Rules & Eligibility

Individual, professional artists may apply for an award of $15,000 to help underwrite the costs of creating new works of exceptional quality. Awards are granted for the creation of new, original work. The Foundation makes awards for a specific project to originators/ creators of art and artistic production. The Foundation does not normally make awards to artists solely for performance (dancer, musician, actor, etc.) unless it is in the context of an original project. This distinction should be carefully noted before undertaking the work entailed in applying for an award.

AS OF 2011 - Only one application per individual may be submitted during each grant cycle.

Who May Apply:

Definition of Professional Artists

Individuals are considered to be professional artists if they:

Who May Not Apply:

  1. Members of the Foundation's Board of Directors, Advisory Board or Grants Committee (current or having served within the previous 12 months).
  2. Members of a judging panel during the then current grant cycle.
  3. Substantial contributors to the Foundation.
  4. Employees or Consultants of the Foundation.
  5. “Substantial independent contractors” of the Foundation.
  6. Family members of the above five (5) numbered categories of Ineligible Persons.
  7. Previous Foundation award recipients may not reapply for 5 grant cycles and must have submitted their final grant reports to the Artist Foundation in order to be considered eligible.
  8. Any person not residing within Bexar County for a minimum of 12 successive months.
    (Recipient of city of San Antonio funded grants must reside within the city limits.)
  9. Groups of individual artists.
  10. Full-time students or soon-to-be students.
  11. Artists whose work is primarily commercial, decorative or craftwork in nature.
  12. Persons under 18 years of age.
  13. Artists who have not exhibited, performed, presented and/or published artistic work in a public context in the past three years.
  14. Persons who are not US citizens or resident aliens.

What is Not funded:

The Foundation does not make grants to pay for:

  1. Academic research or to fund study toward an academic professional degree.
  2. Past debts or legal fees.
  3. The purchase of real estate.
  4. Moves to other cities.
  5. The costs of installations, commissions or projects fully funded by others.
  6. Artist’s travel unless such travel is integral to the application project.

Robert L.B. Tobin Grand Prize for Artistic Excellence:

All winners from all categories will be considered for the Robert L.B. Tobin Grand Prize for Artistic Excellence in the amount of $7,500. The Foundation Board of Directors will select the recipient. Because of it’s special nature, and to ensure that maximum opportunity is afforded to all artists, this prize can only be awarded once in an artist’s lifetime.