Wherewithal Grants are a new funding source for visual artists inside the DC-area Beltway. 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 $80,000 in unrestricted grants to 80 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 have brought the fund to over $100,000 allowing WPA to announce a third round of Recovery Grants on June 23, 2020.
Wherewithal Research Grants provide project-based support for research, presentation, or critical reflection. The grants are competitive and awarded by a panel consisting of arts professionals from around the country. We anticipate awarding twelve $5,000 grants in 2020. The application portal opens Tuesday, June 23, 2020 and the deadline is Sunday, August 23, 2020.
If you are interested in Research Grants and would like to discuss your application before applying, sign up to meet one-on-one with Nathalie von Veh during her virtual "Office Hours" here.
We encourage you to attend the Virtual Information Session on Thursday, July 16 at 5:00 pm (the session will be recorded). Register to attend here.