Oklahoma Visual Artist Emergency Grants FAQs

How does the Oklahoma Visual Artists Emergency Grant define "practicing visual artist"?
Applicants must have an artistic practice that is primarily visual in focus and must have been active within the last 12 months.

I'm an independent/freelance curator; am I eligible to apply for the emergency grant?

Yes, independent curators (those not currently employed with an art institution or museum) may apply. In lieu of artwork examples, independent curators may share examples of their curating work, recent exhibitions, etc. If you identify as both an artist and curator, only submit one application; only one application per individual will be accepted.

Are the Oklahoma Visual Artist Emergency Grants replacing OVAC’s Artists Grants program?

No, OVAC’s Artists Grants are a separate entity from the emergency fund. For clarification or any questions, please email grants@ovac-ok.org.

How much funding is available and what is the most I can request?

The Oklahoma Visual Artist Emergency Grants will disperse $80,000 in emergency funding. A total of 80 grants of $1,000 each will be awarded.

What can the funds be used for?

Funding from the Oklahoma Visual Artist Emergency Grants may be used for daily needs including, but not limited to: housing, utilities, groceries, child care, medical expenses, and lost wages/fees.

Selected recipients cannot use emergency funding for upcoming or planned art projects or materials. This grant is used to relieve the financial stress or strain affecting Oklahoma visual artists due to COVID-19. 

If you seek funding for an upcoming exhibition, event, or general art-making, please apply to one of OVAC Artist Grants here.

What is required for the application?

As the recipients will be selected by a lottery system, the purpose of the application materials is to determine eligibility.

We ask that you indicate your current level of need by selecting one of the following:

- Financial Inconvenience – I have lost income from the pandemic, but it has not impacted my quality of life.

- Financial Strain – The loss of income impacts my ability to continue my current lifestyle. I am unable to purchase items necessary for my business/creative pursuits.

- Financial Distress – I will have to use limited savings for financial support. I may not be able to pay all of my bills.

- Severe Financial Distress – Examples include: I have limited to no savings. I’m unable to cover basic needs such as food and rent. I’m financially responsible for family members.

How will you select funding recipients? What are the selection criteria?

The above requirements and application information provided will be used to indicate eligibility. Recipients of the Oklahoma Visual Artist Emergency Grants are not selected by OVAC staff or volunteer jury. A lottery system will be utilized to ensure a fair and equitable selection process. If you have questions regarding this decision, please contact the OVAC office at grants@ovac-ok.org.


Round one

Emergency funding announced: October 15

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 two

Emergency funding announced: October 15

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

Where do I apply?

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.

Privacy and other information

The information collected in this application is only used to indicate eligibility. Information will not be shared externally, and will not affect any other application submitted to the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC Artist Grants, sponsored exhibitions, etc.). Any questions regarding finances, demographics, and geographic information are not used to determine eligibility and are collected to help OVAC achieve equitable practices in future outreach and programming.

We recognize that artists’ needs will exceed our capacity to fund. Please visit our Artist Relief page to view other emergency grants that are accessible to Oklahoma artists; please see if your needs qualify and apply.