Wherewithal Grants are a new funding source for visual artists in the DC-area. Generously funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of its regional regranting program and managed by Washington Project for the Arts, these grants are intended to both sustain and stimulate artist-organized culture.
Note: In March 2020, The Warhol Foundation authorized its re-granting partners to re-allocate their $100,000 grants to create and administer COVID-19 emergency relief funds in their communities. WPA has responded to this by providing two separate opportunities: Recovery Grants and Research Grants.
Wherewithal Recovery Grants are intended to help offset lost income from cancelled exhibitions, performances, or lectures, and from canceled or furloughed employment, that are the direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since announcing the Wherewithal Recovery Grant program on April 7, WPA has awarded $100,000 in unrestricted grants to 100 DC-area artists whose income or opportunities have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The $1,000 grants are for immediate needs such as rent, food, childcare, and healthcare. WPA launched this program with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional contributions brought the fund to over $100,000 allowing WPA to announce a third round of Recovery Grants on June 23, 2020. The application portal is currently closed.
This program enables DC-area visual artists to further their practices through research and idea development. The $5,000 grants can be used to compensate applicants for their intellectual labor, for costs associated with gaining access to specific resources, and/or to pay other artists and thinkers for their time and contributions. Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of artists and arts professionals. We anticipate awarding 12 grants. The grant period is from November 2020–June 2021. Deadline to apply is Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET.