Oklahoma Visual Artists Emergency Grant

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition is partnering with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ to issue COVID-19 economic relief grants in the form of the Oklahoma Visual Artists Emergency Grant. These grants will be issued in two rounds, awarding 80 grants in the amount of $1,000 per grant ($80,000 in total). The awardees must demonstrate that they are practicing artists and attest that they have experienced financial hardship due to the current economic crisis. Awardees will be selected through a lottery system; those who were not selected in the first round will automatically be added to the second round pool.

Artists must demonstrate they are a practicing artist by providing a current CV, website, social media profiles, or other documentation that documents they have been a practicing artist in the last year. To attest that they have been financially impacted, they will select descriptions from Financially Inconvenienced to Severe Financial Distress and provide a short written description of how they have been impacted, not to exceed 500 words.

The application is available through Submittable here. If you do not have access to the Submittable form, please call Hayley Olson at 405-879-2400, ext. 1 or email at hayley@ovac-ok.org.


Staff will review applications to ensure they are complete and qualify. Each application is automatically assigned a number through Submittable. We will use an online number generator to select the funded applications in a lottery system. Recipients of the Oklahoma Visual Artists Emergency Grant are not selected by OVAC staff or volunteer jury. If you have questions regarding this decision, please contact the OVAC office at grants@ovac-ok.org.

For more information regarding the emergency grants including eligibility requirements and application materials, please view our FAQ page here.

Following the 2020 Oklahoma Visual Artists Emergency Grant, OVAC will continue to partner with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts as a regional regranting partner. These grants will not be emergency or need-based. Stay tuned for more information within the next few months!

We understand that the need for funding is incredibly great and timeliness is of the utmost importance. OVAC will process and award these grants as quickly as possible. Please review the timeline below for precise dates and deadlines.


Round 1

Application opens: October 15 

Application closes: November 17, 11:59 PM 

Recipients notified by Submittable: November 20 

W-9 and funding agreement returned to OVAC: November 23 

Funding dispersed by: November 25 


Round 2

Application opens: November 18 

Application closes: December 14, 11:59 PM 

Recipients notified by Submittable: December 19 

W-9 and funding agreement returned to OVAC: December 21 

Funding dispersed by: December 23 

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

1720 N. Shartel Ave. Suite B

Oklahoma City, OK 73103


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