ApplyPlease read these instructions carefully before you begin.
We strive to keep our application process as simple as possible. Please keep one thought in mind: the better we understand your work, the easier it is to evaluate it. The unfortunate reality is that the majority of applications go unfunded. Please know that regardless of the outcome, we greatly appreciate the time and effort you put into your application.
Our application is entirely online. It's easier for us to process the volume of applications we receive and evaluate them online.
AwardsThe foundation will award the following:
Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000
Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000
We typically offer five of each award in each application round.
EligibilityTo be eligible, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18.
DisciplinesThe foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing.
We encourage writers working in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and poetry to apply.
Visual artists practicing painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, mixed-media and photography are encouraged to apply.
At this time we are not accepting applications in the performing arts, film/video, or music.
CriteriaWe seek to reward excellence. Your portfolio--which may (but need not) allude to your parenting--will assist us in evaluating your work. We're also interested in hearing what your plans are, and how this award might assist you in attaining your goals.
The application is very straightforward, and consists of 3 major parts:
Contact InformationVery basic stuff. We need your contact information so we can keep you posted on the status of your application.
Personal and Artistic InformationThis is your chance to tell us who you are as a person, an artist, and a parent. We've organized this into a few sections:
Who I Am: BiographyPlease tell us about yourself. Remember that the Sustainable Arts Foundation's unique trait is our focus on artists and writers who are also parents. If it's relevant, we'd like to hear how your family life inspires or challenges your artistic career.
What I Do: Artist StatementPlease give us a concise description of your work and goals as an artist.
What I've Done: Curriculum VitaeWe'd like to know about the public presentation of your work. Please paste (or attach on the next screen) your current CV or resume, noting especially, if applicable, any grants, awards, or fellowships, plus your exhibitions or publications.
What I'd Like to Do: How I Would Use this AwardIf you have specific needs that would be met by this award -- child care, workspace, new equipment, research, travel -- please outline them here. If you have a budget for a specific project, let us know. The more we know about you and your work, the easier it is for us to envision how this award would succeed.
PortfolioPlease supply samples of recent work. While you're welcome to include or make reference to older works, please know that we're particularly interested in the work you've produced since having children.
Submission Guidelines for Writers
- Writers: 25 pages maximum. You may submit a single long sample or multiple shorter samples.
- Poets: 10 poems, not to exceed 25 pages total
- PDF format only, please. No Microsoft Word documents.
- Please "blind" your attachments (no name or contact information on your attachments)
Submission Guidelines for Visual Artists
- 10-20 images
- Use highest resolution (we want to see your work at its best). Each individual image should be less than 5MB.
If the works have titles, please use the appropriate field on the application, and also note any additional description of the work (date created, dimensions, medium, etc.) If the work has been published or exhibited, please note that as well.
Application FeeAs of 2014, we are charging an application fee. The fee is a modest one ($10), but we’re aware that many of you are applying for multiple awards and grants and we know these fees add up.
The response we’ve gotten to our award program has been staggering. One of the ways we ensure that all of our applications receive due consideration is to use jurors. Our jurors are previous award winners, so they are all parent artists and writers like yourself, and we pay them a modest fee for their time.
Given the number of applications we’ve received, however, our juror fees have become an unsustainably large portion of our budget (roughly 35% of our total awards). 100% of the application fee goes directly to pay these jurors for their time. By charging this fee, we can insure that at least two jurors will review each application.
QuestionsIf you have any questions about the application process, please don't hesitate to contact us.
One final check before you begin:
- Remember, for written portfolios or other supplemental documentation: PDF files only. No Microsoft Word documents, please
- Your portfolio submissions should be blind and should not include your name. Your essays, CV, and supplemental information can certainly use your name.