Awards/Grants Application FAQs

Who is eligible for Artist Foundation Awards?
What is the city of residence distinction in the Foundation Awards?
Who may apply?
Who may NOT apply?
How do I apply?
What is the student restriction in the grant application?
I have a project idea to be done in collaberation with other artists, can we apply jointly?
What is the Robert L.B. Tobin Grand Prize for Artistic Excellence?
What is the deadline for applications?
May I submit more than one application?
May I submit a project in more than one category?
May I submit a project that has already been performed/exhibited?
Who do I contact if I have any questions about my application?
How do you select the artists to recieve grants?
If I am awarded a grant, when will I recieve the money?
If I am awarded a Foundation grant, must my project be completed and performed/exhibited by the conclusion of the grant period (one year)?
Can you explain why you don't award grants for performance other than original production?
Is the grant taxable?
What is not funded?
I need help making a PDF to upload for my application, can you help me?

Who is eligible for Artist Foundation awards?

All residents of Bexar County (who are at least 18 years old AND have 12 consecutive months of residency as of the date of submitted application) are eligible for Artist Foundation awards. 

What is the city of residence distinction in the Foundation awards?

The City of San Antonio, through The Cultural Collaborative Artist Grants program, has awarded matching grant funds to the Foundation.  Grants made by the Foundation with these monies can only be given to artists who reside in the City of San Antonio.  The remainder of the grants made with monies raised by the Foundation may be awarded to artists residing anywhere in Bexar County (ex. Balcones Heights, Alamo Heights, Leon Valley, Olmos Park, Shavano Park, etc.)

Who may apply?

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.

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted through artistfound.org ONLY.
No FAX, e-mail, courier, mail, or other delivery methods.
E-mail info@artistfound.org if electronic submission is not possible.

What is the student restriction in the grant application?

You may not apply if you are a student:

I have a project idea to be done in collaboration with other artists, can we submit this jointly?

No, grants are made to individual artists only.  However, an individual artist may submit a project where they are the creative director and producer and even performer.  This would be a grant made for Original Production under the Performance Category.

What is the Robert L.B. Tobin Grand Prize for Artistic Excellence?

The Foundation received a grant ($7,500) from the Tobin Endowment with the requirement that it be a ‘special’ award above the customary Foundation grant.  As such it will be awarded on top of the Foundation award ($5,000) for a total of $12,500.  The artist that receives the Tobin Grand Prize will be selected by the Foundation board of directors. 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.

What is the deadline for applications and materials?

Online application and materials upload deadline is 11:59pm, December 22, 2017.

May I submit more than one application?

No. Only one application per applicant is allowed each grant cycle.

May I submit a project in more than one category?

No. Only one application per applicant is allowed each grant cycle.

May I submit a project that has been already performed/exhibited? 

The Artist Foundation awards are for projects that have yet to be realized, exhibited and/or performed. 

Who do I contact if I have any questions about my application?

If you have any questions, please email:  info@artistfound.org.  Please give specific details about your question and include your name and telephone number. 

How do you select the artists to receive grants?

Artists are selected by a panel of expert jurors appointed by the Grants Committee.  The panel may include arts professionals from  within and outside of  San Antonio.

If I am awarded a grant when will I receive the money?

Half of the award ($2,500) will be given to the artist in January, 2018.  The second portion ($2,000) will be awarded at midpoint of the project and no later than May 2018, after submitting the interim report detailing progress thusfar.  In order to receive the final $500 the artist must submit a final report to the Artist Foundation.

If I am awarded a Foundation grant must my project be completed and performed/exhibited by the conclusion of the grant period (one year)?

 While it is preferable that the project be completed we realize that the project could have already been underway before receiving the grant and that the grant funding may not be sufficient to complete the project or to exhibit/perform it.  Therefore that is not a requirement.

Can you explain why you don’t award grants for performance other than original production?

Foundation grants are made for original work only.  As such we don’t make grants for performances but rather for original composition, original choreography and original production.

Is the grant taxable?

Yes. Award funds are taxable to the recipients under IRS guidelines. Recipients should consult their tax advisor regarding proper reporting for the award. Each artist receiving an award will be sent a Form W-9 each tax year for completion and return before receiving the award funds.

What is not funded?

The Foundation does not make grants to pay for:

I need help making a PDF to upload for my application, can you help me?

Yes. Please convert your documents to PDF format before uploading to our site.

To convert your Word document to PDF, open the document in Word. Select "Print" from the "File" Menu. In the bottom left-hand corner, there is a button called "PDF", click this button and select the first option "Save as PDF".  See illustrations below.

STEP 1:

STEP 2:

Or you can use one of the following free websites to convert your Word and text documents to PDF:

This site requires that you upload your existing document for conversion to PDF. The site will then send your PDF to the e-mail address that you provide. Please check your e-mail, save the file to your computer, and then return to our site to upload your PDF.