Artist Grant FAQs

How often can I apply for an OVAC Grant?
You can apply as often as you would like. If you are awarded a grant, you must wait one year from that grant cycle to apply again.

I’ve applied several times and not received a grant. Why?
Our grants are extremely competitive, particularly our Creative Projects grants. Please do not become discouraged by the possibility of having to submit over multiple occasions. We will provide feedback on each request, whether funded or not. We encourage you to use this feedback to strengthen your submissions for the future.

Can I apply for multiple grants in a cycle?
No. Individuals can only have their name attached to one application per cycle.

Can I apply as part of a group?
Yes. Artists may only have their name(s) attached to one application per cycle. Artists who choose to submit as groups, upon award of grant, will be held to the same rules of eligibility as an artist who applies individually.

Once I’m funded, when can I apply again?
Once you are funded, you have to wait one year from the grant cycle for which you were awarded.
E.g. If you were awarded July 15, 2015, you cannot apply again until July 15, 2016.

Do I have to be an OVAC member to receive a grant?
No, you do not have to be an OVAC member to apply for or receive a grant.

How are grant applications scored?
Each grant category has a different system of scoring.

  • Education grants are measured by the quality of the educational opportunity and on the applicant’s abillity to complete the project.

  • Professional Basics grants are selected by measuring the quality of the project and the applicant’s ability to complete the project.

  • Creative Projects grants are evaluated based on four items: the concept of the project, the quality of the artwork, how career altering the opportunity is, and the abillity of the applicant to complete the project.

  • Community Artist Partnership grants are awarded 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.

Who reviews the grants?
OVAC staff organizes a panel of community members to review grants. These individuals are involved in the arts in a variety of ways, and are chosen for their informed opinions and experience. OVAC staff does not decide who receives grants.

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