update 06/23/20: research and recovery grants are now open

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Criteria & eligibility

Wherewithal Recovery Grants

Who Should Apply?

Wherewithal Recovery grants are awarded to DC-area artists whose income or opportunities have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. As this crisis magnifies racial disparities, WPA is aware of the financial challenges facing Black artists in the DC community. Understanding the long-reaching effects of systemic racism and injustice, WPA will prioritize Black applicants during this round of funding. The $1,000 grants will be awarded on a bi-weekly basis until funds run out. The first deadline for applications is Friday, July 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

You're Eligible if...
  • Applicants must live within the greater Washington area either in DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Montgomery, or Prince George’s counties (this is a change from previous rounds)
  • Applicants must be visual artists, or artists with a history of presenting their work in visual arts contexts/venues (Performance, film, text, and/or sound artists are eligible if their work explicitly engages visual arts discourses)
  • Applicants must have experienced a loss of income or opportunity as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Applicants who have already received a Wherewithal Recovery Grant are eligible to reapply this round
  • 501(c)(3) organizations and for-profit organizations (LLC, corporations, partnerships, etc.) are ineligible to apply
Evaluative Criteria

Successful applicants will have demonstrated how the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a loss of income or opportunity for them. Priority will be given to Black visual artists who live in the DC area.


Wherewithal Research Grants

Who Should Apply?

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 EST.

You're Eligible if...
  • Applicants must live within the greater Washington area either in DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Montgomery, or Prince George’s counties
  • Applicants must be visual artists, or artists with a history of presenting their work in visual arts contexts/venues (Performance, film, text, and/or sound artists are eligible if their work explicitly engages visual arts discourses)
  • For collaborative projects, one person must serve as the applicant, be responsible for the receipt, management and distribution of the funds, handle all communications with WPA, and be responsible for grant reporting
  • Minimum of $3,500 of grant should be set aside as compensation for the time you will spend on research and development (reading, writing, communicating with other artists and/or scholars)
  • Remaining $1,500 can be used to access specific archives, pay collaborators, and purchase materials
  • WPA asks that grantees prepare a public-facing presentation of their research to be given in 2021

Ineligible:

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate students
  • 501(c)(3) organizations and for-profit organizations (LLC, corporations, partnerships, etc.)
Evaluative Criteria

Successful applicants will excel in one or more of the following:

  • Artistic Impact: The inquiry is experimental, imaginative, innovative, or unconventional, and furthers the applicant's practice in meaningful ways
  • Context/Relevance: The research is considerate of its context; it engages with other artists/thinkers in relevant discourses
  • Feasibility: The applicant demonstrates the ability to carry out the proposed research within the grant period