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. Grant recipients must have held at least 12 months residency in Oklahoma prior to the submission deadline.


Grant cycles are quarterly. Proposals must be received by January 15, April 15, July 15, or October 15.

The Grants Committee reviews proposals based on criteria found in the application forms. Artists may expect notification within four weeks of the application deadline. Payment can be issued two weeks after notification of awarded projects.

The Grants Committee reserves the right to not fund projects if there is a lack of quality applications.

Professional Basics Grant

  • Up to $500 (artist must match funds)

  • For essentials of getting started: quality artwork samples, display/framing, shipping or website development.

  • Evaluated by measuring the quality of the project and the applicant’s ability to complete the project.

Creative Projects Grant

  • Up to $1,500

  • For creating new work that will culminate in a public event focused on artist’s own work.

  • Evaluated based on four items: the concept of the project, the quality of the artwork, how career-altering the opportunity is, and the applicant's ability to complete the project.

Education Assistance Grant

  • Up to $500 (artist must match funds)

  • For conferences, studio workshops, or study trips.

  • Evaluated by measuring the quality of the educational opportunity and the applicant’s abillity to complete the project.

Community/Artist Partnership (CAP) Grant

  • Up to $1,200 (partner organization must match funds)

  • For initiating community-based projects leading to artwork creation.

  • Evaluated based on three things: the benefit to the community from this project, the concept of the project, the quality of the artwork, and the applicant’s ability to complete the project.

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 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.

OVAC Artist Grants

Office Hours

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

1720 N. Shartel Ave. Suite B

Oklahoma City, OK 73103


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