The American Association of University Women: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: This funder makes grants to women academics and supports women and girls through activism and empowerment.

IP TAKE: While this funder prioritizes women academics in STEM, it does make grants in other fields, including visual arts. Grant seekers just need to make sure that their project in strives to break down educational and economic barriers for women.

PROFILE: Founded in 1881, The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is based in Washington, DC and supports women academics. It seeks to “advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.” The association supports visual arts through career development grants and its American fellowship program.

Career Development grants support women who “preparing to advance or change careers or reenter the workforce.” Grantees must hold a bachelor’s degree. These grants prioritize women of color and women seeking their first advance degree. Check the searchable fellowship recipient database for past Career Development grantees in the arts.

AAUW’s American fellowships is the organization’s oldest grantmaking program and supports “women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication.” Evaluation criteria includes scholarly excellence, quality and originality of project, and commitment to helping women and girls through service.” Check the searchable fellowship recipient database for past American Fellowship arts grantees.


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