry received in each category, the Creative Work Fund will invite approximately 25 collaborating artists and organizations to submit more detailed proposals and provide a summary of the readers’ comments. Full proposals restate and expand upon the ideas presented in the letter of inquiry, incorporate responses to the reader comments, and include documentation illustrating the quality of artist work, detailed budgets, and additional background information about the organization.
Deadline for Full Proposals: April 6, 2018
Full proposals include documentation illustrating the quality of the artists’ work, detailed budgets, and additional background information about the organizations.

Full proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on April 6, 2018.

Panel Review (June-July)
Two panels (one in each category) comprising artists, curators, and other arts professionals will review the finalists’ proposals and recommend projects to be funded. Representatives of the foundations that support the Creative Work Fund will approve the final awards.

Read our review criteria here.

Notification of Awardees: August 3, 2018
The Creative Work Fund will notify awardees via email. Grants will be awarded to collaborating 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, not directly to collaborating artists.
Deadline for MOU & Grant Acceptance: December 1, 2018
Key participants in each awarded project must prepare and sign a memorandum of understanding. Lead artists and their collaborating organizations also must sign and return their award letters. Grants are paid to the collaborating 501(c)(3) organizations soon after signed paperwork is received.
Final Report
Final reports are due three months after the project ending date. Grantees must submit two final reports (one prepared by the artist and one by the organization), describing the project and how they used the grant funds. Final reports should document the finished projects through online media, DVDs, CDs, publications, or other appropriate media.