VIA Art Fund: Grants for Visual Art

OVERVIEW: The VIA Fund supports individual artists, curators, and small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations working the contemporary arts space.

IP TAKE: VIA supports nontraditional and experimental contemporary art works. VIA does not fund traditional museum or gallery exhibitions.

PROFILE: Founded in 2013, the VIA Art Fund describes itself as a “non-profit organization where art patrons join forces as partners in a new model of philanthropy to support Visionary Initiatives in Art.” The fund emphasizes direct engagement in the contemporary visual arts space through its grantmaking. VIA supports a variety of artistic endeavors, which includes new work production for exhibition, institutional acquisition, symposia educational programs, publications, and scholarly journals. Works mounted in non-traditional spaces and environments also interest the fund.

VIA’s awards Artistic Production Support grants to individual artists and curators for the production support of new commissions that take place in non-traditional spaces and environments. Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. The fund reserves grants from $50,000 to $100,000 for permanent, long-term, and/or newly commissioned works, which the artist may gift to a public collection based in the United States.

The fund’s Incubator Support grants support small to mid-sized nonprofits, which it considers “pivotal in cultivating artistic excellence, addressing the art community’s evolving needs, and creating a more dynamic and inclusive contemporary art ecosystem.” Such organizations may apply for unrestricted funding from VIA. Incubator grants range from $15,000 to $20,000.

To learn more about VIA grantees, explore its Grants in Action page.

The VIA fund accepts unsolicited grant applications. Submission are due by May 5 and October 27. Deadlines are subject to change.

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