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Rules & Eligibility

Individual, professional artists may apply for an award up to $10,000 to help underwrite the costs of creating new, original works of exceptional quality. 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.

Only one application per individual may be submitted during each grant cycle.

Who May Apply:

  1. Foundation awards are open to individual, professional artists (defined below) who create original work.
  2. All artists must be United States citizens or Resident Aliens.
  3. All applicants must be residents of Bexar County, Texas, for 12 consecutive months as of the date of application.
    1. If awarded, applicant must maintain permanent residency in San Antonio during the grant period.
  4. Artists who are proposing projects must demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:
    • a potential for artistic growth and experimentation;
    • a significant shift in their work;
    • challenging and innovative exploration with new materials, concepts, or creative practices and processes; and/or
    • high artistic quality.
  5. All applicants must be 18 years old as of the date of application.
  6. Applicants must have exhibited, performed, presented, and/or published artistic work in a public context in the past three years.

Definition of Professional Artist

Individuals are considered professional artists if they:

  • earn at least part of their annual income in their artistic disciplines;
  • consider their artistic endeavors a career; and
  • make a significant time investment in their artistic disciplines through practice, performance, and production.

Who May Not Apply:

  1. Members of the Board of Directors (current or having served within the previous 12 months).
  2. Members of a judging panel during the 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 numbered categories of Ineligible Persons.
  7. Previous Foundation award recipients may not reapply for five grant cycles and must have submitted their final grant reports to the Artist Foundation to be eligible.
  8. Any person not residing within Bexar County, Texas, for a minimum of 12 consecutive months.
  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 U.S. 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; or
  6. artist's travel, unless such travel is integral to the application project.

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