The Fulcrum Fund is an annual grant program for visual artists created and administered by 516 ARTS as a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Call for Proposals is now open with a deadline of November 15, 2021 at 11:59pm.
For the 2021-2022 grant cycle, the Fulcrum Fund is returning to project-based granting which will see the program award grants ranging in amounts of $2,000 to $10,000 totaling $60,000 to support the development and presentation of independent, artist-led projects and programs. Examples of funded projects are new exhibitions or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an experimental arts venue or collective, public art projects, one-time events and performances, publications directly related to the visual arts, online projects, artist residencies and film festivals, to name a few. The Fulcrum Fund serves as an essential support structure to enable artists to expand existing work and explore new directions in creating and showcasing projects that inspire curiosity, engagement and dialogue. It is intended to be a springboard for artistic processes that are experimental and forward thinking, while celebrating projects that may not fit into the traditional museum and gallery systems.
Since its inception in 2016, the Fulcrum Fund has awarded a total of $552,000 to 300 artists, artspaces and organizations statewide–including $321,000 of COVID-relief funds distributed in 2020-2021 to visual artists, artspaces and non-profit organizations that lost income due to the pandemic. To see the past grant recipients, click HERE.
Fulcrum Fund grants are for individual artists for the creation and support of self-organized artistic activity that can be experienced by the general public. Artists and collectives whose work centers around visual arts and that live and work in New Mexico are encouraged to apply. Emergency relief requests, students who are currently enrolled during the grant cycle, commercial businesses and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are NOT eligible.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applications are accepted online via Submittable (Linked via orange “Apply Today!” box above). Emailed or hand-delivered submissions cannot be accepted.
Read the FAQ or contact Fulcrum Fund Program Manager, Claude Smith firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-242-1445
The Fulcrum Fund is an annual grant program created and administered by 516 ARTS as a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Since its inception in 2016, the Fulcrum Fund has awarded a total of $552,000 to 300 artists, artspaces and organizations statewide and is one of 32 re-granting programs developed and facilitated by organizations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The Regional Re-granting Program was established in 2007 to recognize and support the movement of independently organized, public-facing, artist-centered activity that animates local and regional art scenes but that lies beyond the reach of traditional funding sources. The program is administered by non-profit visual art centers across the United States that work in partnership with the Foundation to fund artists’ experimental projects and collaborative undertakings.
Since its inception, the Regional Re-granting Program has grown steadily, adding new cities and regions to its national network each year. When COVID-19 hit and it became clear that artists needed a different kind of support, the Foundation’s Board authorized a programmatic pivot; the existing 16 partners in the Regional Re-granting Program swiftly set up COVID-19 emergency relief funds to help artists cover basic living/medical/child-care expenses. Since April 2020, the Foundation’s original 16 Regional Re-granting partners have disbursed over $1 million in emergency grants. Since March of 2020, the Foundation has doubled the number of re-granting partners in its network; 16 new programs will provide emergency funds to artists in their regions while many of the original 16 programs have already begun a second round of emergency grants. The 32 Regional Re-Granting Partners are as follows: Mobile, Birmingham & York (AL), Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, Oklahoma, Omaha, Phoenix & Tucson, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Portland (ME), Providence (RI), Raleigh & Greensboro (NC), San Francisco, San Juan, (PR), Seattle, St. Louis and Washington D.C. Together these programs have supported well over 1,000 independent art projects in the past ten years, granting more than 4.7 million dollars.