QuickFunds supports professional development and new or exemplary arts projects. Open to emerging and established artists who have attained a certain level of proficiency as represented by work samples, the grants provide timely assistance for projects, activities, or travel to seminars, workshops, and conferences. The Commission’s emphasis is on increasing the skill of the applicant; focusing on the process rather than product; production rather than promotion. Grants also provide arts administrators with funding to increase their skills or professional growth.
- University and college educators should emphasize how the activity will enhance their growth as an artist.
- Teachers of grades K-12 and educators must apply under QuickFund$ for Art Education.
- QuickProject: supports artist-initiated activities, significant and specific projects, or new works that will be shared with the public. The scope of eligible projects is flexible, such as expenses for presenting work to the public in innovative ways through film or media, exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, readings, or public art projects.
- Professional Development: artists and arts administrators may receive reimbursement for attending a conference, seminar, workshop, or other form of career advancement. Traditional artists may request funds to attend gatherings where they will teach or learn from peers. It is recommended that arts organizations include funding in their budgets that allow for arts administrators to attend annual activities. (See eligibility below.)
- QuickProject requests for up to $1,500 and require a cash match of 1:3 (example: request $1,500 cash match, $500).
- Professional Development requests for up to $750 and require a cash match of 1:1. Reimbursement is for direct expenses only. All recipients must submit a final report to receive reimbursement.
- Applicants must meet the general eligibility criteria for individuals
- Applicants may receive one QuickFunds grant in a fiscal year (see deadlines page);
- Applications will not be accepted for consecutive attendance at annual events.
Fellowship, TRAAP, and Writer in Residence recipients are not eligible for a QuickFunds grant during their award year or term.
Multiple QuickFunds professional development applications for the same event or opportunity will not be accepted from members or staff of single organizations with budgets over $50,000. Two applications for the same event will be allowed from members or staff of organizations with budgets under $50,000.
Examples of some eligible projects:
- One-on-one study with an accomplished mentor, such as an editor, artist, or traditional master; or to participate in a residency or retreat
- Release time for an applicant to create or complete a significant work.
- Materials, supplies, or resources necessary to create work that will be shared with the public.
- Funds for a traditional folk artist to gather materials for a traditional arts project.
- Preserving an art form, such as the production of a master recording. (Note: Commission funds cannot be used for items intended for promotion or for mass production and distribution.)
HOW TO APPLY
Application should be in 12-point font or neatly handwritten. Since copies will be duplicated, please do not use staples. Fill out the checklist, include the application, narrative, all required materials, and comply with the postmark deadline. Carefully check the project beginning and end dates.
Submit a one-page clear and concise narrative that directly responds to the questions below. Number, repeat the four (4) questions, and answer in order. Refer to the evaluation criteria as you write your narrative and select your support materials.
- Briefly describe what you propose to do, how you plan to accomplish it, and why your project merits funding.
- Professional Development
- List the name, dates, and location of the conference, workshop, or seminar you will attend.
(Include support materials with information about the opportunity.)
- Explain how this activity will affect or enhance your ability, career, technique, artistic development, managerial skills, or support continuation of an art form or your cultural heritage.
- Explain the relationship between your work samples and the proposed project or activity.
- Describe how you will share the knowledge gained, involve your community, or how this activity will benefit participants.
On the budget form, clearly itemize project expenses and revenue that are directly related to the cost of the project described in the narrative. A successful application will include a budget that demonstrates realistic and appropriate planning for expenses and revenue. (See Budget Tips)
- RÉSUMÉ - Applicants are required to submit a résumé of up to two pages. A résumé is a list of credentials, publications, honors, awards, and locations of exhibitions or performances. To receive an award or a grant, a degree or academic training is not required; you may be self-taught. Folk and traditional artists may document their work through a short bio or recorded testimony.
- ARTIST STATEMENT - This is a description of your work and applicants who apply as individuals, except writers and arts administrators, are required to submit an artist statement, up to one-page.. During the review process, panelists often refer to the artist statement. Thoughtful, well-written content can contribute to the accessibility and understanding of your work. Conceptual and installation art usually benefit from a statement. Use this opportunity to discuss the current direction of your work and to provide a personal perspective.
- SUPPORT MATERIALS - Support materials show the overall strength and artistic quality of your application and must be related to the project under review. They give evidence of what is presented in the narrative and play a significant part in the evaluation process. Some examples include articles, brochures, printed publications, a letter of acceptance, résumés and work samples of mentor artists, and information about workshops, conferences, or seminars and the specific activities that relate to your participation. Applicants should choose support materials that provide key information to the review panel, which is appropriate to your project. No more than 10.
- WORK SAMPLES - the review panel cannot assess the artistic quality of your application without work samples. See Preparing Work Samples on page 11, for specific requirements and page 13 for a Work Sample form. Work samples, such as DVDs, CDs, or images, should represent current work (within the past five years). Because work samples are the only way applicants can show their work to a panel, artistic quality cannot be overemphasized. Inferior or missing work samples reflect poorly on the application as a whole. Panelists have a limited time to evaluate them so it is important that the strongest examples are presented first. No more than 5.
Artistic Quality (50 points)
- Artist’s work is of excellent quality and a logical extension of previous work or aesthetic interest.
- An arts administrator’s past work history indicates professional experiences with high quality arts organizations or projects, or applicant works for an organization that produces programs of high artistic quality appropriate for its stated mission.
Feasibility (25 points)
- Ability and plan demonstrates the applicant can realistically accomplish the project or activity.
- The application is clear and complete; the budget is realistic and correlates with the narrative.
Artistic Growth (25 points)
- Opportunity has the potential to significantly affect or enhance applicant’s ability, career, artistic development, technique, or managerial skills.
- A public aspect (exhibition, performance, reading, or demonstration) is present, where appropriate.
NOTE: When multiple applications are of equal merit, preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received grants.
(See Deadline page for quarterly deadline dates.)
Courtesy review deadlines are three weeks before the postmark deadline. When possible, apply for the deadline closest to your project. The project may not begin and expenses may not be incurred before you are notified of your award, approximately three weeks after the deadline.