Grant Guidelines for CHF’s Business Accelerator Program
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To be selected for CHF’s Business Accelerator Program, visual artists must apply online (see “Submission Requirements” below). Admission to the program is awarded to the 20 visual artists who present the strongest applications. (Please visit our benefits page for more information about what participants receive.)
How to Qualify for a Grant
From the main group of 20 program participants, up to ten artists will be awarded a Business Accelerator grant to cover targeted business expenses, as well as receiving one-on-one tailored business support and guidance from CHF’s Business Accelerator team to help maximize the impact of the funding. (The amount of each grant will vary according to an artist’s business plan and specific needs, but the total funding to be disbursed by CHF in one year will not exceed $10,000.)
To be considered for funding, artists must fulfill all program requirements as enumerated in CHF’s agreement letter, including attending and participating in all workshops, offering feedback, and providing the fund with periodic updates on their businesses. Winners and grant amounts will be determined by CHF’s Business Accelerator team based on the following three criteria:
- An artist’s original application and business plan
- The successful completion of all program requirements
- A demonstrable commitment to actively managing his/her business
Who Should Apply?
Professional painters, sculptors, and artists working on paper who:
- Employ traditional media, NOT including photography, film, or video
- Have had their work published and/or exhibited professionally
- Are pursuing specific opportunities or projects for which the fund’s support would make a substantial difference in their business prospects
- Are United States citizens or permanent residents
- Have not previously been awarded a grant from CHF
CHF does not give preference to any particular art movement, style, or trend. All painters, sculptors, and artists working on paper are eligible. The fund does not support performance, literary, or commercial work.
- Artist Statement
- Request for support, including a detailed proposal and images of the project, if available
- Examples of previous work
- Itemized budget
- Supporting materials, if relevant (e.g., letter of intent from a gallery, commission statement, referrals, references, etc.).
The fund partners with CallforEntry.org (CaFÉ) to manage the application process. Artists must register with CaFÉ to view and complete our Business Accelerator Program application.
Those program applications that make it past the first round will be reviewed by the fund’s independent review panel, composed entirely of visual artists representing various art movements and styles. The panel is moderated by a member of the fund’s advisory board.
CHF’s Business Accelerator team will name up to ten grant recipients–from among the program’s 20 participants–and determine the amount of each grant on a case-by-case basis.
All program participants must supply headshots and images of their artwork for use in CHF’s promotional materials. Program participants will receive an agreement letter explaining the terms and conditions of the grant, including the fund’s financial-documentation and narrative-reporting requirements. This agreement must be signed, and all reporting requirements must be completed, before a grant will be disbursed. Grant recipients must consent to be interviewed on our podcast and conduct an interview themselves with an art-world leader, as well as acknowledging CHF’s financial support, according to the parameters stated in the agreement letter.