Sustainable Arts Foundation
online application


2015 Spring Awards
Online application availableJanuary 15, 2015
Deadline to applyFebruary 27, 2015 5 p.m., Pacific Time
Awards announcedMay 15, 2015
Please 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.


The 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.


To be eligible, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18.


The 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.

*** Important Update for Fall 2014 Awards ***
Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting film/video applications. At this time, we simply do not have the resources to review these portfolios to our satisfaction. We are hoping to find a suitable partner to offer a fellowship.

At this time we are not accepting applications in the performing arts or music.


We seek to reward excellence. Your portfolio will assist us greatly in evaluating your work which may, but need not, refer to your parenting. 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 Information

Very basic stuff. We need your contact information so we can keep you apprised of the status of your application.

Personal and Artistic Information

This 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: Biography

Please 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 Statement

Please give us a concise description of your work and goals as an artist.

What I've Done: Curriculum Vitae

We'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 Award

If 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.

If you already have nicely formatted versions of any of the above that you'd prefer to use, please feel free to attach them in the Portfolio section of the application.


Please 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

Submission Guidelines for Visual Artists

If the works have titles, please use the appropriate field on the application, and also note any additional description of the work (date created, medium, etc.) If the work has been published or exhibited, please note that as well.

We strongly urge you to prepare your responses offline. Computers crash, internet connections hang. We'd hate for you to lose your work due to a technical glitch. After preparing your answers, and the files you wish to upload, you can simply copy-and-paste them into our form in a matter of minutes.

Application Fee

As of 2014, we are now charging an application fee. The fee will be a modest one ($10), but we’re aware that many of you are applying for many awards and grants and we know these fees add up.

The response we’ve gotten to our award program has been nothing short of staggering. One of the ways we ensure that all of our applications get 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 will go directly to pay these jurors for their time. By charging this fee, we will insure that at least two jurors will review each application.


If you have any questions about the application process, please don't hesitate to contact us.