8 Places for Houston Artists to Find Funding – Houstonia Magazine | Candle Made Easy




Houston’s wealth of funding and resources makes it an ideal place to be an artist. Regardless of your specialty, there is always an organization or collective that wants to help nurture the minds shaping the city’s creative future. Do you have a project idea in mind? Here are a handful of funding opportunities for practicing artists:

It’s no secret that funding is one of the biggest challenges facing artists and innovative nonprofits. For many, supplies, materials, and other expenses make a purposeful career in the arts difficult. Regardless of the discipline, Houston officials and arts organizations are working to create more opportunities for creativity to flourish. Do you have a project idea in mind? Do you need funding to start a new work or initiative? Here’s our running list of funding opportunities that may have flown under the radar.

Artspace Open call

Deadline: September 30th

San Antonio-based institution Artpace is seeking applicants for the 2024 international artist-in-residence program. The program hosts three artists, one from Texas, as well as national and international candidates. Each artist receives a $6,000 living allowance, an apartment, a $10,000 production budget, and studio space. For more information on the procedure and eligibility see here.

Public art at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church

Deadline: August 1st

An outdoor memorial is needed on the grounds of St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay to commemorate the African American contributions to NASA’s space program. Selected artists will receive a $100,000 project budget to create a permanent installation. For more information on eligibility and requirements, see here.

Make creativity happen! – Grant

Deadline: September 1st, October 31st

This grant is perhaps MOCA’s most popular and competitive, as applications are accepted at multiple locations throughout the year. Similar to the City Initiative grant, it provides artists and collective projects and 501(c)(3) organizations of all disciplines with funding to foster creativity and innovation in the city. Learn more about Let Creativity Happen! and other scholarship deadlines see here.

FotoFest meeting place portfolio review

Deadline: ongoing until October

Over the course of three sessions scheduled for Sept. 25-Oct. 8, 30 Sept-Oct On October 3rd and 5th-8th, artists can meet with 150 professionals from the art world for the annual FotoFest portfolio review. Get feedback on your work and network with other artists this fall. Registration costs $1,150 and includes a series of 20-minute individual assessments, access to the 2022 FotoFest Biennale, a spot in the Unfiltered: Portfolio Walk and much more. For more information on registration, session and reviewers go to here.


Ongoing Opportunities

The Space Taking Artist Residency 2022

Fresh Arts is one of Houston’s best-known organizations that creates and shares opportunities for local artists. Funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Houston Arts Alliance, the Space Taking Artist Residency is a program that allows artists and collectives to experiment and reach new audiences. Two select residents will receive a $2,500 stipend, 2800 square feet of gallery space, counseling services and more. For more information on project eligibility and instructions on how to apply, see here.

The Ideas Fund

Supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and managed by DiverseWorks, The Idea Fund is accepting applications for its 15th funding cycle. The Local Re-Granting Program supports the work of practicing artists in the greater Houston area, awarding 12 $5,000 grants to individual artists and collectives. You can find more information on the Ideas Fund at here.

The Spark fund

The Spark Fund will award 36 $50,000 grants over a one-year period to BIPOC independent filmmakers. Selected filmmakers must work on a humanities project. The fund is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan #SHARP grantmaking initiative. Further information, criteria and application information can be found at here.

Art League Houston: Open call for exhibition

Local, regional, national and international artists wishing to exhibit their work in Houston are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration by the Art League Houston. ALH awards four artist grants ranging from $450 to $1900 to showcase new work with strong artistic quality and connections to timely dialogues in contemporary art. For more information on the Art League Houston open call, visit here.

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