Grants for Artists
The purpose of OVAC’s granting program is to foster Oklahoma’s visual artistic creative excellence. The grants committee supports the mission of OVAC and scores submissions based on the merit of each application according to the pertinent grant category and its associated criteria. Grants are open to artists working in visual-based mediums, curation, and art writing. Grant recipients must have held at least 12 months of residency in Oklahoma prior to the submission deadline.
Grant cycles are quarterly. Proposals must be received by 11:59 PM on January 15, April 15, July 15, or October 15.
Individuals can only have their name attached to one application per cycle.
If you are awarded for a quarterly grant, you have to wait one year before reapplying.
Recipients of Art 365, Concept Focus, and Momentum Spotlight are not eligible to apply within one year of their reward disbursement of the stated programs. If you are awarded a Thrive Grant, you are eligible to apply, but your proposed project may not be the same as your Thrive proposal or a new iteration of said project.
The Grants Committee reviews proposals based on criteria found in the application forms. See the Grant Evaluation Matrix for each grant category in order to view the specifics on how grant applications are scored.
Artists may expect notification within four weeks of the application deadline.
Payment can be issued two weeks after notification of awarded projects.
Projects must happen after the grant application is accepted.
You may not request a grant to reimburse spent funds.
The Grants Committee reserves the right to not fund projects if there is a lack of quality applications.
Professional Basics Grant
Up to $500, no match is required.
For the essentials of an art practice: quality artwork samples, display/framing, shipping, and website development, travel assistance.
Evaluated by measuring the quality of the proposed project, ability to complete project, and relevance based on portfolio.
Creative Projects Grant
Up to $1,500, no match is required.
For creating new work that will culminate in a public event focused on artist’s own work. Includes travel fees.
Evaluated based on four items: career altering potential, quality of work, concept, and ability to complete project.
Preference will be shown to projects occurring in under-represented regions of OK and/or include collaborations with BIPOC.
Travel Assistance Grant
Up to $500, no match is required.
For conferences, residencies, studio workshops, or study trips. Includes travel fees for educational opportunities.
Evaluated by measuring the quality of educational opportunity, potential impact on practice/career, ability to complete project, and relevance based on portfolio.
Community/Artist Partnership (CAP) Grant
Up to $1,200, no match is required.
For initiating community-based projects leading to artwork creation.
Evaluated based on four things: quality of work, community impact, concept, and ability to complete project.
Preference will be shown to projects occurring in under-represented regions of OK, involve community collaboration, and/or include BIPOC.
OVAC staff does not serve on the grant committees, only coordinates the program. Because of this, the staff is available to answer questions regarding the grants and application process. To ensure accessibility, the previous grants coordinator, Hayley Olson, created recurring office hours to answer questions or review applications prior to the deadlines. The office hours will take place the week before each deadline and will have five, thirty-minute sessions. Participants are asked to prepare the application prior to their session for review. These appointments are available virtually. To schedule your office hour in person, please contact the Grants & Outreach Manager, Aunj Braggs, at Aunj@ovac-ok.org.
OVAC Artist Grants
We strongly recommend reviewing grant FAQs and grant writing tips before submitting your application
Slide 1: Lauren Rosenfelt, "Artistic Signage at the Norman Central Library", 2021 Community/Artist Partnership Grant Recipient
Slide 2: JP Morrison Lans, "Assistance with Application Fees", 2021 Professional Basics Grant Recipient
Slide 3: Marie Casimir, "Notes on Survival", 2021 Creative Projects Grant Recipient
Slide 4: Cathryn Thomas, "New Studio", 2021 Professional Basics Grant Recipient