Grants

New Work Project Grants

New Work Project Grants awards are made to non-profit organizations in support of new work by under-recognized artists 21 years or older.

Application Process and Deadline

 To apply, a $15 application fee is required. Fees are applied to grant administration and program development.

Applicants apply through a 2-step process:

  1.  The deadline for the 2022 grant cycle was April 22, 2022. Our next grant cycle will begin in February 2023
  2. Applicants who advance to step two will be invited by July 11 to submit a full proposal by July 22, 2022.

Applicants must use the foundation’s online application system to submit the following:

    • Artist resume
    • Project description (up to 100 words)
    • When and where the project will happen (up to 50 words)
    • Letter of support from the proposed artist(s) (this is required only if you are invited to submit a full proposal)
    • Work samples (up to 5) –
          • All images should be formatted as .jpg files with the .jpg extension in the title. No other image formats are accepted.
          • Accepted video file formats are .mp4 or .mov. 
          • Accepted audio file format is .mp3
          • Image file size must be no larger than 2MB to open properly (images are viewed digitally and will not be printed)

Eligibility

  • Must be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization
        • Presenting venues and hosting organizations may only submit one application per year. 
        • Previous recipients of a Harpo Foundation New Work Project Grant must wait one year before they are eligible to reapply.
        • Fiscal sponsors may submit proposals on behalf of more than one artist per year.
        • Institutions in countries outside of the United States are eligible but if awarded must be prepared to supply the foundation with a legal affidavit written in English qualifying its tax-exempt activities and structure.
        • To curtail redundant applications, organizations must notify artists they plan to propose in their New Work Project Grant applications. If an artist intends to apply for a Direct Artist grant, the organization should not submit a proposal on behalf of that artist.

Criteria

Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and the ability to fulfill the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field.

Proposals

The foundation considers proposals that directly support the production of new work by visual artists and/or collaborative teams who are under-recognized by the field. This production may happen in the context of an installation, public intervention, residency, or exhibition. The Harpo Foundation is interested in supporting primary artistic production and therefore does not fund exhibition catalogs or publications of previous work.

Funding Decisions

Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors, following review of applications by independent professional advisors representing a diverse range of experience and expertise . Each application is reviewed by at least two advisors. Finalist applications will have been reviewed by a minimum of 5 advisors as well as internal staff and committees.

Awards are made up to $10,000. The number of awards is determined each year by the annual granting budget. Project grant funds must be used for costs in direct support of new work by the proposed artist, including artist honorarium. All projects funded during the 2022 funding cycle should be completed by September 2023. Projects that are scheduled in 2022 but happen prior to the foundation’s notification date may be eligible for funding on a retroactive basis.

Reporting Requirements

A report detailing how funds were used is due within 10 months of receiving funds.

Notification

Grant decisions are usually announced no later than December 1.

Questions

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Previous Recipients

Eric-Paul Riege and Prospect New Orleans

Eric-Paul Riege and Prospect New Orleans

For Prospect.5, Eric-Paul Riege will show a 20x20’ installation of weavings, regalia, oversized beads, and a new body of sculpture he has developed for this presentation. The entire installation hangs from the ceiling, hovering just above the ground. The sculptures...

Lydia Ourahmane and SculptureCenter

Lydia Ourahmane and SculptureCenter

Lydia Ourahmane’s work often initiates large, open-ended propositions that obliquely register the longings and limitations incited by colonial occupation, civil war, and the paradoxes of belief. For her first institutional solo exhibition in New York, Ourahmane and a...

Previous Recipients

Eric-Paul Riege and Prospect New Orleans

Eric-Paul Riege and Prospect New Orleans

For Prospect.5, Eric-Paul Riege will show a 20x20’ installation of weavings, regalia, oversized beads, and a new body of sculpture he has developed for this presentation. The entire installation hangs from the ceiling, hovering just above the ground. The sculptures...